The Diversity Scholarship seeks to support newly admitted law students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession who have committed to attend a California law school. Candidates apply for the Scholarship at the beginning of the summer prior to commencing their law school studies. The Scholarship helps pay the costs of obtaining a law school education, including tuition, fees, books, and related education expenses. Awards of up to $7,500 recognize incoming first-year law students with financial need who demonstrate a desire to make a positive impact as a community leader.
1. Candidate must be:
a) Accepted and have committed to enroll in a California law school at the time of submitting an Application, and
b) Starting his or her first year at a California law school in the 2012-2013 academic year.
2. Candidate must self-identify as being from a racial or ethnic group that historically has been underrepresented in the legal profession.
3. Candidate must demonstrate financial need, as shown by financial aid eligibility and outstanding educational loans.
4. Candidate must be committed to making an impact in the community through leadership (there is no requirement that Candidate intend to pursue a career as a public interest attorney).
5. Candidate must submit two current signed letters of recommendation (letters may be copies of letters submitted with Candidate's law school applications). If possible, at least one letter should address Candidate's leadership qualities and/or community involvement.
6. Candidates are not nominated by their law school and should send application materials directly to the Foundation by the Application Deadline.
7. Candidates from online law schools must be California residents.
8. Candidate must intend to practice law in California after graduation from law school.
9. Students in LLM programs are not eligible.