Increasing diversity in the legal profession is a long-standing and important priority, not only for Microsoft but also for the entire legal community. Many groups, including the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) -- two organizations Microsoft actively supports -- work tirelessly to create a more diverse legal profession. Microsoft has also developed its own initiatives, including partnering with leading law firms and sponsoring pipeline programs, to further enhance diversity in the legal profession.
Microsoft understands that increasing the number of diverse law students is not enough to build a bigger pipeine; diverse students must also excel academically in law school in order to become the legal profession's next generation of leaders. Therefore, Microsoft funds scholarships for diverse law students to attend the Law Preview program -- an initiative that expands upon our other pipeline efforts by providing scholarship recipients with a weeklong law school prep course taught by some of the country's leading law professors. Microsoft is proud to provide this solid foundation upon which our scholarship recipients can begin their legal studies.
Microsoft Law Preview Scholarship Criteria
To be eligible for a Microsoft Law Preview Scholarship, applicants must be: (i) a member of a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession; and (ii) enrolled to begin classes at the University of Washington School of Law in the fall of 2013.
Applications will be accepted until May 10, 2013. A selection panel will evaluate all completed applications, and scholarship recipients will be notified on a rolling basis starting June 1, 2013.
If you plan to attend University of Washington School of Law and meet the scholarship criteria, complete the online application before the scholarship deadline.
At Microsoft, diversity in our legal teams is a business necessity. We are only effective when we understand and appreciate the interests and needs of the incredibly diverse individuals who make up our stakeholder groups. This is important both for our own legal department and for the law firms on which we rely.
UNIV. OF WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF LAW
Attending UW School of Law and meet the scholarship criteria? Complete the online application before 5.10.13.