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Students - Pro Bono Scholars Program & Pro Bono Practice

Application Process

School Road Shows

Each year 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.


Applications must be submitted through our online application system. We will accept applications for the Pro Bono Scholars Program from January 2, 2018 through February 16, 2018. First-year law students interested in the program are invited to submit a complete application, including:

  • current resume
  • law school transcript (uncertified is acceptable)
  • legal writing sample
  • personal statement (up to 500 words) describing your interest in Akin Gump and pro bono work.

We will only consider applications that contain all of the requested documents. (Because some law schools do not release first semester grades until early February, we will accept applications with the transcript to be sent when released.) Offers will not be extended to candidates until the firm has received their full transcript.

You may apply to, and be considered by, only one Akin Gump office. Decisions are made on a rolling basis, and the selection is typically completed by early March.

Please click here to apply under ‘Law Students.’

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 (dallasrecruiting@akingump.com)
Washington, D.C. office – Dmitriy Galyutin (dcrecruiting@akingump.com)
Houston office – Melissa Shields (houstonrecruiting@akingump.com)
Los Angeles office – Scott Arsenault (larecruiting@akingump.com)
New York office – Bryna Beckler-Knoll (nylegalrecruiting@akingump.com