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2019 Summer LEADS Program

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Summer LEADS Program. 

To apply, please send the following to allmarketing@franczek.com:

  • Current resume
  • Completed program application - click here to download the form 
  • Statement of interest (as further described in the application form)
  • Undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate official transcripts
  • Law school official (2L students) or unofficial (1L students) transcripts 

Contact:
Amy Moor Gaylord
Chair, LEADS Committee
312.786.6172 
amg@franczek.com

The Franczek LEADS Fellowship Program

Franczek's Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity and Scholarship (LEADS) Fellowship Program was established by the firm in 2010 to create a pipeline of talented and diverse law students in the Labor and Employment space.

The LEADS program is an intensive eight-week program designed for diverse first- and second-year law students who have an interest in pursuing a legal career in private practice representing employers in labor and employment matters. The program’s goal is to provide concentrated labor and employment legal experience while developing a pipeline of highly qualified, diverse candidates for potential future employment in the legal profession.


The LEADS Curriculum

This program, unlike most traditional law firm summer associate programs, includes specific learning and experience modules for the LEADS Fellows during an eight-week fellowship period. The curriculum combines substantive legal experience with practical training provided by Franczek attorneys. LEADS Fellows will also receive an orientation to the business of practicing law with a focus on transitioning from the life of a law student to that of a private practice attorney. 

With each Fellow assigned to a small group of Franczek attorneys, Fellows will also learn first-hand the work and demands associated with being a practicing labor and employment attorney. Work experience includes substantive exposure to real time labor, employment, employee benefits, immigration and education issues facing employers.

The Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Commitment

Franczek highly values the varied perspectives and experiences which are found only in a diverse workplace. As a firm, we define diversity as inclusion of employees of different race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, cultural and ethnic background, ability, nationality and other unique attributes that do not interfere with effective job performance and superior client service. Click here to read more about our diversity initiatives.