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Diversity Recruitment

We believe in developing relationships and investing in people. At Perkins Coie, we strive to create a diverse and inclusive community where opportunities to succeed are available to all.

Every person is a valued member of the team, and our firm culture is built on collaboration and mutual respect. The diverse perspectives and experiences of our attorneys and staff ensure that we deliver the best solutions to our clients.

Once an attorney becomes part of our community, we want him or her to feel welcome and prepared to participate at every level of engagement necessary for success. The firm supports affinity groups for women, parents, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender attorneys, lawyers with disabilities, and lawyers of color (African American/Black, Latina/o, Asian Pacific Islander and South Asian/Middle Eastern). These affinity groups offer opportunities for fellowship, support and networking. Local office diversity committees offer programs and events that respond to the specific and unique needs of their communities. The firm also hosts national programs and retreats aimed at providing diverse attorneys with the information and tools they need to succeed.

We invite you to learn more about our diverse attorneys and their stories of success. Those featured in the video below have built successful practices at Perkins. They also have created industry groups, new practices and lead client teams, national practices and committees.

Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship

Through the Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship, we offer a paid summer associate position and $7,500 in academic scholarships to each diverse law student recipient. Fellows are selected on the basis of their academic record, interests and meaningful contributions to diversity programs at their law schools. In 2016, we awarded eleven fellowships.

In addition, the firm hosts an annual 1L Summer Associate Retreat, where 1L fellows come together to receive tips on best practices and advice on navigating the law firm culture. The goal of the retreat is to provide them with the necessary tips and tools to be successful in the firm’s summer associate program and beyond.

Demographics: The 2016 Summer Class (Available soon)

Recruitment Activities and Programs

Perkins Coie is pleased to sponsor several events that support and promote diversity in the legal profession.

Annual Summer Associate Dinner: Perkins Coie hosts a dinner in each office where summer associates can meet and greet one another. Summer associates are encouraged to network with their fellow associates and are given opportunities to attend several events during their time with the firm.

Harvard Black Law Students Political Law Luncheon: Perkins Coie hosted a luncheon at Harvard Law School for members of the Black Law Student Association. The luncheon was designed to provide information and expose attendees to the practice area of political law.

Hispanic National Bar Association (HBNA)/Microsoft Intellectual Property Law Institute (IPLI): Perkins Coie participated in the HBNA/Microsoft IPLI Fellowship Program. The HBNA and Microsoft teamed up to create an exciting, bold new program to increase Hispanic representation in the field of intellectual property law.

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Perkins Coie Diversity: Pathways to Success

Learn more about some of our diverse attorneys’ paths to success and the ways in which the firm has supported them.


National Career Fairs and Conventions

Our recruitment efforts include building supportive relationships with student organizations, job fairs and programs designed to educate and expose students to the legal profession. We encourage all law students, regardless of whether they plan to apply to Perkins Coie, to speak with us so that we can help them better navigate the process. In these ways, we can extend our insight and experience to students.

Perkins Coie is proud to sponsor and support several associations and career fairs that work for diversity in the legal profession.

  • Bay Area Diversity Career Fair
  • Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair
  • Hispanic National Bar Association Convention And Career Fair
  • Impact Career Fair For Law Students And Attorneys With Disabilities
  • Lavender Conference And Law Career Fair
  • Microsoft Women & Minority Law Student IP Summit
  • National Black Law Students Association Annual Convention and Career Fair
  • National Diversity Pre-Law Conference & Law Fair
  • Northwest Minority Job Fair
  • Oregon Minority Job Fair
  • Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc.
  • San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association Bay Area Job Fair