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. 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. Continuing with the tradition of innovating our program to support the interests of our 1L Scholars, our program now includes a 2L segment that provides additional paid work experience (earning up to $15,000) and uninterrupted mentoring and development beyond your 1L summer. To date, Skadden has welcomed more than 210 1L Scholars and nearly half have returned to the firm as associates. In 2020, we hired 31 1L Scholars from 13 top law schools around the country.

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.