As a part of our organizations’ shared commitment to diversity and inclusion, Bernstein Shur, Pierce Atwood, Verrill, The Jackson Laboratory, Preti Flaherty, Brann & Isaacson, Unum, 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.
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.
Applications will open on November 15, 2021 and will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 31, 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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Interviews will be conducted on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 and offers will go out in or before February 2022.
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 May 31 to August 5, 2022. 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.
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University of Southern Maine has affordable rental Suite and Apartment style housing available for D1L students at the Gorham campus. More details will be provided during the interview process in January 2022.
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 MaineDiversity1L@bernsteinshur.com.