Congratulations to our 2022 scholarship recipient. Please visit our scholarship winners page to learn more about her story.
Although there has been a growing focus on promoting diversity and inclusivity in the legal industry in recent years, it still remains one of the least diverse career sectors. According to the American Bar Association’s 2018 report, 85% of lawyers in the US are white, and only 36% are female. Moreover, there are notable regional variations in the representation of LGBTQ+ lawyers, and the proportion of African American lawyers has seen little improvement since 2009. To address this imbalance, our firm at Colorado Lawyer Team has established the Underrepresented and Oppressed Law Students Scholarship.
The winners of our previous Underrepresented and Oppressed Law Student Scholarships have deeply inspired us with their personal experiences. In recognition of the ongoing problem of limited diversity in the legal profession, and to encourage greater participation of underrepresented groups in the field, the lawyers at Colorado Lawyer Team have decided to renew this scholarship for another year. The scholarship award will be $1,000 for the successful applicant.
If you identify as a minority and are pursuing or are interested in pursuing a career in law, you are eligible for our scholarship!
We are accepting applications for this year’s Underrepresented and Oppressed Law Students Scholarship through May 31, 2023!!
We are interested in learning about the challenges you have encountered as a result of being part of a minority group. Additionally, we would like you to describe the motivations behind your pursuit of a law degree and/or your plans to motivate and assist other underrepresented individuals in pursuing a career in law.
- This scholarship opportunity is available to all college students, law students, or graduate students who are legal residents of the United States and live in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.
- Applicants must be enrolled or accepted into a post-secondary law school institution for the 2023-2024 school year.
- Employees of the Colorado Lawyer Team, their immediate families (parent, child, sibling, and spouse), and persons living in the same households of such individuals (whether related or not) are not eligible to participate in the competition.
- Candidates for this scholarship should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and be academically sound.
- You must belong to a minority group to apply for this scholarship. Minority groups can include but are not limited to, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and ethnicity.
- The candidate must submit a 750-1,000 word essay response to the prompt: What are some of the adversities you have faced because you are seen as a minority? What inspired you to pursue a law degree and/or how do you plan to encourage other minorities to obtain a law degree?
- The candidate must submit a professional resumé that lists their professional and academic experience.
- The candidate must submit an official or unofficial transcript from their current school. If the candidate does not have a transcript from their post-secondary school, a transcript from their undergraduate university, and an acceptance letter to post-secondary school, apply.
The recipient of the Underrepresented and Oppressed Law Students Scholarship will be selected within the month following the scholarship application deadline.
Application Deadline and Instructions:
To be eligible for this scholarship, candidates must email their complete application (including the essay, resumé, and transcript) to email@example.com by February 28, 2023. Any applications sent after this date will not be considered.
Send your scholarship applications with the subject line “First name Last name – Underrepresented and Oppressed Law Students Scholarship Application.”
A Special Thanks to Those Who Helped Share this Opportunity: