Bar Review Scholarship Application – Fall 2022

The Black Women Lawyers’ Association Scholarship Fund (BWLA-SF) endeavors to promote diversity in the legal profession by providing mentorship and other resources in support of their legal education and career advancement. To support this goal, BWLA-SF will award recent law school graduates sitting for the Illinois Bar Exam a scholarship for bar exam preparation.

AWARD: BWLA-SF will award one (1) Bar Review scholarship to cover the cost of a bar review course. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at Sips for Scholarships on November 17, 2022.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must (1) be of Black or African descent; (2) complete the essay and application and submit all required documents; (3) have attended a Chicagoland ABA accredited law school OR have a demonstrated present or future connection to the Chicagoland legal market; (4) supply evidence of registration for the Illinois bar exam in February 2023; and (5) be pursuing a career in government or public service.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Applicants will be evaluated on the following: professionalism of application materials (incomplete or incorrectly formatted application materials will be disqualified); essay substance and quality; commitment to public service and diversity; professional and academic achievement; unmet financial need; and BWLA involvement. Applications with excessive typographical and/or grammatical errors may be disqualified.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION: Each application must be typewritten, converted to a PDF, and combined with all other supporting documentation into ONE PDF file, except for a transcript or letter of good standing which may be sent directly from the applicant’s law school depending on the institution’s policies. Applications submitted in other formats or as more than one PDF file will not be considered. The application and all documents must be e-mailed to scholarship@bwla.org by Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Download Fall 2022 Bar Review Scholarship Application