Each year, Winston recruits several first-year law students from across the country to participate in our Leadership Council for Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars program. During the summer, our 1L scholars spend part of their time at Winston and part of it working directly with one of our clients.

This past summer, Winston's 11 LCLD scholars gained valuable client-side experience at Accenture, Bank of America, U.S. Bank and VMWare. Here is what a few had to say about their experience:

"I absolutely loved the VMWare team. Everyone has been so kind and supportive. Aside from the substantive work, it was really great to see so many women of color in leadership positions," said Sewit Mehanzel, 2021 1L LCLD scholar with Winston's San Francisco office.

"I really enjoyed my time at Bank of America. There were tons of opportunities to join in-house calls and those were incredibly helpful because they illustrated the wide range of issues that the bank's legal department manages," said Joshua Bi, 2021 LCLD scholar with Winton's Washington, D.C. office.

"I appreciate the opportunity to connect with and learn from diverse women who are thriving in their careers. It has been especially insightful to learn from an in-house perspective what qualities and skills I can start working on now to become the type of attorney that would win a pitch with them," added Kylah Turner, 2021 1L LCLD scholar with Winston's Los Angeles office.

In addition to working closely with Winston partners, associates, and clients, our 1L LCLD scholars participated in a Diverse Summer Associate Roundtable hosted by the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee. The four-hour roundtable included robust group discussions with diverse partners and associates, along with presentations by Dr. Adia Gooden on embracing unconditional self-worth and by Werten Bellamy, President of Stakeholders, Inc., on becoming a top performer.

To learn more about Winston's 1L LCLD Scholars program click here. To apply for the 1L program, click here.