1L Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program (PSAMFP) 2013-2014

See full Summer of 2014 Program Description, Procedures, and Schedule.

Summer 2014 Employer Intern Descriptions

PSAMFP Calendar

November 18, 2013

Information meeting for interested first-year students at UW School of Law, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Room 115.

January 22, 2014

Application deadline. Students to submit application materials using the OCI tab in Symplicity not later than noon

February 11, 2014

CPLD will post interview schedules.

February 19, 2014

On-Campus Interviews.

February 24, 2014

Students to confirm with CPLD their continued interest in being selected as a finalist for the program not later than noon

March 3, 2014

Committee meets to match finalists with employers by priority based lottery system. Employers notify students of selection where they were selected to be a fellow in the summer of 2013.

Purpose of the Fellowship program: The Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program (PSAMFP) provides summer associate opportunities to minority first-year law students from the University of Washington and Seattle University Schools of Law. This program is based on the National Minority Clerkship Program, which was designed and endorsed by the ABA Commission on Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession. The program was started in response to various surveys, showing that the level of minority lawyer involvement as associates and partners in major Seattle law firms had not increased significantly over the previous decade. The PSAMFP is designed to identify those students whose background tends to predict successful career performance, and to provide those students with the opportunity to work in a major law firm or corporate law department environment.

What is a PSAMFP Fellowship?

Finalists will be offered a Fellowship for the summer of 2014, the principal component of which is a summer associate position with one of the participating employers. Positions are expected to pay a weekly rate of not less than $1,000. Fellows are required to work for a minimum of 10 weeks.

Employers participating in the 2014 PSAMFP are:

Carney Badley Spellman, P.S.
Garvey Schubert Barer
Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP
Karr Tuttle Campbell
Lane Powell PC

Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch P.S.
Preg O’Donnell & Gillett
T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Williams Kastner

Application Process

Applicants should apply for the program through their law school’s Symplicity system not later than noon on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

Materials to be submitted are:

  1. Personal statement, one to two pages in length, which will serve as a cover letter. Please be sure your name and address appear at the top of the letter. The personal statement will provide the selection committee with information the applicant wishes the reviewers to know about his or her personal background, aspirations, etc. It should be addressed to:

    Selection Committee
    Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program
    c/o Lucinda Luke
    Carney Badley Spellman
    701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3600
    Seattle, WA 98004-0701
  2. Resume
  3. List of three references
  4. Writing sample (Typically a first-year legal writing assignment, not significantly edited by others, which reflects the applicant’s writing in the context of legal analysis.)
  5. An official or unofficial undergraduate transcript, and an official or unofficial law school transcript to the extent such law school transcript is available.

Selection of Semi-Finalists and Finalists

The full committee will review application materials to select semi-finalists. These semi-finalists will be invited to participate in on-campus interviews with representatives from each participating employer, and a representative from their law school. Following the interviews and after completing reference checks, the full Committee will select finalists.

Finalists who accept a Fellowship will be matched with a participating employer using a priority- based lottery system. This process takes into account each employer’s needs and preferences, and the information obtained from students during the application process and interview.

For complete information, see the Summer of 2014 Program Description, Procedures and Schedule in the Symplicity Documents Library.

Last updated 11/18/2013