9th Annual Hogan Lovells Practical Skills Program for Diverse Students
Our Denver office recognizes that diverse law students often face steep challenges at the beginning of their careers, and we hope to help students overcome such challenges. Since 2007, we have invited diverse first-year day and second-year evening law students attending the universities of Denver and Colorado to our offices for a half-day interview skills-building program.
Each year from 2007 to 2014, we have given 45 to 60 diverse law students:
- mock interviews with constructive feedback from Hogan Lovells lawyers;
- candid Q&A sessions with seasoned Hogan Lovells lawyers;
- open discussions with distinguished diverse panelists from the community; and
- a networking reception with Hogan Lovells lawyers and legal dignitaries.
Both participating law schools have heralded the program as an excellent opportunity for their diverse students because it is an effective and useful preparation tool for launching their professional careers. The students are not the only beneficiaries - it helps the law schools, which make use of the knowledge and experience of 25 to 50 "adjunct professors" from Hogan Lovells. It benefits our lawyers who enjoy mentorship but may not have the time or opportunity to pursue mentorship outside of their workdays. Moreover, the program helps the firm to promote Hogan Lovells' core values of diversity, inclusion, and good citizenship. The program also drives considerable recognition from clients, the Colorado bar, law schools, the public sector (of which many members attend the reception), and law students. The Center for Legal Inclusiveness called the program a "valuable learning opportunity," and featured it in its February 2015 newsletter.