"Free" and "law degree" may not seem like they go together but they can and do. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is offering a full law school scholarship for tuition, room, and board for students planning to become civil rights lawyers.
The scholarship also includes a summer internship with national or regional civil rights organizations in the South focused on racial justice to guide training in civil rights law, a two-year postgraduate fellowship at a civil rights law organization in the South, an access to special training provided by the Legal Defense Fund and the National Academy of Sciences.
The Legal Defense Fund (LDF) is the nation's original and most significant law firm dedicated to civil and human rights. It was established in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who later became the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice. LDF was created during a period when the country's desire for equality and fair treatment under the law was hindered by extensive state-sponsored racial discrimination. Throughout its history, LDF has had a transformative purpose: to bring about racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.
This scholarship opportunity will be offered for the next five years and 50 future civil rights attorneys will benefit from this generous scholarship opportunity.
January - Application Opens
February - Application Deadline
February/March - Phase 1 Review and Semifinalists Selected
End of March - Phase 2 Materials Due (Semifinalists)
March/April - Phase 2 Review and Finalists Selected
April/May - Finalist Interviews
Early May - Scholars Announced
This article was originally published February 25th, 2021 on Hbcuinfominute.com