AABA Law Student Summer Grant

DEADLINE: May 1, 2015

The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (“AABA”) is offering one or more grants to help fund qualified summer law clerk(s) to work on legal projects that provide free legal services to the Asian American community. Applicants must be sponsored by a non-profit legal organization that has agreed to supervise the applicant for the summer of 2015. The grant will be funded by the AABA Law Foundation through the Community Services Committee of AABA.

Interested applicants should meet the following three requirements:

1. Have a summer position with a non-profit legal service organization;

2. Will work on a project(s) that provides legal assistance to the Asian American community;

3. Commit to at least 10 weeks of work on the project(s) this summer.

Note: There is a preference for applicants who intend to provide legal assistance in the Bay Area.

AABA Summer Grant application submissions have two components:

1. Submit a 3-page maximum grant proposal that includes the following six items:

(a) Your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address;
(b) A description of the type of work that you will pursue under the grant;
(c) A description of your qualifications;
(d) The name of the non-profit legal service organization that you will be working with, including a reference contact and telephone number;
(e) A description of any other grants, compensation, or financial aid you will receive for this summer’s work; and
(f) A short essay that addresses the following topic:

Discuss the current civil rights issue that affects the Asian American community that is most important to you, and describe how you intend to address this issue during your career as an attorney. Explain your choice using concrete examples from your personal, professional, and/or educational background.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, immigration, gender equality, LGBTQ rights, education, housing access, poverty, and labor/employment issues.

2. Submit a resume.

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS IS MAY 1, 2015, by close of business. Please e-mail your application to AABASummerGrant@gmail.com.

The selection committee will then convene and interview the top candidates shortly after the submission deadline. AABA will award the summer grant(s) at AABA’s Annual Summer Law Clerk Reception, date TBD.


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