At Cole Schotz we respect, value and celebrate the unique perspectives that people of different backgrounds bring to the table, because we know that diversity extends our ability to connect with our clients – and with one another.
Committed to building a diverse workforce, we seek to recruit, retain and advance the widest possible cross-section of talent. We actively encourage applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, country of origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Recognizing the value of individual differences and contributions allows us to create an inclusive, diverse and rewarding work environment for all of our employees.
Our commitment to creating a rewarding workplace is especially important for our associates as they begin their careers in the law. Along with having senior partners serve as mentors, our Associate Retention Committee proactively engages associates to address their concerns and ensure their abilities and strengths are applied appropriately.
We promote the development and success of women attorneys at Cole Schotz through STARS, an initiative that holds regular gatherings, including networking events and informational seminars, throughout the year. We also support practice-related organizations specifically for women, including the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), the New York Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network (NYCREW) Commercial Real Estate Women, Inc. New Jersey (CREWNJ) and Women Lawyers in Bergen (WLIB).
Dedication Above and Beyond Our Workplace
We are also committed to fostering diversity in the legal profession. To this end, we are proud to have established the Cole Schotz Diversity Scholarship, which is open to full-time second-year law students attending a law school in a state in which Cole Schotz maintains an office. Please view the link above for more information and click here to access the application.
Cole Schotz works with the New Jersey Law Firm Group, a non-profit corporation made up of law firms, law schools, and public agencies, to promote inclusiveness and diversity in the New Jersey bar. We regularly recruit at the Group’s job fairs and participate in its mentoring program. We are active in various bar associations including the North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and the Hispanic Bar Association.
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