The Program - For Students
What is the summer program of the Law in Tech Diversity Collaborative?
For 2021, the Law in Technology Diversity Collaborative will provide approximately 30-40 successful candidates with a 10-week paid internship split between a high-profile tech company and a top-tier law firm.
Participating in the Law in Tech Diversity Collaborative is an investment in your long-term legal career. While each tech company in the Collaborative will make its own hiring decisions and offer its own in-house experience, in one summer, the Collaborative will provide its students with:
- Dual exposure and work experience with both (1) a top-tier law firm and (2) the in-house legal team of a tech company. This rare in-house work experience helps to give students a well-rounded perspective on the differences in how legal advice is crafted and digested between firms and in-house teams;
- Two high-profile company resume credentials in one summer;
- Networking events with fellow interns and attorneys across all of the companies participating in the Collaborative; and
- A lasting professional cohort, composed of the cross-company class of interns -- this serves as social and support network during the summer, and will mature into a network of professional contacts as you advance in your careers.
How long is the program?
Covering the span of 10 weeks, each intern will spend about five weeks working for one of the tech companies in the Collaborative and five weeks working for one of the participating law firms.
What have students said about the program?
This program is making a real impact on the career trajectories of participating students, and by building a sustainable and scalable program, we are making a change in the profession. Here are a few quotes from our summer associates:
● “This was life changing for me. Thank you.”
● “The LiTD program gave me an invaluable experience and lasting friendships. I feel extremely fortunate and lucky to have been part of the program, as I have a much better idea of where I want to take my future and how to do it. I have met many supportive individuals at both the law firm and the in-house company, several of whom have continued to offer support even after I have left. I hope that this program will continue to grow and support diverse law students!”
● “I am so grateful for this program and for the specific firm and company that selected me. I know that this experience sets me apart from other law students my year. I am so motivated to continue to excel in my 2L year.”
● “I truly enjoyed my experience as a Law in Tech intern. I was able to work with many interesting practice groups, gain exposure to two different working environments, and meet and network with very accomplished yet approachable attorneys. I also enjoyed getting to know the other interns at the Law in Tech events. Thank you for a wonderful and informative summer!”
● “This was an amazing program, I really hope this continues on and grows/thrives. The people who put this together all deserve enormous praise. I’m proud to have been a part of the inaugural class.”
● “To me, the Law in Technology Diversity Collaborative means opening doors, traditionally designed to remain closed, for law students from different backgrounds. It means exposing students like me, who grew up in poverty, to some of the best legal training one could have at the outset of my career. Most importantly, the Collaborative means pushing students to let go of the never-ending imposter syndrome—empowering them to provide employers with new perspectives in the law."
● "The fact that the Collaborative recruited from schools that are underrepresented in big law demonstrated a meaningful commitment on the part of the firms and companies involved to broadening the pipeline of law students who can access tech and big law. Through my participation in the program, I hope to widen the door so that more HBCU law students and black woman law students can establish lasting careers in law and tech."
● "Loved it! Once in a lifetime experience!”
Who should apply?
Underrepresented minorities, women, and other first-year law students with a demonstrated commitment to diversity from Howard University; American University Washington College of Law; Northeastern University School of Law; Loyola Law School; Santa Clara University; Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law; UC Berkeley School of Law; UC Davis School of Law; UC Hastings College of the Law; UC Irvine School of Law; and University of Miami School of Law are strongly encouraged to apply.
How do I apply?
One application to the LiTD Collaborative entitles the student to consideration by all of our participating companies! 1L students interested in learning more should contact the Office of Career Services at their law school.