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Animal Legal Defense Fund – Howard Law School Diversity Scholarship Program

The $25,000 scholarship is available to a second-year law student at the University, and includes a clerkship with the nonprofit

The Animal Legal Defense Fund announces a $25,000 scholarship to be awarded to a second-year student at Howard University School of Law. The $25,000 scholarship will offset the tuition of the recipient for the 2021-2022 academic year, with half the amount paid in Fall 2021 and the other half paid in Spring 2022. In addition, the recipient will be offered a paid summer clerkship at the Animal Legal Defense Fund following their second year of law school and will be eligible for an optional externship with the Animal Legal Defense Fund during their third year, subject to the externship placement being approved by the Howard University School of Law. Additional scholarship benefits include $1,000 for the student to purchase a laptop, Animal Law books, and complementary registration to the 2021 Animal Law Conference in October.

Eligibility

To receive an Animal Legal Defense Fund-Howard School of Law Scholarship, an applicant must be a second- year student enrolled in The Howard University School of Law. The applicant must have received a minimum grade point average of 82 during their first year. 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 and Howard University School of Law 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.

Clerkship

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, 2022. Descriptions of Animal Legal Defense Fund clerkships are available on our website.

Application Process

To be considered for the Animal Legal Defense Fund-Howard Law Scholarship, an applicant must submit: (i) a completed application form, (ii) a current resume, and (iii) an unofficial law school transcript. The award judges may interview scholarship finalists. The application package should be e-mailed on or before October 1, 2021 to Priscilla Rader Culp at prader@aldf.org.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system, including by providing resources and opportunities to law students and other legal professionals to advance the field of animal law. The Animal Legal Defense Fund aims to increase the diversity of legal professionals advocating for animal protection across the United States. Our mission will benefit from increased numbers, including voices from all communities representing the broad diversity of America. Increasing diversity will strengthen our movement by increasing innovation, informing decision- making, and furthering our reach, ultimately enhancing our ability to protect animals and defend their interests.

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.

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