The 1L LCLD Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. The program offers you the rare opportunity to spend a summer working alongside attorneys from LCLD Member organizations.

How to Apply to the 1L Scholars Program 

1. Apply directly to summer internships made available by LCLD Member organizations. The summer 2020 job opportunities will be available December 2, 2019.

2. If you have questions about any of the job opportunities, please use the contact information listed for that organization.

3. To be eligible as a 1L Scholar, you must be enrolled as a first-year law student and in good standing in an ABA-approved school.

4. Member organizations will make the final hiring decision at their discretion. They will also make the decision to nominate you as a 1L LCLD Scholar. 

NOTE: Member organizations will also register their Scholar(s) for the 1L Scholars Summit. 

5. You will have the opportunity to receive virtual programming during the summer, led by distinguished speakers.

Please contact Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager, if you have questions about the summit. Click here for details about last year's summit. 

6. If hired, plan to spend your summer with that LCLD Member organization working side-by-side with attorneys, learning new skills, and building networks.  

Benefits for Scholars

  • 1L LCLD Scholars Summit: LCLD invites each class of Scholars to this annual event, which includes panel discussions, distinguished speakers, and networking opportunities for the Scholars with LCLD Members and each other. Please note: Due to COVID-19, enhanced virtual programming will be provided to 2020 1L Scholars instead of an in-person summit. More details will follow in the coming weeks.

  • Substantive Work Assignments: LCLD Scholars spend their summer side by side with attorneys from Fortune 500 legal departments and Am Law 350 law firms.

  • Networking: There is a LinkedIn group dedicated to articles and discussions relevant to all 1L LCLD Scholars, who are invited to join. Additionally, 2020 Scholars are invited to participate in two virtual Social Hours on July 23 and August 13.

  • Group Mentoring Program (GMP) Events:  After the Summit, LCLD Scholars can look forward to invites to attend GMP events. Be on the lookout for invitations from the LCLD community!

If you have any questions about the 1L LCLD Scholars Program, please contact Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager.