As outlined on our Equity, Inclusion & Diversity page, we believe that our differences make us stronger. Our commitment to recruiting, developing and promoting diverse talent is ingrained in the way we operate. To reflect that commitment, in 2018 we established the Brown Rudnick 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship. The 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship program is aimed at first year law students, who identify as a first generation professional. First generation professionals are those who are the first in their family to graduate from baccalaureate college and/or those who are the first in their family to enter professional school.

The Fellowship provides the opportunity for a substantive work and professional development experience and a significant scholarship. Social Mobility Diversity Fellows will spend their 1L summer working on a wide variety of matters as an integral member of client teams.

Fellows will also be eligible to receive a scholarship of up to $22,500, in addition to their summer associate compensation. Fellows will be invited to firm events, lectures, and trainings throughout their law school career and will receive individualized coaching from professional development experts.

1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship FAQ’s


The Fellowship is open to all first-year law students enrolled at ABA accredited law schools who:

  • Identify as a first generation professional
  • Have an established record of academic achievement
  • Have demonstrated a commitment to civic involvement that promotes equity, inclusion and diversity


Fellows are eligible to receive up to $22,500 in scholarship assistance:

  • $5,000 after completion of 1L summer associate program, if in good standing and invited to return for 2L summer
  • $7,500 after completion of 2L summer associate program, if in good standing and invited to return as a first-year associate
  • $10,000 upon starting as a first-year associate at Brown Rudnick

Mentoring and Professional Development

In addition to being assigned associate and partner advisors like all summer associates, Fellows will be partnered with a Brown Rudnick mentor who will serve as a professional and academic resource throughout the Fellows’ remaining time in law school. Fellows will also be invited to attend social gatherings, professional and business development trainings, and other events throughout the academic year.

Application Requirements

Applications for the Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship will be accepted on a rolling basis until January 29th. For best consideration, please submit your application early.

Students who are interested in applying for the 1L Brown Rudnick Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship must submit the following documents:

  • A current resume;
  • Official undergraduate transcript and law school grades (when they become available);
  • A personal statement of 500 words or less describing (i) your interest in practicing law and how your experience as a first generation professional has influenced your decision to practice law and (ii) how you would help support fairness, inclusivity and diversity in the legal community;
  • An optional statement of 500 words or less describing the type of law you are most interested in practicing (e.g., IP, tax, bankruptcy/restructuring, litigation, corporate, etc.) and why;
  • A legal writing sample (1L lawyering class brief accepted); and
  • One academic or professional letter of recommendation.

Apply Today

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellowship.

Questions? Contact Molly Childs, Manager of Legal Recruitment:

More Information:

At this time, Brown Rudnick does not hire 1L applicants outside of the Fellowship process.

This summer Brown Rudnick was honored to have Angie Isaza Loaiza, as our 2020 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellow. Angie shares her experience as a SMD Fellow in the podcast in a conversation with CEO Bill Baldiga. Listen below.


The 2019 Brown Rudnick 1L Social Mobility Diversity Fellows were Arianna Goolsby and Ryan Pereira. You can learn more about Arianna, Ryan and the Fellowship here.

Learn more about our 2018 Fellow, Lydell Benson, here.

Questions should be referred to Molly Childs, Manager of Legal Recruitment (

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Brown Rudnick combines ingenuity with experience to achieve great outcomes for our clients. We deliver partner-driven services, incentivize our lawyers to collaborate in the client’s best interest, and put excellence before scale. We focus on practices such as distressed debt, corporate restructuring, M&A, white collar defense, international disputes and intellectual property, where we are a recognized leader. We have more than 250 lawyers and government relations professionals across the United States and Europe, with offices in key financial centers. Beyond the United States and Europe, we serve clients in the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.