The New York City Bar Association (City Bar), founded in 1870, is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. Today the City Bar has over 23,000 members and 150 committees that focus on legal practice areas and issues. The City Bar’s Office for Diversity was created in 2004 to work with New York City legal employers to foster more diverse and inclusive work environments. Over 120 law firms and corporations have signed on to the Association’s Statement of Diversity Principles, which represents a strong commitment to establish and attain diversity goals. The Statement defines diversity as an inclusive concept, encompassing race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, nationality, age, and marital and parental status.
The City Bar Law Preview Scholarship seeks to benefit minority students who would like to attend the Law Preview class and who plan to attend one of the nine law schools listed below.
The City Bar Law Preview Scholarship Criteria
To be eligible to become a City Bar Law Preview Scholarship recipient, applicants must (i) a member of a historically under represented group in the legal profession; and (ii) be enrolled to begin classes at one of the following law schools in the fall:
- Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
- Brooklyn Law School
- City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law
- Hofstra University School of Law
- New York Law School
- Pace University School of Law
- Rutgers University School of Law
- Seton Hall University School of Law
- St. John’s University
- Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
PLEASE NOTE that the law schools listed below are schools that the City Bar support, but which have their own separate scholarship programs through private sponsors. If you plan to attend one of these schools and apply for a scholarship for which you are ultimately rejected, you will be invited to re-apply for sponsorship through the NYC Bar scholarship program:
- Columbia University Law School (sponsored by Morrison & Foerster and WilmerHale)
- Fordham University School of Law (sponsored by Clifford Chance)
- New York University School of Law (sponsored by Latham & Watkins)
Applications will be accepted until the scholarship deadline. A selection panel will evaluate all completed applications, and scholarship recipients will be notified on a rolling basis.