Applicants

Who is eligible to participate?

Law Firm and Legal Department Applicants

Women lawyers who have at least three years of post-licensure legal experience and have taken a hiatus from the profession for two or more years are eligible to apply.  Law firm applicants must be licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction where they plan to apply for a Fellowship.  Legal department applicants can be licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction.

Financial and Contract Management Services Applicants

Women who have at least three years of post-degree (undergraduate or above) professional experience and have taken a hiatus from the workforce for two or more years are eligible to apply.

This re-entry program is for women who are currently unemployed as well as those who are underemployed and working in temporary/contract jobs or in roles outside of their profession due to the barriers faced when attempting to re-enter after a hiatus.

Please note:  Since one goal of the Fellowship is to increase the number of women in leadership roles, applicants should have a strong interest in working for and advancing within a law firm, legal department, financial services, or corporate environment.

Which organizations are participating in the Fellowship?

The participating organizations – which now includes 30 law firms (listed below), Barclays’ Compliance Group, and the legal departments at Accenture, Amazon, Bank of Montreal, Microsoft, and 3M – have posted more than 200 Fellowship positions in 37 locations across the U.S., Australia, and the UK.

OnRamp Fellowship Law Firms  

Akerman Crowell & Moring Herbert Smith Freehills Orrick
Baker Botts Fenwick & West Hogan Lovells Pillsbury
Baker Donelson Fish & Richardson Jackson Walker Sidley Austin
Blank Rome Fisher Phillips Jenner & Block Skadden
Chapman and Cutler Fox Rothschild K&L Gates Stoel Rives
Cooley Fried Frank Loeb & Loeb White & Case
Covington & Burling Goodwin Procter Morrison Foerster Wiley Rein
Wilson Elser

Please note:  Applications should not be submitted directly to the participating organizations.  Applications are only accepted via the Fellowship Director.  

What is the length of a typical Fellowship position?

The law firm, legal department, and contract management Fellowship positions are one year.  The financial services Fellowship positions are six months.

Which locations and departments are currently accepting applications?

There are currently more than 200 Fellowship positions available.  Please click on the “Available Positions” below to view the current list by country and type of role. These lists are constantly changing as positions are filled and as new ones are added.  Please check back often.

Available Positions

Law Firm & Legal Department Applicants
View U.S. Law Firm Positions
View U.S. Legal Department and Contract Management Positions
View UK & Australia Law Firm Positions

Financial Services Applicants
View U.S. & UK Financial Services Positions

Currently, there are positions in 37 cities, including:  Atlanta, Atlantic City, Austin, Birmingham, Boston, Broomfield, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Exton, Houston, McLean, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Palo Alto, Perth, Philadelphia, Portland, Reston, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Sydney, Tampa, Twin Cities, Washington, D.C., and Wilmington.

Available positions are offered in a wide variety of areas, including but not limited to: antitrust, banking and finance, business litigation, compliance, corporate, credit finance, energy, FDA, global finance, government contracts, hedge funds, intellectual property, international trade, investment management, litigation, labor and employment, securities, tech transactions, trusts and estates, torts and products liability, and white collar.

What are the application requirements?

All Fellowship applicants are rigorously screened to assess their current experience, skills set, and desire to return to and advance in the legal or banking profession.  As part of the screening process, each applicant is expected to:

  1. Submit an application by clicking on the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of the page;
  2. Complete a battery of online skills, personality, and values assessments, which are similar to the hiring and development tools used in corporate environments (the cost of the assessments, paid by the applicant, is $175 U.S. dollars);
  3. Take a writing assessment developed by leading writing authority Ross Guberman; and
  4. Participate in a behavioral interview conducted by a hiring expert.

Please note: The skills and writing assessments are an essential component of the application process.  They provide us (and the applicants) with in-depth information about the applicants’ skills, so we can better understand their strengths.  After completing the assessments, applicants receive a comprehensive multi-page report with their results as well as developmental tips to assist in their career development efforts.

Once the initial interview process is complete, a “Screening Scorecard” with the outcomes of the assessments and other application details are sent to the participating organizations that have openings in the locations and areas in which the applicant has indicated an interest. After reviewing the applications, the organizations’ leaders decide who they want to interview and, ultimately, who will receive a Fellowship offer.  There is no guarantee of an offer or employment in any of the participating organizations.

Is there a fee to apply?

Yes.  Applicants must pay a US$175 fee, which covers the costs of a series of online skills, motivation, values, and writing assessments, which are part of the application process.  The US$175 fee is paid directly to the assessment vendors prior to beginning the assessments after an online application is completed by the applicant and eligibility is verified by the Fellowship directors.   The assessment results provide in-depth information about the applicants’ skills, so we can better understand their strengths.  After completing the assessments, applicants receive a comprehensive multi-page report with their results as well as developmental tips to assist in their long-term career development efforts.

