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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 three scholarships (one position in our Seattle office, one position in our Portland office and one position in our New York City office), which consist of a paid Summer Associate position and $7,500 for the student’s second year tuition and expenses.

The Diversity Scholarships are open to all first-year law students of color, or others 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
Our online application site is open from December 7, 2015 through January 13, 2016. 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)
  • One-page personal statement indicating your eligibility for the scholarship and if you are applying to the Seattle or Portland office, then your connection to the Pacific Northwest. (If you are an out-of-area applicant and you will be in town during the application window, please indicate those dates in your statement or cover letter.)
  • Copy of your complete undergraduate transcript
  • Copy of your grades from the first semester of law school (if grades are not available at the time you apply, please supplement your application as soon as possible via email by attaching your first semester law grades and send to Brook Dormaier for the Seattle office or Hiroko Peraza for the Portland office)
  • Legal writing sample un-edited by a third party
  • List of two or three references, one of whom should be a person qualified to comment on your law school work

We attended these off-site receptions/events in 2015 and 2016:

  • American University Washington College of Law (Diversity Fellowship Tricks-n-Treats Panel) 10.28.15
  • New York University School of Law (Diversity Forum) 11.02.15
  • Willamette University College of Law (1L Diversity Scholarship Panel Discussion) 11.05.15
  • University of Oregon School of Law (1L Diversity Scholarship Panel Discussion) 11.05.15
  • Multnomah Bar Association (BOWLIO) 11.07.15
  • Seattle University School of Law 11.18.15
  • Lewis & Clark Law School (1L Diversity Scholarship Panel Discussion) 11.19.15
  • University of Washington School of Law (1L Diversity Reception) 12.09.15
  • SALRA Diversity Reception 01.06.16
  • Davis Wright Tremaine, New York Office (1L Diversity Reception) 01.26.16


Seattle and New York Scholarships
Brook Dormaier
Law Student Recruiting Manager
Portland Scholarship
Hiroko Peraza
Recruiting Coordinator