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Scholarship and Leadership Opportunity Available Immediately – October 2019

Dear Orange County Law Students:

The Thurgood Marshall Bar Association ("TMBA") is a contemporary bar association committed to connect, support, and increase the Black legal community in Orange County. TMBA strives to promote diversity, professional improvement, and the advancement of justice through positive community involvement and excellence in the practice of law for the Black legal community, allies, and the community at large. TMBA works to increase diversity and inclusion both within the legal community and the broader Orange County community. TMBA's membership reflects this commitment to diversity through the principles of equality and inclusion.

You are invited to apply to be a TMBA Law School Ambassador ("LSA"). One TMBA LSA will be selected from Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Western State College of Law, Trinity Law School, and University of California, Irvine School of Law applicants.

TMBA LSA Responsibilities:
• Serve through December 2020;

• Act as liaison to ensure your classmates, staff, and faculty, are aware of the TMBA mission and events;

• Attend TMBA’s Installation Gala in January 2020 (you will receive a complimentary ticket);

• Collaborate with TMBA’s Young Lawyers Committee to host at least one event per semester at your law school; and

• Attend 2019-2020 TMBA events as often as possible.
Program Goals:

• Build relationships within the legal community and Orange County organizations that support the Black community; and

• Promote excellence and civility among lawyers; and improve and promote the administration of justice through diversity and inclusion.
TMBA LSA selected will receive:

• Mentor lawyer on the Board of TMBA, and a

• Scholarship (in an amount to be determined).

APPLICATION: Please submit your resume and a statement of up to one (1) page to support your application. Your statement may discuss why you are qualified to be a TMBA LSA; the skills you will use to successfully organize events; your commitment to diversity and inclusion; or any other topic you think is important. Be sure to include information about your background, involvement in leadership and demonstrated interest in diversity and inclusion. Submit applications to TMBAScholarship@gmail.com by November 29, 2019. LSA appointments are expected to be made by December 15, 2019.




Bar Taker and Repeat Bar Taker Scholarship Opportunity Available Immediately – November 2019

TMBA is committed to supporting individuals who take the State Bar Exam in hopes of practicing law in California. We recognize, particularly for individuals who are faced with sitting for the bar exam, it is both an emotionally and financially challenging process. We applaud your commitment and perseverance in achieving your goal of becoming a member of the legal profession. In recognition and in support of your efforts, TMBA will award selected applicants with a bar scholarship in the amount of $2,000.00 to assist with the costs associated with preparing for and taking the bar exam. Our goal is to relieve some of the financial burden through our scholarship program which will in turn, help you focus all of your efforts on passing the bar exam.

Application instructions: Essays must be typed in 12-point typeface. Email the application and all required documents to TMBAScholarship@gmail.com no later than December 13, 2019 by 11:59p.m. Pacific Standard Time, for consideration. Please entitle the subject line “TMBA Bar Taker Scholarship – YOUR NAME.” Due to the volume of entries, TMBA may not acknowledge receipt of applications.

Selection criteria: TMBA will award such scholarships on the basis of minority race, status, financial need, community involvement, commitment to expand diversity and inclusion within the legal profession, and ties to Orange County. Scholarship recipients will be notified by December 30, 2019. Applicants who are repeat bar takers are strongly encouraged to apply.

*Previous TMBA bar taker scholarship recipients are not eligible for consideration.

Required documents to attach to this application:
(1) Applicants must submit a 350- to 750-word essay discussing the following:

  • A personal statement describing your connection, if any, to Orange County and what you will personally do to help expand diversity and inclusion in the legal profession after admission to the State Bar of California.
    And if applicable,
  • Self-reflection on your approach to the previous time(s) you took the bar exam, your plan or approach in preparing to take the bar again, and the steps you will take to maintain or increase your level of motivation during your bar preparation period.

(2) Resume or Curriculum Vitae.

* Letter(s) of recommendation are optional.

membership is free for students!

Part of Thurgood Marshall’s legacy is the recognition that no ethnic, social or cultural group is valued above any other. Thurgood Marshall Bar Association’s membership reflects this commitment to diversity and multiculturalism. Membership is complimentary to students.

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