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V&E Diversity Fellowships

For rising first and second-year law students

Vinson & Elkins awards some of the brightest law students from the nation's top law schools with Diversity Fellowships each year. Each awarded student receives a scholarship ($10,000 or $25,000) and the opportunity to clerk in one of our U.S. offices the summer following their 1L or 2L year. 

  • Michelle Arishita, Associate, 2012 Diversity Fellow

    "I’m honored to have been a V&E Diversity Fellow in 2012 and now to work at V&E. Working at V&E has provided me with opportunities to do sophisticated legal work while being a part of an inclusive culture that has enabled me to grow both professionally and personally."

    Michelle Arishita, Associate, 2012 Diversity Fellow
  • KJ Pedersen, Associate, 2014 Diversity Fellow

    "I feel privileged to have received a V&E Diversity Fellowship. Since starting my career at V&E as an attorney, I have been impressed by the firm’s continued commitment to supporting diversity; V&E’s internal and external inclusion initiatives are ample proof of this, but the warm culture here reaffirms even more that V&E is fully invested in diversity."

    KJ Pedersen, Associate, 2014 Diversity Fellow
  • Vinson & Elkins awards a number of the brightest law students from top law schools in the U.S. with Diversity Fellowships every year. Each 1L Fellow receives $10,000, and each 2L Fellow receives $25,000; along with a summer clerkship in one of our U.S. offices (Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, Richmond, San Francisco, or Washington, DC). Since the program launched in 2008, V&E has awarded more than 60 Fellowships, and more than a dozen former Fellows currently practice law at V&E. Applications should be submitted online at the links below.  

    V&E 1L Diversity Fellowships:  Apply here beginning October 1, 2019 through January 3, 2020.

    V&E 2L Diversity Fellowships: Applications closed.  Check back in May 2020.


    Fellowship Eligibility Requirements

    • To be eligible for a Vinson & Elkins Diversity Fellowship, law students must attend and be in good standing at an American Bar Association accredited law school.
    • Eligible students must be an LGBTQ individual or a member of a racial/ethnic group which has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession (i.e., Asian (including South Asian), American Indian/Alaskan Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino/a, Multiracial, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander).
    • Strong undergraduate and law school record
    • Excellent writing skills
    • Demonstrated interest in working at Vinson & Elkins and commitment to join V&E as a Summer Associate.


    Application Requirements

    • Completed online application (link above)
    • Brief (one-page) cover letter
    • Completed online application (links above)
    • Current resume
    • Undergraduate transcript
    • Current official or unofficial law school transcript
    • A brief statement (500 words or less) discussing interest in Vinson & Elkins, describing how your unique experiences will contribute to our practice of law.


    A selection panel will evaluate all completed applications, conduct interviews, and announce Fellowship recipients in a timely manner. 

    Read more about this year’s 1L Diversity Fellowship award recipients here.