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Monday, January 13, 2014

One-Year Fellowships (at $125k) at BigLaw for Women Lawyers Returning to Practice

OnRampAmerican Lawyer:  New Fellowship Aims to Restart Dormant Legal Careers:

Finding a job as a lateral associate in The Am Law 100 can be a difficult task no matter the circumstances. For female attorneys who have left the practice of law for several years, the challenge of landing a new job can be especially hard.

With that in mind, Colorado-based legal consultant Caren Ulrich Stacy is launching a fellowship program [OnRamp Fellowship] that will put women lawyers who have taken a break from the profession for one reason or another in year-long jobs at Am Law firms. So far, Baker Botts, Cooley, Hogan Lovells, and Sidley Austin have agreed to participate in the program, and Ulrich Stacy says she hopes to expand the effort if the first year goes well.

Ulrich Stacy would like to see the participating firms give their respective fellows full-time positions when the 12-month program—which comes with a $125,000 salary—ends. Alternatively, she hopes the experience gives the lawyers who take part enough of a resume boost to land their next job. "These women were highly sought after when they graduated from law school and they should be again," she says.

Update:  Christine Hurt (Illinois), OnRamp Fellowships

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What a fabulous idea for the fellow and the employer.

Posted by: Margaret Drew | Jan 13, 2014 2:50:05 PM

What a fabulous idea for the ~2 to 3% of law school grads for which this plan may ever be relevant. It sorta reminds me of that networking group set up for Rhodes Scholars last year. Of all the law school grads in the world, former associates at AmLaw 100 firms are probably the ones least needing of additional career assistance. The rest of us proles, however...

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Jan 14, 2014 9:49:44 AM