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Diversity at Robbins Geller

For us, diversity, equity, and inclusion are more than the right values to stand for they’re business imperatives. Every day, our clients steward and protect the assets of tens of millions of working families, public servants, retirees, and private investors. They do this for communities across four continents and in every region of the United States. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are simply essential to our work to serve this extraordinary range of clients and ultimately to serve the people who count on them. 

Robbins Geller's 2L Diversity Fellowships

At Robbins Geller, we believe that recruiting lawyers from the broadest possible range of backgrounds isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s an imperative. The breadth of lived and professional experience among our professionals makes our Firm a stronger, more successful organization and has allowed us to better serve our global community of clients. 

We are working to recruit the next generation of lawyers into the Firm.  In 2023, Robbins Geller is pleased to offer 2L Diversity Fellowships to two exceptional law students with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion who will work in one of Robbins Geller’s practice areas in the Firm’s main office in San Diego, California.  Fellows are paired with two mentors (a partner and an associate), who, in addition to the summer associate director, provide support and structured feedback on work assignments and guidance on law firm culture and social events throughout the summer.

Each 2L Diversity Fellow will receive a paid 2L Summer Associate position and a scholarship of up to $30,000 to assist with law school tuition.

      • Fellowship Eligibility Requirements
        • Students who are members of a community that has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession and/or exhibit a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession.
        • Demonstrated academic achievement, excellent writing skills, community engagement, communication and analytical skills, good judgment, and intellectual curiosity.
        • Interest in starting your legal career as a practicing attorney at Robbins Geller.

        • Good standing at an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2024 at the time of application.

        • Applicants may not be the recipient of a similar award from another law firm.
      • Application Materials
        • A brief statement (500 words or less) discussing your commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, what life experiences you have had that demonstrate your ability to persevere, and how your unique lived and professional experiences will contribute to our practice of law.
        • Brief (one page or less) cover letter which states: (i) which practice areas at Robbins Geller you are interested in; (ii) what you hope to learn during a summer with us; and (iii) why you wish to begin your legal career at Robbins Geller.
        • Current resume.
        • Law school and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable). If your Fall law school grades are not available upon applying, please provide your transcript when available.
        • A legal writing sample that has not been substantively edited by others (5-10 pages, double-spaced).
      • Timeline
        • Applications will be accepted from May 2, 2022 through June 15, 2022. Please email fellowship@rgrdlaw.com to apply. 
        • A selection panel drawn from the Firm’s Diversity and Hiring Committees will evaluate all completed applications and select a group of finalists. Finalists will also be interviewed by members of the selection panel.  The 2L Fellowship recipients will be notified in July 2022.
        • To learn more about Robbins Geller’s Summer Associate Program, practice areas, and community impact, please email fellowship@rgrdlaw.com.

*The 2L Fellows award will be paid in two installments. The first $10,000 is paid upon successful completion of the 2L summer with Robbins Geller. The remaining $20,000 is paid after the Fellow receives and accepts an offer to join Robbins Geller as a full-time associate and commences their full-time associate position at the Firm, either as a first-year or post-clerkship. The awards will be taxable income to the recipients. 

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Firm Diversity

We know that excellence and diversity go hand in hand, and we want our lawyers and staff to reflect the diversity of our clients and the global context for our practice. Robbins Geller is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to hiring, retaining, and promoting a diverse, exceptionally talented group of attorneys and staff. We are proud that over 40% of our Management Committee members are women and/or represent communities of color that are historically underrepresented in the legal profession, the plaintiffs’ bar, and in law firm management. We are proud that so many women and people of color have progressed through the Firm to now serve as senior managing partners, on our Management Committee, and in C-level executive management positions. Many of these key leaders and partners have been with the Firm since its founding.

The Firm’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is also reflected in our support of the communities where we work. Robbins Geller supports California ChangeLawyers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to building a better justice system for all Californians. As part of that support, the Firm funds the foundation’s 3L Diversity Scholar Award Program, which provides scholarships to a diverse group of law students that represent communities that have been historically excluded from the legal profession.

The Firm also supports additional organizations that promote diversity in the legal profession, including the San Diego County Bar Association & the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Diversity Fellowship Program, the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco, the South Asian Bar Association of San Diego, Lawyers Club of San Diego, American Jewish Community, Legal Aid at Work, San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, California ChangeLawyers, Equal Rights Advocates, American Association for Justice, Instituto Laboral de la Raza, and Pan-Asian Lawyers of San Diego. The Firm is also a founding signatory to the George Washington University Law Center’s Inclusivity and Excellence Guidelines to encourage diversity and inclusivity in appointments of lead counsel in federal class actions. 

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