Join Maine’s legal community and other first-year law students in this first-of-its-kind initiative, the Maine Diversity Summer Associate Program.

About the Program

As a part of our organizations’ shared commitment to diversity and inclusion, Bernstein Shur, Pierce Atwood, Verrill, The Jackson Laboratory, Preti Flaherty, Brann & Isaacson and WEX are jointly seeking 1L students who have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion to apply as a ten-week Maine Diversity Summer Associate, assigned to one of our offices in Portland, Lewiston or Bar Harbor, Maine. We see individual differences, including but not limited to, in race, color, sexual orientation, national origin, and disability as critically important components to providing outstanding client service and a better work environment for our attorneys and staff.

Our goal is to provide a meaningful experience with a law firm or in-house corporate legal department to students who have completed one year of law school and who will contribute to the diversity and inclusion efforts of our firms and the Maine legal community.

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Who Should Apply?

First-year law students attending law school anywhere in the United States are eligible to apply.

Candidates must have an excellent academic record, exceptional writing ability, strong analytical and interpersonal skills, and demonstrated self-confidence.

We see individual differences in race, color, sexual orientation, national origin, and disability as critically important components to providing outstanding client service and a better work environment for our attorneys and staff.

All participating firms are equal employment opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration.

How to Apply

Applications will open on December 14, 2020 and will be accepted on a rolling basis until January 29, 2021.

Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, current law school transcript, a writing sample of no longer than 10 pages and a brief personal statement concerning their commitment to diversity and inclusion and/or why they believe diversity and inclusion are important in the legal profession.

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Note: Interviews will be conducted in February 2021 and offers will go out in or before March 2021.

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What Accepted Students Can Expect

Thirteen 1L students will each receive a job offer from one of the seven participating organizations and be hired into the program, a ten-week paid internship, from June 1, 2021 to August 6, 2021. Students accepted to the program will have the opportunity to experience legal practice and life in Maine, participate in professional development programs, and build their social and business networks within the firm and the larger legal community.

Please click here for the complete job description.

Participating Organizations

Bernstein Shur logo The Jackson Laboratory logo Pierce Atwood logo Verrill logo Preti Flaherty logo Brann & Isaacson logo Wex logo

The program is expected to expand in the future to include additional law firms, corporate legal departments, nonprofits, and other legal service providers.

Please direct any questions regarding how your organization can participate in next year’s program to LegalDiversityConnection@maine.edu.

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