LMJ Scholarship Perfect for Your First-Year Law Student
By Megan Johnson, Wright State University
Paying for college proves one of the worst parts of your and your student’s college experience. However, if you are the parent of a law student, your student may be in luck! The Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship program (LMJ Scholarship) is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year, according to a recent press release.
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) established the LMJ Scholarship program to nurture the academic and professional careers of law students while advancing the diversity pipeline to the legal profession. The scholarship awards up to 10 scholarships of $10,000 each year to incoming first-year law students.
Law is one of the least diverse professions in the nation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the 2016 Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms released in January by The National Association for Law Placement (NALP), statistics reveal that the representation of minorities among lawyers increased to 14.62 percent in 2016 from 13.97 percent in 2015. However, the number increased only by 2.03 percent from 2009-2016.
Is your student eligible for this scholarship? They must:
- Be accepted into an ABA-accredited U.S. law school for a full-time Juris Doctorate Program
- Have earned an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, and
- Have an interest in corporate law and diversity
Students will be evaluated based on financial need, community involvement, essay content, and academic achievements. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2017, and students can use the scholarship funds for tuition, books, fees, and required supplies and equipment.
Find more information about the scholarship and application process on MCCA’s website.