Applications for the next round of Fellowships are due Monday, July 2, 2018. If you would like to apply for one of the posted 225 Fellowships in 37 cities across the U.S., please click on the “apply now” link on the Applicants Page.
In partnership with the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Foundation, the OnRamp Fellowship has expanded to include 6 legal departments, including Amazon, American Express, 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 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.
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
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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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
As the first re-entry program ever launched in the legal profession, the OnRamp Fellowship is now expanding to include six additional leading law firms – Skadden, Morrison & Foerster, Loeb & Loeb, Stoel Rives, Wiley Rein, and Wilson Elser – as well as its first legal department, Amazon, and financial services firm, Barclays. The goal of the Fellowship is to enhance the talent pipeline in prestigious organizations with diverse, high-performing women who have the potential and the desire to advance into leadership roles.
This unique initiative began in January 2014 to provide experienced women lawyers re-entering the profession with an opportunity to update their skills and contacts through paid, one-year Fellowships with major law firms. Four law firms (Sidley, Cooley, Baker Botts, and Hogan Lovells) initially piloted the program and 15 more law firms joined to offer Fellowships shortly thereafter.
Together, these 19 firms have hired a total of 25 Fellows. Out of the nine Fellows who have completed the yearlong Fellowship to date (8 from 2014, 1 from 2015), eight have received full-time offers to join law firms.
Due in large part to this success, the Fellowship is expanding to include additional law firms as well as other re-entry pathways through Amazon’s legal department and Barclays’ compliance group. The full list of 25 participating law firms follows.
OnRamp Fellowship Law Firms
(*New Law Firms Participating as of September 2015)
OnRamp Fellowship Press Release – 4 Firms Expansion Announcement 3-31-15
See all of the available positions by clicking here.
OnRamp Fellowship Participation Nearly Quadruples in First Year to Include 15 Top Law Firms
11 Additional Law Firms Join the 4 Founding Firms to Offer More Than 50 One-Year, Paid Fellowships as Part of Novel “Returnship” Program for Women Lawyers
The OnRamp Fellowship is an innovative program launched in January 2014 to provide women lawyers re-entering the legal profession with an opportunity to update their skills and legal contacts through one-year, paid positions with top law firms. The program aims to replenish the talent pipeline in law firms with diverse, high-performing lawyers who have the potential and the desire to advance into leadership roles.
As part of the first pilot program, four major law firms – Baker Botts, Cooley, Hogan Lovells, and Sidley Austin LLP – hired nine women returning to the profession after an extended hiatus. Eleven additional law firms, listed below, have joined the effort as the second pilot kicks off today.
2014 OnRamp Fellowship Law Firms – Pilot Participants
(*Founding Supporters of the OnRamp Fellowship)
“We were excited to participate as a founding sponsor of this innovative program,” said Carter Phillips, chair of Sidley’s Executive Committee. “Having hired four Fellows in the inaugural program, we know first-hand the considerable value these women bring to the profession and to our firm. We look forward to hiring additional Fellows going forward.”
“The OnRamp Fellowship is a natural extension of our ongoing efforts to hire and retain diverse lawyers,” said Peter Kalis, Chairman and Global Managing Partner of K&L Gates. “We are thrilled to be one of the first firms participating in this unique initiative to bring talented women lawyers back into the profession.”
Together, the participating law firms have posted more than 50 Fellowship positions across the country in markets like Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley. Opportunities exist in more than 15 practice areas, including antitrust, corporate, emerging companies, FDA regulatory, finance, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate, securities, and tax.
Recruiting techniques proven effective for hiring and developing C-suite executives in corporations for decades are used to enhance the matching and placement process of women lawyer applicants with the participating law firms. The OnRamp Fellowship administrators conduct an organizational culture analysis and a study of high-performers at each law firm to better understand the skills, behaviors, and traits that lead to success. To ensure “fit” for both the firm and the lawyer, applicants then complete a three-hour screening process, which includes a personality and skills assessment, writing test, culture questionnaire, and behavioral interview.
Women lawyers who are selected to participate in the Fellowship are provided with a partner advisor at the firm, an external career counselor, unlimited online CLE through PLI, and a variety of training from experts in negotiations, oral advocacy, technology, and project management.
“Due to the overwhelming interest in the Fellowship – as demonstrated by the 15,000 hits to the website, the 170 women who applied initially, and the 30 law firms that inquired about participating – we expanded the pilot program to include a select number of top firms,” said Caren Ulrich Stacy, Founder of the OnRamp Fellowship. “By participating in the first ‘Returnship’ ever launched in the legal field, these 15 law firms are trailblazers. They are benefitting the profession as well as their own firms by forging a new pathway back for women lawyers who took a break and want to return.”
“As a firm that is committed to the progression of women at all levels, Cooley is excited to see the momentum being generated by the Fellowship,” said Joe Conroy, Cooley’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to have been one of the pioneering firms to support the Fellowship, and we wish it every success as the program expands into its second phase. This is a welcome and timely initiative for the profession.”
“Baker Botts is a proud founding supporter of the OnRamp Fellowship,” said Van Beckwith, Senior Partner and Recruitment Chair at Baker Botts. “Working to bring women lawyers back into the legal profession benefits our clients, the legal community, and is a priority for our firm,” added Mr. Beckwith.