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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.


The firm will accept applications for the Pro Bono Scholars Program from January 2 – February 15, 2019. 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.

Applications must be submitted through our online application system. Please click here to apply under ‘Law Students.’ You will need to upload the above listed required documents at the end of the application process. The firm recognizes that first semester grades at some law schools are not released until early February; accordingly, we will accept applications with the transcript to be sent once it is released. 

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. Decisions are made on a rolling basis and we expect the selection of the 2019 Pro Bono Scholars to be completed by early March.

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 (