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Diversity Fellowship Program

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 one of our offices. The 2018 program will take place in our Cleveland, Ohio office and will be 10 weeks in duration. 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 semester.

Leadership Council On Legal Diversity
The 1L Diversity Fellow will have the opportunity to attend the 1L LCLD Scholars Summit. 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.

The application process for the 2018 1L Diversity Fellowship opens on December 1, 2017 and applications must be received by January 19, 2018.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Margeaux Feore at  or (504) 596-2775.