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Selection Guidelines for 2016 Tuition Scholarships

The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation is pleased once again to offer tuition scholarships to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to issues affecting women and/or children.  WLALA is an active bar association that seeks to promote the interests of women, and to promote equality and equal opportunity of all people.  The WLALA Foundation’s special projects include the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, which assists low income individuals in preparing and handling pro per family law matters; the Jail Project, in which volunteer lawyers advise and assist women detainees at the Twin Towers jail on their non-criminal legal matters; and the Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant, which provides financial assistance for special projects undertaken by law students working in the public interest.  WLALA's numerous committees include a group that provides pro bono legal advice to victims of domestic violence.

As it did last year, the WLALA Foundation will award one-time tuition scholarships of at least $1,000 for the 2016-2017 academic year to law students whose prior and current activities, and future plans demonstrate a commitment to issues affecting women and/or children.  Women and men are eligible to apply.  The scholarships will be announced publicly at the WLALA Installation Dinner in the fall of 2016, which recipients are required to attend.  To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be currently be enrolled in a law school that is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State of California and that is located in Los Angeles County, and plan to be so enrolled in the 2016-2017 academic year;
  • Upon graduation from law school, plan to practice law in Southern California; and
  • Be in the top fifty percent of their class.

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Personal statement addressing your commitment to issues affecting women and/or children.  Be sure to address how your commitment will continue after law school graduation. The personal statement should also explain why you need the scholarship and how it will benefit you.  The personal statement must be typed, double-spaced, and no longer than 2 pages;
  • Resume;
  • Certified law school transcript, including grades for fall semester 2015; and
  • Minimum one letter of recommendation (no more than three). 

Applications must be mailed to Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Attn:  Scholarship Applications, 634 South Spring Street, Suite 617, Los Angeles, CA  90014.  All applications must be postmarked no later than April 29, 2016.

Questions about the WLALA Foundation’s 2016-17 Tuition Scholarships should be directed to either of the Co-Chairs of WLALA's Scholarship Committee:

Sarah de Diego
1223 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 148
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 980-8116 

Carmela T. Pagay
Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill L.L.P.
10250 Constellation Boulevard, Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 229-3362

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