Are the fellows paid?

Yes.  In exchange for an annual stipend (see ranges below) and benefits, which are paid by the organization, the fellow works full-time on complex projects and receives training, coaching, and ongoing feedback from the Fellowship and a designated advisor in their organization.

U.S. Fellowship Positions — $125,000-$150,000 in larger law firms; $85,000-$115,000 in smaller law firms; and $110,000-$125,000 in legal departments depending on the size and location.

U.K. Fellowship Positions — £70,000-£75,000 in most organizations, plus benefits

Australian Fellowship Positions — To be determined; contact OnRamp for details

What types of work and development opportunities are provided to the fellows?

Projects range from independent research to direct client interface throughout the program.  Although there are no set guidelines regarding the types of projects to which the fellow can be assigned, there is a requirement that the projects support skill development in the areas – such as business acumen and decision making – that are necessary for advancement in the organization.

To further benefit the fellows’ career advancement, they receive external support from experts in the legal and banking fields, including:

  • Unlimited, free access to online training courses through PLI;
  • Monthly “Cohort Meetings” with all fellows to share experiences and learn from each other;
  • Training by experts in negotiations, leadership, oral advocacy, project management, and business development; and
  • Counseling from experienced career coaches who work one-on-one with the fellows throughout the year to assist with their skill development and to prepare them for salary negotiations with future employers.

Who monitors the fellows’ progress during the Fellowship?

To ensure a successful Fellowship experience, the organization, the fellow, and the Fellowship Director are expected to share responsibility for the program as outlined below.

The organization will: (1) designate an advisor in the fellow’s department to serve as the main contact for work allocation and feedback, including providing the fellow with a performance review twice during the year; and (2) provide the fellow with a stipend and access to any internal training or career development activities during the program.

The fellow will: (1) monitor her own workload and track her progress towards gaining the success traits needed to add value to the organization and its clients; and (2) check in regularly with her advisor and any other team members she works with to obtain feedback on her work and skill development.

The Fellowship Director will: (1) check in at least quarterly with the fellow and the advisor to obtain feedback on the fellow’s performance and potential advancement possibilities; and (2) ensure that the fellow has access to training resources, an experienced career counselor, and other external opportunities to develop skills and contacts.

Are part-time or flextime Fellowship options available?

Not currently.  For the inaugural program, only full-time positions are available.  There are, however, a number of excellent part-time, flextime, and contract positions available through companies such as Blisslawyers.com and MomCorps.

What are the anticipated outcomes of the Fellowship?

A fellow who does excellent work will conclude the Fellowship with a current professional reference that can be leveraged as she pursues her next endeavor.  And, if a relevant position is available after Fellowship, the fellow will have an option to interview with the organization for a longer-term role in a particular department or location.

The end result of the Fellowship is a diverse high performer who returns to the profession with upgraded skills and experience, additional contacts, an excellent reference, and a renewed ambition to service clients. In turn, the legal and financial services professions as well as the individual organizations benefit by engaging with a previously untapped pool of high-performing talent and, hopefully, increased gender diversity in their mid-to-senior level leadership ranks.

How does the application process work?

There are four steps involved in the application, screening, and interview process.

Please note:  Applications should not be submitted directly to the participating organizations.  Applications are only accepted via the Fellowship Director.

1st Step: Once you have confirmed that there are available positions in the organizations (or, for lawyers, the jurisdiction(s) where you are licensed), please complete an application.  After the Fellowship Director has received your application and confirmed your eligibility, you will receive an email with links to the online personality, skills, values, and writing assessments. These assessments are typically used in corporate environments to hire and develop high-level, executive talent.

2nd Step: Eligible applicants are required to complete an online personality, skills, values, and writing assessment.  In total, these online assessments usually take 90 to 120 minutes to complete. The total cost of the assessments is $175 U.S. dollars, and online payment is expected at the time of completion.

3rd Step: Once the assessments are complete, the Fellowship Director will schedule an online meeting or teleconference with each eligible applicant to discuss the results of the assessments and conduct an interview.  

4th and Final Step: The applicants’ resumes, applications, and results of the assessments and interviews are sent to the participating organizations.  The organizations’ leaders review the applicants’ information and select the women they want to interview for the Fellowship positions.

When are Fellowship offer decisions made?

Offer decisions are made on a rolling basis.  There is no set date.

What happens if an applicant is not selected for a Fellowship position?

Applicants not chosen for a Fellowship after their initial application are welcome to re-apply at any time. New positions are posted regularly, so applicants are encouraged to check the website often for additional opportunities.

When are the 2016 Fellowship start dates?

The Fellowship start dates vary by organization.  Start dates are typically determined based on the timing that works best for both the incoming fellow and the organization.