Recruiting a Diverse Group
To attract the best and brightest legal talent, Skadden seeks a diverse range of candidates, including in terms of culture, race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. 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 a dozen law schools throughout the country, including the Black, Latino, Women’s and Asian Pacific American Law Students Associations, and OUTLaws (for LGBT students). We strive 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). The 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 four weeks at Skadden, followed by four weeks at a firm client and two weeks at a public interest organization. In 2013 the 1L Scholars Program was expanded to five offices including New York, Chicago, Palo Alto, Washington, D.C., and Wilmington. In addition to our Skadden 1L Scholars Program, we also 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 42 percent of our most recent summer associate class, and students of color constituted one third.