“Diversity pays. Working with a diverse group of people is not only stimulating and enjoyable, it also creates new opportunities for challenging and interesting work.”
- William T. Coleman, Jr.
O’Melveny senior partner William T. Coleman, Jr. served the legal profession and his country for more than 50 years. A tireless advocate for equality and a key player in the landmark Supreme Court civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education, Coleman urged young lawyers to cultivate their cultural literacy and pay close attention to events unfolding on the world stage. To honor that vision and spirit, O’Melveny created the William T. Coleman, Jr. Diversity Fellowship for first year law students in his memory.
O’Melveny looks to not only hire lawyers of diverse backgrounds but also to hire individuals who share our vision of a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. Our Fellowship seeks individuals with a proven track record of activities that promote diversity and inclusion, including professional work, internships, volunteer work, clubs, hobbies, leadership roles, and academic coursework and performance.
- Fellows will be eligible to participate as a paid summer associate with O’Melveny (US$3,700 per week). In some instances, Fellows may have the opportunity to spend part of that summer working with one of the firm’s clients.
- Following completion of a successful 1L summer, Fellows will be eligible for an automatic callback interview for a 2L summer associate position.
- Fellows will also be eligible for a US$10,000 award paid in phases.
- US$5,000 of the award will be paid upon acceptance of an offer to join our summer program during their 1L summer.
- An additional US$5,000 will be paid upon completing a successful summer program and accepting an offer to return for their 2L summer, for a minimum of eight weeks.
- The purpose of the award is to help pay for tuition and law school expenses.
- Fellows will also be eligible to be considered for the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program.
Students in good standing may apply for a Fellowship between January 1 and January 31 of their 1L year. Fellows must demonstrate a commitment to diversity, meaning a proven track record of activities that promote diversity and inclusion, including professional work, internships, volunteer work, clubs, hobbies, leadership roles, and academic coursework and performance.
Students who are immediate family members of an O’Melveny attorney or employee are not eligible to receive a fellowship.
How to Apply
A candidate interested in applying for a Fellowship must complete the online application and send it directly to one or more O’Melveny office(s) of interest. O’Melveny is primarily recruiting 2019 Fellows in Washington, DC, Downtown Los Angeles, and Century City.
Candidates must submit: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume; (3) undergraduate and law school transcripts (or the date they expect to receive their law school transcripts if not yet available); and (4) a personal statement of 500 words or less addressing the candidate’s commitment to promoting diversity, commitment to succeed as a lawyer in a global law firm environment, personal achievements, and demonstrated leadership ability.The materials submitted should demonstrate:
- Strong academic performance
- Proven leadership abilities and involvement in diversity organizations
- A commitment to community service
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Other special achievements and honors
Send applications directly to the following by January 31:
Finalists will be invited to the firm for in-person interviews as part of the Fellowship selection process. Fellows will be notified on a rolling basis. Once a candidate has been notified of selection as a Fellow, s/he must accept or decline the offered Fellowship within one (1) week of notification.