Apply to the 2024 1L Diversity Summit

Launch Your Career Path

Define your core values, find your success

Wilson Sonsini is committed to the principle that diversity, equity, and inclusion are vital components of a thriving organization. Diversity of thought, experience, identity, and background, as well as an inclusive culture, enable our firm to deliver greater value to our clients, provide a welcoming environment for all of our employees, and make meaningful, lasting contributions to our internal and external communities.

Introduced in 2020, the annual Wilson Sonsini 1L Student Diversity Summit brings together law students from around the country for practical workshops, panels, and networking opportunities. The Summit’s mission is to provide concrete advice about the legal industry and make the law firm recruitment process more accessible and transparent for all law students.

Our 2024 1L Student Diversity Summit will take place virtually on February 22 and February 23, 2024.

All applicants will be invited to attend in-person gatherings, professional development webinars, and a virtual mock interview program in the spring following the summit.

The summit will include a keynote speaker, panels, small group discussions, and other virtual networking opportunities. During the Summit, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet our attorneys
  • Hear from our clients and lawyers about their different career paths
  • Learn more about succeeding in Big Law
  • Practice the art of networking

The Summit is only the beginning of our relationship with you. As a Summit Scholar, you also will be matched with an attorney mentor and invited to virtual professional development trainings including a professional marketing training, networking tutorial, resume writing workshop, and mock interview program. To provide you with personalized guidance to best prepare for the interview season, you will be asked to select an office and up to two practices areas as part of your application.

Applications are open now; they close Friday, January 26, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. PT/8:00 p.m. ET. Applications are reviewed after the deadline—there is no need to rush to apply. Spend your time doing well on Fall final exams, then come apply when you’re ready.

Eligibility:

We accept applications from first-year law students who are in the JD graduating class of 2026 and are enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school.

Application:

To apply, please complete the 1L Student Diversity Summit Online Application, complete an assessment using Suited, and upload the required documents noted below.

  • A brief (500-word) personal statement
  • Your resume
  • Your first semester/quarter law school transcript as soon as it becomes available. You will receive instructions on how to submit this through a separate link.

Details about these components are available in the job posting and application.

Selection Criteria:

Applicants will be selected based on demonstrating: 

  • How you exhibit leadership
  • Your law school academic performance
  • Your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Timeline:

Friday, December 1, 2023 – Applications open

Friday, January 26, 2024– Applications close

Friday, February 9, 2024– Applicants notified  

Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23, 2024– Wilson Sonsini 1L Student Diversity Summit

Learn more about our commitment to our Summit Scholars and their experience last year. If you have any questions about this program, please contact lawstudents@wsgr.com.