Keker & Van Nest Diversity Scholarship

Keker & Van Nest LLP is committed to increasing the diversity of the legal profession, particularly in its areas of practice - complex civil, intellectual property and white-collar criminal litigation. As part of  that commitment, we are proud to offer the Keker & Van Nest Diversity Scholarships to support outstanding Bay Area law students who are from traditionally underrepresented groups and have demonstrated interest in one or more of these practice areas.

This year, Keker & Van Nest will award up to $50,000 in scholarship grants to up to three qualified recipients. The exact amount and number of scholarships will depend on the number and quality of applicants.


Scholarship applicants must be current first-year or second-year law students who are students of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, disabled, or whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of litigators in the Bay Area. Recipients must attend University of California, Berkeley School of Law; University of California, Hastings College of the Law; or Stanford Law School as a full-time student and remain in academic good standing for the academic year of the award. While financial need is not required, it will be strongly considered along with other factors, including the applicant’s academic record, demonstrated interest in complex litigation, employment history, background and the extent to which the candidate would contribute to diversity among the complex litigation practice, obligations, clinical or other non-academic legal experience, community service, and commitment to remaining in the Bay Area after graduation. Employees of Keker & Van Nest, family members of employees, and persons with pending or accepted offers of employment are not eligible.

To Apply

Please complete the form found at this link by February 20, 2015. A scholarship committee composed of attorneys from Keker & Van Nest will first evaluate scholarship applicants based upon their application materials. Interviews with scholarship committee members will then be extended to scholarship finalists. 

Finalists will interview at the Keker & Van Nest office on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Those selected for an interview will be notified by March 3, 2015. Scholarship recipients will be announced by the end of March 2015. 

2011 Award Recipients from left to right: Ashley Hall, UC Berkeley School of Law; Tom Pack, Stanford University; and Elizabeth Kim, UC Berkeley School of Law

Staff Contact

Holly Saydah

(415) 773-6649
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