Norton Rose Fulbright Diversity Fellowship Program

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright is pleased to announce that it has established a new diversity fellowship for a second-year law student that will provide a $10,000 scholarship for tuition and related expenses.

The Norton Rose Fulbright 2L Diversity Fellowship recipient also would be a paid summer associate in our Dallas office who would participate in the Summer Associate Academy, training sessions and social and professional events and spend part of the summer working off-site at Toyota Motor North America, a firm client.

Norton Rose Fulbright remains deeply committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace – and to reaping the benefits that accrue from creating such a culture. The Diversity Fellowship Program is the latest example of Norton Rose Fulbright's efforts to promote diversity and inclusion.

Applicants for the 2L Diversity Fellowship need to apply between May 1-July 5, 2019, after they have completed their first year of law school. Norton Rose Fulbright will choose the fellowship recipient in fall 2019. The fellow would then work as a summer associate in summer 2020 and would agree to join Norton Rose Fulbright as a full-time associate in its Dallas office upon graduating from law school or completion of a judicial clerkship.

Law students encouraged to apply include highly motivated members of diverse populations that have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, including but not limited to racial, ethnic, and gender minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, first-generation college and/or graduate students, disabled individuals, veterans and socio-economic minorities.

Candidates should be committed to promoting diversity and, ideally, would have demonstrated that commitment in their communities, schools or workplaces. They also will be judged on personal achievements, academic achievements and proven leadership ability.

Details, eligibility, selection criteria and the application process for the program are as follows:

What is the Fellowship?

Norton Rose Fulbright's Diversity Fellowship provides up to US$10,000.00 (less applicable taxes and withholdings) in scholarship funds to assist with law school tuition and related expenses. The Fellow will receive a paid 2L summer associate position. This Fellowship is awarded to one (1) highly motivated second-year law student. In order to receive the full amount of the scholarship, eligible candidates must receive and accept an offer to return to Norton Rose Fulbright as a full-time associate following law school graduation or the completion of a judicial clerkship. The award will be paid in two (2) installments: one (1) US$5,000.00 payment upon acceptance of Norton Rose Fulbright's offer to join as a 2L summer associate and one (1) US$5,000.00 payment upon commencing full-time employment with Norton Rose Fulbright following law school graduation or the completion of a judicial clerkship. Should the student either not receive a full-time offer or decline the firm's full-time offer, the student will be ineligible to receive the second installment of US$5,000.00.

Eligibility

Eligible candidates must be enrolled, in good standing and have successfully completed their first year of a full-time JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the US with an expected graduation date in spring 2021. Norton Rose Fulbright encourages students attending Texas law schools to apply, including students at:

  • Baylor University School of Law
  • St. Mary's University School of Law
  • SMU Dedman School of Law
  • South Texas College of Law
  • The University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law
  • The University of Texas School of Law
  • Texas Southern University-Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Texas A&M University School of Law
  • University of Houston Law Center

Interested applicants should be authorized to work in the US and have a strong interest in joining our Dallas office as a full-time associate upon graduating from law school or the completion of a judicial clerkship. Students may not be the recipient of a diversity scholarship award from another law firm during the award year. Furthermore, candidates must be able to participate in the entirety of Norton Rose Fulbright's 2020 Summer Program in the Dallas office; split summers between Norton Rose Fulbright offices and/or another employer are not permitted.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the ability to provide documentation proving authorization to work in the United States, and the successful completion and satisfactory results of a conflicts check and background search.

The application process is open to all rising second-year law students (class of 2021) enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, regardless of race, color, religion, citizenship, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military service, disability or any other characteristic or condition protected by applicable law.

Mentoring

The Fellow will be assigned a Fellowship Mentor. The Mentor will be assigned as soon as the Fellowship has been awarded and will continue throughout the year. The Mentor will serve as a liaison between the student and the firm and will help guide the Fellow's professional growth before, during and after participation in the firm's summer program.

Application process and requirements

Norton Rose Fulbright will accept applications from candidates between May 1, 2019 and July 5, 2019. All applications will be reviewed by Norton Rose Fulbright's Diversity Fellowship Selection Committee, which will be composed of members of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion and Hiring Committees. Finalists will also be interviewed after applications are submitted. The Fellow will be notified in early Fall 2019.

Please note that if you submit your application for the Norton Rose Fulbright Diversity Fellowship but are not chosen to interview for the program, you are still eligible for consideration for Norton Rose Fulbright's 2020 Summer Program.

A complete application must include:

  • Submission of a complete and accurate application form
  • Current resume
  • Unofficial or official law school transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic or personal though at least one reference should be an academic reference)
  • A personal statement, not to exceed 500 words, that describes your talents, experiences, how diversity and inclusion in the academic or other environment has had a personal impact, and how you would contribute to or advance diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright

While we do require you to submit a law school transcript as part of your application, we understand that some law schools may not release first-year grades by our submission deadline. If this is the case, please include the grades you have received at the time of your submission. You may supplement your application with a final transcript by emailing it to usdiversityfellowship@nortonrosefulbright.com.

Download the Norton Rose Fulbright Diversity Fellowship application. 

Download the EEO self-ID application.

Selection criteria

The Fellow must meet the academic and hiring criteria of Norton Rose Fulbright's summer associate program. Other factors the Selection Committee will consider include:

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion
  • Academic and personal achievement
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Work experience
  • Interest in Norton Rose Fulbright

Completed applications should be submitted to usdiversityfellowship@nortonrosefulbright.com by 11:59 pm ET on July 5, 2019 in a single Adobe PDF file. Please title the subject line of your email: YOUR NAME: 2020 Diversity Fellowship Program Application.

Please note that only completed and timely applications are guaranteed consideration. Applications submitted after the final deadline and/or missing any of the required materials will be reviewed at the firm's discretion.

Interviewing

Candidates may be contacted for a screening interview, particularly if a Norton Rose Fulbright office is not easily accessible. Finalist candidates will be asked to travel to the Dallas office for a full round of "callback" interviews. Candidates will participate in the standard interview process, where members of the local Hiring Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee (where applicable), will be invited to interview the candidates. In addition, the US Chief Diversity Officer and US Hiring Partner will be included in all interviews.

All incurred expenses related to such interviews will be fully reimbursed by the firm so long as a National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Reimbursement form is submitted. Applicants will be contacted for interviews on a rolling basis.

Please contact usdiversityfellowship@nortonrosefulbright.com with any questions regarding the Fellowship.