Diversity Recruiting

Gibson Dunn believes that diversity among lawyers is essential to our continued success as one of the preeminent law firms in the world. In an increasingly global landscape, we understand that it is crucial that we incorporate diverse competencies, experiences and viewpoints into our workforce. We are proud of our diverse partnership and look forward to developing a new and diverse generation of lawyers who will continue the long tradition of quality and excellence for which Gibson Dunn is known.

At law schools across the country, we encourage diverse law students to pursue a career at Gibson Dunn. During the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017, we held over 108 on-campus events for diverse law students and recruits. We are actively involved and engaged in these events, with lawyers engaged in activities such as participating on panels, conducting mock interviews, serving as mentors, and attending dinners. We also provide annual financial support for diverse law student groups through a variety of programs.

We provide hiring opportunities to students with a commitment to diversity through our 1L hiring program. The first-year summer associates in the diversity program receive the same compensation and treatment as our second-year law students in the program. Gibson Dunn also participates in the 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Scholars Program, and sends several of our summer associates each June to LCLD’s Scholars Retreat. The firm also hires an incoming law student through the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Internship Program. These activities are an important part of our effort to recruit a diverse summer class that will in turn create a diverse first-year associate class after graduation.

Gibson Dunn understands that choosing a firm can be a difficult decision, and it is important to many law students that the one they choose supports diversity.  Some may have questions that specifically pertain to what it is like to be a diverse lawyer at the firm, and all Gibson Dunn summer associates are given a chance to learn more about our diversity efforts.  Each local diversity committee hosts various events for summer associates to answer diversity-related questions and our diverse summer associates are given ample opportunities to learn more about the experiences of diverse lawyers at Gibson Dunn. We are also making efforts to attract talented diverse lateral candidates.

For more information about Gibson Dunn’s recruiting program, please click here.

Each year various Gibson Dunn offices invite a small number of highly qualified first-year students to join the firm’s summer program. The first-year summer associates receive the same compensation and treatment as our second-year law students in the program. Please visit our website between November and February to learn how to apply for the 1L program.

Gibson Dunn also participates in the 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Scholars Program, and sends several of our summer associates each June to LCLD’s Scholars Retreat. This annual program covers a wide range of topics focused on mentoring and enhancing summer associates’ law school success and legal careers.

Gibson Dunn is proud of its diversity recruiting success and looks forward to continuing to hire talented lawyers from diverse backgrounds.

For more information on the program, please contact one of our recruiting coordinators and look for postings at your law school. We also invite you to read about New York corporate associate Matthew Gibbons’ experience in our 1L summer program. Matthew not only participated in the New York office’s 1L program but also returned for the entirety of his 2L summer before ultimately accepting his offer to join Gibson Dunn.

Our law student outreach continues year-round and includes building relationships and partnering with many diverse student organizations. We host events, substantive workshops and educational panels and provide annual financial support and mentoring through a variety of programs. Through these programs we establish personal relationships with diverse law students and provide them with useful guidance. At law schools throughout the United States, we encourage diverse students to pursue a career with us.

Below are just a few examples of our partnering with various diverse law student organizations:

  • Gibson Dunn hosted Stanford Law School Asian Pacific Islander Law Student Association (APILSA) and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley’s (APABA-SV) Women in Law Trailblazer event.  The panelists were Judge Lucy H. Koh, U.S. District Court-Northern District of California; Salle Yoo, General Counsel at Uber and Professor Eumi Lee of U.C. Hastings School of Law.
  • Gibson Dunn hosted and participated in NYU Law School’s Latino Law Student Association’s (LaLSA) Annual Interview Skills Workshop.
  • Gibson Dunn hosted Columbia Law School’s Empowering Women of Color (EWOC) Judicial Clerkship Mixer attended by Columbia law students, judges, alumni and law clerks.
  • Rashida La Lande, Gibson Dunn partner and New York office Hiring Partner, presented “Behind the Curtain: What Interviewing Partners Look For” to the Columbia Law School Asian Pacific Islander Law Student Association (APILSA).
  • Gibson Dunn partner Douglas Champion and associate Tiaunia Henry presented “How To Have A Successful Summer” to the UCLA Black Law Student Association (BLSA).
  • Gibson Dunn annually hosts an LGBT mixer for Berkeley and Stanford law students. This event brings together the two LGBT on-campus organizations to foster community within these two Bay Area law schools.
  • Ron Kirk, Special Of Counsel in the Dallas office, hosted a fireside chat with Columbia Law School Black Law Student Association (BLSA).

Interview With Matt Gibbons

As a 1L, what attracted you to Gibson Dunn and what experiences were you interested in obtaining from the 1L Diversity Summer Program?

​As a 1L, I initially thought that I wanted to be a litigator and was attracted to the firm’s robust and accomplished litigation practice.

Why did you return as a 2L and ultimately decide to join Gibson Dunn?

​​I returned as a 2L and chose not to split my second summer because based on my experience the prior summer and my interactions with interviewers from other firms during EIW, I knew that no other top firm would be able to offer the culture within which, and the people with whom, I knew my personality and career would flourish.

What advice would you give to diverse law students looking to join Gibson Dunn?

I think all law students looking to join any firm should investigate the firm’s culture to gain a true understanding of the life of a full-time associate.  I found that the Gibson Dunn community truly sets this firm apart from others.

Describe what has been the best experience practicing law to date.

The best experience to date has been working for a pro bono client who provides education and healthcare services to HIV/AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe. As one means of raising money, the organization works with the children to create and sell dolls. The dolls come with a bio of the child and a description of the child’s interests. I was given a doll by the client as a show of appreciation. This was the most rewarding experience to date.​