At Skadden, excellent lawyering goes hand-in-hand with fostering a diverse and inclusive culture. Our Skadden 1L Scholars Program attracts the best and the brightest legal talent, including candidates whose life experiences, demonstrated interests and achievements can help enhance the firm’s commitment to diversity and client service. The program, which is available in all of our U.S. offices, provides a meaningful way for Skadden to partner with our clients and alumni on increasing diversity in the legal profession's talent pipeline and to raise the profile of diversity and inclusion as a priority on law school campuses. This paid internship is comprised of law firm, corporate in-house and public interest exposure.

Since the program's inception in 2012, it's always been a goal to offer the ultimate first summer experience with broad exposure, even beyond big law. To ensure this, we've innovated with our program's structure, most recently adding a rotation for five 1L Scholars to work in Europe for four weeks on refugee crisis matters with two of the firm's public interest partners, PILnet and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles. We're in our sixth year of the program, having hired 130 1L Scholars since 2012. More than half of our 1L Scholars have returned to the firm as associates. In 2017, we welcomed 26 1L Scholars from 12 top law schools around the country.

Diversity & Inclusion

Recognizing that excellence and diversity are inextricably intertwined, Skadden seeks to recruit, retain and promote a diverse group of attorneys and staff throughout the firm.