Failure to provide a complete Application Packet will result in Application not receiving consideration. A complete Application Packet includes:
Complete, Sign and Date the Following Documents Contained in the Application Packet:
ApplicationAt the time you upload your Application Packet, complete the Online Form, which requests the same information.
Certification and Authorization Form, which includes: - Certification of Non-Relationship - Authorization to Use Information, Name and Likeness - Consent and Authorization to Obtain Information
Certification of Financial Need At the time you upload your Application Packet, complete the Online Form, which requests the same information.
Provide the Following Additional Documents:
Resume – Submit a resume documenting education, employment and significant extracurricular activities post-high school.
Personal Statement – One-page statement of up to 500 words, describing Candidate’s commitment to serving the community, and, if applicable, any significant obstacles or hurdles overcome to attend law school. Include a word count at the end of the statement. Application Packets with statements in excess of 500 words will not be considered.
Personal Statement Summary – An abbreviated version of your personal statement written in the third person. The summary should include the following information: the name of your law school, your motivation for pursuing a legal career, what type of law you intend to practice upon graduation and any notable achievements. The summary should not exceed 125 words. The Personal Statement Summary should be retyped in the Online Form, as well as included in your Application Packet.
Letters of Recommendation –Two current signed letters of recommendation (letters may be copies of letters submitted with Candidate’s law school applications). Letters of recommendation must be submitted with the Application Packets – do not mail letters separately (incomplete Application Packets will not be considered). At least one letter should address Candidate’s leadership qualities and/or community involvement. Letters specifically for this scholarship should be addressed to “California Bar Foundation Diversity Scholarship.”
Transcripts – Copy of Candidate’s final undergraduate transcript (include 2.5 equivalency for those schools not using a 4.0 scale). If a final transcript is not yet available, provide the most recent copy. This can be an unofficial transcript, but it must clearly identify the applicant and the school by name. Also, include any transcripts from graduate schools attended.
Evidence of Financial Need – Application Packet must include copy of financial aid eligibility letter received from the law school where Candidate will matriculate in Fall 2013, including the amounts that Candidate will receive in aid. Do not submit tax forms. If Candidate is ineligible for financial aid, include an explanatory statement. Note: If Candidate has not received the financial aid amounts by the Scholarship Deadline (June 5, 2013), send the rest of the Application Packet by the Deadline, and then send the financial aid information and Certification of Financial Need form as soon as it is received. Please note on the Application that you have not yet received your financial aid paperwork and is not included.
Optional Statement of Financial Circumstances – Candidate may choose to submit an additional, optional statement of up to 50 words describing any financial circumstances, Candidate believes relevant in determining Candidate’s financial need ( e.g., if Candidate worked to pay for most or all undergraduate costs), to the extent such information is not provided in the Evidence of Financial Need.
Evidence of Acceptance to Law School – A copy of the acceptance letter from the law school where Candidate is committed to matriculate in Fall 2013.
Evidence of Commitment to Matriculate to Law School – Evidence of Commitment to Matriculate to Law School – A copy of documentation from the law school evidencing Candidate’s commitment to matriculate in Fall 2013 (e.g., receipt from payment of deposit, email from school acknowledging payment, etc.).
Note: Candidate’s name must appear on each page of every document submitted with Application, including letters of recommendation.