Vedder Price

In keeping with our commitment to diversity, we established the Vedder Price Diversity Scholarship in 2005.

This Scholarship provides a $10,000 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 upcoming Summer Associate Program and the monetary award will be paid at the start of the program.

To be eligible, you must be a first-year law student who is a person of color, LGBT, a person with a disability or a person whose background or experience would 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-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.

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2021 1L Diversity Scholarships. Information regarding our 2022 1L Diversity Scholarship program will be available in November 2021. 

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

Nicholas Vera