You want to put down roots at a law firm that’s there to support you in building your future. A firm that provides you with access to the learning, development and experiences you need to achieve both your professional and personal goals. That’s Katten. 

2024 1L Diversity Scholars Program

Katten’s 1L Diversity Scholars program is meant to attract diverse law students to the private practice of law by providing meaningful work and mentorship opportunities through participation in a ten week paid summer associate program. Diverse summer associates will have extensive opportunities to build relationships with affinity groups and attorneys at the firm through formal mentorship programs, networking events, and professional development trainings and presentations.  

1L Summer Associates will be eligible to receive a stipend of $25,000, paid in two installments, conditioned upon i) receiving and accepting an offer to join the firm as a 2L summer associate, and ii) receiving and accepting an offer to join the firm as an entry-level associate.

We are seeking law students who have excellent academic credentials, strong communication, analytical and writing skills, relevant work and leadership experience, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. Eligible applicants must be enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2026 at the time of application.  First-year law students, who will be rising second-year law students in the summer of 2024, are welcome to apply to Katten’s 2024 1L Diversity Scholars programs below:

Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Washington, DC Offices:
2024 1L LCLD Diversity Scholars Program Information

Katten is a proud member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), an organization comprised of corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners whose mission it is to advance diversity in the legal profession. 1L Diversity Scholars will work on challenging assignments, participate in summer associate events, and receive valuable experience working side by side with Katten attorneys. Additionally, 1L Diversity Scholars will have numerous networking and mentoring opportunities organized by LCLD, including the opportunity to attend the LCLD Scholars Summit.

Click here to apply.
Applications must include:

  • Resume
  • Diversity statement (should be limited to 1-2 pages)
  • Unofficial law school transcript (please include if available at the time of application, or as an addendum once grades are available)

The 1L hiring process is on a rolling basis until positions are filled. If a student’s law school transcript is not available for inclusion during the initial application, a follow-up addendum can be sent via email, to the recruiting contact for the office in which the application was submitted, when grades are available.

Charlotte Office: 
2024 1L CLDC Clerkship Program Information

Katten is proud to partner with Mecklenburg County Bar’s Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship (CLDC) program. As a 1L Summer Associate at Katten, who is also a CLDC Clerk, you will receive all the benefits of being a summer associate at Katten coupled with the unique networking opportunities offered by the Mecklenburg County Bar. You will spend 7 weeks as a summer associate at Katten and 3 weeks with a CLDC corporate sponsor. As a 1L Summer Associate/CLDC Clerk at Katten you will take on interesting and real client work assignments, be paired with an attorney mentor team, and attend all Katten summer program events and trainings. 

This unique platform allows you as a Summer Associate and Clerk to not only develop lasting connections with Katten attorneys but the opportunity to be introduced to the larger Charlotte legal community which is both vibrant and growing. Join us in the Queen City this summer by applying to be a CLDC Clerk via CLDC’s website. If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Spero, Katten Legal Recruiting Specialist. 

Please visit the Mecklenburg County Bar’s website (linked here) for additional information regarding the CLDC program and the application process.

Please direct any questions regarding Katten's 1L summer opportunities to the contact listed below in your office of interest:



Email Address


Danielle Spero


Stephanie London


Jennifer Trimble

Los Angeles

Jennifer Trimble

New York

Danielle Spero

Washington, DC

Danielle Spero

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, creed, national origin, citizenship status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected under law. This policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation, benefits, and all other conditions and privileges of employment. Each office of the firm also complies with applicable state and local laws whose provisions may vary from those on which firmwide policies are based.

If you require an accommodation for a disability to facilitate the application process, you are encouraged to contact or call +1.312.902.5200.