United Technologies Corporation/Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity 2016 – Diversity Scholars Program

January 21, 2016

 United Technologies Corporation/Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity 2016

Diversity Scholars Program

Beginning January 8, 2016, United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (LCD) will accept applications for two 2016 1L summer associate internships.
Successful candidates will spend five weeks as a summer associate at either Robinson + Cole LLP or Wiggin and Dana LLP and a three week internship at a UTC legal department. Compensation includes a reasonable salary for the five weeks in the law firm and a $4,000 UTC/LCD scholarship award funded by UTC and paid over a two year period.

“My experience as a UTC/LCD Diversity Scholar at Wiggin and Dana was more valuable and exciting than I could have expected. I quickly learned that the attorneys there were as friendly and helpful as they were knowledgeable. Attorneys at all levels, often went out of their way to share substantive and professional advice during the summer. As a 1L summer associate, the attorneys made sure that I gained experience in the areas that most interested me and gave me opportunities to contribute to high-profile cases. Combined with the UTC corporate experience, the UTC/LCD Diversity Scholar program is an excellent opportunity for any student looking to gain experience to jump-start their legal education and career.” – Matthew Burton, 2015 Diversity Scholar

For more information about the program and the application process, please see the information below. Applications will be accepted via Symplicity through January 29, 2016.

Yale Law School – Symplicity Job ID: 12896

University of Connecticut School of Law– Symplicity Job ID: 7887

Quinnipiac University – Symplicity Job ID: 6949

Western New England – Symplicity Job ID: 15778


United Technologies Corporation/Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity

2016 Diversity Scholars Program

United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (LCD) are pleased to announce this Diversity Scholars Program for law school students. The common goal of the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity and United Technologies Corporation is to make Connecticut a more attractive place for diverse lawyers to practice law and find satisfying professional opportunities through increased efforts in the recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse lawyers.

In support of this goal, this unique, collaborative program will award two outstanding first year law school students from a Connecticut or Western Massachusetts law school with scholarship funds for their second and third years as well as work internships during their 1L summer.  In addition to financial support and legal work experience, the Diversity Scholars will receive mentoring, networking and other invaluable opportunities to further advance their legal career development in Connecticut.

This year’s participating law firms are Robinson+Cole and Wiggin and Dana. The 2016 Diversity Scholars will be announced at the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award Celebration in May 2016 (exact date to be determined).

Diversity Scholar Program Benefits

A five (5) week paid internship with either Robinson+Cole or Wiggin and Dana in Connecticut during the summer of 2016; and

A three (3) week unpaid internship with a UTC legal department during the summer of 2016, and a $4,000 UTC/LCD scholarship funded by UTC ($2,000 awarded annually for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years), subject to the terms herein.

About United Technologies Corporation

United Technologies Corporation (UTC), based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides a broad range of high-technology products and services for the aerospace and commercial building industries. UTC’s commercial businesses include Otis elevators and escalators and UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a leading provider of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, fire and security systems, and building automation and controls. UTC’s aerospace businesses include Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines and UTC Aerospace Systems. UTC also operates a central research organization that pursues technologies for improving the performance, energy efficiency and cost of its products and processes.

UTC employs approximately 196,200 people at more than 4,000 locations in 80 countries and does business in more than 180 countries. As UTC’s markets change and expand, it’s essential that UTC recruit the right talent to its high-performing team. UTC’s inclusive approach helps it to span the physical distance and cultural differences among its global employee population. This collaboration helps create an environment where diverse ideas and opinions are openly embraced – which serves as a catalyst for continued innovation.

To learn more, visit UTC’s website at www.utc.com or follow UTC on Twitter: @UTC.

About Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity

The Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (www.lcdiversity.com) was formed in 2003 by concerned lawyers to answer the call for the progression of diversity in the legal profession.  LCD’s members include Connecticut’s leading law firms, corporations, public sector entities, law schools and state bar associations in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.  Over the past 11 years, LCD’s mission has been realized through innovative programming for all of its constituents. The mission of the LCD is to unite the resources, energy and commitment of its member organizations to make Connecticut a more attractive place for lawyers of color to practice law and find satisfying professional opportunities.

United Technologies Corporation/Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity

2016 Diversity Scholars Program



This unique program is intended to provide deserving law students with financial assistance for law school expenses, opportunities to be exposed to work in different legal settings and to assist them in developing relationships within the area’s legal community. Further, the program is intended to support UTC’s and LCD’s missions of advancing and supporting a diverse legal workforce in Connecticut.


  • The Applicant must be a first year law student in good standing at an accredited law school in Connecticut or Western Massachusetts and authorized to work in the United States.
  • Finalists must be available to interview with the program’s Selection Committee in February 2016.
  • The Diversity Scholars must be able to intern full-time at a UTC legal department and at either Robinson+Cole or Wiggin and Dana for at least eight (8) weeks during the summer of 2016. It is anticipated that there will be a three (3) week unpaid internship at a UTC legal department and a $4,000 UTC/LCD scholarship funded by UTC ($2,000 awarded annually for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years for attendance at current law school); and a five (5) week paid internship at a Connecticut office of either Robinson+Cole or Wiggin and Dana. A reasonable salary will accompany the internship at the LCD member law firm.
  • The Diversity Scholars must be available to attend an award reception in East Hartford, Connecticut in May 2016 (the exact date to be specified by the program’s Selection Committee).
  • The Diversity Scholars must maintain a grade average specified by the Selection Committee to remain eligible for the second portion of the UTC/LCD scholarship to be distributed for the 2017-18 law school year.


  • The Applicant must provide input as to why he or she should be selected as a 2016 Diversity Scholar by responding in writing to the following question (maximum limit of 500 words):
  • Why is diversity important to you, and how can the Connecticut legal community improve diversity in the legal profession?
  • The Applicant must submit an official law school transcript (as soon as it is available).
  • The Applicant must submit a resume.
  • The Applicant must submit the names of two (2) references who can attest to the Applicant’s academic performance, work performance and/or character (and also include the individual’s contact information and state his or her relationship to applicant).
  • The Applicant may submit a recommendation letter in support of the application. However, a recommendation letter is not required unless specifically requested by the Selection Committee.



PHONE NUMBER (S):                                                   E-MAIL:                                                  

LAW SCHOOL:                                                                                                                                 

ANTICIPATED YEAR OF GRADUATION:                                                                                       

PRIOR EDUCATION/ DEGREES*:                                                                                                 

PRIOR WORK EXPERIENCE*:                                                                                                      


HONORS (academic, extracurricular or others)*:                                                                        


EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES*:                                                                                                


*The requested information may be submitted on this form, an attached sheet or by attaching a current resume.


This completed, signed form, along with the written responses and any supporting documents must be received by 5:00 pm on January 29, 2016.  The completed application must be posted to Symplicity.


For further information or questions, please contact Davina Ismail at office@lcdiversity.com or Christine Rua at christine.rua@utc.com.


I certify that this Application and supporting documentation contain accurate and truthful information.

                                                                                                                                                             Applicant’s Signature                                                                                       Date

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