New Hampshire 1L Summer Associate Diversity Program

The legal community of New Hampshire is excited to announce a new initiative for 1L law students with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Five of the state’s leading law firms are each offering a ten-week, paid Summer Associate position during summer 2022.  The firms, in collaboration with the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, will partner together to offer joint programming for their participating students throughout the summer, designed to introduce the participants to life in the Granite State.  Each of the firms will provide a meaningful law firm experience to students who have completed one year of law school and who will contribute to the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts of the firms and the New Hampshire legal community. 


  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis through January 14, 2022  
  • Interviews will be conducted (remotely) in late January and/or early February 2022
  • Offers will be made by early February 2022
  • 2022 program will run June 1, 2022 – August 9, 2022

What Accepted Students Can Expect?

The 1L students who receive job offers from one of the five participating law firms for this ten-week paid internship will be working at one of the firm’s offices in Concord or Manchester, New Hampshire, and as may be applicable on occasion at participating firms’ offices in other locations.  Students accepted through the program will have the opportunity to experience legal practice and life in New Hampshire, participate in professional development programs, and build their social and business networks within the firm and the larger legal community.

Who Should Apply?

First-year law students attending an ABA accredited law school anywhere in the United States are eligible to apply.  Candidates must commit and contribute to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Applications will also be reviewed based upon the applicant’s academic record, writing skills, analytical and interpersonal skills, and personal statement. 

Each of the firms recognizes that diversity exists in many different forms, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability, and is critically important to providing excellent client service and an enriched work environment for its attorneys and staff.  Each participating firm is an equal employment opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will be considered. 

How to Apply?

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until January 14, 2022.  For the application form with detailed instructions for applicants, please ask your CDO advisor.   

Interested students should submit an application form, resume, current law school transcript, a writing sample of no longer than 5 pages, and a brief personal statement describing their anticipated commitment and contribution to this program and/or why they believe diversity, equity, and inclusion are important in the legal profession.  

Applicants should not wait for transcripts to be available before applying, but—rather—supplement their applications with the transcript when it becomes available.  If an applicant’s transcript will not be available by the date the application period closes, but will be available by January 20th, the applicant should submit their application prior to the above deadline with a supplemental statement, certified by their law school’s registrar, confirming the date their transcript will be available. 

What Law Firms Are Participating?

The law firms of McLane Middleton, Nixon Peabody, Orr & Reno, Sheehan Phinney, and Sulloway & Hollis will each be participating in this inaugural year of the program. 

How Can Interested Students Obtain Additional Information?

Please direct any questions or requests for information here.