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Jenner & Block works with schools and other organizations to build a diverse “pipeline” of students interested in the legal profession.
Our Diversity Scholarship program enhances the diverse talent pipeline by supporting minority first-year law students who have demonstrated strong academic achievement and a commitment to community service. We have two $15,000 scholarships that are offered in conjunction with a summer associate position with law schools across the country. Scholars can work in any of the firm’s US offices for the summer of 2021. In 2020, the two recipients were students at Harvard and will came back to the firm as junior associates in fall 2021.
We partner with the Sponsors for Educational Opportunities (SEO) Law Program and host pre-law fellows in our Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Washington, DC offices. We also support the American Bar Association (ABA) Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, among others.
The firm sponsors various diversity-related programs and events at law schools around the United States. Our lawyers regularly visit law school campuses, building relationships with student associations, speaking at student events and hosting seminars and receptions for student associations, such as women law student organizations and other diverse groups.
We are a major sponsor of Chicago Scholars “High 5 Campaign.” Chicago Scholars is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged youth in Chicago attend college or other post-secondary education. Through the "High 5 Campaign," we support five college-bound students.
High Schools and Elementary Schools
The firm continues to work with the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms and four other law firms on a pipeline program that introduces grammar school children to the field of law through programming, mentorship and eventually scholarships.
We have partnerships with several Chicago-area high schools and Urban Alliance. Our Washington, DC office lawyers work with the Thurgood Marshall Academy, the District’s first law-themed public charter high school. In this capacity, volunteer lawyers run workshops on constitutional law topics, teach students important legal concepts, help them develop analytic skills and also help students see how they can participate in civic life. Our New York City office sponsors the Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program.
From left: Diversity Scholar Divine Collins, Grant Folland Scholar Jocelyn Sitton, Diversity Scholar Sarah Soleiman, dinner guest speaker Tony West, Diversity Scholars Charles Mahone II and Kiana Outen, and Partner Katya Jestin at the 18th Annual Diversity Dinner in 2019
From left: 2019 SEO Fellows Tomi Johnson, Tayo Awoyinfa, Donovan Hicks, Mariah Watson, Denise Laspina.