The Colorado legal community supports diverse students through a variety of programs and initiatives, including scholarships. Learn more about the various scholarships offered by CLI and the larger Denver legal community below.
LSAT Prep Scholarships
- Snell & Wilmer LLP: The purpose of the Snell & Wilmer LSAT preparation scholarship is to provide diverse students access to quality LSAT instruction. These scholarships will pay for a commercial LSAT preparation course and test registration. More information.
- University of Colorado Law School: A low cost LSAT prep course is provided on campus for only $150 - including the cost of course materials - in order to increase test scores for ethnic minorities and underprivileged students. For more information e-mail email@example.com.
- University of Denver Sturm College of Law: A low cost LSAT prep course is provided on campus for only $150 - including the cost of course materials - in order to increase test scores for ethnic minorities and underprivileged students. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships for First Year Law Students
- Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Student Fellowship provide several recipients with a $7,500 academic scholarship and a paid summer associate position with the following Perkins Coie offices: Bellevue, Chicago, Los Angeles, Madison, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco or Seattle. The application deadline for most offices is mid-January each year. More information.
- Paul D. White Scholarship - Baker & Hostetler founded the Paul D. White Diversity Scholarship in 1997 in honor of the firm's first minority partner and a pioneer for minorities in the legal profession. The scholarship includes a fully paid summer clerkship plus a cash award. Scholarship applications are due in mid-January and the scholarship is awarded in mid-February each year. More information.
Dorsey & Whitney Fellowship - 1L fellowship recipients will work as a summer associate in the firm's Minneapolis or Seattle office and, at the end of each summer (as applicable), will receive $7,500 toward law school tuition and expenses for the school year. Each recipient who joins the firm as a new associate will receive an additional $5,000. Applications are due mid-January. More information.
Lathrop & Gage Advantage Clerkship - In partnership with the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Lathrop & Gage has created and implemented one of the most innovative programs to attract, recruit and retain diverse law students in the nation. This program is open to all diverse students applying to the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, with candidates from across the nation being interviewed and a finalist chosen. The selected student immediately begins his or her affiliation with Lathrop & Gage and its attorneys the first year of law school with an opportunity to be mentored by the entire firm - from managing partners to associates. The recipient is immediately included in firm correspondence, invited to firm events, able to talk with attorneys and receive access to firm resources including the library, research books and publications. After the successful completion of the first year of law school, the student is offered a 10-week paid summer associate position, providing not only income, but additional mentoring, valuable legal work experience and opportunities to participate in Colorado activities. This specially-designed clerkship program continues throughout law school. More information.
Scholarships for Second Year Law Students
- Faegre Baker Daniels - The Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship for second year law students provides with a 10-week summer clerkship in one of their offices and includes a $10,000 stipend at the end of the clerkship. Fellows may also be considered for an offer of full-time employment as an associate upon graduation from law school. More information.
- Dorsey & Whitney Fellowship - Dorsey’s Denver and Minneapolis offices plan to hire second year law students and are now accepting applications on a rolling basis. Each Fellowship recipient will work as a summer associate in the firm's Denver, Seattle or Minneapolis office and, at the end of each summer (as applicable), will receive $7,500 toward law school tuition and expenses for the school year. Each fellowship recipient who joins the firm as a new associate will receive an additional $5,000. More information.
- Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons - The RJ&L Michael D. Nosler Scholarship provides the opportunity for a talented diverse second year law student at either the University of Denver Sturm College of Law or the University of Colorado School of Law to receive a $10,000 scholarship for third year law school tuition upon completion of a paid clerkship with RJ&L during the second semester of the recipient's second year of law school. The application deadline is in the fall. More information.
- DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship --The DRI Scholarship is open to incoming: second and third year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students; second and third year female law students regardless of race or ethnicity; and second and third year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender. The application and additional details can be found here.
Colorado Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship
|The Center for Legal Inclusiveness, Colorado Pledge to Diversity Legal Group and Association of Corporate Counsel-Colorado Chapter partner with Kaplan Bar Review to provide two Diversity Bar Exam Scholarships for the Colorado Bar Exam. The scholarship covers the cost of a Kaplan PMBR course (Live Professor or Video-On Site) and the fee for the Colorado Bar Examination. The application deadline is January 11, 2013 for the summer 2013 exam. More information/download the application. For questions, email Michael Barajas, CLI Program Coordinator.||
Other Scholarship Resources
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Employment Opportunities During Law School
Nearly two dozen law firms and corporate legal departments hire diverse first year (1L) and second year evening students from DU and CU law schools each year as summer associates or interns. Visit the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Legal Group's website for more information.