Stinson Leonard Street Creates $30,000 Minority Fellowship Program
Stinson Leonard Street is now accepting applications for the firm's Minority Fellowship program. Stinson is committed to being a law firm that is rich in diversity, ideas and experiences. One way the firm strives to be a leader in this area is by creating an innovative program to recruit and train talented racially diverse law students from across the country to join the firm's summer associate program and, ultimately, the firm's associate ranks.
The new fellowship offers up to $30,000 of law school tuition assistance plus a paid summer associate position at either Stinson's Minneapolis, Kansas City or St. Louis office. First year law students in a racial minority group historically underrepresented in the legal profession are eligible. Successful applicants will have a strong academic record, be interested in an area of law that matches the firm's practice areas, possess strong legal writing skills and be committed to practicing law in the office in which they seek their summer associate position.
A $15,000 payment is made upon successful completion of Stinson’s 1L summer associate program, and a second $15,000 payment after successful completion of the 2L summer associate program and acceptance of an associate position. The $30,000 in tuition assistance is in addition to the summer associate salary.
The firm makes a serious investment in its associate development and diversity and inclusion programs, and both have been recognized nationally. In August, BTI Consulting Group named Stinson as one of only 38 "Law Firms with Standout Associates." To compile the list, BTI surveyed more than 300 in-house counsel nationwide. In October, Stinson was among the first law firms in the country to sign on to the CEO Action Pledge, joining some of the world's largest companies working to cultivate welcoming and inclusive workplaces by sharing the most successful strategies. In November, Stinson was named a "Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality" by earning a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index.
Applications for the fellowship will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2018. More information on the fellowship is available at the firm's website.
"Our firm has a long and proud tradition of supporting diversity scholarships for minority law students. We are proud that past recipients of those scholarships are attorneys and partners at the firm," said Mark Hinderks, Stinson's managing partner. "We are planning to not only continue but grow and improve that commitment with this new fellowship, as we identify the most talented diverse law students in the country and reward their hard work and achievement. We truly believe that a more diverse and welcoming law firm is a better law firm for our employees, attorneys and especially our clients. This new fellowship will be vital in those efforts."