Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis in Nashville is Launching a New Apprenticeship Program

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, Nashville’s oldest and largest law firm, is launching a new apprenticeship program designed to provide rising 3L students with specific associate job openings. Schola2Juris is an intensive, practice-specific fall apprenticeship that provides students a unique opportunity to gain practical law firm training while earning a $10,000 scholarship. The apprenticeships that are offered to students are actual job openings with Waller Lansden that, depending on individual performance, will lead to employment after graduation.  The Class of 2012 will be able to apply for a Schola2Juris Apprentice position starting on July 5th, 2011. 

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis will be accepting apprentice applications from third-year law students for the following practice areas:

  • Corporate
  • Finance and Restructuring
  • Healthcare Regulatory
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Trial & Appellate

Apprentices will work closely with an associate and partner mentor in the assigned practice area.  Students will work on a training module that is specifically designed to lead them through the life cycle of a client matter.  Each group’s hypothetical contains different components specific to that particular area of law and provides a unique look into real client work.  The majority of the training will take place via a virtual conference center and students will be given a laptop with the appropriate software and video equipment necessary to participate.  Work should not exceed 15 hours each week.

In addition to the practice specific training, our apprentices will be expected to go to the firm’s Nashville office September 23-26 for practice group job shadowing, business of law courses (including Law Firm Economics and Business Development), firm parties and entertainment.

Students accepted into the program will receive a $10,000 scholarship to be paid the spring semester of the third year of law school and be eligible for a full time position after graduation.

Program Dates:

  • Application process begins – July 5th
  • In-house Interviews – August 8-12th
  • Apprentice Selections Announcement – August 15-17th
  • Schola2Juris Program Begins – September 2nd – students will meet with their advisors and get hypothetical assignments
  • Waller Lansden Fall Apprentice Retreat – September 23-26th
  • Job Offer Day – October 14th


  • Rising third year law students from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Excellent law school grades
  • Moot Court, Law Journal, or similar experience preferred
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Strong teamwork ethic
  • Strong intellectual curiosity
  • Prior work experience preferred

How to Apply:

Students should prepare a cover letter, resume, transcripts and writing sample. Applications will be accepted on the firm website beginning July 5, 2011.