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Financial Restructuring (Bankruptcy) Diversity & Inclusion Scholars Program

To further our diversity and inclusion efforts, we offer diverse law students the opportunity to join one of the firm’s globally recognized practices and gain early practice experience with our Financial Restructuring practice. Across two summers, Financial Restructuring Diversity & Inclusion Scholars will work directly with the practice, be mentored by leading practitioners and engage in meaningful diversity and inclusion initiatives. During the first summer, scholars will spend six weeks with the firm, followed by four weeks at a firm client. Financial Restructuring Diversity & Inclusion Scholars commit to return to the firm as a 2L summer associate and commit to working in the financial restructuring practice. Opportunities are available in New York and Washington, D.C.

The application period for the 2021 program is closed.

In-house

You’ll work directly with both our Financial Restructuring team and a firm client to get early experience on major multijurisdictional and cross-border matters across a variety of sectors. We’ll mentor you throughout your experience to ensure you understand the inner-workings of our deals and how financial restructurings play into the work of our clients. This program is a unique opportunity to jump-start your career as a future Financial Restructuring lawyer.

At the Firm

You’ll work directly with our Financial Restructuring lawyers on a broad range of assignments within the practice and participate in skills-based trainings while also engaging in our diversity and inclusion initiatives. These include office inclusion council meetings, firm resource (affinity) groups and recruitment efforts. The Financial Restructuring Scholars also participate in a Summit where former and current Scholars come together for a day of networking and learning.

Financial Restructuring Diversity & Inclusion Scholars make a two-year commitment and return as 2L summer associates, eliminating the need to participate in on-campus interviews. During your second summer, you’ll continue to work on Financial Restructuring assignments and continue to participate in diversity and inclusion efforts. You may be considered for an offer of employment in our Financial Restructuring practice following law school graduation.

Compensation

Financial Restructuring Diversity & Inclusion Scholars are paid the summer associate salary during their ten weeks and are eligible to receive a scholarship of $25,000. The first half of the scholarship ($12,500) is paid upon honoring your commitment to return to the firm as a 2L summer associate. The second half of the scholarship ($12,500) is paid upon your commitment to return to the firm as a first year associate following law school graduation. Applicants may not be the recipient of a similar diversity award from another law firm.

Akin Gump 1L Scholars Programs

Applications to the Scholars Programs opens on December 14, 2020. You may apply to all three programs, but only to one office. If you are unsure about which office to choose, please contact our recruiting team for additional guidance. Please submit your application according to the timing guidelines set by your school.

Offers will not be extended to candidates before the firm has received an applicant’s transcript.

Your complete application will include a resume, law school transcript (an uncertified copy is acceptable) and legal writing sample. You may supplement your application with your transcript once it is provided by your school. In addition, each candidate must submit a short statement of no more than 500 words using the prompts below.

To be considered for the Financial Restructuring Diversity & Inclusion Scholars Program, please describe your interest in financial restructuring work, your commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as your academic and leadership achievements.

To be considered for the Pro Bono Scholars Program, please describe how a commitment to pro bono practice at Akin Gump, and the experience of being a Pro Bono Scholar, will help you meet your career goals.

To be considered for the Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Program, please describe your commitment to diversity and inclusion, your academic and leadership achievements, why you believe that diversity and inclusion are important in the legal profession, and how being a Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholar will help you meet your career goals.

To be considered for all Scholar Programs, you must submit an individual statement for each program with your application.

Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled and in good standing at an ABA accredited law school, and have an anticipated graduation date of 2023.

Questions

If you have questions about our 1L Summer Opportunities, please review our FAQs, or contact our recruiting teams.