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
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
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
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:
- 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:
Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program
c/o Lucinda Luke
Carney Badley Spellman
701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3600
Seattle, WA 98004-0701
- List of three references
- 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.)
- 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.