“Bradley’s summer associate program provides the opportunity to do real work for real clients while immersing yourself in the firm’s culture and values. My experience as a summer associate at Bradley was second to none – from day one I truly felt like a valued member of the Bradley team. The training I received as a summer associate was unparalleled and translated directly into my practice as an associate.”
Sydney H. Willmann

Diversity & Scholarship

Inclusion and diversity are core values at Bradley. Bradley is committed to supporting a variety of pipeline diversity initiatives directed at recruiting diverse lawyers. In addition to recruiting events, sponsorships, and partnerships, Bradley awards two annual Diversity Scholarships to law students from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession.

In addition, Bradley engages in significant efforts to promote a diverse and inclusive workforce and culture at the firm. The firm’s efforts include hosting a summer intern program for minority college students and regularly organizing, hosting and participating in programs, seminars and panels aimed at increasing the participation of women and minorities in the legal profession.

For additional information on Inclusion & Diversity at Bradley, please visit the Inclusion & Diversity section of our website.

For more information on any of the programs below or if you have any additional questions, please contact Lee Tonsmeire, Recruiting Manager, at 205.521.8000 or ltonsmeire@bradley.com.

Bradley’s commitment to diversity is not just a passive ideal, but an active effort allowing us to build a team comprised of broadly diverse backgrounds and experiences. As part of our active commitment to enhancing our diversity, each year we offer two Diversity Scholarships to promote the education of well-qualified law students from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. We award scholarships of up to $5,000 to first-year students and up to $10,000 to second-year students who are committed to broadening the diversity of voices in the legal profession and within our firm.

Scholarship recipients are required to clerk in one of Bradley’s offices for at least six weeks during the summer after the scholarship is awarded. (We will do our best to honor the scholarship recipient’s first choice for office placement but maintain the right to make the final decision.)

  • We have closed the application period for second-year recipients for the 2023 summer program.
  • We will accept first-year scholarship applications from December 1, 2022 – March 15, 2023.

Students interested in applying for the scholarship should submit:

  • An online summer associate application
  • A supplemental personal statement (limit to 750 words, in PDF format) discussing the importance of diversity in the legal profession and the way(s) in which the applicant’s receipt of the scholarship would further Bradley’s desire to improve diversity. The personal statement may also be used to apprise the firm of any personal, work, or other circumstances that the applicant believes we should consider. Please submit the personal statement via the online application in the section titled “Attachments” under the “Diversity Scholarship App” option.

In addition to academic qualifications, we may consider other factors, including, but not limited to, involvement in community activities, financial need, significant work, and personal achievements.

NOTE: Bradley does not accept email applications. You must complete the online summer associate application and include the supplemental PDF personal statement to be considered for the diversity scholarship.

Meet Joe Curry, 2022 2L Diversity Scholarship Recipient

As a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Bradley works to recruit and hire summer associates from the LCLD Scholar Program for first-year law students. Founded in 2009, LCLD has more than 300 members, including general counsel of major corporations and managing partners of the nation's leading law firms, who challenge the legal profession to prepare future generations of diverse talent for the highest positions of leadership.

Anyone hired as a 1L summer associate through this program will also have the opportunity to participate in the LCLD 1L Scholars Annual Summit, which will be held virtually starting on May 23-25, 2023.

As part of Bradley’s commitment to recruiting diverse attorneys, the firm is partnering with the Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP) by hiring a first-year, women of color law student through DAPP Direct to participate in our 2023 Summer Program. DAPP Direct is a job placement and career-readiness program focused on expanding opportunities for women of color law students by securing summer positions at law firms and corporations following their first year of law school. Eligible law students must complete an application and submit their materials through DAPP Direct.

Bradley regularly participates in diversity-focused recruiting events. Some examples include:

  • 2022 Southwest Black Law Students Association (SWBLSA) Job Fair
  • 2022 National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) OCI
  • 2022 The University of Alabama Black Law Students Association (UA BLSA) Professionalism Panel
  • 2022 Lavender Law Career Fair
  • 2022 Sunbelt Diversity Program
  • 2022 WashULaw 1L Diversity Expo
  • Southeastern Minority Job Fair (SEMJF) Information Sessions
  • Southeastern Minority Job Fair Interviews
  • Southeastern Minority Job Fair Panel
  • 2022 SMU 1L Diversity Law Firm Fair
  • Participated in the 2022 Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship Program/Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) Program
  • Joined the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and participated in their 1L LCLD Scholars Program
  • Sponsored the 2022 Lavender Law Career Fair
  • Hosted the second annual Bessie Young Council Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship in December 2022
  • Partnered with the Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP), which is a program that aims to diversify the legal profession by expanding opportunities for women of color law students to secure summer positions at law firms and corporations following their first year of law school