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Lightfoot is committed to the important work of hiring and developing talented lawyers from all backgrounds. Diversity and inclusion are core values at Lightfoot, and we believe fostering these important principles within our firm and the broader legal community requires intentional, tangible efforts on many fronts. 

The annual Lightfoot Diversity Scholarship is open to all qualified 1L and 2L law students who will advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The recipient is awarded a $10,000 scholarship prize after the completion of a six-week summer clerkship in the firm’s Birmingham office. 

We pair a summer clerkship with the scholarship because we believe Lightfoot offers a unique, hands-on experience to ambitious law students aspiring to be outstanding trial lawyers.  Lightfoot’s summer program is an opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced and accomplished trial lawyers in the country and do work that matters. As a summer associate, you will work on real cases, attend depositions and often trials, interact with clients, and gain insights into practicing law at our distinguished firm. Moreover, because we hire our associates through the summer program, a clerkship at Lightfoot may be the stepping stone to launching your career as a Lightfoot trial lawyer. 


Applicants are asked to submit their resume, transcripts, cover letter, and answers to the following two questions:

  • How has your unique life experience contributed to the person you are today, and how do you hope to use those experiences to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession?
  • Do you have a personal connection to Birmingham, Houston or the U.S. Southeast? If not, please tell us why you are interested in our summer program. 

To apply, click here. The application deadline for the 2024 scholarship is February 15, 2024. 

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