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Increasing pathways to build a more diverse legal community

At Latham, you belong as you are. Our firm comprises talented people from around the world, reflecting a rich mixture of racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, religions, cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, and primary languages. Our people are our greatest asset.

We are seeking the best and brightest students with fresh perspectives on how to best serve our clients and deepen our culture of inclusion and allyship for one another. 

Latham’s Pathways Program is intended to help students through law school while also relieving some of the financial pressure as they begin to practice in a way that’s meaningful and impactful to clients, society, and our firm.

1L Diversity Scholars Program

Our 1L Diversity Scholars Program offers a unique opportunity to students of all backgrounds who have just finished their first year of law school (class of 2027) at an ABA-accredited school. The 10-week program includes:

  • In-depth legal training, mentoring, and real-world experience at one of Latham’s US offices and a secondment to the legal department of one of our clients. 1L Diversity Scholars will work alongside the 2025 summer associates.
  • An invitation to Latham’s Student Diversity Leadership Academy, a multi-day program focused on developing and empowering the legal industry’s future leaders.
  • Professional development opportunities offered through the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) that focus on leadership, relationship building, and career development strategies. 

2L Diversity Scholars Program

Our 2L Diversity Scholars Program offers a unique opportunity to students of all backgrounds who have just finished their second year of law school (class of 2026) at an ABA-accredited school. The 10-week program includes:

In-depth legal training, mentoring, and real-world experience at one of Latham’s US or London offices. 2L Diversity Scholars will work alongside the 2025 summer associates.

2L Diversity Scholars will receive:

  • A weekly salary throughout the 10-week program, plus eligibility for a scholarship up to US$50,000
  • An opportunity to participate in our Client Mentorship Program 

 

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion — Latham's Pathways Program

Selection Criteria

The application process is open to all law students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, regardless of race, color, religion, citizenship, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military service, disability, or any other characteristic or condition protected by applicable law.

2L Diversity Scholars must spend the first 10 weeks of the summer program with Latham.

Latham’s Recruiting Committee will evaluate all applications and consider the following factors:

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in communities and/or in the legal profession
  • Academic and leadership achievements
  • Obstacles or challenges (financial or otherwise) encountered in advancing career objectives
  • Life experiences that have shaped values (including a commitment to DEI) and professional goals
  • A desire to practice at a global law firm

Application Requirements

A complete application package must include the following items:

  • Completed online application
    • Please only submit one application to your most preferred office. If you have additional offices of interest, you may include them in the additional information section of your application. Any subsequent application(s) will not be considered.
  • Resume
  • Unofficial or official law school transcript (including your complete grades for your 1L year)
    • We strongly encourage you submit your application with your final transcript for a faster review. Your application is complete only after we receive your final transcript. If your spring grades are pending, submit your current transcript now and email your final transcript to AssociateRecruiting.Global@lw.com once available.
  • Personal statement (500 to 1,000 words) addressing one or more of the following:
    • Your resilience and tenacity
    • How you will contribute to Latham’s inclusive culture and diverse community
    • Experiences that have shaped your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the legal profession

Eligibility

  • Enrolled full time in a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2026 (2L Diversity Scholars) or 2027 (1L Diversity Scholars) at the time of application.
  • Must participate in Latham’s full 10-week 2025 Summer Program, starting in May 2025. Exceptions to this start date will only be made due to conflicts with academic calendars.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the legal community and/or more broadly.

Dates and Deadlines

  • 2025 Pathways Program: 2L Diversity Scholars applications are open. Through Latham Early Action Days (LEAD), you can apply early to our summer program from June 10 through June 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The 2L general application period is June 18 through July 12 at 5:00 p.m. ET. By participating in LEAD, you can receive a decision earlier on in the process. This is a great approach if you have a strong interest in working at Latham. APPLY NOW.
  • 2025 Pathways Program: 1L Diversity Scholars applications will open later this fall; sign up to be notified when applications open.

Learn More

At Latham you are encouraged to bring your own unique perspective, because our diversity fuels understanding and innovation. Learn more about Latham’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, including our world-class programs, affinity groups, and accolades. To speak to a recruiter directly, contact AssociateRecruiting.Global@lw.com.