Diversity & Inclusion
To attract the best and brightest legal talent, Skadden seeks a diverse range of candidates. Our attorneys’ diverse backgrounds in turn provide the firm with an expansive range of skills, experiences and perspectives from which to meet our clients’ needs and enrich the Skadden community.
We collaborate with affinity groups at more than two dozen law schools throughout the country, including Asian, black, Latino, LGBT, Muslim and women's law student associations. We aim to provide meaningful attorney-student interactions, ranging from formal events (such as panel discussions, career workshops and job fairs) to less formal ones hosted by the firm (such as lunches, dinners and receptions either at Skadden or near campuses). Our attorney affinity groups serve as an additional resource and help to implement programs and targeted outreach to diverse students. These programs allow law students to learn more about our culture and practice, and to gain the skills essential to transitioning from students to lawyers.
Through our Skadden 1L Scholars Program, we are seeking to attract exceptional law students whose life experiences, demonstrated interests and achievements align with our firm’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and client service. This distinctive paid internship begins with seven weeks at Skadden, followed by four weeks at a firm client. Currently, the 1L Scholars Program includes eight firm offices: Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, Washington, D.C. and Wilmington. In addition to our Skadden 1L Scholars Program, we participate in the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity’s (SEO) Corporate Law Program in New York and Washington, D.C., a program which prepares high-achieving college graduates of color for legal careers.
Women constituted 45 percent of our most recent U.S. summer associate class, and 41 percent were students of color.