Related ABA Initiatives

Related ABA Initiatives


PIPELINE DIVERSITY LINKS

Encouraging minority students to consider law as a career, and helping them prepare for law school and bar passage

The ABA Law Student Division's diversity initiative page summarizes ABA diversity initiatives targeted to law students, including scholarships and awards.

The ABA Law Student Division provides financial support for diversity initiatives. Learn more about the Grant Fund and the grant application.

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ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession has an extensive page of links specifically targeted to minority law students . It includes links to scholarships, judicial clerkships, and employment opportunities.

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CLEO ( Council on Legal Education Opportunity ) has a list of Financial Aid Programs for Minorities and Disadvantaged Students in Law School

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The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship offers 20 scholarships each year to students entering first-year of law school. Applicants must have a grade point average of 2.5 (based on 4.0 grading scale); be a citizen or permanent US resident; and plan to attend an ABA-approved law school. The award is $5,000 annually, renewable for two additional years, for a total of $15,000.

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The Antitrust Section's "Why Antitrust?" law school outreach program often involves ethnic and racial minority student organizations at campuses across the country. The program encourages law students to consider antitrust law as a career. Representatives from private firms, the government, in-house and academia discuss why it is important to diversify the antitrust ranks, and how a career in antitrust can be professionally rewarding.

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The Section of Business Law Diversity Committee awards up to $5000 in scholarships for CLEO Fellows. Scholarship applicants are required to submit their résumé and an essay on "Why I Want to Pursue a Career in Business Law."

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The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources has created a Minority Law Student Fellowship program designed to increase professional opportunities for minority law students in the field of environmental, energy, or resources law.

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As the civil and human rights entity of the Association, the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities has championed diversity-related issues since its founding in 1966. In 1999, a Section Task Force on Diversity was established to help develop Section responses to specific diversity-related issues, particularly affirmative action in education. That task force represented the Section in development of the ABA's amicus curiae brief in the case challenging the University of Michigan law school's admissions policy. The task force also drafted comments for ABA submission to federal agencies seeking comment on education guidelines for promoting diversity in elementary and secondary school programs.

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The ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law is a co-founding organization in the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation, which offers the Sidney B. Williams scholarship. It addresses the need of intellectual property groups in law firms and intellectual property law departments in corporations to improve their diversity profiles by increasing the number of minority candidates. The $10,000 law Scholarship is awarded to minority students developing a career in intellectual property law or holding a past or present, full or part-time position in an area related to intellectual property law.

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The ABA Section of International Law and Practice hosts “ The Pathways to Employment in International Law Program ”. It is a unique forum that brings law students and new lawyers together with experienced legal practitioners to explore opportunities for employment in international law, gain practical experience and get involved in the ABA and other organizations.

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The ABA Section of Litigation conducts the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program . It is a full-time, six-week minimum, summer internship open to all first- or second-year financially disadvantaged minority law students who want to do legal research and writing for state or federal judges in participating cities.


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