Sunday, March 6, 2011

Scholarships and Resources

I get numerous postings about opportunities for law students that identify with an underrepresented group. In case you're not on all the same lists I am, her are a few that newly admitted as well as continuing students may want to check out:

The MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program
This is an opportunity for for newly admitted law students (JD candidates for 2014). Scholarship recipients will receive a $10,000 award for the first year of law school. Recipients may qualify for additional financial support in years two and three. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2011. For more information about the MCCA scholarship click here.

The Hispanic Bar Association of Washington, DC Public Interest Fellowship
The HBA-DC Foundation is offering a $5,000 fellowship to two students who are working in public interest this summer. Applications are due April 7, 2011. For more information about the public interest fellowship click here.

NCLR and Patton Boggs Public Interest Fellowship
NCLR and Patton Boggs will award one $10,000 fellowship to a current 1L who is working in public interest this summer. The fellowship is intended to provide funding for a law student working in a public interest legal position that is not otherwise subject to compensation and is located in DC, Denver, New York City, Dallas, or Anchorage. Applications are due April 7, 2011. For more information about the NCLR and Patton Boggs Public Interest Fellowship click here.

HNBA-Prudentail 2011 1L Paid Summer Internship
HNBA and Prudential have partnered to offer a 1L a spot in Prudential's 2011 summer class. The position is located in Newark, NJ and the application deadline is March 10th so hurry and get your application in! Click here for more information from the HNBA.

For People of Color
Has a series of bar exam and law school admissions workshops taking place in California and Chicago in the next few months. For a complete list click here.

Council on Legal Education Opportunity
CLEO provides numerous workshops and seminars for law students. I am a CLEO associate and highly recommend getting involved with them. Additionally, they provide a list of scholarship and test prep resources here.

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps
Equal Justice Works is a fabulous resource for all law students who are interest in social justice. They provide debt relief advise and resources as well as summer resources and fellowships. Their summer corps application process opens up on March 16th, for more information about the corps click here.

National LGBT Bar Association Writing Competition
The LGBT Bar Association is once again hosting their annual Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition. The Michael Greenberg scholarship recognizes and encourages outstanding law student scholarship on legal issues affecting the LGBT community. The scholarship is in member of a former LGBT Bar Association director who died of complications from AIDS in 1996. The submission deadline is May 23, 2011. First place is a $1,000 cash prize. For more information check out the LGBT Bar's webpage.

The Zelle Hofmann Voebel & Mason LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship
This scholarship is designed to encourage and facilitate "diverse" students, as well as students with a proven interest in diversity-related issues, in pursuing the law as a procession. It's a $30,000 scholarship open to an entering 1L. The application deadline is April 1, 2011. To download the application click here.


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