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2017 Diversity Fellowship Program: Information, Application and Selection

Meyers Nave’s Diversity Fellowship Program is designed to help promote diversity within our firm and throughout the legal profession by building a pipeline of diverse attorneys at the law school level and providing financial assistance, an internship, and mentorship to assist talented, diverse law students with their pursuit of a career in law. Below is information about the program, application criteria, and selection timetable. Please click here for a printable PDF of this information. Please email questions to diversity@meyersnave.com.

Summary of Diversity Fellowship Program Components

  • Paid, full-time, 10-week Fellow position at Meyers Nave’s Oakland office during the summer after the first and second years of law school
  • Annual tuition assistance of $5,000 for the second and third years of law school, upon completion of the first- and second-year Fellow programs
  • Mentoring during law school from Meyers Nave attorneys practicing in different areas of law in the firm’s California offices, focusing on academic work and the practice and business of law
  • Potential Associate position at Meyers Nave after law school

Application Process and Selection Timetable

  • In accordance with National Association for Law Placement guidelines for first-year law student recruiting, the application process began on December 1, 2016. The last day to apply was January 15, 2017.
  • Completed application information must be emailed to diversity@meyersnave.com. Please include your name in the file name of all documents.
  • Finalists will be notified via email by mid-February 2017. Finalists will participate in in-person interviews as well as interviews conducted by phone and/or video conference.

Candidate Criteria

  • Possess an interest in joining Meyers Nave
  • First-year law student, in good standing, at an ABA accredited law school
  • Demonstrated commitment to community service and/or civic leadership
  • Member of an underrepresented group set forth by the EEOC, member of the LGBT community, or member of a group traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession, including law students of color, women law students or others of diverse backgrounds
  • Financial need is not required, yet it will be strongly considered along with other factors.
  • Academic achievements and strong writing skills
  • Applicants must spend 10 weeks during the summer working full time in Meyers Nave’s Oakland office.
  • A U.S. citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States
  • Employees and attorneys of Meyers Nave, current clients of Meyers Nave, vendors whose services are utilized by Meyers Nave, and members of the families of such person(s) are requested not to apply for the Fellowship Program.

Required Application Information and Documentation

  • Current resume
  • Copy of complete undergraduate transcript
  • Copy of grades from the first semester of law school (if grades are not available at the time of application, please state so and email first semester law grades as soon as they are available)
  • Legal writing sample, un-edited by a third party
  • Three references, two of whom are qualified to comment on your law school or undergraduate work, and one who is a personal reference
  • One- to three-page personal statement in narrative form including the following information:
    • Why do you want to become an attorney?
    • Why do you want to be a Meyers Nave Diversity Fellow?
    • What are your eligibility qualifications based on the required criteria?
    • Significant academic achievements, personal accomplishments and life experiences that have shaped your values and professional goals. Information may include, but is not limited to, experiences and reflections based on:
      • First generation immigrant or child of immigrants
      • English as a second language
      • First in family to go to college
      • Child of single parent or raised by grandparents
      • Socioeconomically disadvantage background
      • Physical disability
      • Supporting self/family through college
      • Working full time/part time while in college, law school
      • Race, gender, ethnicity, and/or LGBTQ


meyers_nave_30_anniversary_logo_rgbIn 2016, Meyers Nave celebrates three decades of wonderful clients, dedicated employees and precedent-setting work. We are proud of the differences that we have made in the communities where we live and work. Meyers Nave began in one office with five attorneys focused on one primary area of law. The firm has expanded throughout California with more than 60 attorneys advising clients on 20 complex fields of law. Amidst our growth and change, the essence of what makes us different remains the same – we treat work colleagues as friends and clients as family. For more information about the firm, please visit our About page. For information about Diversity & Inclusion at Meyers Nave, please visit our Diversity & Inclusion page.