Perkins Coie’s vision is that we will be second to none in creating and fostering a diverse workforce that reflects our broader society. Diversity and inclusion are core values and strategic priorities at Perkins Coie. Increasing diversity and fostering inclusion allows us to draw from varied perspectives and communities, enabling us to attract the very best talent and serve as trusted advisors to our clients.

As part of the firm’s 2023 summer program and in support of our recruitment goals, Perkins Coie is pleased to offer a $25,000 fellowship to 2L students who are memebers of groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession. This opportunity was created due to the success of our long-standing 1L Diversity Fellows program. The fellowship award will be paid in two installments: the first following successful completion of the summer program and the second upon accepting an offer to join the firm as a full-time associate. Students of color, students who identify as LGBTQ+ and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


  • Good standing as a second-year law student at an ABA accredited law school.
  • Demonstrated record of academic achievement, excellent writing and interpersonal skills, and experience that will contribute to a successful career in the legal field.
  • A history of meaningfully contributions to the diversity efforts of their law school student body and a desire to continue their support of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts upon entering the legal profession.
  • Membership in a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession, including students of color, students who identify as LGBTQ+, and students with disabilities.


Students applying directly to the firm (not through an on-campus interview program) should apply through our website and include a personal statement with their application. Students who participate in our on-campus interview program and are selected for a callback interview will be asked to submit a personal statement as part of that process. Personal statements should be a one-page, single-spaced narrative about the student's unique personal history and their commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within their community and the legal profession.