The Baker & Hostetler LLP Paul D. White Minority Scholarship Program was established to facilitate the recruitment and employment of minority attorneys by providing law students with valuable experience early in their careers. The scholarship was established in 1997 in memory of Baker & Hostetler Partner Paul D. White. Joining the Firm in 1968, he became the first black lawyer in a major Cleveland law firm. In 1970 he was named partner in the firm and began a distinguished legal career while continuing his leadership role in community activities. Paul D. White was widely respected as a labor and employment lawyer and community leader.
Baker Hostetler actively recruits candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives to foster an inclusive workplace. As part of this long-standing commitment to diversity and attracting top candidates with diverse backgrounds, the firm is proud to introduce the Baker Hostetler Diversity Fellowship Program
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Open to any second-year law student, successful applicants to the program will receive up to a $25,000 award as well as a position in the Baker Hostetler summer associate program. The amount of $10,000 will be paid within the first 30 days of starting in a summer associate position with the firm and the remaining $15,000 is contingent upon receiving and accepting a full-time offer with the firm, to be paid within 30 days of joining the firm as a full-time associate. Award
The scholarship award will include a paid summer associate clerkship and a $6,000 net award.Eligilbility
This is a merit based fellowship. Fellowship applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school and in good standing as a second-year law student at the time of application
- A member of one of the under-represented racial/ethnic groups set forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or a member of the LGBT community
- Not a recipient of a similar diversity award from another law firm for the same time period
- Applicants must spend at least eight weeks with the firm (the Houston office will permit applicants to work six weeks with the firm). Splitting time between two offices may be permitted based upon approval of the two offices' Hiring Partners
- A U.S. citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States
Attn: Dee Driscole
1900 East 9th Street, Suite 3200
Cleveland, Ohio 44114 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.bakerlaw.com **Important Information Regarding Personal Statement**
BAKER HOSTETLER DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM PERSONAL STATEMENT
Prepare a double spaced personal statement that does not exceed 500 words. The statement should reflect your views of or experience with diversity. Be sure to include why you are interested in Baker Hostetler and how you will be able to contribute to the diversity objectives of the Firm.
A few topics you can consider when writing your statement:
What does diversity mean to you?
How has diversity (either your own diverse background or the environments you have found yourself in) aided your professional or personal growth and development?
In what ways has your own diverse background positively impacted the way you have approached situations or issues?
In what ways has diversity impacted your life OR how would you like to see your diverse background positively impact Baker Hostetler and the greater community in which you practice.