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The SEO Law Fellowship helps historically underrepresented law students thrive in law school and in corporate law firms. The year-long Fellowship provides incoming law students with:

Academic & Professional Development
Summer Associate Experience
1L Academic Support
Alumni Network of 1,700+

The 2023 Fellowship Application is Now Open!

During the program, Fellows will:

  • Complete extensive academic training and professional development through SEO Law’s Law renowned 2-week training program, the Law Institute; 
  • Work as a summer associate before starting law school. SEO Law will place Fellows in a 10-week paid summer internship at top law firms in different cities across the U.S.;
  • Receive first year (1L) academic support. Fellows will work with top legal tutors and professors to review notes, case briefs, outlines, and practice exam materials throughout their first year (1L) year of law school; and 
  • Have access to a network of 1700+ alumni, including law firm partners, general counsels, U.S. attorneys, federal judges, former U.S. Cabinet and Congress members, and more!

Learn About Key Components of the Fellowship

  • What is the Law Institute?

    The Law Institute is a 2-week hybrid training program that begins the Fellowship. Throughout the 2-weeks, Fellows will attend both academic and professional development sessions to prepare for their summer law firm internships and also for their 1L year of law school.

    SEO Law partners with professors from top law schools across the country for academic programming, composed of three critical components: (1) Legal Writing Seminars, (2) a Criminal Law Lecture and (3) a Torts Lecture.

    For professional development sessions, external partners present workshops and panels on a variety of topics including, but not limited to: technical and soft skills, professionalism, roles and structure of a law firm, transactional law, litigation law, partners’ perspective, pro bono work.

  • What comprises the Summer Associateship?

    While the SEO Law Fellows’ corporate law firm experiences may vary from firm to firm, Fellows can expect to work full-time during the 10-week internship alongside with other 1L and 2L summer associates. Corporate attorneys must demonstrate close attention to detail, display superlative communication skills, and above all, have the analytical ability to understand the application of the law to a client’s business objectives. Our Fellows have a chance to practice these skills throughout the summer.

    • Examples of past Fellows’ assignments have included drafting legal briefs, memos, and documents, compiling information for cases using legal research, assisting in the closing of transactional deals, revising contracts and agreements, and/or assisting with pro bono matters.

  • Learn more about Practice Groups:

    Lawyers that work in large law firms are all corporate lawyer. This may cause some confusion as there is a transactional practice group that is “general corporate” work. Broadly speaking, most corporate lawyers may be categorized as either transactional attorneys or litigators:

    •  Transactional attorneys often advise companies involved in large financial transactions including initial public offerings of stock, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations and cross-border financing.

    •  Litigators represent plaintiffs and defendants in trials, arbitrations and settlement negotiations and may work in various areas of law, including securities, tax, antitrust, real estate and white-collar crime.

    •  Some practice group include both transactional and litigation matters such as Intellectual Property and Bankruptcy/Restructuring.

    The economy and other market factors often drive the busiest or most lucrative practices within a law firm, and many junior associates find themselves directed into a practice area or specialty without taking time to properly explore their options. As new lawyers embark on their legal careers, they should consider their skills, interests, and strengths, along with analyzing the needs of different practice areas, to Find the Right Fit.

    Learn more about practice areas via Chambers Associate here or Firsthand by Vault Law here.

  • Cities/Locations Where We Offer Placement:

    SEO Law places Fellows at prestigious firms in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland (OH), Columbus (OH), Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Menlo Park/Palo Alto, Miami, New York City, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Wilmington (DE).


 

Leslie Ramirez

SEO Law Fellow ’21
Cornell Law School ’25

Fellowship Program Highlight: “I have never met a better group of people. My SEO Class was truly the best!”

Lessons Learned: “I have learned that time management matters above everything else! It does not matter how ‘smart’ you are, if you can’t manage your time, it’ll be a bad time.”

 


 

Learn More about the Fellowship Application & Timeline here