Eversheds Sutherland Scholars Program

Everyone talks diversity.  Eversheds Sutherland is doing something about it.

Established in 2005, Eversheds Sutherland Scholars is an intensive three-week summer program for recent college graduates headed to law school or rising college seniors from a variety of personal and cultural backgrounds. The award-winning program is offered at no cost and is designed to introduce students to the rigors of law school. Scholars are exposed to topics such as how to navigate the law school admission process, what to expect during the first year of law school, and getting a job upon graduation. The program engages an Emory Law professor to teach introductory classes in Contracts and Legal Research & Writing (with exams) and provides the scholars with a chance to hear from and visit with a variety of legal professionals. The program also includes a modest stipend.

The first year of law school can be challenging. The Eversheds Sutherland Scholars program helps to demystify the law school experience by exposing students to everything they will need to be successful. Eversheds Sutherland attorneys and other legal professionals lead intensive roundtable discussions that include:

  • Opportunities to Excel in Law School: Law Review, Moot Court, Mock Trials and Clinical Programs
  • How to Form an Effective Study Group
  • Tips on Building Relationships with Professors
  • Legal Research and Writing Techniques
  • Business Etiquette Training
  • Preparing for Life After Law School

To date, more than 400 students have graduated from the program. The Eversheds Sutherland Scholars program is the first program of its kind and has served as a model and inspiration for other programs throughout the country.

“Eversheds Sutherland Scholars is not only our signature pipeline program, it is our best opportunity to identify new talent that represents the future of the legal profession,” said Vanessa A. Scott, Partner and Eversheds Sutherland (US) Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

“Diversity and Inclusion are key to our firm, our work and to our service in all of our communities. The Eversheds Sutherland Scholars program is vital to our diversity and inclusion efforts in providing future lawyers with many of the skills needed to thrive in the first year of law school,” said Mark D. Wasserman, Co-CEO of Eversheds Sutherland.

In 2017, Eversheds Sutherland was nationally recognized with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) George B. Vashon Innovator Award, which recognizes a law firm for their commitment and excellence in leading the way with innovative best practices to assist diverse attorneys.

Learn more and apply by May 25th at https://www.esscholars.com/.

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