2018 DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

DEADLINE: Extended from March 30 to Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

DRI announces their annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program that is open to rising (2018-2019) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, LGBT and multi-racial students. All rising second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. In addition, any other rising second- and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply.

The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle. 
To qualify for this scholarship, candidates must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant's law school. 
Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 (each) will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria.
  • Demonstrated academic excellence
  • Service to the profession
  • Service to the community
  • Service to the cause of diversity
Download the application here. Read all of the requirements and instructions carefully before submitting the application.

- Applicants must complete an essay of no more than 1,000 words based upon the question found under the "Essay Requirements" section in the application.

- Applications must include three recommendations, one each from the following individuals.
  • Dean or an associate dean of the student's law school
  • A current or past law professor
  • An individual who is personally acquainted with the applicant, but who is not related by blood line or adoption

- Additionally, each applicant must include a cover letter with his or her application. In the cover letter each applicant should identify his or her academic, personal, and professional accomplishments and how those accomplishments qualify him or her for a DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship award.

All applications, essays and required materials may be submitted in PDF format to scholarship@dri.org, faxed to 312-252-0995, or hard copy format to:

Tim Kolly, Director of Public Policy
DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar
55 West Monroe Street, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60603

Aapplications and all other requested materials must be received by April 10, 2018 (the deadline was extended from March 30, 2018).
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