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2L Pauli Murray Diversity Fellowship

At Paul, Weiss, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion defines our culture. In celebration of the varied perspectives and backgrounds that enrich our profession and help us solve problems more effectively, we proudly introduce the Pauli Murray Diversity Fellowship.


Program Description:

Our 2L Diversity Fellowship honors former Paul, Weiss associate Pauli Murray (1956). The first Black woman associate employed by a major New York City law firm, Murray established a legacy we are proud to honor by continuing to invest in the development and promotion of diverse talent.

In 2022, the 2L Pauli Murray Diversity Fellowship will be awarded to a select group of law students pursuing a 2023 2L Summer Associate position in our New York, San Francisco or Washington, D.C. offices. In addition to experiencing our Summer Program’s substantive assignments, robust training, multi-faceted mentorship, client engagement and social events, fellowship recipients will be awarded $50,000, to be paid in installments as follows:

  • $15,000 upon acceptance of 2L summer associate offer with Paul, Weiss
  • $25,000 upon acceptance of full time associate offer with Paul, Weiss
  • $10,000 at the completion of the first year of practice at Paul, Weiss


All applicants must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school with an expected graduation date in 2024. Pauli Murray Diversity Fellows may not participate in a similar fellowship program with another law firm and will not be able to split their summer with another law firm.

Application Process:

The application period will open on July 5, 2022 and candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested students should apply directly to the 2L Pauli Murray Diversity Fellowship job posting found on our online application portal, in addition to applying to Paul, Weiss via their law school sponsored recruitment programs, such as OCI. 

Applicants will need to provide the following materials:

  • Resumé
  • Unofficial law school transcript
  • Personal statement addressing a topic of your choice that you feel best illustrates your interest in and qualifications for the 2L Pauli Murray Diversity Fellowship (suggested length: 500 words or less)

Please note: Summer program offer decisions will be made prior to fellowship awards being announced. As such, applicants who are not awarded the fellowship are still eligible to receive an offer to join the Paul, Weiss Summer Program.


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