Foundation of ALA Student Legal Career Scholarship Program

 

The Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators is excited to announce its Student Legal Career Scholarship Program. The program aligns with the Foundation’s Student Visibility and Scholarship Initiative focusing on students as the future of the legal profession. This scholarship is funded by the Foundation and managed by the Foundation Board of Trustees. Juniors and seniors enrolled in an accredited college/university curriculum, as well as those currently pursuing a master’s degree, with an interest in pursuing a non-attorney career in the legal industry, including in legal management, paralegal studies or another legal support function, may apply to receive a scholarship up to $10,000.

This scholarship is centered around enhancing careers in the legal field. It is not available for individuals studying legal service or legal law as a means to develop a career that is not specific to the legal industry.

Please note: The Foundation may choose to award scholarships in varying amounts based on available funds under the discretion of the Foundation Board of Trustees.

Supplemental Materials Required for Application

In addition to the application form, the following materials are required to qualify for consideration:

  • Official copy of your college/university transcript (unofficial transcripts will not be accepted)
  • Proof of acceptance into an accredited four-year college or university
  • Two letters of recommendation

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

  • Students in their junior or senior year of college/university, or those actively pursuing a master’s degree
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 for most recent academic program
  • Field of study with an interest in a non-attorney legal career, which includes legal management, paralegal studies or another legal support function (JD and LLM programs excluded)
  • Explanation of why you chose this field of study and what career in the legal industry you are striving to achieve
  • Essay describing how this scholarship will enhance your current or future legal career
  • Ability to attend a video interview if chosen as a finalist
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Participation in extracurricular activities
  • Performance of community service
  • Completed and uploaded the following:
  1. Application
  2. Official Transcript
  3. Two letters of recommendation

Requirements of the Scholarship Recipient(s)

In addition to continuing their course of study, scholarship recipients(s) will be required to:

  • Attend quarterly virtual check-ins with an assigned mentor to discuss how they are doing with their schooling
  • Create a video testimonial articulating how the scholarship has helped them pursue their degree and educational goals

Selection Process

  • Applications are submitted to ALA headquarters staff via an online form.
  • In order to avoid bias (conscious or implicit), ALA staff removes any identifying information from the applications, including the applicant’s name and contact information, the name of any educational institutions or employers, etc.
  • ALA headquarters sends the redacted applications to the Foundation Board of Trustees for review and consideration.
  • Only after the Foundation Board of Trustees have made their selections are full details of the applicant shared by ALA headquarters staff.

The 2022 application period has closed.