OnRamp Fellowship Program

10/21/2014 6:13 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)


About the OnRamp Fellowship

The OnRamp Fellowship is a re-entry platform that matches experienced women lawyers returning to the profession with law firms for one-year, paid positions.  This unique experiential learning program gives returning women lawyers – many of whom have opted out of the legal field for a period of time to raise children – an opportunity to demonstrate their value in the marketplace while also broadening their experience, skills, and legal contacts.  The program aims to replenish the talent pipeline in law firms with diverse, high-performing lawyers who have the potential and the desire to advance into leadership roles.


Positions Available


The 15 participating firms (listed below) have posted positions across the country in 24 cities, including:  Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Boston, Broomfield, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Palo Alto, Philadelphia, Reston, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Tampa, Twin Cities, and Washington, D.C. Opportunities exist in more than 15 practice areas, including antitrust, corporate, emerging companies, energy, FDA regulatory, finance, government contracts, intellectual property, international trade, investment management, labor and employment, litigation, real estate, securities, tax, tech transactions, trusts and estates, and white collar. 


Review the available positions by clicking here.

Participating Law Firms – 2014 Expanded Pilot Program

(*Founding Supporters)


Blank Rome

Fenwick & West

Hogan Lovells*

Sidley Austin*

Baker Botts*


Fish & Richardson

Jenner & Block


Baker Donelson

Crowell & Moring

Fried Frank

K&L Gates

White & Case

Program Eligibility

Women lawyers who have at least three years of legal experience and have taken a hiatus from the practice of law for two or more years are eligible to apply.  Applicants also need to be licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction where they plan to apply for a Fellowship.  This re-entry program is for women lawyers who are currently unemployed as well as those who are working in temporary/contract jobs or in non-legal jobs due to the barriers faced when attempting to re-enter the legal profession after a hiatus from practicing law. To apply or learn more, please click here.

Please note:  Since a goal of the Fellowship is to increase the number of women in leadership roles within law firms, applicants should have a strong interest in working for and advancing within a law firm environment.

Benefits to Participating Women Lawyers

  • 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
  • Counseling from experienced legal-career coaches. 
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