Loyola grad lands prestigious fellowship

After sitting for the Illinois bar exam in July, Loyola University Chicago law graduate Louis Gomes (BA ’14, JD ’17) will travel to Africa and Europe to spend time with family and celebrate the completion of law school before he embarks on a new journey—the practice of law. In late August, Gomes, who came to Loyola as an undergraduate from Paris, France, will return to Chicago to begin a prestigious legal fellowship with GE Transportation, a division of the General Electric Company.

Each year the GE Transportation Diversity & Inclusion Legal Fellowship Program offers a 3L from a Chicago-area law school a unique, one-year paid post-graduation position that involves learning from and working with the GE Transportation legal team, which is comprised of approximately 40 attorneys globally.  Work opportunities include training from both GE and the five major Chicago law firms that have partnered with GE Transportation to support the Program, as well as substantive legal work for a global business in a variety of areas including commercial transactions, software, litigation, labor & employment, and compliance. If the fellow performs successfully, he or she has the opportunity to interview with the five partner firms for an associate position that commences after the fellowship ends.

“We are thrilled that the fellowship is providing meaningful opportunities to diverse law students, while also providing advantages to both the GE Transportation legal team and the law firm pipeline.  We are very excited to have Louis join us at the end of the summer,” says Linda L. Miller (JD ’91), Global Chief Litigation & Product Safety Counsel for GE Transportation, who will work closely with Gomes.

Gomes is the third Chicago law graduate, and the first from Loyola, to receive the highly competitive GE Transportation fellowship. The first two post-graduate fellows received multiple offers for permanent placement at top Chicago law firms. The first fellow joined Sidley & Austin as an associate, and the second will begin at Jones Day this fall.

“I am very excited to start working with GE Transportation in the fall. The fellowship appropriately reflects GE’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive global work environment—the perfect place to begin my legal career,” says Gomes.

The program is open to current third-year law students in Chicago who are in good academic standing. Strong consideration will be given to applicants who can add to the diversity of thought within the GE Transportation legal department. For more information, contact Loyola’s Office of Career Services.

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