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The Justice & Diversity Center: Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Program

Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Program

Download the 2019 Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship application today! The 2019 application deadline has been extended to May 8, 2019.

Our scholarship program was established in 1998 to reaffirm a commitment to diversity in legal education and the legal profession.

Most scholarships involve a substantial three-year commitment to worthy qualified students.  The vast majority of scholarships awarded are $10,000 yearly.

This program was created in response to the passage of SP-1, the University of California Regent's resolution to end affirmative action and race-based admissions at UC Schools.

Since the program was established, we have awarded more than $2 million dollars in scholarships to more than 100 students.

How Can Individuals and Law Firms/Corporations Help?

JDC seeks the assistance of law firms, corporations, and individuals who are willing to help sponsor a scholarship.

Individuals can also mentor a law student scholarship recipient by assisting them with writing, editing and research skills.

To become a mentor or for more information on sponsoring a scholarship, please contact Samantha Akwei at


How Does It Work?

There are two ways you can get involved:

  • With a three-year commitment of $10,000 a year, the scholarship(s) you sponsor can be named for your firm or other appropriate designation or memorial
  • Or you can donate a one-time pledge of any amount to our Thurgood Marshall Scholarship fund

Your firm then earmarks its law school scholarship contribution for students attending one of the designated Northern California law schools.


Scholarship Application

Who qualifies for a scholarship?

The Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship provides financial assistance to qualified students from minority groups underrepresented in our law schools.

What schools are participating in the scholarship program?

University of California – Berkeley School of Law Golden Gate University School of Law Stanford Law School
University of California – Hastings College of the Law Santa Clara University School of Law University of San Francisco School of Law

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Applications for 2019 are currently being accepted. Please download the application at the top of the page.

Contact Us

Please contact Samantha Akwei at if you have any questions.

Watch the 2016 Gala video featuring 2015 scholarship recipient Adriana Mendez

Adriana Mendez: Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Award Winner from Bar Association of San Francisco on Vimeo.

Watch the video featuring 2003 scholarship recipient Amarra Lee