NAPALSA seeks to gather diversity initiatives available to Asian-American and Asian law students who attend law schools in the United States of America. These initiatives include summer fellowships at firms, competitions for financial aid that can be applied to law school tuition and fees, and scholarships. We will try to maintain and update these opportunities to our best ability. That being said, there may be additional steps to be taken by the applicant as we are not responsible for external sites and their ability to update their pages.
Public Rights Project Fellowship
Public Rights Project
Desired Class: 3L, Graduates
Public Rights Project is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity. We aim to assemble an applicant pool that represents the face of the world we live in. We believe that a variety of perspectives enrich the efficacy of the work of local and state governments. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for the fellowship without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, sex, gender (including pregnancy and gender identity or expression), sexual orientation, color, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.
Ballad Sapher Diversity Fellowship
Public Rights Project
Desired Class: 1L, 2L
Ballard Sapher annually seeks diversity fellowships for their United States locations. The Diversity Fellowship runs from June to about December/January. If you are a 1L make sure to apply during your first year prior to grades as it shows interest and, generally, firms will wait for your results. Ballard Sapher locations include: Los Angeles, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Denver, Phoenix, Philadelphia, and Salt Lake City.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Writing Competition
Deadline: March 31 (annually)
This biennial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion writing competition for law students is designed to advance the dialogue about recruitment and retention strategies that can attract a more diverse class of law students, thus bringing attention to LSAC’s goal of increasing diversity in the legal profession.
All currently enrolled law students pursuing a JD degree are eligible for the competition and one winner from each of three categories (1L, 2L, and 3L/4L) will receive a $5,000 prize.
NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: Various - Current available scholarship due September 7, 2020
The NAPABA Law Foundation (NLF) awards scholarships on a nationwide basis to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders. These scholarships are made possible by donations from numerous corporations, law firms, bar associations, and individuals. There are about 8 scholarships on the NLF page.
Deadline: September 20 (annually)
In order to be eligible for these scholarships, you must be (1) an enrolled law student, (2) a member of NAPIPA, and (3) personally attend the Scholarship Banquet at the location it is being held.
A scholarship application must include the following items:
A completed and signed application form;
Your current resume; and
A personal statement of no more than two (2) pages, double-spaced, describing your interest in, commitment to, and any plans for a career in criminal prosecution, and your involvement with the API community. Please highlight why you want to be a prosecutor as well as specific instances where you have worked to help the API community.
Letters of reference and any other supporting materials are optional, but may also be considered at the scholarship committee’s discretion.
Snell & Wilmer FAR Application
Deadline: June 1 for the 2020 year, TBA for coming years
The Fellowship for Advancement and Resources (FAR) is a holistic pipeline initiative demonstrating Snell & Wilmer's persistent and unwavering commitment to matters concerning diversity and inclusion in the workplace and legal profession. FAR attempts to address, if not eliminate, several challenges students with diverse backgrounds face in becoming successful lawyers. Individuals who are accepted into the FAR program, or "Fellows," will receive multiple incentives at key junctures of their education and will maintain contact with an assigned Snell & Wilmer attorney ("Mentor") over the course of the fellowship. The goal of the program is to assure that each Fellow develops into a successful lawyer.
Earl Warren Scholarship
Deadline: May 1 for the 2020 year, TBA for coming years
In honor of his memory, the Earl Warren Scholarship is awarded annually to rising law students whose commitment to racial justice reveals outstanding potential for training as civil rights and public interest attorneys. Eligible law students include those entering their first or second year of full-time legal study at an accredited law school. The winner will receive $10,000 for each year they are in law school, provided they maintain good standing.