Animal Legal Defense Fund HBCU Scholarship Program
The $9,482 scholarship and paid clerkship is available to first or second-year students at North Carolina Central University School of Law.
Through a generous donation from Kathryn Casey, the Animal Legal Defense Fund awards one $9,482 scholarship package to first or second year students at North Carolina Central University School of Law to cover in-state tuition. The Animal Legal Defense Fund believes strongly that providing resources and opportunities to members of historically disadvantaged and marginalized communities is critical to our mission. Even though animal protection issues are equally prevalent in these communities, members of these communities are vastly underrepresented in the animal protection movement. The Animal Legal Defense Fund believes we must provide opportunities to members of these communities who can develop into strong animal law advocates. Thus, we seek to remove barriers that may exist for members of any particular community to become legal advocates for animals. In furtherance of this goal, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has embarked on initiatives designed to increase the diversity of animal law advocates, including this scholarship program.
The $9,482 scholarship will offset educational expenses of the recipient for the 2023-2024 academic year, with half the amount paid in Fall 2023 and the other half paid in Spring 2024 (subject to successful completion of Fall semester) to cover in-state tuition. In addition, the scholarship package includes a paid summer clerkship at the Animal Legal Defense Fund following their second year of law school. Recipients may be eligible for an optional externship with the Animal Legal Defense Fund during their third year, subject to successful completion of their paid summer clerkship and the externship placement being approved by their law schools. Additional scholarship benefits include complimentary virtual registration to the 2023 Animal Law Conference, co-sponsored by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School.
The scholarship package includes a paid summer clerkship with the Animal Legal Defense Fund. The Animal Legal Defense Fund clerkship program provides law students with the opportunity to be trained by top experts in animal law while working on real animal law cases and legislation. Summer clerks are hired by specific programs and work as integral members of the program’s team. The Animal Legal Defense Fund also provides summer clerks with networking and engagement opportunities. Summer clerkships are paid, full-time positions (35 hours/week for 10 weeks) beginning in late-May or early-June 2023. Descriptions of Animal Legal Defense Fund clerkships are available.
To receive an Animal Legal Defense Fund Scholarship, an applicant must be a first or second year student enrolled at North Carolina Central University School of Law. The recipient must be in good standing with the law school during any period of receiving scholarship benefits and be eligible to work in the United States by the time the first scholarship funds are disbursed. Representatives of the Animal Legal Defense Fund will evaluate each application and consider such factors as demonstrated interest in animal law, a background in historically disadvantaged or underrepresented communities related to animal rights, academic achievement, work and life experiences, leadership, and non-academic contributions.
To be considered for the Animal Legal Defense Fund Scholarship, an applicant must submit:
- a completed application form
- a current resume, and
- an unofficial law school or undergraduate transcript.
The award judges may interview scholarship finalists. The application package should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The gift of more than $1 million will fund the program over the next four yearsSeptember 28, 2023 Press Release