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Diversity Fellowship Program

McGlinchey Stafford welcomes first-year law students to apply for its 2017 Diversity Fellowship. In 2008, we formally started a diversity fellowship program for first-year law students. The McGlinchey Stafford 1L Diversity Fellowship represents our firm’s long-term commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive work place and to promoting diversity within the legal profession. From our inception, we challenged the status quo and earned a reputation as a progressive, merit-based business that rewards individual achievement and potential. Our 1L Diversity Fellowship is just one aspect of our commitment to attracting, mentoring, developing, and promoting diverse attorneys and starts at the beginning of a lawyer’s career – the first year of law school.

The fellowship consists of:

Summer Associate Position
The recipient will receive a paid summer clerkship in our Houston, Texas office. The program will be 6 weeks in duration from May 22 – June 30, 2017. Award recipients will also be eligible for consideration of a 2L clerkship.

A $5,000 scholarship to assist with the costs of books, tuition, or other law school expenses, will be distributed to the Fellow’s law school at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester.

Leadership Council On Legal Diversity
The 1L Diversity Fellow will have the opportunity to attend the 2017 1L LCLD Scholars Summit from May 23 – 25, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This retreat brings together Diversity Scholars from around the country to build relationships within the legal community by networking and working alongside counsel and managing partners of LCLD member organizations nationwide.  

McGlinchey Stafford is dedicated to giving our summer associates the opportunity for future permanent hire. We demonstrate this commitment by partnering two attorneys with each summer associate in a formal mentorship program and providing a mentor to the Fellow throughout his or her law school career. McGlinchey Stafford’s clerkship programs foster an environment of camaraderie, teamwork, and friendship. We hope that you will leave our clerkship program with new friendships that last throughout your legal careers.

Candidates must be enrolled full-time at an accredited law school, demonstrate strong leadership skills, and have excellent academic credentials. The following application materials must be submitted no later than January 18, 2017. All interested applicants must apply online. Please include in your application: résumé, law school transcript, and a personal statement of approximately 500 words describing your interest in our 1L Diversity Fellowship and how you would contribute to the diversity of McGlinchey Stafford and its community.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Anne Heaviside at  or (504) 596-0315.