Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP is committed to increasing the diversity of the legal profession, particularly in our areas of practice - complex civil, intellectual property and white-collar criminal litigation. As part of that commitment, we are proud to offer the Keker, Van Nest & Peters Diversity Scholarship to support outstanding Bay Area law students who are from underrepresented groups.

This year, Keker, Van Nest & Peters will award up to $75,000 in scholarship grants to up to three recipients. The exact amount and number of scholarships will depend on the number and quality of applicants.


Scholarship applicants must be current first-year or second-year law students who are students of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, disabled, or whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of litigators in the Bay Area. Recipients must attend University of California, Berkeley School of Law; University of California, Hastings College of the Law; or Stanford Law School as a full-time student and remain in academic good standing for the academic year of the award. While financial need is not required, it will be strongly considered along with other factors, including the applicant’s academic record, demonstrated interest in complex litigation, employment history, background and the extent to which the candidate would contribute to diversity among the complex litigation practice, obligations, clinical or other non-academic legal experience, community service, and commitment to remaining in the Bay Area after graduation. Employees of Keker, Van Nest & Peters, family members of employees, and persons with pending or accepted offers of employment are not eligible.

Please check back with this page regularly to learn of application opportunities, or contact Holly Saydah, Director of Attorney Recruiting and Professional Development at for more information.  


Previous Award Recipients from left to right: Mark Richards, UC Hastings College of the Law, Setareh Homayoninejad, UC Berkeley School of Law, José Martinez, Stanford Law School, and Maritza Martin, UC Berkeley School of Law.

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