The application period for 1L fellowships is now closed. Please check back later this year for more information about our 2023 1L fellowships.
Our firm is committed to the growth and development of legal communities that accurately reflect the rich diversity of our communities. Since 1991, we have been pleased to offer fellowships to first-year law students from diverse backgrounds. The fellowships provide students with a $15,000 academic scholarship and a paid summer associate position, immediately following the completion of their first year of law school. There may be an opportunity for our 1L Diversity Fellows to work on-site with the legal department at our clients' offices. Generally, these are two-week opportunities during the summer. In prior years, our fellows have worked with clients including Adobe, Donuts, Epic Games, Google, Intel, Meta, Microsoft, Nestlé Coffee Partners, Nike, and Uber.
The diversity fellowships are not tied to a specific practice group and may receive assignments from a variety of practices. These fellowships are available in the following Perkins Coie offices: Anchorage, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Madison, New York, Palo Alto, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
Perkins Coie’s Intellectual Property practice combines the focus and flexibility of a boutique firm with the services of one of the world’s leading technology law firms. We have more than 250 attorneys and agents who provide innovative, comprehensive counsel at every stage of IP protection and development, including patent litigation and appeals, post-grant proceedings, patent prosecution, portfolio counseling, and technology licensing, as well as copyright, trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition counseling and litigation. Candidates for our Patent Prosecution or Patent Litigation Fellowships must have the technical or scientific background necessary for the practice group’s work. Applicants with prior professional technical or scientific experience are preferred. Applicants for Patent Prosecution positions must be eligible to sit for the patent bar. The Patent Litigation Fellowship is available in our Palo Alto, Phoenix, San Diego, and Washington, D.C., offices. The Patent Prosecution Fellowship is available in our Palo Alto and Washington, D.C., offices. A mixed Patent Litigation/Patent Prosecution Fellowship is available in our Seattle office only.
Perkins Coie represents individuals, candidates, parties, political committees, lobbyists, corporations, trade associations, and tax-exempt organizations seeking to effectively engage in political activity. As the creative pioneer of modern political law, Perkins Coie is known for its innovative approach to campaign financing, and knowledge and experience in corporate political activity. Candidates for the Political Law Diversity Fellowship must have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in political law. The Political Law Diversity Fellowship is only available in our Washington, D.C., office.
Our Technology Transactions & Privacy practice comprises more than 50 attorneys who concentrate on structuring, negotiating, and documenting a wide variety of arrangements to acquire, develop, protect, and distribute technologies, both domestically and internationally. Candidates for the Technology Transactions & Privacy Law Fellowship must have a demonstrated interest in and/or work experience in legal issues around emerging technology, both internet-based technologies and physical products, as well as privacy law and commercial operations of businesses. This fellowship is available in our New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., offices.
Perkins Coie’s Privacy & Data Security practice represents some of the world’s leading internet companies, wired and wireless communications providers, brick-and-mortar retailers, and emerging online businesses. Candidates for the Privacy & Data Security Fellowship must have a demonstrated interest in privacy law plus an engineering or technology background or experience in the technology sector or policymaking (e.g., working on a congressional staff). This fellowship is available in our Palo Alto or Seattle office.
1L Product Liability Diversity Fellowship (Seattle only)
With more than 70 attorneys in offices across the United States, our Product Liability practice has successfully handled product liability cases involving billions of dollars. We have the depth and experience to advise both national and international manufacturers regarding product liability risks and provide experienced counsel should those manufacturers face liability claims in court. Candidates for the Product Liability Diversity Fellowship must have a demonstrated interest in product liability litigation. An undergraduate or graduate degree in science or engineering and/or professional engineering experience is a plus, but not required. This fellowship is only available in our Seattle office.
We have partnered with our client, Adobe, to create the Two Steps Ahead Scholars Program. This program provides a diverse first-year law student with the unique opportunity to spend part of the summer in the Palo Alto office of Perkins Coie, and part of the summer in-house at Adobe’s Silicon Valley headquarters. In addition to a paid summer position, program participants will receive a $15,000 academic scholarship.
1L Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Fellowship (Palo Alto and Los Angeles)
With over 60 professionals primarily located in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, and Chicago offices, our Emerging Companies & Venture Capital (ECVC) practice advises market-leading emerging companies, investors, and entrepreneurs throughout the entire company lifecycle, from formation to exit. Specifically, we represent companies, investors, and entrepreneurs on startup company formations, independent contractor issues, early to late-stage financings, venture debt, intellectual property protection, technology licensing and acquisitions, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and dispute counseling, among other areas. Candidates for the ECVC Fellowship must have a passion to support the most innovative and entrepreneurial organizations in technology and the life sciences. This fellowship is only available in our Palo Alto and Los Angeles offices.
1L Summer Fellowships: Frequently Asked Questions
- Which office should I apply to?
Perkins Coie's 1L Fellowship program is designed to recruit top-notch law students who may eventually begin full-time employment with the firm. To that end, you should only apply to the office in the city where you genuinely would like to live and start your practice as an entry-level attorney. Candidates may apply to one office only but may apply for multiple fellowships in that office (for example, you may apply for both the Diversity Fellowship and the Patent Fellowship in one office if you qualify for both).
- What does the firm consider "diverse"? Am I "diverse"?
Our definition of diversity is broad and encompasses students of color, students who identify as LGBTQ+, and students with disabilities. If you feel that you are diverse in one or more of these ways, please apply and share your unique story with us.
- How important are law school grades?
As with any competitive process, undergraduate, graduate (if applicable), and law school grades are important evaluative factors. However, other factors, including a quality personal statement, relevant previous professional experience and ties to the area to which you are applying, are also weighed.
- My law school grades won't be released by the application deadline. Can I still apply? What should I do?
This is a common occurrence. You can and should still apply. Please submit all other application materials by the application deadline and then follow up by providing your law school grades as soon as they become available.
- What kind of writing sample should I provide?
The ideal writing sample demonstrates legal analysis and your writing ability. If you do not have a legal writing sample, please submit a writing sample that demonstrates your ability to summarize and analyze information and draw appropriate conclusions based on that analysis.
- How important is the personal statement required for the 1L Diversity Fellowship? What role does my personal statement play in being selected?
A quality personal statement is essential to your application. An effective personal statement provides us with a sense of who you are both as a candidate and as an individual, and shares with us your desire to contribute to the legal community and the community at large.
- When can I expect to be informed of the status of my candidacy?
You should expect to hear from the office to which you applied regarding the status of your candidacy by late January.
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“My summer at Perkins Coie was nothing short of an adventure. The level of access I had to associates, partners, and a challenging, yet exciting variety of assignments blew my mind. Everyone was incredibly kind, friendly, and approachable.”
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