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Free Online Résumé Workshop for Returning Lawyers — June 19th from 1-2:30pm ET

Join the OnRamp Fellowship Monday, June 19th from 1:00pm-2:30pm ET for a free online résumé workshop designed specifically for lawyers seeking to return to the profession after a career break. Our experts, who have counseled hundreds of lawyers returning to the workplace, can help you create a marketable résumé, learn how to address your career gap, and jumpstart your job search. To register, please email lindsey@diversitylab.com.

Click Here to Apply!

To apply for a Fellowship, please click on one of the links below.  If you have not already done so, please review the “Applicants Page” before applying.
Australia/UK Candidates: Click Here to Apply
US/Canada Candidates: Click Here to Apply
Note: Completing an application does not guarantee employment.

Next Round of Applications Due July 3, 2017

Applications for the next round of Fellowships are due Monday, July 12, 2017.  If you would like to apply for one of the posted 225 Fellowships in 37 cities across the U.S., Australia, Canada, and the UK, please click on the “apply now” link on the Applicants Page.

Thank you!

 

Wall Street Journal, “For Female Lawyers, A Way Back In After Taking Time Off”

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2016/05/26/for-female-lawyers-a-way-back-in-after-taking-time-off/

Fellowship Has Expanded to Include 5 Legal Departments in Partnership w/ the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Foundation

In partnership with the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Foundation, the OnRamp Fellowship has  expanded to include 5 legal departments, including Amazon, Microsoft, Accenture, 3M, and the BMO Financial Group. Please see the available positions here — https://onramp.fluidreview.com/p/legacy/a/?q=usih.  To learn more or apply, please visit the “Applicants” page.

OnRamp Fellowship Expands into Australia & the UK!

OnRamp Fellowship Press Release June 1, 2016 International Expansion

Please see the available positions here — https://onramp.fluidreview.com/p/legacy/a/?q=ausuklf.  For more info or to apply, please visit the “Applicants” page.

 

42 Fellows Placed Thus Far — Click Here to Learn More About These Amazing Women

The 42 Fellows selected for the OnRamp Fellowship thus far clearly demonstrate the depth and the breadth of this untapped pool of talent. During their hiatuses from the workforce, which ranged in length from three to 20 years, these women continued to develop their skills while serving in leadership roles in organizations such as the Military Spouse JD Network, teaching law school courses, earning advanced degrees, supervising pro bono cases, and holding elected offices. Learn more by reading their bios on the attached “Meet the Fellows” overview.

OnRamp Fellows Bios-Updated 5-26-16

OnRamp Fellowship Featured on FOX News

Fox News Video — OnRamp Fellowship

Learn More About Amazon’s Legal Fellowship Positions

Amazon’s Legal Department Fellowships – 6 Positions

We are thrilled to have Amazon’s Legal Department as a participant in the OnRamp Fellowship. A brief overview of their Fellowship opportunities, requirements, and benefits follow. Also outlined below is the application process.

Opportunities:

As part of Amazon’s commitment to finding and developing great talent, they plan to hire Fellows through the OnRamp Fellowship in the following six groups: (1) Transactional Lawyer, Lab 126, Sunnyvale, CA; (2) Commercial Lawyer, Amazon Web Services, Seattle, WA; (3) Corporate Counsel Real Estate Lawyer, Amazon Corporate, Seattle, WA; (4) Corporate Counsel Lawyer, Amazon Corporate, Seattle, WA; (5) Corporate Counsel Lawyer, Digital Video, Seattle, WA; and (6) Patent Lawyer, Amazon Web Services, Seattle, WA.

Click here for more information on the groups.  The Fellowship is a year-long program paid at $125,000, which is the standard OnRamp Fellowship stipend, with benefits.

Requirements: 

Applicants should have three or more years of legal experience and have taken a hiatus of at least two years from practicing law. The specific requirements for each position can be found by clicking here.

Benefits to Returning Women:

  • A paid, one year position with Amazon’s Legal Department to gain additional experience, skills, and contacts;
  • Monthly “Cohort Meetings” with other Fellows to share experiences and exchange re-entry best practices;
  • Training by specialists in negotiations, leadership, oral advocacy, and project management; and
  • A career counselor who works one-on-one with you to assist with your re-entry and advancement in the profession.

Application Process:

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

  1. Submit an application and 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);
  2. Take a writing assessment developed by leading writing authority Ross Guberman; and
  3. Participate in a behavioral interview conducted by a hiring expert.

Important Note: The skills and writing assessments are an essential component of the application process.  The assessment results provide in-depth information about an applicant’s skills with a particular focus on the strengths that the applicant will bring to an organization upon her re-entry.  After completing the assessments, each applicant receives a comprehensive multi-page report with her results as well as developmental tips to assist in her long-term career development efforts.

The next round of applications are due December 18, 2015.  To apply, please click here.

Bloomberg BNA, “Re-Entry Program for Women Expands”

Re-Entry Program for Women Expands

Bloomberg BNA — Casey Sullivan, September 24, 2015

The OnRamp Fellowship, which connects women lawyers who have taken a hiatus for at least two years with jobs at law firms and companies, is expanding.

The network of law firms that participate in its fellowship program expanded by six to include Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Morrison & Foerster, Loeb & Loeb, Stoel Rives, Wiley Rein and Wilson Elser, OnRamp announced on Thursday.

Both Amazon’s legal department and the compliance division at financial services firm Barclays also joined.

“Everyone realizes we are in a war for talent, and we are fighting for the same talent,” said Caren Ulrich Stacy, founder and CEO of the Onramp Fellowship & Diversity Lab. “Some are looking for new and inventive ways to find people.”

OnRamp launched in January 2014 to provide women lawyers re-entering the profession with an opportunity to update their skills and contacts through a paid-for, one-year fellowship with a major law firm.

Four law firms — Sidley Austin, Cooley, Baker Botts and Hogan Lovells — initially piloted the program and 15 more law firms joined in offering OnRamp fellowships shortly thereafter.

With the recent additions, the participating network consists of 25 law firms, plus Amazon’s legal department and Barclays’ compliance group. The organizations have posted more than 150 fellowship positions in 33 locations across the country, including Boston, Chicago, Houston, Silicon Valley, New York and Washington, D.C.

The program also comes while large corporate law firms have suffered from a lack of gender imbalance, illustrated in this chart.

“The time to change that is now,” said Tim Taylor, chair of Stoel Rives’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee, in a statement.

Stacy said that OnRamp vets both fellowship applicants and law firm and company participants so that the program matches are suitable. So far, the participating law firms have hired 25 fellows, although another 10 are in the midst of the interview process.

For more information on the OnRamp fellowship, visit here.