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Akin Gump/Robert Strauss Diversity Scholarship program overview

The scholarship provides $25,000 to five outstanding second year students at U.S. law schools to offset expenses for their third year of law school. The scholarships will be awarded to students who evidence a commitment to diversity in the legal profession, who demonstrate excellence and who can bring diverse viewpoints and experiences to the firm. In addition to the financial award, the scholarships include mentoring from firm lawyers and a paid second-year summer associate position in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York or Washington, D.C.

Selection Criteria

Applicants must have excellent undergraduate and law school academic performance as well as leadership ability, personal and professional accomplishments, and a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity. We seek candidates who will thrive in meeting our core competencies: ownership, professional excellence, service and teamwork, and client focus; and who have demonstrated evidence of our core values: collegiality, commitment, excellence, integrity and intensity.


To be eligible for consideration, you must be enrolled and in good standing at an ABA accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2020 at the time of application. To receive the scholarship, you must participate in and complete the firm’s summer associate program after your second year of law school. You may not be the recipient of a similar diversity award from another law firm. 

The first half of the scholarship will be paid upon successful completion of the firm’s summer associate program. The second half will be paid before the second semester of your third year of law school, provided that you have received and accepted an offer to join Akin Gump as an associate following the completion of your legal education.