Young lawyers under the age of 36 listen up! You have one more day to apply for the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division Scholarship. Just like your taxes, the scholarship application is due tomorrow.
Designed to encourage participation by minority attorneys, or attorneys in the private sector, military service, solo/small firm, or government in the Young Lawyers Division of the ABA, the YLD scholarship program gives priority to applications with a desire to be actively involved in the Young Lawyers Division, and who require financial assistance.
YLD Scholarship Program
Recipients of the YLD Scholarship receive funding to attend ABA conferences, cover transportation costs, as well as a per diem. Not only that, but recipients will receive mentoring, participate on a YLD board or team, and produce a written piece. The scholarship categories are: (1) General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Practitioners; (2) Government, Military and Public Sector Lawyers, and (3) Minorities in the Profession.
The length of the YLD program is one bar year, from September 1, 2014 - to August 31, 2015. To be eligible, applicants must be a "young lawyer" either under the age of 36, or licensed to practice law for less than five years by September 1, 2014.
The application for the ABA YLD Scholarship is available online and in addition to the application, you must submit: a cover letter, biography, resume, and anywhere between two and four letters of recommendation. Hopefully, since there's only one day left to apply you have some recommendation letters on file. If not, you may owe some big favors tomorrow.
Members of the ABA Young Lawyers Division comprise the Review Committee, and here's what they are looking for: "Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate financial need and clearly express a strong desire to remain actively involved. Successful applicants will demonstrate a history of bar involvement, public service, and professional excellence."
If this sounds interesting to you, get your application ready now, they are due tomorrow. Best of luck to all applicants!
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