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 has 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 expanding on our 1L Scholar Pro Bono Impact Project by matching a group of our 1L Scholars with public interest organizations focused on addressing critical legal issues in our communities, domestically and abroad, that spark a personal interest, such as immigration and asylum, equal justice, voting rights, natural disaster relief or police accountability. Prior projects included placements in Europe focusing on refugee relief work. To date, Skadden has hired 158 1L Scholars. More than half of our 1L Scholars have returned to the firm as associates. In 2018, we welcomed 28 1L Scholars from 12 top law schools around the country.