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Silver Scholar Program

The Silver Scholar Program is an award initiative designed to increase diversity within our firm and the legal profession. The award is named after Edward Silver, the first elected Chairman of Proskauer and a premier labor lawyer of his time. The program reflects and is an outgrowth of Ed's lifelong commitment to fairness, diversity and equal opportunity.

Description of Program

The selected student will receive a summer associate position at Proskauer and be eligible for a cash award of up to $30,000 payable in installments. To receive the entire award, the student must a) accept an offer to participate in the summer associate program; b) complete the summer associate program; and c) receive and accept an offer to join our firm as an associate. Only rising second-year law students can apply.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Enrollment in a full-time program at an ABA-accredited law school
  • Outstanding academic achievement in college and law school
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities
  • Active involvement in the community


The online application process will ask for the following materials:

  • Resume
  • Undergraduate and law school transcripts
  • A persuasive legal writing sample
  • A personal statement of not more than 500 words that address the following questions:
    • Why is diversity important to you?
    • How have you been a leader and advanced diversity in your community?
    • How can diversity be improved in the legal profession?
  • The names of three (3) references who can attest to the applicant's character and work and/or academic performance

    In addition to the above materials, the applicant may submit or the selection committee may request a recommendation letter in support of the application. Please note that the entire application must be completed in order to qualify. Students selected for further consideration will be asked to meet with members of our selection committee. 

    All applications must be submitted by September 15, 2014.

    To complete an application, please click here.

    If you have any additional questions, please email .

    At Proskauer, diversity and inclusion are core values that go hand-in-hand with teamwork, respect and professional fulfillment. A diverse workforce enables us to hire from a competitive pool of the best candidates and offer the highest quality service to our clients. Hiring, retaining and promoting diverse professionals enables Proskauer to be a top-tier firm by making us a better and more attractive place to work.