The YLD Scholarship Program is designed to encourage the participation of minority, solo/small firm, government, private sector, and military service attorneys in the Young Lawyers Division. Priority will be given to those applicants who express a desire to become actively involved with the Division and require financial assistance.
The program consists of:
- Per the Division's financial policy, scholars will receive partial funding to attend the Fall Conference, ABA Midyear Meeting and Spring Conference: round-trip airfare up to $350; $20 ground transportation; and $100 per diem (for two days)
- Appointment to and active participation in one of the YLD boards or teams
- All scholars are required to: Attend the YLD Fall Conference, the ABA Midyear Meeting, and the YLD Spring Conference and participate in scheduled programming on Friday and Saturday of each meeting
- Produce a written piece (i.e. 101/201 article, resolution for consideration at the YLD Assembly)
- Assist on projects as assigned
- General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Practitioners
- Government, Military and Public Sector Lawyers
- Minorities in the Profession
One Bar Year (September 1 - August 31)
To be eligible, a scholar must be a "young lawyer," which is defined as any licensed attorney who is under the age of thirty-six or who has been licensed for no more than five years at the start of the scholarship year (September 1). Applicants for this scholarship program should be ABA YLD-eligible lawyers who fall within at least one of the scholarship areas. There is no requirement that applicants be presently involved with a local ABA YLD affiliate. Although applications will be accepted from non-ABA members, any person chosen as a scholarship recipient must be an ABA member before receiving assistance. In addition, anyone receiving a scholarship must be present at all three funded conferences.
An online application must be submitted; preview a PDF of online application. The application includes:
- A completed application form
- An letter outlining why you would like to become involved in the YLD
- A biography
- A resume
- Two to four letters of recommendation. Examples include letters from current or former employers and fellow practitioners.
- Deadline has been extended to Friday, April 8
The Review Committee is made up of ABA Young Lawyers Division members. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate financial need and clearly express a strong desire to remain actively involved. Successful applicants will demonstrate a history of bar involvement, public service, and professional excellence.
The Review Committee will also consider the following based on the applicant’s letter of intent:
- Initiative – Has the applicant displayed initiative in the past or currently in community and professional activities? Does the applicant possess leadership potential?
- Financial Need – Does the applicant demonstrate a need for financial assistance in order to attend ABA YLD Conferences?
- Attendance – Does the applicant affirmatively state he/she will attend the three YLD Conferences?
- Communication – Are the ideas expressed in the letter of intent communicated clearly?
- Special Circumstances – Has the applicant overcome any unusual challenges or obstacles?
*Special consideration may be given to applicants with multiple years of eligibility left in the YLD.