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Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color

Application Requirements

1. What are the Goodwin Procter and MassMutual/Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color?

Goodwin Procter is strongly committed to promoting diversity in our profession and at our firm. To show our commitment, we have established the Goodwin Procter Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color. These Fellowships will provide first year law students of color with financial awards, to help cover expenses from working in a public interest law position during the summer after the first year of law school.

In addition, Goodwin has partnered with our client Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (the largest corporation domiciled in Massachusetts) to provide an additional fellowship award, the MassMutual/Goodwin Public Interest Fellowship for Law Students of Color. MassMutual is also strongly committed to promoting diversity in our profession and in its business. This Fellowship (like the other three) will provide a first year law student of color with a financial award to help cover expenses from working in a public interest law position during the summer after the first year of law school.

2. What other benefits do the Fellowships provide?

Selected Fellows will also receive:

  • A guaranteed callback interview with a Goodwin Procter office during the fall interview season after the student’s first year of law school, to allow the student to be considered for a position in our Summer Associate Program during the summer after the student’s second year of law school.
  • The opportunity to participate in some of Goodwin Procter’s Summer Associate Program events for 2Ls while working in their public interest law position during their first year summer;
  • Attorney advisors to help Fellows succeed in their public interest law position, and to help introduce them to Goodwin Procter.

    In addition to the benefits described above, the MassMutual/Goodwin Fellow will be provided with opportunities for meaningful interaction with members of MassMutual’s Legal Department as a way to learn about their business and gain a greater understanding of an in-house legal department.

3. Who Should Apply/Who Is Eligible?

For all Fellowships, we welcome applications from any first year law student of color who is seeking and/or applying to work in a public interest law position during the summer after the student’s first year of law school. To be eligible for a Fellowship, an applicant must be a full-time, currently-enrolled first year student of color who is pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at an ABA-accredited law school. To be awarded a 2015 Fellowship, candidates may not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm for the Summer of 2015. Please note: judicial internship positions are not eligible for this program.

Students who are immediate family members of a Goodwin Procter (or MassMutual, as applicable) attorney or employee, and/or are a Goodwin Procter client or employee of a Goodwin Procter client, are not eligible to receive any of the Fellowship awards.

4. How Do I Apply for a Fellowship?

To apply for any one of these Fellowships, a candidate must complete the two steps below:

Step One: Complete and Submit the Online Application
A candidate interested in applying for a Fellowship must complete the online application on our website (www.goodwinprocter.com), as well as include a resume and a copy of current law school transcript. If you have any questions, please contact us at  fellowships@goodwinprocter.com

DEADLINE - Completed applications must be received by March 13, 2015. While an application will not be considered complete until all materials (resume, law school transcript and completed application) are received by Goodwin Procter, you may submit your resume and application together in an early submission and supplement with your law school transcript once received.

Step Two: Complete a Screening Interview with Goodwin Procter
If you are selected as a finalist candidate, we will contact you to arrange for an in-person or telephone interview to discuss your Fellowship application and qualifications.

5. When Will Fellows Be Selected?

Our Fellowship Award Committee will select the three Fellows by April 2015, and will promptly notify applicants of their selection. The Committee may select Fellows on a rolling basis before that date, as it deems appropriate. Once an applicant has been notified of his or her selection as a Fellow, the applicant must accept or decline the offered Fellowship within one (1) week of notification.

6. What are the Selection Criteria?

In addition to the eligibility requirements (see Section 3 above), an applicant will need to demonstrate:

  • Exceptional academic performance
  • Outstanding leadership abilities and involvement in minority student organizations
  • A commitment to community service
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Other special achievements and honors

Jeff Simes

 Jeffrey Simes

National Hiring Partner

“The Diversity Fellowships were created because we believe we should put our money where our mouth is. A lot of firms talk about diversity, but not so many are doing things to help law students of color thrive in our profession. I am proud of the Goodwin Diversity Fellowship program, because it is a tangible symbol of our commitment to diversity, and it allows us to meet so many talented diversity candidates and help them develop themselves as lawyers and make significant public interest contributions.”