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Diversity Fellowship & Recruitment Programs

Lathrop GPM continues to implement a variety of strategies and initiatives to recruit a diverse group of summer associates and attorneys. Successful efforts layer law school connections and support, networking, community outreach and financial support with accountability to the Firm’s legal recruiting team, Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and executive leadership. 

Lathrop GPM Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship

Lathrop GPM is committed to diversity and inclusion at every level, and believes that the opportunities provided by its Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship will advance those efforts. As a component of the firm’s strategic overall diversity and inclusion initiatives, the fellowship provides up to $20,000 annually in scholarship funds, which may be awarded to one or more law students in order to assist with tuition, fees, books, supplies and other course related expenses. The fellowship recipient(s) will also receive a 2L summer associate position in the firm’s summer program. 

Eligibility

  • Enrolled and in good standing as a second-year law student at an ABA accredited law school. 

  • A commitment to participate in the summer associate program at one of the firm’s offices. 

  • Timely submission of all Fellowship application materials.

  • The desire and ability to promote or enhance diversity in the legal profession. 

 Application Requirements

  • Complete an online application designated for the 2L Diversity Fellowship.
  • Unofficial transcript of law school grades.
  • A personal statement of no more than 750 words describing how your background, personal attributes and/or characteristics will contribute meaningfully to the firm’s diversity and inclusion goals and/or diversity in the legal profession/community.
  • Two professional, personal or academic references or letters of recommendation. 
The application link will become available on September 14, 2020.

Minnesota Urban Debate League Fellowship
Since 2010, Lathrop GPM has proudly sponsored the Minnesota Urban Debate League’s Summer Fellowship, during which high school students observe attorneys in action to get a snapshot of what it is like to be a lawyer. In addition to assisting with various tasks around the firm, the summer fellow attends a debate camp funded through the Lathrop GPM-sponsored fellowship. The firm has continued its involvement each year, and had served as a catalyst for the program’s growth throughout the Twin Cities.  

The Minnesota Urban Debate League serves young people in Minneapolis and St. Paul through academic competitive debate. The League has been hailed as “the diversity program that works” in building the future pipeline of leaders in the legal field. 

Minority Summer Associate Program
In 1993, Gray Plant Mooty became the first law firm in Minneapolis to offer a Minority Summer Associate Program for diverse first year law students. Today, the program continues in multiple Lathrop GPM locations, including Kansas City and St. Louis. Summer associates participate in legal projects, training sessions, and social outings with the guidance of attorney mentors.

Cristo Rey Program 

Lathrop GPM has partnered with the Cristo Rey Network, which provides a faith-based, college preparatory education to economically disadvantaged young people in urban communities. Students attend school four days each week, then work in a corporate office on the fifth day to help pay for their education. Lathrop GPM continues to host students through this initiative, helping them learn basic job skills that are critical to future success. 

Additional Partners 

  • ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship 
  • Midwest Black Law Student Association 
  • Local and National Diverse Bar Associations 
  • Law Schools and Diverse Student Organizations 
  • Diverse Professional Organizations