The National Diversity Scholarship Fund (NDSF) allows diverse law students to attend any Law Preview 6-day prep course.
Founded in 2011, sponsors like Walmart support the NDSF because they are committed to helping diverse law students succeed academically in law school so that there is diversity among the legal profession's next generation of leaders and decision makers.
Increasing diversity in the legal profession is a long-standing and important priority. Existing pipeline diversity programs persuade diverse college graduates to consider a career in law, coach diverse students through the LSAT and law school application process, and provide coveted internships and mentoring opportunities that will help jump start diverse students' legal careers. While each of these initiatives is important and laudable, improving diversity in the legal profession requires more. Even the most valuable 1L networking and internship opportunities will have limited long-term effects if a law student's first-year grades are poor, because most large employers only interview (and hire) 2Ls who have excelled academically during the first year of law school.
That's where Law Preview and the NDSF can help. If you are planning to attend one of our participating schools in the fall of 2013 and meet the scholarship criteria, apply for a scholarship today. If selected, you can prepare for academic success in law school by attending one of Law Preview's 6-day prep courses taught by some of the country's leading law school professors free of charge. Additionally, NDSF-sponsored students receive free access to Law Preview's Online Exam-Taking Strategies Workshop during the fall and spring semesters of their 1L year.
National Diversity Scholarship Fund Criteria
To be eligible for a NDSF Scholarship, applicants must be: (i) a member of a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession; (ii) a member of the LGBT community; or (iii) first in their immediate family (excluding siblings) to attend college. Applicants must also be enrolled to begin classes at a NDSF-sponsored law school in the fall of 2013.
If chosen, NDSF-sponsored students agree to reply to periodic surveys that confidentially track their academic progress, matriculation/graduation status, bar exam results and employment opportunities.
If you meet the application criteria, complete the online application before May 1, 2013. The NDSF Selection Committee will evaluate all applications and notify scholarship recipients on a rolling basis starting May 20, 2013.
National Diversity Scholarship Fund Selection Committee
- Robert Ahdieh, Vice Dean, Emory University School of Law
- Marcus Cole, Assistant Dean, Stanford University Law School
- Timothy Davis, Professor, Wake Forest University School of Law
- Nkonye Iwerebon, Associate Dean & Dean of Admissions, Columbia University Law School
- Jody Kraus, Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School
- Donald Macaulay, President & Founder, Law Preview LLC
- Ann Perry, Dean of Admissions, University of Chicago Law School
- Gabriela Ryan, Professor, Southwestern University School of Law
- Ani Satz, Professor, Emory University School of Law
- Kellye Testy, Dean, University of Washington School of Law
At Walmart, we believe our legal workforce should reflect broader American society in all its diversity. That's why we decided to invest in pipeline programs like the Law Preview National Diversity Scholarship Fund. The NDSF is a unique opportunity to improve the academic performance of law students from diverse backgrounds during a critical step in their development -- the all-important first year of law school. It is our hope that the diverse students we sponsor today will excel academically and, as a result, enjoy rich and successful legal careers tomorrow. We are proud to participate in this pipeline diversity program, and we encourage our fellow corporate colleagues to consider joining us as we help to diversify the American legal profession.
NDSF-Sponsored Law Schools
- Catholic University, Columbus School of Law
- CSU, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
- Florida International Univ. College of Law
- Nova Southeastern, Shepard Broad Law Center
- St. Thomas University (MN) School of Law
- University of Arkansas School of Law
- University of Connecticut School of Law