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Diversity, Equality + Inclusion Committee

Farella’s Diversity Scholarship Program assists Bay Area diverse law students in pursuing their legal careers. Recipients are in their first year of law school and are selected based on academic and personal accomplishments and financial need. In its 20th year, the firm has awarded $470,000 in scholarships to more than 81 diverse first-year law students.

The application period for the 2020 1L Diversity Scholarship Program is now open. Scholarship recipients will be notified during the week of May 30.

Diversity Scholarship Program Mixer

As part of the application process, we also strongly recommend that applicants attend our 1L Diversity Scholarship Program Mixer scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, February 18 at Farella’s San Francisco office where applicants can meet and connect with Farella attorneys.

Eligibility

Scholarship applicants must be current first-year students with full- or part-time class loads with an anticipated graduation date of May 2022 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)

Questions? Please reach out to Maggie Leung at [email protected].

Testimonials

My first year of law school has definitely been one of the toughest years, and I'm glad that Farella became one of the highlights of it. After a very emotionally draining year, receiving the Farella Braun + Martel Diversity Scholarship gave me hope again, because it made me feel like others truly believed in me and believed in what I could accomplish.

As a low-income, first generation college student, and the daughter of Cambodian and Chinese immigrants, navigating the mechanics and finances of both a legal education and profession are very tough without the support of outside resources. That is why I am definitely proud and grateful that Farella works towards promoting diversity – a concept much needed today if our goal is to create a more just and equitable society. Law is a powerful tool to effect social change, and thus diversity in the legal profession is more important than ever.  I am truly thankful for their support and belief, especially because it will support me in my work this summer with the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials.

Jenny Chhea
UC Berkeley School of Law, 2017 scholarship recipient

I am truly honored, blessed, and grateful to be a recipient of the Farella Braun + Martel Diversity Scholarship. Receiving this award has been the apex of my 1L year. The financial support that this award provided was crucial in helping me fund my legal education. But more importantly, this prestigious award also opened the door to a network of top attorneys at Farella Braun + Martel. As a first-generation student, the guidance, advice, and availability they provided was invaluable.

Farella Braun + Martel’s commitment to diversity is inspiring. Because of its efforts, many individuals like myself have an opportunity to succeed in this profession. I look forward to making the most of this opportunity and proudly representing Farella Braun + Martel as a Diversity Scholar.

Priyank Patel
UC Hastings School of Law, 2017 scholarship recipient

The Farella Braun + Martel Diversity Scholarship has been the most rewarding gift I have thus far received in law school. The scholarship enabled me to spend my 1L summer working with the National Indian Education Association, supporting my own and other Native communities through the avenue about which I am most passionate - education. I was only able to pursue this dream internship because I was bringing my own summer funding with me. More than the financial support, I was blown away by the community that came with the scholarship. Starting at the reception and continuing through numerous emails, meals, and other events, I am thankful for the Farella friends and mentors who so proactively seek to support me in any way that they can. Those personal relationships have been remarkable. Furthermore, the excitement that Farella shared about Native issues inspired me in my work as co-president of my school's Native American Law Students Association. Seeing accomplished professionals who do not traditionally work in Indian Law sympathize to such a degree with my career goals, which are totally Native-centric, led to the vision for our conference this year which seeks to illuminate the Native perspective within legals fields that are not traditionally considered Native-related. The Farella Diversity Scholarship is an amazing, truly supportive, and far-reaching gift.

Sarracina Littlebird
Stanford Law School, 2014 scholarship recipient

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