UTC-LCD Diversity Scholars Program
United Technologies Corporation and Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity are pleased to partner with Murtha Cullina LLP and Wiggin and Dana LLP for the Summer 2020 Diversity Scholars Program. The goal of this Program is to increase the attractiveness of Connecticut for diverse attorneys because we know that a more diverse legal profession is a stronger one. The UTC-LCD Diversity Scholars Program supports this goal by providing summer employment to two exceptional first year law students in or from Connecticut who demonstrate leadership abilities and a personal commitment to furthering diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
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This Program is open to any 1L law student in good standing at an accredited law school in Connecticut (or law school outside of Connecticut, if the student has strong roots in Connecticut and intends to practice law in this State). Scholars must be authorized to work in the United States and be available to work 10 weeks in Connecticut in the period May 26 through August 7, 2020. Candidates must demonstrate leadership qualities and a personal commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Submissions are accepted through Symplicity only by JANUARY 8 2020: Submit a resume and a brief statement (250-500 words) explaining how you will contribute to the diversity of the legal profession. You may discuss any unique perspectives on the issues of diversity and inclusion that you feel you will bring to the practice of law. A law school transcript will be requested in late January if selected into final rounds. Questions (not applications) may be sent by email to Jo-Ellen.Vendetti@utc.com;
Participate in in-person interviews in January of 2020 (video call interviews may be granted for out-of-state students);
Be available to work in Connecticut in the period from May 26 – Aug 7 2020, including having means of transportation to work, and be able to prove authorization to work in the United States; and
If accepted into the Program, Scholars are expected to attend an LCD event, in East Hartford, Connecticut in May 2020, at which UTC-LCD Diversity Scholars will be announced.
1L Summer Work plus $5,000 Stipend
The 1L Program consists of six (6) paid weeks in the Connecticut-based law offices of either Wiggin and Dana LLP or Murtha Cullina LLP and four (4) weeks in a UTC legal department headquartered in the Hartford, CT area. Each Scholar will receive a $5,000 stipend funded by UTC upon completion of the four weeks with UTC. The law firms offer competitive 1L summer legal intern salaries for the six weeks worked at the firm. Starting your professional training through this program gives you a head start with work typically experienced by 2L summer associates on sophisticated legal matters.
Connections within the Connecticut Legal Community with Far Reaching Potential
The keys to this Program are the investment of our supervising lawyers in this Program and the unique combination of both in-house and law firm experiences for Scholars. Scholars will have opportunities to network and establish mentoring relationships with practicing attorneys, many of whom are experts in their fields. Because of the leading positions we hold in our industries, Scholars gain exposure to a wide range of sophisticated and novel legal issues, often reaching beyond the boundaries of Connecticut. The mentoring relationships formed over the summer can endure well beyond the law school years. Moreover, through LCD’s network of supporters, Scholars will meet judges, prosecutors and other legal leaders in Connecticut.