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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. The program is currently available in all of our U.S. offices. In addition to our Skadden 1L Scholars Program, our New York, Washington, D.C. and Wilmington offices participate in the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity’s (SEO) Corporate Law Program that prepares high-achieving college graduates of color for legal careers. Our participation in SEO provides a pipeline of diverse talent into our summer and incoming associate classes throughout the firm.

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, Washington, D.C. and Wilmington, which prepares high-achieving college graduates of color for legal careers
  • Legal Outreach program in New York, which teaches youth from underserved urban 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
  • 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
  • Howard High School of Technology’s Legal Administrative Assistant Career Program, which places selected junior and/or senior high school students interested in the legal profession in administrative positions in the firm’s Wilmington office
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