The Center for Legal Inclusiveness recognizes the challenges facing law students as they prepare to take the Colorado Bar Examination, particularly those who not not have the economic resources necessary to focus solely on test preparation. The goal of these scholarships is to allow recipients to concentrate on studying for the bar exam, rather than worrying about the expenses and additional debt associated with passing the bar.
We offer two scholarship opportunities for 3Ls and recent graduates who plan to practice law in Colorado – a Bar Exam Scholarship and a Living Expenses Scholarship, available for both the February and July bar.
The Bar Exam Scholarship provides recipients with a free bar prep course and pays for their fees to sit for the exam. The value can be between $2,300 and $3,000 (or more), depending on the bar prep course taken.
The Living Expense Scholarship is $1,500 to help defray the cost during the two months of studying for the exam.
The Colorado Pledge to Diversity Legal Group partners with CLI and bar review providers in covering these costs. For more information, go to https://centerforlegalinclusiveness.org/Resources-for-Law-Students.
The Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI), Colorado Pledge to Diversity Legal Group (Pledge Group), and Association of Corporate Counsel-Colorado Chapter (ACC) have a deep and longstanding commitment to developing, maintaining and fostering an inclusive and accepting legal community that is rich in diversity.
The following Diversity Scholarships are being offered in 2021:
Colorado Bar Exam Scholarship
∙ Registration for a Bar Exam Preparation course
∙ The application fee for the Colorado Bar Examination
Living Expenses Scholarship
∙ $1,500 to help cover expenses while studying for the bar exam
Scholarship Deadline (EXTENDED):
∙ January 8, 2021 (for the February 2021/ July 2021 exam)
Click here to download application Diversity Bar Exam Scholarship Application - 2020 (1).pdf
Scholarship applicants will be notified of a decision within 30 days of the application deadline. Awardees will be invited to attend and be formally recognized at CLI’s annual Ball for All in April 2021.
Please direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.313.6860.
Eligibility: Applicants must plan to practice law in Colorado. One of the purposes of these scholarships is to increase representation among under-represented groups in the legal profession, preference may be given to applicants who are racial/ethnic minorities, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer), and/or have disabilities. However, CLI, Pledge Group and ACC recognize there are many types of diversity, and welcome all applications; accordingly, including applications by individuals who have demonstrated commitment to furthering the goals of diversity and inclusiveness in their academic pursuits, careers, volunteer experience or otherwise.
CLI offers two scholarship opportunities for 3Ls and recent graduates who plan to practice law in Colorado – a Bar Exam Scholarship and a Living Expenses Scholarship. Congratulations to this year's winners and runner-ups!
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