Legal Employers Advancing Diversity of Washington
Fellowship Program 2016
December 1, 2015
Information meeting for interested first-year students at UW School of Law, 4:00
- 5:30 p.m. (RSVP via Symplicity)
January 20, 2016
Application deadline. Students to submit application materials via Symplicity
February 10, 2016
Students who have been selected for interviews will be notified by this date
February 20, 2016
Interviews will be conducted, with every employer interviewing each candidate
March 4, 2016
Anticipated deadline for employers to notify students of selection to be a Fellow in the
summer of 2016
Introduction and Overview
Legal Employers Advancing Diversity in Washington (“LEAD-WA”)
is a Washington non-profit organization created to increase the number of lawyers from diverse backgrounds
practicing in the Washington legal community. LEAD-WA, through its participating law firms and companies,
provides summer associate opportunities to diverse first-year law students from Washington’s three law schools:
Gonzaga University, Seattle University and the University of Washington Schools of Law.
LEAD-WA was established by the Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program (“PSAMFP”) Board, to continue to
provide opportunities for traditionally underrepresented law students to work in a variety of law firm and
corporate law environments and otherwise foster diversity in the profession.
Students who are chosen to participate as Fellows in this highly competitive program will be selected as
summer associates with one of LEAD-WA’s participating employers.
Employers participating in the 2015 PSAMFP are:
Carney Badley Spellman, P.S.
Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP
Oles Morrison Rinker Baker LLP
T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch, Inc.
Note: We anticipate that several more Employers will join prior to or during the application period.
Students will submit a single Application Packet (described below). The Application Packet will be
provided to all Participating Employers (“Employers”) for consideration. Employers will select
semi-finalists for interviews based on the materials submitted for consideration. Following the
interview process, references will be checked. Employers will select students based upon each
If selected for a Fellowship, applicants will receive one, and only one, offer. Applicants will have
48 hours in which to decide whether to accept an offer; however, if an applicant declines his or her
only offer, he or she will not receive any other offers through the LEAD-WA Fellowship Program.
Applicants may indicate a preference for Employers in Eastern or Western Washington, but should be
willing to work for any of the participating Employers.
Materials to be submitted are:
- A personal statement, one to two pages in length, which will serve as a cover letter. Please be sure
your name and contact information appear at the top of the letter. The personal statement should provide
the Employers with information you wish the Employers to know about you and your personal background,
aspirations, etc. It should be addressed to:
Legal Employers Advancing Diversity in Washington Fellowship Program
c/o Teresa Daggatt
Gordon Thomas Honeywell
1201 Pacific Ave, #2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
- A resume;
- A list of three references;
- A writing sample, three to five pages in length. This is typically a legal writing assignment,
which has not been significantly edited by others and reflects your writing abilities in the context
of legal analysis; and
- An official or unofficial undergraduate transcript, and an official or unofficial law school transcript
to the extent such law school transcript is available.
All Employers will review the Application Packet to select students for interviews. The selected students
will be invited by the Employers to participate in interviews. Students will interview with all participating
Employers. If selected for an interview, students must confirm they will attend. While we understand students
may be looking at multiple opportunities, if a student is not committed to accepting a Fellow position, or
if a student receives an offer of employment for the summer, we ask that students withdraw their application
prior accepting an interview in order for the Employers to focus on committed candidates. Following the
interviews and after completing reference checks, Employers will select candidates to whom a Fellowship (summer
associate position) for the summer will be offered. Students will have 48 hours in which to decide if they
want to accept the position.
Employers are responsible for integrating the students into their respective summer programs. Some Employers
conduct a background check or check additional references. Employers consider a number of factors in the
selection process, including undergraduate academic credentials, law school academic credentials if available,
undergraduate experiences and activities, law school experiences and activities, employment and other life
experiences, demonstrated writing ability, and skills and attributes demonstrated during interviews.
Summer Fellowship Experience
The following guidelines apply for students selected to participate in LEAD-WA:
Salary. The Fellow’s salary should be equal to the salaries of other summer associates working
at the participating employer. Positions are expected to pay a weekly rate of not less than $1,000. Students
are required to be available to work for a minimum of 10 weeks during the summer program. The Employer with
whom they are matched will provide direction on a start date.
Training Opportunities. Student integration into the participating employer’s summer associate
program is key to student success. Student experience should be identical to that of any other summer associate,
including opportunities in the social, educational and professional aspects of the firm or company.
Evaluation Process. Ongoing and timely evaluation of student work product contributes to
student success. Periodic evaluations during the course of the summer and a more formal end-of-summer review
and interview are recommended.
LEAD-WA allows Employers to extend an offer to the Fellow for an opportunity to return as a second-year associate
or as a full time employee following graduation. However, we want both students and Employers to consider the
One of the purposes of LEAD is to provide minority students with an opportunity to gain legal experience and learn
about the practice of law in a variety of settings. As such, some Employers do not invite their Fellows to return
and/or do not extend offers of full time employment following graduation. Fellows, therefore, should not
automatically expect such an invitation and should wait for the Employer to initiate such a conversation.
In the event an Employer decides to invite their Fellow to return for part-time employment during the academic
year, as an associate the following summer, or extends an offer of employment, that Employer will determine when
the offer is made. Offers will not be made in conjunction with this program, and LEAD-WA guidelines do not apply
to such employment opportunities.