Norton Rose Fulbright 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright is pleased to announce that it has established a new diversity fellowship for first-year law students. Fellows will receive a $10,000 scholarship for tuition and related expenses (in addition to summer associate pay), along with a summer associate position in our Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, San Antonio, St. Louis, or Washington, D.C. office.

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.

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 students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

Candidates should be committed to promoting diversity and, ideally, would have demonstrated that commitment in their communities, schools and/or workplaces. We will also consider personal achievements, academic achievements and demonstrated 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 1L summer associate position. The full scholarship will be awarded upon completion of the summer associate program following the first year of law school, if in good standing, and receipt and acceptance of an offer to return for the following summer for a minimum of four (4) weeks for a 2L clerkship. The 1L Fellow may also be eligible to earn a 2L Diversity Fellowship. 


Eligible candidates must be enrolled, in good standing and have successfully completed their first year of a full-time JD program at a fully accredited ABA law school in the US with an expected graduation date in spring 2022 by the time that they would enter Norton Rose Fulbright's 1L summer associate program in summer 2020.

Interested applicants should be authorized to work in the US and have a strong interest in joining our firm 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.

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 first-year law students (class of 2022) 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.


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 starting immediately until and including January 31, 2020. 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.

A complete application must include submission of:

  • A complete and accurate application form
  • Current resume
  • Unofficial or official law school transcript
  • Unofficial or official undergraduate transcript
  • A personal statement, not to exceed 500 words, that describes your talents, experiences, how diversity and inclusion in academic or other environments have 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

Download the Norton Rose Fulbright 1L 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

Applications should be submitted to in a single Adobe PDF file. Please title the subject line of your email: LAST, FIRST NAME: 2020 1L Diversity Fellowship Program Application. 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.