Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Program

Our scholarship program was established in 1998 in response to the passage of SP-1, the University of California Regents’ resolution to end affirmative action and race-based admissions at UC schools. In twenty one years, we have awarded over 2 million dollars in scholarships to 110 students with scholarships that are generally $10,000 per year.

We have had many great success stories of past recipients who became associates with many top law firms, public interest offices, corporations and government entities including: Keker Van Nest & Peters; Morrison & Foerster; LuxBus America, San Mateo District Attorney’s Office, California Rural Legal Assistance Inc., Square, Worksafe Inc., and the U.S. Department of Justice.

One recipient clerked for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, another clerked for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California and a recent recipient is a Fulbright Scholar. In 2018, we celebrated our first scholarship recipient to be named a California Superior Court judge.

To learn more, email diversity@sfbar.org.

Judge Amarra Lee is the first African American woman judge to serve on the San Mateo County Superior Court. She is a 2003 recipient of our Minority Law Student Scholarship Program. Learn more about her story in this video.

The 2022 Scholarship Application is Now Available!

Click below to access the 2022 application. The application deadline is Friday, June 10, 2022.

 

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Which 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