Jay Fujitani 1L Summer Program 

Munger, Tolles & Olson offers a 1L summer associate program for law students. The program is named in memory of the firm’s partner, Jay M. Fujitani, who was a strong advocate for diversity in the legal profession. 

Program Description

Jay Fujitani 1L summer associates are full participants in the MTO summer associate program. 1L summer associates are given meaningful work to provide them with a realistic sense of law practice at our firm. They work closely with attorneys in our various practice areas and are encouraged to participate in firm life through our weekly attorney lunches, training programs, social events and practice group meetings.

Recognizing that first-year law students have one year less academic experience, 1Ls receive enhanced mentoring to ensure they have a productive summer, including a fully paid opportunity to attend the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 1L Summit Program.


1L Program participants are paid the same weekly salary as our 2L and 3L summer associates ($4,327 per week).

Available Positions

Our 2024 1L Scholar positions will be offered in our Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.

Program Requirements

1L summer associates are required to spend a minimum of eight weeks at the firm. Those who would like to spend their entire summer at the firm may stay a maximum of ten weeks in either our Los Angeles or San Francisco offices.

All applicants must be first-year law students in good standing pursuing a J.D. at an ABA-accredited law school. Successful candidates will have a record of academic achievement, employment, and community service indicating great potential to excel in the legal profession and to take actions that will contribute to the inclusivity of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and the legal community. Candidates must submit a personal statement that addresses their commitment to furthering inclusivity in the legal profession.


Jay Fujitani 1L Summer Program Committee Co-Chairs 

Emily Curran-Huberty  Xiaonan April Hu  Sara McDermott John L. Schwab

Application Process

Applications are now closed for our 2024 Jay Fujitani 1L Summer Program! If you are interested in learning when applications open for our 2025 program, sign up to be notified.

Applications should include the following:

  • Cover letter;
  • Resume;
  • *Law school transcript;
  • Undergraduate transcript;
  • Contact information for two references; and
  • Personal statement (500 words or less) addressing what you believe demonstrates your commitment to furthering inclusivity in the legal profession. This could include a description of your exceptional contributions, through community service or otherwise, to the cause of inclusivity; and/or how you have been inspired to become a leader in contributing to the inclusivity of the legal community.

*Candidates who apply before receiving their first semester grades will be asked in January to supplement their applications with a copy of their transcript once it is available.  

Opportunities to Learn & Network

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Past Events

Our Los Angeles office hosted a Home for the Holidays 1L Reception on Tuesday, December 19, 2023. In addition to networking, the reception featured an informative discussion on what to expect during the 1L recruitment cycle and subsequent 1L summer employment.

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

Pursuant to local ordinances, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP is an equal opportunity employer.