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Diversity Fellowship Program (1L)

Meyers Nave champions diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our offices, in the legal profession and in our communities.  Our approach focuses on the three pillars of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, all of which are fundamental principles woven into the fabric of our Firm: they drive the success, innovation and leadership of Meyers Nave.  In furtherance of our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace, we offer a 1L Diversity Fellowship Program based in our Oakland office with opportunities to travel and work in MN’s other local offices.

Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is specially designed to help build a pipeline of diverse attorneys starting at the law school level.  1L Diversity Fellows are given meaningful work to provide them with a first-hand and immersive look at the practice of law at Meyers Nave.  Working closely with attorneys in our various practice areas, fellows gain direct insights and knowledge through participation in practice group meetings, attorney team meetings, meetings with public agency and private sector clients, depositions and hearings.

Chelsea Davis
UC Berkeley School of Law, 2019
1L Diversity Fellow Class of 2016

“My summer experience exceeded all my expectations!  From day one, I felt like I was part of a team.  I worked on substantive assignments from a variety of cases, learned new areas of law, and had the opportunity to observe strategy meetings, depositions, and hearings.  All of the attorneys I worked with were really bright, friendly, and made sure I was learning and making an impact.  The program’s high level of training and support shows the firm’s commitment to turning summer associates into associates.”

About Our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

  • Paid, full-time, 10-week fellow position at Meyers Nave during the summer after the first year of law school with possible extension to second year summer
  • Annual tuition assistance up to $10,000 following each summer completed with Meyers Nave
  • Mentoring during law school from Meyers Nave attorneys, focusing on academic work and the practice and business of law
  • Potential associate position at Meyers Nave after law school

Program Requisites

  • Possess an interest in joining Meyers Nave
  • First-year law student, in good standing, at an ABA accredited law school with an expected graduation date of spring 2024
  • Demonstrated commitment to community service and/or civic leadership
  • Member of an underrepresented group set forth by the EEOC, member of the LGBTQ 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
  • Pending state and federal health policies, applicants must spend 10 weeks during the summer working full time in Meyers Nave’s Oakland office
  • Is a U.S. citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States

Required Application Information

  • 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
  • Personal statement (750-1,000 words) 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 a 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+

Application Process

  • The application period is December 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021
  • Completed applications must be emailed to diversity@meyersnave.com
  • Finalists will be notified via email by late January 2022
  • Interviews will be conducted by telephone and/or by video

Shandyn Pierce
, Public Law Associate (Oakland)
1L Diversity Fellow Class of 2018

“In the context of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, many are passionate about the cause and many are passionate about the credit–few are passionate about the work. Meyers Nave is passionate about the work.”