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Pipeline Into the Profession

Skadden is dedicated not only to promoting diversity within our own firm but also within the greater legal profession, beginning with the pipeline of students entering law school.

1L Scholars Program. 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 that prepares high-achieving college graduates of color for legal careers.

Skadden participates in several additional programs that help to expand the diversity of the pipeline into law schools and the legal profession, including:
  • Sponsors for Educational Opportunity’s (SEO) Corporate Law Program in New York and Washington, D.C., which prepares high-achieving college graduates of color for legal careers
  • Legal Outreach program in New York, which teaches urban youth from underserved communities to compete at high academic levels by using legal and educational programs as tools for fostering vision, developing skills, enhancing confidence and facilitating the pursuit of higher education
  • Schuler Scholar Program in Chicago, a provider of academic counseling, leadership programs, and personal development and college preparation opportunities to diverse high school students
  • The American Bar Association’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program for second-year law students in Houston, an internship program with state and federal judges for diverse and economically disadvantaged law students
  • The Boston Lawyers Group, a program that prepares diverse law school students for recruitment, advancement and retention in the greater Boston legal community
  • The Annual JURIST Academy at Widener Law School in Wilmington, which offers aspiring minority students from central regional colleges and universities a two-week, tuition-free preview of law school admissions, academics and legal career options
  • The Hamilton High School Career Symposium in Los Angeles, an annual event that seeks to engage the school’s 3,400 students, 80 percent of whom are of color, in career exploration through exposure to various occupational opportunities
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