(February 27, 2012, Weil News)
International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP today announced it has expanded its diversity fellowship initiative for law school students with the addition of a “2L” program for second-year students. The Weil 2L Diversity Fellowship Program builds upon its existing Weil 1L Diversity Fellowship Program and underscores the firm’s dedication to diversity with the goal of creating an even more diverse workplace.
“Achieving and promoting a diverse workforce is a top priority at Weil,” said Barry M. Wolf, Executive Partner at Weil. “As a part of our activities to support a diverse and inclusive culture we are delighted to expand our Diversity Fellowship Program to second-year law students.”
The Weil 2L Diversity Fellowship is available to students who are enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and intend to practice law in a major city of the United States. Eligible students must have successfully completed their first year of a full-time JD program, with an expected graduation date of spring 2014, and may not be the recipient Weil’s 1L Diversity award or a similar scholarship award from another law firm.
“Weil’s inclusive environment is paramount to the firm’s success and has been consistently recognized for diversity initiatives, including training, affinity groups, supplier diversity programs and firm-wide educational programs,” said Robert F. Carangelo, Chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee. “The Weil 2L Diversity Fellowship will further drive diversity in our recruiting efforts to attract more men and women of different races, ethnic backgrounds, cultures and sexual orientation.”
Weil will be accepting applications from potential Fellowship candidates from June 1, 2012 through July 15, 2012. An internal selection panel will evaluate all applications, considering such factors as overall commitment to diversity, work experience and academic achievement. Finalists will also be interviewed for the Fellowship after applications are submitted and the winner will be announced in September 2012.
Weil 2L Diversity Fellows will receive a gift of a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for their third year of law school (2013-2014), which is contingent upon accepting an offer of summer employment at Weil. The Firm expects to award up to two scholarships for the 2013-2014 law school year.
“Weil’s commitment to diversity has been a cornerstone of the firm,” said Andrea A. Bernstein, Chair of Weil’s Diversity Committee. “The expansion of Weil’s Diversity Fellowship Program will broaden our efforts by helping law school students from diverse backgrounds further their pursuit of a career in law.”
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