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We believe that a diverse workforce provides better service to our clients and a better work environment for our attorneys and staff. We have thus made recruitment, retention, and promotion of attorneys who add to our overall diversity, including attorneys of color and underrepresented groups, a priority for our firm.

To help us meet our commitment to diversity, we have established the Davis Wright Tremaine 1L Diversity Scholarship Program. We offer a total of six scholarships in the following offices: Los Angeles (1-Real Estate Focus), New York (2), Portland (1) Seattle (1), and Washington, D.C. (1). These consist of a paid Summer Associate position and $10,000 for the student’s second year tuition and expenses.

The Diversity Scholarships are open to all first-year law students of diverse backgrounds, who:
  • Have a record of academic achievement in both undergraduate school and the first year of law school that demonstrates promise for a successful career in law
  • Are committed to civic involvement that promotes diversity and will continue that commitment upon entering the legal profession
  • Are committed to practicing in the Pacific Northwest after law school (for the Seattle and Portland offices only)

Although demonstrated need may be taken into account, applicants need not disclose their financial circumstances.

To Apply
We have completed the hiring process for our 2017 1L Diversity Scholarships and are no longer accepting applications. We will have 2018 information updated in November. Per NALP guidelines, we are unable to interview first-year law students prior to December 1. Application materials required:

    • Current resume
    • Cover letter (indicate which office you are applying for and your connection to the Pacific Northwest for Seattle and Portland applications) *If you are an out-of-area applicant and you will be in town during the application window, please indicate those dates in your cover letter.
    • One-page personal statement. We want to learn more about you, so this is a good time to tell us part of your life story. Some suggestions (but not mandated topics) might include: How did you get here? What have you overcome? What is it about diversity that drives you? How might you contribute to our community in the future? What would you like us to know about you that is not in your resume?
    • Copy of your complete undergraduate transcript (unofficial copy is fine)
    • Copy of your grades from the first semester of law school (if grades are not available at the time you apply, please be sure to mention it in your cover letter.) Send us your law school transcript via email as soon as it becomes available. (Unofficial copy is fine)
    • Legal writing sample un-edited by a third party (5-10 pages long)
    • List of two or three references, one of whom should be a person qualified to comment on your law school work

    Meet Us

    You can meet us at the following receptions/events in 2016/2017:
    • 10.29.16: Multnomah Bar Association (BOWLIO)
    • 11.01.16: New York University School of Law (Annual Diversity Forum)
    • 11.01.16: University of Oregon School of Law (1L Diversity Scholarship Panel Discussion)
    • 11.02.16: DC Diversity Consortium Diversity Fair
    • 11.03.16: Willamette University College of Law (1L Diversity Scholarship Panel Discussion)
    • 11.10.16: Lewis & Clark Law School (1L Diversity Scholarship Panel Discussion)
    • 11.16.16: Seattle University School of Law (1L Diversity Reception)
    • 12.07.16: University of Washington School of Law (1L Diversity Reception)
    • 01.05.17: SALRA Diversity Reception
    • 01.31.17: 2nd Annual Reception for Diversity, DWT New York Office

    Seattle and Washington, D.C.

    Brook Dormaier
    Law Student Recruiting Manager
    Portland, Los Angeles, New York 

    Hiroko Peraza
    Diversity Outreach Recruitment Manager