Diversity Vedder Diversity
In keeping with our commitment to diversity, we established the Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship in 2005.
This Scholarship provides a $7,500 monetary award for law school-related expenses and a guaranteed summer associate position in our Summer Associate Program after the scholarship recipient’s first year of law school. To receive the scholarship, the recipient must join the 2020 Summer Associate Program and the monetary award will be paid at the start of the program.
The Chicago Scholarship recipient will join the 2020 Chicago Summer Associate Program and work in the Corporate, Litigation and Labor & Employment practice areas.
The New York Scholarship recipient will join the 2020 New York Summer Associate Program and work in the Corporate practice area, with a focus in Global Transportation Finance.
To be eligible, you must be a first-year law student who is a student of color, LGBT, a person with a disability or a person whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of Vedder Price and the legal profession. Applicants must be enrolled in one of the following law schools: Boston University, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, George Washington, Georgetown, Harvard, Northwestern, Notre Dame, NYU, Stanford, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Chicago, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, University of Texas-Austin, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Washington University in St. Louis or Yale.
For more information, please see our 2020 Diversity Scholarship Overview and 2020 Diversity Scholarship Application. Applications must be submitted via email and will first be accepted December 2, 2019. Applications must be submitted by January 15, 2020. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis. The Scholarship recipients will be notified by March 1, 2020
For more information, please contact:
Chicago 1L Diversity Scholarship
Pamela G. Masters
Manager of Legal Recruiting
New York 1L Diversity Scholarship
Elise H. Rippe
Manager of Legal Recruiting
"The experiences offered through Vedder Price's Diversity Scholarship program are invaluable. As a 1L summer associate, I was able to work on a range of projects in various practice areas. Not only did that help me crystallize the concepts I learned throughout my 1L year, but it also allowed me to get a better idea of the substantive content of each department's work. Thanks to my experience at Vedder, I now know which practice area I want to specialize in in the future. More importantly, as a law student from a diverse background, one of the biggest things I look for in a firm is an open and encouraging atmosphere so that I can improve and grow my legal skillset without feeling encumbered by a need to win over a group. The main reason I am returning to Vedder is because the partners and associates truly project an environment of friendliness, openness and mentorship. With so many summer associate events planned throughout the summer, meeting and building relationships with your colleagues is easy and enjoyable, which makes working and learning from them all the better."
Nicholas Vera, 2017 Diversity Scholar & 2017/2018 Summer Associate, University of Chicago Law School, Class of 2019