1L Diversity Scholarship Program

Farella Braun + Martel LLP strives to cultivate an inclusive culture within our firm and is committed to diversifying the legal profession through the hiring of law students and attorneys from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Since 2001, Farella’s 1L Diversity Scholarship Program has awarded $360,000 in scholarship funds to more than 65 diverse first-year law students with the goal of assisting them in their pursuit of a legal career. 

As part of our continued commitment, Farella will award a total of $30,000 in scholarship grants in 2018 to be divided equally among three outstanding first-year law students.


Scholarship applicants must be current first-year students with full- or part-time class loads with an anticipated graduation date of May 2020, and should be currently attending one of the following law schools: University of California, Berkeley, School of Law; University of California Davis School of Law; University of California, Hastings College of the Law; Santa Clara University School of Law; Stanford Law School; or University of San Francisco School of Law.

The scholarship program is open to law students of underrepresented groups whose background or personal experience would contribute to the diversity of the legal profession. Scholarship recipients will be chosen based upon a combination of merit and financial need.

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to working and living in the Bay Area.

Application Process

  • Online Application Available (download here)
  • Resume
  • Official Undergrad Transcript
  • Official Law School Transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • References
  • Financial Information (FAFSA, IRS Forms, or Statement of Economic Need)

We also strongly recommend that applicants attend our 1L Diversity Scholarship Program Mixer on February 21, 2018, 6 pm, at Farella’s San Francisco office, where applicants can meet and connect with Farella attorneys.

All completed applications must be received by March 9, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be notified during the week of April 2, 2018, and will receive their scholarship checks during our Awards Reception on April 11, 2018.

Questions? Please reach out to Maggie Owyang at .