Munger, Tolles & Olson offers a 1L summer associate program for diverse law students.
The program is named in memory of the firm’s partner Jay M. Fujitani, who was a strong advocate for diversity in the legal profession.
1L Fujitani Scholars are full participants in the MTO summer associate program. 1L Scholars are given meaningful work to provide them with a realistic sense of law practice at our firm. They work closely with attorneys in our various practice areas, and are encouraged to participate in firm life through our weekly attorney lunches, training programs, social events, and practice group meetings. Recognizing that first-year law students have one year less academic experience, 1L Scholars receive enhanced mentoring to ensure they have a productive summer, including a fully paid opportunity to attend the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 1L Summit Program.
1L Scholars are required to spend a minimum of eight weeks and may stay a maximum of ten weeks in our office. 1L Scholars are paid the same weekly salary as our 2L and 3L summer program participants ($3,942 per week).
Split Summer Opportunity
1L Scholars also have the option to work for up to four weeks: (1) at a law-related non-profit organization of their choice, or (2) in the legal department of one of a select roster of current MTO clients. Those choosing this option must work at MTO for the first eight weeks of the summer. 1L Scholars will continue to receive their weekly salary from the firm while working at their non-profit or in-house placement, for a maximum of twelve total weeks of pay for those choosing the split summer option.
In 2022, Munger Tolles is pleased to offer 1L Scholar positions in our Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.
Following firm policy and the guidance of public health officials, Munger Tolles will determine whether the program will be held virtually or in person closer to the summer program start date.
Upon successful completion of the Jay Fujitani 1L Diversity Summer Program, 1L Scholars will be considered for a touchback to spend a portion of their 2L summer at Munger, Tolles & Olson. Those who accept a 2L touchback offer will be paid the same weekly salary as other participants in our summer associate program and will be eligible for a full-time offer to return to the firm after graduation or upon completion of a judicial clerkship. 1L Scholars who return for a 2L touchback will be awarded the 2L Diversity Scholarship. For the 2L touchback program, the initial scholarship installment will be pro-rated, based on the number of weeks spent as a 2L summer associate at the firm.
All applicants must be first-year law students in good standing pursuing a JD at an ABA-accredited 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 to contribute to the diversity of Munger Tolles and the legal community. In the past, candidates have included 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.
To apply, please complete our online application and provide a cover letter, resume, law school and undergraduate transcripts, contact information for two references, and personal statement. Personal Statement (500 words or less) addressing what you believe demonstrates your qualification for the 1L Jay Fujitani Diversity Summer Program, 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 potential to excel in the legal profession while contributing to the diversity of the legal community. If you are unable to use the online application, please send your materials by email to email@example.com.
We encourage you to submit your materials as soon as possible after the application period begins on December 1, 2021. Although we will accept applications until February 14, 2022, we consider applications on a rolling basis and our limited number of positions may be full before that time.
Download the Jay Fujitani 1L Diversity Summer Program flyer
Pursuant to local ordinances, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP is an equal opportunity employer.