WMACCA Chapter

Corporate Scholars Program

WMACCA's Corporate Scholars Program is cultivating the next generation of in-house counsel by providing law students with unique opportunities to experience in-house practice.

Since 2004, WMACCA has provided promising and high-achieving students at law schools in the WMACCA service area with scholarship awards and summer internships in the legal departments of prestigious local companies and organizations. The students experience the full range of corporate practice areas and legal advocacy that in-house counsel handle. As a result, they gain valuable insights into the relationship between providing business and legal advice to clients in a variety of substantive areas.

The Corporate Scholars Program seeks students who have good grades, strong writing skills, previous work experience, and some professional maturity. Because the Program is designed as a "diversity pipeline" program, WMACCA seeks applications from populations that may otherwise lack access to these opportunities. Diversity for this Program is used in its broadest sense and means obtaining a pool of applicants who are reflective of the work force in general and the communities that lawyers serve. 

The internship opportunities afforded these students come from the legal departments of companies that are WMACCA members.  Previous hosts have included large and small departments from public, private and non-profit organizations. Click here to read testimonials from previous host organizations. 

The Program was created with initial grant support from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. It is maintained with generous support from WMACCA, its sponsors, and individual and corporate donors. 

Applications for the Class of 2015 are being accepted as of Monday, November 17, 2014.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Denise M. Carl, WMACCA Virginia Regional Coordinator, at Denise.Carl@WMACCA.com, or Ilene G. Reid, WMACCA Executive Director, at Ilene.Reid@WMACCA.com.