The University of Washington School of Law will implement a new program this summer, in an effort to increase diversity.
The Christine Gregoire Fellows Program is nominating and selecting nine students, who then will work at various law firms as interns, with the benefit of securing positions to become lawyers. The program will assist the students with studies and training, which will help each and every one of them pass the Washington State bar examination. There's a mentoring program the students will be part of also, that is being led by Governor Gregoire.
The University of Washington School of Law, Kellye Testy explained the purpose of the program and the goal of diversity in educational and corporate law around the nation.
"If we are to realize our goal of leadership for the global common good and of creating a legal profession as diverse as our society’s makeup, we need to encourage more underrepresented students to enter the legal profession. This innovative partnership will help us better reach students who are currently pursuing other paths. Moreover, by enhancing diversity in our classrooms we will enhance our academic excellence for all students."