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OnRamp Fellowship Applications Due March 7

Did you know someone who took a couple years away from the office to stay home with young children? Or a sick parent? Or a spouse deployed abroad?  TheOnRamp Fellowshiphelps place experienced women lawyers, who have taken a break from practicing law for one reason or another, in year-long, paid training fellowships in law firms.

Four major firms- Baker Botts, Cooley, Hogan Lovells, and Sidley Austin - are offering Fellowships in 15 cities across the U.S. as part of the pilot program this year.

The benefits to participating women lawyers include: 

  • A paid, one-year training contract with a top law firm to gain additional legal experience, skills, and contacts; 
  • Unlimited, free access to online continuing legal education (CLE) courses; 
  • Training by specialists in negotiations, leadership, oral advocacy, project management, and business development; and 
  • Coaching from experienced legal-career coaches.

Lawyers with three or more years of experience who have taken a hiatus of at least two years are eligible to apply. Applicants should have a strong interest in working for and advancing within a law firm environment.

Why is the Fellowship Important toReturning Women?

This unique experiential learning program gives women lawyers returning to the profession an opportunity to demonstrate their value in the marketplace while also broadening their experience, skills, and legal contacts.

How Does the Fellowship Benefit Law Firms?

Law firms that participate in the Fellowship gain access to an untapped group of highly-talented, diverse lawyers who want to return to and advance in the profession.

What is the Goal of the Fellowship?

The goal of the Fellowship is to replenish the talent pipeline in law firms with experienced women lawyers who have the potential and the desire to advance into leadership roles.

Applications are due March 7, 2014.

Please visit to learn more or apply.