Legal Writing Internship Programs

We Value Diversity

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s commitment to diversity is longstanding and recognizes the value that each of us brings to our firm and its clients. We look for diverse lawyers with outstanding academic and personal achievements, and a commitment to practicing law at the highest levels.  For every background and every strongly held opinion, you will find its opposite, often just one office away.  You will be encouraged to defend your viewpoint and perspective. The result is clearer, more powerful legal thinking and a more stimulating workplace.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie continues a tradition of supporting diversity through increased educational opportunities for minority and women law students, maintaining a commitment to hiring lawyers from different backgrounds, and assisting all of our lawyers to fulfill their individual potential. We provide generous support for programs designed to increase the diversity of the bar and the communities in which our lawyers practice.

The purpose of our diversity writing internship programs is educational in nature and designed to foster the interns’ overall development. No offers of employment are guaranteed or promised. Nevertheless, candidates who are successful in the program may be considered for additional job opportunities with the firm, at the firm's discretion, on a case-by-case basis.

Phoenix: The Maricopa County Bar Association and the State Bar of Arizona Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law collaborate with various law firms to promote the recruitment and retention of minority lawyers in Arizona. Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie works with second-year minority law students from the Arizona Summit Law School and Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University during the spring semester to improve students' writing skills and to expose students to real world clerking assignments in a private firm setting. In late October and early November, we interview the students and make our selection. The selected students begin clerking at the firm in January and are provided a $4,000 scholarship.

Tucson: The Arizona Minority Bar Association - Minority Writing Program Clerkship provides second-year law students with practical clerking experience in private law firms in Pima County, Arizona. The experience complements the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law writing program by enhancing the students’ legal writing and research skills while exposing them to the private law firm environment. The Arizona Minority Bar Association coordinates this program to provide a liaison between the students involved in the program and the law firms providing associate-level writing and research projects.

Las Vegas: The Diversity Committee of the State Bar of Nevada, in partnership with the William S. Boyd School of Law, created the Professional Development Fellowship Program. The purpose of the program is to provide diverse students of the law school with an educational experience by pairing them with local legal employers with a long-term goal of increasing diversity in their hiring and retention. Participating employers provide students with assignments designed to build practical legal skills.

Denver Nosler Scholarship:  Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie is committed to making the legal profession more diverse, inclusive, and reflective of our society and the clients and communities we serve. With that aim, the firm established the Michael D. Nosler Scholarship. The scholarship honors and recognizes our former Managing Partner, Michael D. Nosler, who demonstrated an unwavering commitment to diversity in the legal profession.

This scholarship program provides an opportunity for a talented diverse second-year law student to receive $10,000 towards his or her third-year law school tuition upon completion of a paid clerkship during the second semester of the recipient’s second year of law school. In addition to financial assistance, the scholarship program is designed to provide the recipient with a learning experience that will develop and enhance his or her legal writing skills and provide exposure to the private law firm environment and the real-world practice of law -- thereby promoting the educational and professional development of the recipient.

The program is competitive; one recipient will be selected each year from either the University of Denver Sturm College of Law or the University of Colorado School of Law. Candidates are evaluated based on their law school and undergraduate academic records and performance, extracurricular activities, leadership attributes, work or real-world experiences, a written personal statement, and letters of recommendation.

Michael D. Nosler Scholarship Overview & Application