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Animal Legal Defense Fund – North Carolina Central University School Of Law 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

Purpose

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 organization 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 “Animal Legal Defense Fund-NCCU Law Scholarship”).

Award

The Animal Legal Defense Fund-NCCU Law Scholarship will be a gift of $25,000 payable to North Carolina Central University School of Law in two equal payments to offset the tuition of the student recipient. Interested students will apply during their first year of law school for a scholarship to be awarded for their second year. In addition, the student recipient will be eligible to clerk at the organization during the summer following their second year and have the option to continue as a semester clerk during their third year. Included in this scholarship package are funds for the recipient to purchase a laptop, a registration grant for the 2021 remote Animal Law Conference, and a small book allowance for the purchase of animal law books.

Eligibility

To receive an Animal Legal Defense Fund-NCCU School of Law Scholarship, an applicant must be enrolled in The North Carolina Central University School of Law. The student recipient must successfully complete their first year, be in good standing, and be eligible to work in the United States by the time the first scholarship funds are disbursed. The student recipient must be an active member of the NCCU Law School Animal Legal Defense
Fund Student Chapter, or in the case that there is no active Chapter, must commit to starting or reactivating a Chapter. Representatives of NCCU School of Law and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (together, Award Judges) 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.

Application Process

To be considered for an Animal Legal Defense Fund-NCCU Law Scholarship, an applicant must submit: (i) a completed application form, (ii) resume, (iii) law school transcript, and (iv) a signed Consent Form. Award Judges may interview scholarship finalists. The application package should be e-mailed on or before May 1, 2021 to Priscilla Rader, Animal Legal Defense Fund Education Program Manager, prader@aldf.org.

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