Students - Pro Bono Scholars Program & Pro Bono Practice

Application Process

Law School Road Shows

Each year, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP hosts a series of programs at several law school campuses to discuss the Pro Bono Scholars Program. Attorneys from the firm attend, discuss the program and provide insight. Check with your law school career services office for details regarding a presentation that may be taking place at your school.

Application Process

The firm will accept applications for the Pro Bono Scholars Program from January 3 – February 13, 2017. 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 the applicant’s full transcript. Decisions are made on a rolling basis and we expect the selection of the 2017 Pro Bono Scholars to be completed by early March.

Hiring Criteria

Prior pro bono work experience is not required to participate in the program. Several of our Pro Bono Scholars have had experience with public interest law, and others are working in the public interest for the first time. We select Pro Bono Scholars each year from among many highly qualified candidates. In addition to high academic achievement, we also value extracurricular activities, initiative, strong motivation, demonstrated leadership skills, strong interpersonal skills, good judgment, willingness to assume responsibility, maturity, non-academic experience and the ability to work well with others.