Jay Fujitani 1L Diversity Summer Program

Since 2004, Munger, Tolles & Olson has hosted a 1L summer associate program for diverse law school students. In 2016, we renamed this program the Jay Fujitani 1L Diversity Summer Program in honor of one of our partners, Jay M. Fujitani, who was lost to us far too early after a battle with cancer.

Part of the fabric of the firm, Mr. Fujitani chaired or served on virtually every Munger Tolles committee, over the years. He had a particular passion for issues of diversity within the legal industry, and was integrally involved in these issues as a co-chair of our diversity committee and the 1L diversity summer program. Under Mr. Fujitani’s leadership, the firm’s 1L summer program has continued to thrive and expand, remaining at the forefront of pipeline initiatives.

Mr. Fujitani was a mentor to many lawyers over the years, speaking frequently at law schools about strategies for success as a diverse attorney at a big law firm. He was also a supporter of For People of Color, Inc. and a member of the California Minority Counsel Program.

As part of the Jay Fujitani 1L Diversity Summer Program, Munger Tolles is pleased to offer up to four 1L summer associate positions in our Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.

These positions will be offered to exceptional first-year law students who can contribute to the diversity of Munger Tolles and the legal community. In the past, candidates have included law students who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups; are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender; are physically challenged; or are from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

Each participant in the Jay Fujitani 1L Diversity Summer Program is required to spend a minimum of six weeks in our office and may stay a maximum of 10 weeks. The weekly salary for participants is the same as our program for 2L and 3L students.


Upon completion of six weeks at the firm, in lieu of spending additional time at Munger Tolles, each participant in the Jay Fujitani 1L Diversity Summer Program will have the option of spending up to four weeks performing legal work for a non-profit organization in the Los Angeles or San Francisco area and receiving his or her weekly salary from the firm. Students interested in this option will need to secure placement at and submit a written description of the public interest opportunity before beginning employment at the firm. 

We are looking for applicants who possess a record of academic, employment, community and other achievement, indicating the potential for success in law school and in the legal profession. All applicants must be first-year law students in good standing pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at an ABA-accredited law school. 

We encourage you to submit an application as soon as possible on December 1, 2016. Although we will accept applications until February 10, 2017, we consider completed applications on a rolling basis and our limited number of positions may be full before that time.

Applications must include: 

  • Cover letter specifying the applicant’s office preference
  • Resume
  • Official or unofficial transcript (photocopy and/or online version) of first semester law school grades when available
  • Official or unofficial transcript (photocopy and/or online version) of undergraduate grades
  • A personal statement of no more than 500 words describing your interest in the Jay Fujitani 1L Diversity Summer Program and how you would contribute to the diversity of the legal profession
  • Contact information for two references, including at least one who can provide detailed comments on your law school work

We prefer that you submit your materials using our online application, which will be available after December 1, 2016.

If you are unable to use the online application, please send your materials by email to Ms. Kevinn C. Villard, Director of Legal Recruiting, at Kevinn.Villard@mto.com

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, marital or domestic partner status, family care status, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition, genetic characteristic, political affiliation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. It is our policy to prohibit discrimination, unlawful harassment (including sexual harassment), retaliation, and intimidation. This commitment applies to any individual involved in our operations and to anyone doing business with or on behalf of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.