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Students - Pro Bono Scholars Program & Pro Bono Practice

Application Process

School Road Shows

Each spring we host programs at several law school campuses to discuss the Pro Bono Scholars Program. Check with your Career Development Office to find out when we’ll be at your school.


First year law students interested in the program are asked to submit a complete application, which should include a resume, transcript (uncertified is acceptable) and writing sample. In addition, each candidate is required to submit a short statement (no more than 500 words) describing his or her interest in having a career at Akin Gump and making pro bono a part of his or her practice.

Candidates may apply to, and be considered by, only one Akin Gump office. The firm will only consider applications that contain all of the requested documents.

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

Selection Criteria

Although selection is highly competitive, you don’t need prior pro bono experience to participate in the Pro Bono Scholars program. We look for:

  • high academic achievement
  • extracurricular activities
  • initiative
  • strong motivation
  • demonstrated leadership skills
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • good judgment
  • willingness to assume responsibility
  • maturity
  • non-academic experience
  • ability to work well with others.


If you have questions about the Pro Bono Scholars Program, please contact:

Dallas office – Elaine Kent (
Washington, D.C. office – Kenzie Whitfield (
Houston office – Melissa Shields (
Los Angeles office – Scott Arsenault (
New York office – Bryna Beckler-Knoll (