Diversity & Inclusion

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Irell & Manella has always been committed to building a diverse and inclusive law firm and creating an environment where attorneys of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations can thrive. This focus permeates our culture and has resulted in a population of attorneys from a variety of backgrounds and one of the highest percentages of minority partners for law firms in the United States. All partners are equity partners, and many women and minority partners have served on the firm's Executive Committee and in other firm leadership positions, including as managing partner. Irell's commitment to diversity has a long history—the firm had one of the first African American equity partners of any major law firm in Los Angeles and one of the nation's first Asian American managing partners. Today, Irell is one of the very few major firms with an African American firmwide managing partner.

Irell is consistently recognized for its achievements in diversity and inclusion. For instance, The American Lawyer consistently ranks Irell as among the most diverse law firms in the nation, most recently ranking us #12 out of 220 on the 2018 Diversity Scorecard. In addition, Irell has always had one of the highest percentages of minority partners for law firms in the U.S. The American Lawyer’s 2018 Diversity Scorecard ranks Irell fourth in the country out of 220 large firms based on the percentage of minority partners. We are in the top two percent.

“Irell & Manella is focused on delivering the highest quality legal services and achieving excellence through diligence and creativity. Our attorneys are hired and evaluated based on the quality of their work. This focus has penetrated our culture and resulted in a population of attorneys from a variety of backgrounds.” ­

– Kyle Kawakami, Irell & Manella Diversity Chair

Consisting of partners and associates from both offices, Irell & Manella's Diversity Committee is dedicated to promoting an institutional culture that fosters the recruitment, advancement and development of a diverse population that reflects our larger community. The committee is responsible for recommending and implementing strategies to further diversity and inclusion, and its goals align closely with those of the Women's Network, Associates Committee and Executive Committee. The Diversity Committee also sponsors a number of events and trainings targeted at inclusion, including sessions on unconscious bias and featuring key figures and diverse attorneys who are making a difference. Additionally, the firm offers Diversity Scholarship Awards of $15,000 to a select number of second year law students who, in addition to meeting certain criteria, receive and accept an offer to participate in the firm's summer program.

2020 Diversity Scholarship Award

In keeping with the firm’s commitment to attracting and promoting the highest quality attorneys and creating an environment where attorneys of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations can thrive, Irell & Manella intends to offer Diversity Scholarship Awards of $15,000 to a select number of second year law students who, in addition to meeting certain criteria, receive and accept an offer to participate in the 2020 Summer Program.

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Eligibility

We will consider all candidates from under-represented groups in the legal profession, including, but not limited to, racial or ethnic minorities; women; gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender individuals; persons with disabilities; and/or applicants from a disadvantaged socioeconomic background. Additionally, applicants must at least meet the following criteria:

Application Process

Irell is currently accepting applications for the Diversity Scholarship. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis throughout July, August, and early September. The application deadline is August 30, 2019.

Completed applications must include:

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to select the Diversity Scholarship Award recipients:

Selection Process

An internal selection panel consisting of the Firm’s Hiring Partners (for each office), the Chairs of the Diversity Committee, and members of the Diversity and Hiring Committees will evaluate and select all Diversity Scholarship Award recipients.

Recipients will be notified on or before September 28, 2019. 

Scholarship Award

The Diversity Scholarship Award of $15,000 will be paid in two equal installments on:

Youth Programs

Irell & Manella is committed to promoting diversity in the legal profession and to providing equal opportunity to people of all ages interested in pursuing a career in law. Irell attorneys support and participate in a number of youth programs that share in that mission, including:

Community Involvement

Irell & Manella is committed to supporting various community and legal diversity organizations throughout Southern California and nationwide, including:

For more on our community involvement, please click here.

Women at Irell

Irell's women attorneys play an integral role in the firm's leadership. They are represented on all firm committees including the Executive Committee. For more on Irell's women attorneys, please click here.


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