At Skadden, excellent lawyering goes hand-in-hand with fostering a diverse, equitable 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. Available across all our U.S. offices, as well as in London and Toronto, the program 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. Our unique program offers 1Ls the ultimate career development opportunity by leveraging the resources and networks that only a global law firm like Skadden can provide. To date, Skadden has welcomed more than 320 1L Scholars and more than half have returned to the firm as associates. In 2023, we hired 44 1L Scholars from more than a dozen top law schools around the country.

The 2024 1L Scholars application is now closed. The annual salary for this position is expected to be $225,000. 1L Scholars are paid on a semi-monthly basis during employment. Visit Associate Salary Information for compensation details.

Diversity, Equity & 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.