Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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Scholarships and Fellowships
Paul, Weiss is committed to both addressing racial justice and equality in the law and diversifying the profession through the following scholarships and fellowships:
New York University Law School Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law Paul Weiss Student Fellowship Program
In 2019, the firm partnered with the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at NYU Law School to create the Paul, Weiss Student Fellowships.
Paid fellowships are available each year to NYU Law 2Ls who spend the academic year working on projects with the Center. Each year, the Student Fellows present their research to the firm and take questions from firm attorneys on their projects.
On July 28, 2020 Paul, Weiss hosted a fireside chat between firm chairman Brad Karp and Anthony Thompson, Professor of Clinical Law and the Center’s Founding Faculty Director. Before a firmwide audience, Brad and Tony explored the work taking place at the Center with a particular focus on racial justice in the context of COVID-19 and what organizations like Paul, Weiss can do to promote racial justice.
The Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys (LIWOCA)
Paul, Weiss is a proud partner with LIWOCA, an organization that helps women of color attorneys in law firms and legal departments develop the critical skills essential to becoming partners and leaders in the legal profession.
The firm sponsors a LIWOCA scholarship for women of color law students which is named in honor of Pauli Murray, the first African American woman associate at Paul, Weiss and an important civil rights/women’s rights leader who Justice Ginsburg credits with helping shape her own approach to women’s rights.
The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) IL Scholars Program
Paul, Weiss provides diverse 1L summer associates the opportunity to participate in the LCLD 1L Scholarship program, which includes a summit with sessions on career development topics, a network of current and past LCLD scholars and access to experienced lawyers at LCLD’s member organizations led by more than 350 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are committed to building a more diverse and inclusive legal profession.
New York City Bar Diversity Fellowship
Paul, Weiss is the only law firm to have consistently participated in the New York City Bar 1L Diversity Fellowship program since its’ inception (1991), a distinction for which we were honored at the 25th anniversary celebration. This program has served as a fruitful pipeline of diverse talent for the firm over the years. Seven of our last ten Fellows have joined the firm as associates.