California Bar Foundation 2018 3L Diversity Scholarship Registration:

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California Bar Foundation 3L Diversity Scholarship

Are you a diverse* law student committed to a career in public interest and social justice? We want to support you.


We believe that a state as diverse as California needs a justice system led by advocates of all ethnicities and races. 

So every day we invest in bright, diverse scholars to ensure that they have the opportunity to become tomorrow’s legal changemakers. Because righting historical wrongs in our courtrooms, classrooms, and beyond will allow us to truly deliver the original American value— justice for all. 

By supporting the brightest changelawyers of tomorrow as they begin their pursuit of a legal career, we eliminate the roadblocks that exist between them and success.

Exam-related costs as well as living expenses while studying for the exam can add thousands of dollars to a law school graduate’s debt burden. This Spring, we will provide a $5,000 cash award to recent and soon-to-be graduates of law school who plan to soon take the California bar exam. 

*Diversity includes a broad array of backgrounds and life experiences, including students from groups or with skills or attributes that are underrepresented in the legal profession, and specifically including students from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The 2018 Application Deadline is Thursday, February 15, 2018, 5pm PST. Scholarship applicants will be notified of decisions in April 2018.



1. Candidate must be:

      a.  Graduating or have graduated from law school in 2018; and

      b.  Taking the California Bar Exam in 2018.


2.  Demonstrate and document commitment to social justice and public service and intent to pursue legal career in California after law school.


3.  Demonstrate financial need.


4.  Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA or equivalent on a 4.0 scale (or provide an explanation of extenuating circumstances if GPA is lower than 2.5).


5.  Candidate must provide documentation of:

        a.   Candidate’s actual or anticipated graduation date;

        b.   Good ethical standing of Candidate while attending law school; and

        c.   Candidate’s financial need.


6.   Submit one signed letter of recommendation supporting Candidate’s commitment to public interest/social justice, and career goals. 


7.   Candidate must intend to practice law in California after graduating from law school.


8.   Previous Foundation scholarship winners are eligible for the 3L Diversity Scholarship; any prior awards received by Candidate may be taken into consideration in the selection process.



1.  Important: The Foundation reserves the right to use information from winners' applications as part of its publicity of the 3L Diversity Scholarship and for general marketing efforts. Please note this as you write your essay and provide other information.


2.  3L Diversity Scholarship Recipients must:

    ●   Demonstrate commitment to public service and social justice;    

    ●      Be willing to take a leadership role in fostering diversity among the next generation of law students through discrete volunteer engagements with the Foundation;

    ●      Report back to the Foundation on the progress of both of these in 2018.

3.     3L Diversity Scholarship Recipients receiving sponsored scholarships must be willing to develop relationships with their sponsors and may include attending Foundation receptions and other sponsor events.

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Co-Sponsored Affinity Scholarships
This year, we also offer these special co-sponsored scholarships from local affinity bar associations throughout California. Check the box if you meet the criteria for these special sponsored scholarship and ensure that your Personal Statement addresses these criteria.