The Corporate Scholars Program of ACC National Capital Region is cultivating the next generation of in-house counsel by providing law students with unique opportunities to experience in-house practice.
Since 2004, our chapter has provided promising and high-achieving students attending law schools in our service area with scholarship awards and summer internships in the legal departments of prestigious local companies and organizations. The students experience the full range of corporate practice areas and legal advocacy that in-house counsel handle. As a result, they gain valuable insights into the relationship between providing business and legal advice to clients in a variety of substantive areas.
The Corporate Scholars Program seeks students who have good grades, strong writing skills, previous work experience, and some professional maturity. Because the Program is designed as a "diversity pipeline" program, we seek applications from populations that may otherwise lack access to these opportunities. Diversity for this Program is used in its broadest sense and means obtaining a pool of applicants who are reflective of the work force in general and the communities that lawyers serve.
The internship opportunities afforded these students come from the legal departments of companies that are members of our association. Previous hosts have included large and small departments from public, private and non-profit organizations. Click here to read testimonials from previous host organizations.
The Program was created with initial grant support from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. It is maintained with generous support from the chapter, its sponsors, and individual and corporate donors.
The application for the Class of 2018 is now open.
Click here for information on the process.
If you have questions about the program, please contact Ilene G. Reid, Executive Director, at Ilene.Reid-NCR@accglobal.com.