GW Law has a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion. The GW Law Career Center is here to support and enhance the law school experience of all GW Law students, including students who self-identify as diverse based on gender, sexual orientation, race, culture, ethnicity, religion, and/or disability.
For general informaton on GW Law's Diversity & Inclusion initiatives and a comprehensive list of resources, visit the Dean of Students Office's Diversity & Inclusion page.
Diversity & Inclusion Career Resources
What does it mean to be a "diverse" applicant?
The definition of what constitutes a “diverse” applicant varies widely across different opportunities. Generally, diversity is defined broadly to encompass individuals with varied backgrounds. Some opportunities may be limited to students of a particular racial, ethnic, religious, or socio-economic background; women; students with a disability; or who identify as LGBTQ. Others, however, are available to students who are advancing the cause of diversity within their community, without regard to the individual’s own diversity status, or to students who have faced adversity and, thereby, have a diverse perspective on life and the practice of law. If an opportunity does not specify how diversity is defined, think of it in a broad and inclusive way.
Resources for Diversity Personal Statements
As part of the application process for many diversity-related opportunities, employers often require a diversity personal statement. Here are several resources for crafting strong diversity statements:
- Diversity Personal Statements —What Makes for a Compelling Essay?
- Frequently Asked Questions & Template
If you need further assistance with your diversity statement, make an appointment with a counselor.
Many firms and other organizations offer academic-year, summer, and post-graduate scholarship or fellowship opportunities for students who self-identify as diverse. All diversity-related opportunities are posted in the Job Listings section of CORE. To view a list of all diversity opportunities, go to the Job Listings section, then click "+More Filters," select “Diversity Program,“ and then click “Yes.“ Each opportunity has specific eligibility criteria and application instructions, and application deadlines will occur throughout the year.
Additional opportunities may be listed in the database of 1L LCLD Scholar Opportunities.
For more informaton on diversity-related monetary scholarships, visit our Scholarships & Summer Funding page.
Events & Job Fairs
The Career Center often receives invitations for diversity-related events hosted by employers – including networking receptions, panel discussions, and more. These events will be posted in CORE. To view upcoming events, log into CORE, navigate to the Events section, and change the “Event Type” to “Diversity & Inclusion.”
Summer Diversity Job Fairs
Throughout the summer, there are numerous diversity job fairs throughout the country. Many of these fairs are targeted to diverse students who are interested in a particular geographic market. Opportunities available through these job fairs are primarily for summer 2021 positions. Some fairs are limited to certain class years whereas others are open to all law students, including recent graduates. Be sure to check the eligibility requirements.
Information for 2020 Diversity Job Fairs will be updated as it becomes available.
Location: San Francisco, CA
Dates: 7/26/19 - 7/27/19
Registration Deadline: 6/23/19
The Diversity Career Fair brings together prominent law firms, government legal departments, and nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area with highly qualified diverse rising second-year law students.
Location: Boston, MA
Registration Deadline: 6/28/19
Eligibility: Rising second year (2L) law students, graduating Class of 2021. Rising third year (3L) law students in 4-year programs. Employers are interviewing students for only 2020 Summer Associate Positions. Graduates and LLM candidates are NOT eligible.
Location: New York, NY
Dates: 9/26/19 - 9/29/19 (Career Fair: 9/27/19)
Registration Deadline: 9/25/19
Location: Kansas City, MO
Dates: 8/9/19 - 8/10/19
Registration Deadline: 6/28/19
Eligibility: All 2L (graduating in 2021) and 3L (graduating in 2020) Law Students and 2019 Law Grads who consider themselves diverse are invited to participate.
Location: Washington, DC
Dates: 8/12/20 – 8/14/20 (Career Fair: 8/14/20)
Online Pre-Registration Deadline: 8/11/20
Since its inception in 1988, Lavender Law® has served as a ‘family reunion’ for LGBTQ+ and ally legal professionals to both look back at our shared history and to look forward to the future of the legal profession. The Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair is the largest LGBTQ+ legal conference in the country with approximately 1700 attendees attending annually.
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Dates: 8/1/19 - 8/2/19
Registration Deadline: 5/31/19
MMRC connects dozens of legal employers in the Minneapolis and St Paul metro areas with rising 2L and 3L students of color from across the country.
Location: Chicago, IL
Dates: 8/16/20 - 8/22/20 (Job Fair: 8/18/20)
Registration Deadline: 7/1/20
The goal of the National Black Prosecutors Association’s (NBPA) Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutors’ offices by providing a forum where law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state, and federal levels.
Northwest Minority Job Fair (2019)
Location: Seattle, WA
Registration Deadline: 8/1/19
Any interested law student can participate. Although the Job Fair’s focus is fostering access to employment opportunities for persons historically underrepresented in the practice of law, no student will be denied an opportunity to participate. Last year about 150 law students from law schools across the country participated. The majority of these were second-year law students.
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Dates: 8/5/19 - 8/6/19
Registration Deadline: 6/19/19
Employers will be hiring clerks or interns, not offering permanent placement; they will expect to interview 2Ls or those graduating spring 2021/2022 based on full or part-time status.