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2024 1L Fellowship Program for Advancing Diversity in the Profession

Pillsbury’s 2024 1L Fellowship for Advancing Diversity in the Profession offers a paid summer associate position in one of our U.S. offices during the summer of 2024 and the opportunity to participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program. 1L Fellows who receive and accept an offer to return as a 2L Pillsbury summer associate will receive a $15,000 award to help defray the cost of law school.  Those Fellows who then also successfully complete their 2L summer with Pillsbury and receive and accept an offer to return as an associate after graduation from law school, will receive an additional award in the amount of $25,000.

Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis from November 1, 2023, until positions are filled or until January 5, 2024, with priority given to submissions received by December 31, 2023.

Applications must be submitted to: Pillsbury 2024 1L Fellowship Application.

If you require an accommodation or assistance to complete the online application process, please contact Rohonda Williams at pillsbury1Lfellow@pillsburylaw.com. When contacting Rohonda Williams, please identify the type of accommodation or assistance you are requesting, and we will assist you promptly.


Pillsbury has been a long-time supporter of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The firm was among the first major law firms to promote women to partnership and the first large, national firm in the Unites States to elect a woman as its top leader. Today, DEI initiatives and programs are widespread across the firm.

Pillsbury is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our firm’s strategic plan includes a combination of internal and external initiatives. Internal initiatives are focused on, among other things, enhancing the experience of our diverse attorney population, increasing our retention and promotion rates, increasing the number of diverse attorneys in leadership roles, and increasing the number of diverse equity partners. Our employee resource groups include: (i) DiverseAbilities, serves as a resource and an advocate for employees with disabilities and their families, (ii) M.E.R.G. (Military Employee Resource Group), which supports active and retired military personnel and their families, (iii) Pillsbury Pride, a resource group for LGBTQ+ members and their allies, (iv) Black Excellence, focuses on the professional development of the firm's black business professionals, and (v) First Gen, provides support and development tools to individuals who are first generation professionals. Our business resource groups that focus on professional support and development and fostering business relationships include: (i) Women’s Impact Network and (ii) Attorneys of Color Network.

The firm’s external initiatives are focused on a number of different efforts, including: pipeline programs to provide mentoring for high school and college students while exposing them to legal careers; the development of a diversity scholarship program for college graduates entering law school; enhancing our visibility on law school campuses by educating students on the firm’s culture and commitment to diversity and inclusion, in addition to exposing them to new areas of law; being intentional about recruiting diverse lateral attorneys; and requesting a diverse candidate pool from our recruiters.

Year after year, Pillsbury’s inclusion efforts are recognized throughout the industry. Our accolades include: Best Law Firm for Women for 14 years, 100 Best Companies for Working Parents for 16 years, 100% score on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for LGBTQ+ equality since 2006, and in 2021 Yale Law Women ranked Pillsbury the Top Firm for Racial Justice Contributions.

We invite you to learn more about us from some of our attorneys and D&I leaders. Click here to view Diversity & Inclusion at Pillsbury.