Perkins Coie will be offering 1L Diversity Fellowships, 1L Patent/Patent Litigation Fellowships and 1L Political Law Diversity Fellowships for the summer of 2019. The application period for 2019 fellowships begins on December 1, 2018


1L Diversity Fellowship

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 a diversity of backgrounds. The fellowships provide students a $15,000 academic scholarship and a paid summer associate position immediately following the completion of their first year of law school.


1L Patent Litigation & Patent Fellowships

The Perkins Coie Patent Litigation and Patent Fellowships provide a $15,000 academic scholarship and a paid summer associate position following the first year of law school for 1L students with particular technical backgrounds and an interest in patent litigation and/or patent prosecution. Our summer associates work on real legal matters while working for and learning from attorneys who service the needs of Fortune 100 and 500 companies in a variety of industries around the nation. Few firms, if any, have our patent litigation expertise and our deep technical bench. In 2015 Law 360 ranked Perkins Coie the 7th-largest Intellectual Property practice.


1L Political Law Diversity Fellowship (Washington, D.C. only)

The Perkins Coie Political Law Diversity Fellowship provides a $15,000 academic scholarship and an opportunity to work as a summer associate with one of the largest and most prestigious political law practices in the country. Our political law attorneys handle matters involving all aspects of the political process from campaign financing to election-related litigation. Members of the political law group regularly counsel clients on a variety of concerns related to political campaigns, corporate political activity and regulation, voting rights and other issues. Candidates for this fellowship should have a demonstrated interest in politics and a desire to specialize in political law after law school graduation. This fellowship is available only in our Washington, D.C. office.


1L Two Steps Ahead Scholars Program (Palo Alto only)

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. For more information, please visit


1L Summer Fellowships: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What 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 more than one fellowship 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).
  2. What does the firm consider "diverse"? Am I "diverse"?
    Our definition of diversity is broad and encompasses race, gender, ethnicity, those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or of a transgender experience, as well as those of differing social, religious or economic backgrounds, or those who may be underrepresented or perceived to be underrepresented within the law school community or the legal profession. If you feel that you are diverse in one or more of these ways, or in another way, please apply and share your unique story with us.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 grades to us as soon as they become available.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. How many references should I provide and who are the best choices to include?
    Please provide names and contact information for three references. Include for each their name, title, email, phone number, and a brief description of your relationship to each reference. You should provide references who can speak about any legal-related work that you may have completed or comment on your legal writing and research abilities. References that can speak about other professional experiences are helpful as well.
  8. 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 mid-February.