The Shook Scholars Institute, built around what Shook is best known for, is an innovative diversity and inclusion-focused development program concentrated on litigation and trial skills, leadership and career success competencies for the underrepresented attorney. 

At Shook, inclusion is about creating a space where everyone belongs. We recognize that the varied perspectives and experiences found in a diverse and inclusive workplace create a broader, richer environment, and produce innovative solutions for our clients. The Shook Scholars Institute gives law students the rare opportunity to learn from a litigation and trial powerhouse in an interactive, small-group setting led by Shook's attorneys. It provides critical development skills while introducing students to valuable relationships and networks. Participating law students will experience a trial practice program, sessions on lawyering skills, leadership, success strategies, and networking opportunities. 

The application process requires a completed online application, resume, law school transcript, and a one-page essay explaining what the applicant believes demonstrates qualification for the Scholars Institute and how the applicant will contribute to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. A selection panel will evaluate all applications, considering the factors below:

  • Demonstrated academic performance and leadership achievements
  • Significant personal achievements and strong community involvement
  • Strong commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion and equity in the legal profession
  • Sincere interest in practicing at a top civil litigation firm.

The Scholars Institute is open to all self-identified, racially and/or ethnically diverse and/or LGBTQ law students enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school.