Burr & Forman

1L Summer Diversity Fellowship

The Burr & Forman 1L Summer Diversity Fellowship is an opportunity for diverse law students who complete a summer associate position with Burr & Forman following their first year of law school. Upon satisfactory completion of the 1L summer associate position and an offer to return to Burr & Forman as a 2L summer associate, selected 1L Diversity Fellows will receive up to $4000 to be used for tuition and other educational expenses, and they will be assigned an attorney to mentor them during their second year of law school.

Eligibility Criteria

1L Diversity Fellowships are open to diverse first-year law students who:

  • Are in good standing as a first-year student at an ABA accredited law school;
  • Have demonstrated a high level of work ethic;
  • Belong to a group that is underrepresented in the legal profession, including racial/ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals;
  • Have a willingness to practice law within the geographic foot print of Burr & Forman, throughout the southeastern United States;
  • Have a strong academic track record, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 both at the time of the initial application and at the end of their first year of law school;
  • Have exhibited other key indicators of future success in the law such as leadership ability, excellent writing and interpersonal skills, resourcefulness, judgment or creativity; and
  • Are authorized to work in the United States.

Selection Process

Candidates who meet the above eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply. Upon receiving applications, the firm will review and contact preferred applicants on a rolling basis to arrange individual interviews. Interested 1L law students should submit an application by January 31, 2022 (Spring Semester of first year).

Disbursement of Fellowship Funds

Funds will be paid directly to the 1L Diversity Fellow or their school upon (i) satisfactory completion of the 1L summer associate position, (ii) an offer to return to Burr & Forman as a 2L summer associate, and (iii) submission of law school transcript or grade report confirming the student’s final 1L GPA meets minimum requirements.