Pepper Hamilton Teams Up With Villanova University in an Effort to Increase Racial Diversity in the Legal Profession

The Pepper Hamilton law firm of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, has announced a cooperative effort with the Villanova University School of Law. Under the program the law firm will fund two full scholarships for minority law school students at Villanova. In addition, the firm will sponsor a six-week summer intern program at the law school for sophomores and juniors who are enrolled at historically black colleges and universities in an effort to encourage them to pursue careers in the legal profession. The firm will also employ two minority students at the Villanova School of Law as first-year summer associates and as part-time law clerks during their second and third years in law school.

Pepper Hamilton, founded in 1890, has more than 400 partners and associates with offices in seven states and Washington, D.C.

The latest data from the American Bar Association shows that blacks make up 3.8 percent of the students at the Villanova University School of Law.