The Inclusion & Diversity Fellowship program is a joint program managed by the California Lawyers Foundation and the California Lawyers Association Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section. The Foundation and the Antitrust Section are dedicated to increasing the participation and visibility of diverse and underrepresented lawyers in the practice of antitrust law. The goal of the fellowship is to provide career opportunities for students from underrepresented groups in the legal profession, increase interest in antitrust and unfair competition law, and promote the work of the Section.
Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must either: (1) be law students currently enrolled full-time in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school and who have completed at least one semester of law school; or (2) be part-time (four-year program) or joint-degree student currently at least in their second year of law school in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school. Current undergraduate students, students who are not currently enrolled, and LLM students are not eligible to apply.
Applicants also must either (i) be a member of a diverse population or group that historically has been underrepresented in the legal profession; or (ii) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the fellowship. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in practicing law in California. Selection considerations will include but are not limited to: strong academic performance, writing skills, demonstrated leadership qualities, ability to overcome obstacles, financial need, a strong interest in antitrust law, and a desire to contribute to the Section’s publications on antitrust or UCL issues. Preference will be given to applicants that do not have financial funding available for government internships.
(1) Award Amount: The Fellowship awards the selected recipient a total of $10,000 to be applied towards the selected recipient’s law school tuition, fees, and text books.1 The award can be combined with other tuition-remission programs and is not preclusive of other forms of financial aid that the student may receive for the same school year.
(2) Mentoring: The Fellowship recipient will be assigned to an antitrust practitioner as a mentor. The mentor will be responsible for maintaining year-long regular contact with the student and offering the student support, guidance, and advice as appropriate throughout the year.
(3) Government Internship: The Fellowship provides the student an unpaid summer internship with a federal or state governmental antitrust enforcer, such as the California Department of Justice or the U.S. Department of Justice.
How to Apply: To be considered for the Fellowship, applicants must complete and submit the application and required documents by February 26, 2021. The Fellowship recipient’s official transcripts will be requested upon selection if they are not available at the time of application.
Award Notification: Selected recipient will be notified by April 1, 2021.