2L Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

Program Description

At Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, a diverse workforce improves our ability to serve the needs of our clients and creates a more dynamic workplace for our attorneys. As a result, diversity and inclusion have always been—and continue to be—a cornerstone of our firm. We also work hard to foster an inclusive environment where all of our lawyers can thrive and contribute fully and authentically to all aspects of firm life.

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP’s 2L Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship recognizes the achievements of, and supports the pipeline for, outstanding law students from diverse backgrounds. The scholarship will be awarded to select participants in our 2L summer program in the amount of up to $25,000 (less applicable taxes and withholdings) and will be paid in two installments. The first $15,000 of the scholarship will be paid after the student begins summer employment, and the balance of $10,000 will be paid when the student starts as a full‐time associate at the firm and is contingent upon receiving a full-time offer and becoming a full-time associate at the firm.

Additional Program Requirements

All candidates must be secondyear law students in good standing pursuing a J.D. at an ABAaccredited law school. Successful candidates will have a record of academic achievement, employment and community service indicating great potential to excel in the legal profession and contribute to the diversity of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and the legal community. Candidates may include, but are not limited to, members of racial or ethnic minority groups, first-generation college or law school students, veterans, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ students, and students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.


Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs

Xiaonan April Hu Sara McDermott John L. Schwab

Please direct any questions you may have to diversity@mto.com.

Application Process

To apply for our 2024 Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship, please click here. Applications should include the following documents:

  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript;
  • List of law-related references; and
  • Personal statement (500 words or less) addressing what you believe demonstrates your qualification for the 2L Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship, including, potentially, a description of your exceptional contributions, through community service or otherwise, to the cause of diversity; and/or how you have overcome adversity and have demonstrated the tenacity and talent to excel in the legal profession; and/or a description of your academic and personal strengths indicating the potential to excel in the legal profession while contributing to the diversity of the legal community.

We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible, no later than September 15, 2023. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Expectations of Scholarship Recipients

Our hope is that recipients of the scholarship will rejoin the firm full‐time after graduation or upon completion of a judicial clerkship. Awards are intended to help defray the costs of recipients’ law school education.

Positions Available

In 2023, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP is pleased to offer 2L Diversity & Inclusion scholarships for those who will be working in our Los Angeles office. 

Pursuant to applicable law, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP is an equal opportunity employer.