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1L Scholarship

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Are you a student starting their first year of law school at an ABA or CA accredited law school. Do you envision working as an attorney in California, with a goal of creating a more just and representative justice system? If so, then we want to support you- the brightest ChangeLawyers of tomorrow, by eliminating the roadblocks that exist between you and success. We believe that a state as diverse as California needs a justice system led by advocates of all backgrounds. That’s why we invest in scholars like yourself, to ensure that they have the opportunity to become tomorrow's legal changemakers. Law school is a major financial investment adding thousands to your debt.If selected as a scholar, you will receive:
  • $7,500 cash award;
  • 1 year of one-on-one mentoring;
  • and ongoing access to leadership classes and networking opportunities
This application will close on July 12, 2024 at 12:00 PM Noon (PST.)Applications must be fully submitted by this deadline. A FULLY submitted application includes a letter of recommendation (which may take days to week for an applicant to obtain.) It is recommended that you provide your recommender ample time to complete their LOR. There will be no exceptions.Therefore, please do not delay in completing your application.Award announcements will in September of 2024.
Scholars will be invited to Next Gen Awards reception scheduled to take place in October 2024. This year's event will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Selected scholars will be provided details once the date is finalized.


3L Scholarship

2024 application has closed. Check back in late 2024 for the 2025 application.

Are you a law student committed to becoming a legal changemaker? Are you a recent law school graduate or soon to be law grad who will be taking the California Bar Exam for the first time in 2024? Do you envision working as an attorney in California, with a goal of creating a more just and representative justice system?

If so, then we want to support you, the brightest changemakers of tomorrow, by eliminating the roadblocks that exist between you and success, including the costs related to the California Bar Exam.

If selected for the ChangeLawyers Next Gen Scholarship, you will receive a $5,000 cash award.

This application will close on March 4, 2024 at 5 PM. Applications must be fully submitted by this deadline.

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Legal Empowerment Fund

2024 application is now closed.

The Legal Empowerment Fund is a new funding opportunity launched by California ChangeLawyers. The Fund was created as a response to the deepening public consciousness about the importance of law on social justice issues and the need for lawyers of all backgrounds to rise to the challenges posed by the ongoing racial reckoning and the lack of equal justice under the law.

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Immigration Legal Fellowship

This Legal Fellowship is a two year capacity building and professional development program for recent law graduates to become deportation defense practitioners in the Central Valley and Central Coast regions. The current cohort of ten fellows are placed across 7 Host Organizations, most of which have never provided deportation defense services to their communities. This inaugural cohort started in January of 2021, and has significanly increased the number of qualified immigration attorneys defending California residents against family separation.

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Legal Aid Fund

According to California statute, ChangeLawyers distributes approximately $500K annually in grants to legal aid organizations across California to increase access to justice. There is no open RFP for these funds. ChangeLawyers is mandated to grant awards to the organizations deemed eligible by the State Bar of California's Legal Services Trust Fund Commission.

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