“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

Bradley’s summer associates receive an in-depth introduction to the culture of a large, dynamic law firm. Participants are asked to perform real and substantive work and are included in trials, depositions, closings, negotiations, and client conferences. Summer associates are also allowed to chart their own paths, with the opportunity to choose their assignments and gain experience with a variety of attorneys and practice areas. We also encourage our summer associates to socialize with our attorneys outside work to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a part of our firm, whether by participating in our numerous community events or stopping by for a dinner at a lawyer’s house.

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.)

The deadline for second-year scholarship applicants is September 7, 2022. 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.

Bradley’s commitment to pro bono legal work is one of our most deeply cherished values. The Douglas Arant Public Interest Fellowship, named after a founding partner who helped imbue the firm’s dedication to community service, offers Bradley summer associates the opportunity to work with public service organizations of their choice, subject to the approval of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. Some of the worthy organizations that have been approved as partners in our fellowship program include the Southern Poverty Law Center, Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama (death penalty representation), and Legal Services of Alabama.

Fellowship recipients work a minimum of six weeks at a Bradley office and at least four weeks for their chosen organizations while still being compensated by the firm. The number of fellowships granted each year is limited and priority is given to second-year law students. Any student interested in applying for the fellowship should submit an online summer associate application and include a completed, PDF version of this document in the “Attachments” section.

The deadline for applying is March 14, 2022.

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 Tuesday, May 18 to Thursday, May 20, 2021. 

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 2021 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.