Editor’s Note: Below are the requirements for last year's fellowship. Stay tuned for the 2014 information!
Bingham’s Thurgood Marshall Fellowship
Bingham is pleased to offer the Thurgood Marshall Fellowship, honoring the first African-American Justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and a man who had a profound effect on the civil rights movement of the 20th century. This fellowship is particularly meaningful to the firm because Justice Marshall’s son, Thurgood Marshall, Jr., is a partner in our D.C. office, having joined us after his own distinguished career in public service.
“Bingham’s commitment to this program stems from our belief that every contribution that strengthens the diversity of our profession inures to the common good of society in countless ways.” — Thurgood Marshall, Jr.
We expect to award two fellowships to the class of 2015, one in Bingham’s D.C. office and the other in one of our Southern California offices. Recipients will receive a paid summer associate position and a $25,000 fellowship to be distributed as follows: $15,000 applied to third-year law school tuition after successful completion of our summer program (including receipt of an offer of permanent employment) and $10,000 upon commencement of full-time employment at the firm.
Candidates must expect to graduate in Spring 2015 and have outstanding undergraduate and law school academic credentials, strong oral and written communication skills, proven leadership, and a commitment to succeed as a lawyer in a large, private practice environment. Recipients will be selected based upon merit (including academic success and extracurricular activities), personal achievement, civic involvement, recommendations and a personal statement.
To apply, please submit the following by July 31, 2013: (1) a cover letter, (2) a resume, (3) undergraduate and law school transcripts, (4) a writing sample. The following may also be submitted by July 31, but certainly no later than September 6, 2013: (5) one letter of recommendation and (6) a personal statement of 1,000 words or less addressing the following two topics: (a) How would you contribute to the diversity of the legal profession and (b) What does the following Thurgood Marshall quote mean to you:
None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody — a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns — bent down and helped us pick up our boots.
Please submit materials to:
Kate Rooney Thomson
Legal Recruiting Manager
Bingham McCutchen LLP
2020 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
Bingham offers a broad range of market-leading practices focusing on global financial services firms and FORTUNE 100 companies, with lawyers in 14 locations in the U.S., Europe and Asia. We have been one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” since 2005, and our diversity program is a critical element of our inclusive culture, business and values.