DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program, open to rising (2021–2022) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, LGBTQ, and multiracial students. Incoming second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Incoming second- and third-year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender are eligible to apply. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Law School or Law Student members of AAJ or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships. To qualify for this scholarship, candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration who have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant’s law school. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement in Principle. Two (2) scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to successful applicants. Recipients’ of the scholarships will be announced at the DRI Annual Meeting in October.
Two scholarships 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
Applications must include three recommendations, one each from the following individuals:*
- The dean or an associate dean of the student’s law school;
- A current or past law professor; and
- 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 that 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.
* Letters of recommendation may be submitted directly by the applicant.