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Black Women Lawyers (BWL) Scholarships

Black Women Lawyers (BWL) Scholarships

Black Women Lawyers (BWL) Scholarships are available to 2nd and 3rd year full-time law students, as well as 4th year law students enrolled in part-time or evening law school programs. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited law school and plan to practice law in the Southern California area.

To apply, students may send a completed application along with an official transcript from law school, a resume, and a letter of recommendation from a professor. An essay of 5 pages or less will also be required.

Two different scholarships are available, including the Dolores Randolph Bauer Memorial Scholarship and the Vera Brown-Curtis Hayes Memorial Scholarship. Both scholarships are named after prominent female lawyers who worked to protect the legal rights of African Americans. Scholarship awards are based on scholastic achievement, superior writing skills, community involvement and financial need.

The scholarships are offered by the Black Women Lawyers (BWL) Association of Los Angeles Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1975 by a small group of Los Angeles African-American women judges and attorneys. Since it's beginning, BWL has awarded more than $230,000 in scholarships and grants to deserving second and third year law students.

The deadline for this scholarship is usually in APRIL of each year, and the award amount is usually $3,000 - $5,000.

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