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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 a Diversity Fellowship each year. If awarded a V&E Diversity Fellowship, you will receive a scholarship and the opportunity to clerk in one of our U.S. offices the summer following your 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’ 1L Diversity Fellows receive $10,000 (in two $5,000 installments), and each awarded student is required to clerk as a Summer Associate in one of our U.S. offices (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, or Washington) the summer following his/her first year of law school. The first installment of $5,000 will be paid at the end of the first year of law school, and the second installment of $5,000 is conditioned on receiving and accepting a return summer associate offer.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • To be eligible for a Vinson & Elkins Diversity Fellowship, first-year 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)
    • Have a strong undergraduate and law school record
    • Possess excellent writing skills
    • Demonstrate interest in working in a law firm setting

    Application Requirements

    • Completed online application.
    • Current resume
    • 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.

    Applications will be accepted from December 1, 2017 through January 19, 2018. A selection panel will evaluate all completed applications, conduct interviews, and announce Fellowship recipients in February. 

    Click here to submit your application online.


    Read more about this year’s Diversity Fellowship award recipients by clicking here.