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Summer Law Student Scholarship Program

Awarded by the Labor and Employment Law Section & the California Lawyers Foundation

The Labor and Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, and the California Lawyers Foundation are committed to fostering the career growth of persons of color, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups who are interested in practicing labor and employment law in areas that support and promote the goal of diversity in the labor and employment law field. We will be awarding scholarships to diverse law students for Summer 2023, each in an amount up to $8,000. The purpose of the scholarships is to provide funding to diverse law students to engage in legal endeavors in an employment or labor related field that are non-compensated or undercompensated.

Scholarship Criteria

  • In addition to the completed application and personal statement, please submit a current résumé.
  • Priority may be given to applicants who are working for at least 8 weeks and without full funding for their summer positions.  
  • Application materials must be submitted by March 31, 2023. 
  • In order to receive a law student summer scholarship, please note that you must agree to be included in the Labor and Employment Law Section’s promotional materials.
  • This scholarship is non-transferrable.  If you do not complete your summer position, you must agree to return the funds to the California Lawyers Foundation. 
  • Please note that all scholarships will be awarded from the California Lawyers Foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit.*

Summer Bar Studies Scholarship

Awarded by the Labor and Employment Law Section & the California Lawyers Foundation

The Labor and Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, and the California Lawyers Foundation are committed to fostering the career growth of persons of color, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups who are interested in practicing labor and employment law in areas that support and promote the goal of diversity in the labor and employment law field. We are pleased to announce a bar stipend for outstanding law students and graduates enrolled at a California or ABA accredited law school in California with a demonstrated commitment to labor and employment law. 

We will be awarding bar scholarships to law students and graduates to prepare for the July 2023 or February 2024 Bar Exam. The bar stipend may be used towards the expenses related to preparation for the California Bar Examination, including but not limited to examination and preparation course fees.

Scholarship Criteria

  • In addition to the completed application and personal statement, please submit a current résumé.
  • You must be registered to take the July 2023 or February 2024 California Bar Exam with the intention to live and work in California. 
  • Application materials must be submitted by March 31, 2023. 
  • If awarded the scholarship, you must provide proof of registration for the July 2023 or February 2024 California Bar Exam prior to disbursement of funds. 
  • In order to receive a law student summer scholarship, please note that you must agree to be included in the Labor and Employment Law Section’s promotional materials.
  • This scholarship is non-transferrable.  If you do not take the July 2023 or February 2024 California Bar Exam, you must agree to return the funds to the California Lawyers Foundation. 
  • Please note that all scholarships will be awarded from the California Lawyers Foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit.*

*Note: Scholarships (and fellowships) are generally tax-free, provided certain conditions are satisfied. If you are selected to receive a scholarship, there may be circumstances where you will need to pay taxes on the scholarship.  


Public Sector Conference Scholarship Application

The Labor and Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association is committed to encouraging the representation of persons of color, women, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, other underrepresented groups and those who work in the area of public service.  As such, the Labor and Employment Law Section has committed to provide a scholarship to those persons who have traditionally been underrepresented in our field and/or working in public service in order to become familiar with the Labor and Employment Law Section.


Please note:

  • The scholarship covers conference registration fees;
  • Scholarships are not transferable;
  • Those receiving scholarships will be sent written confirmation by email in advance of the Public Sector Conference;
  • Scholarship recipients who do not attend the Public Sector Conference will forfeit their scholarship award; and
  • Applications are due by April 7, 2023.

See More Under Scholarship Program Opportunities

Summer Bar Scholarship Program Application
Summer Law Scholarship Program Application
Public Sector Conference Scholarship Application

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