Increasing diversity in the legal profession is a long-standing and important priority, not only for Walmart but also for the entire legal community. Many groups, including the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) -- two organizations Walmart actively supports -- work tirelessly to create a more diverse legal profession. Walmart has also developed its own initiatives, including partnering with leading law firms and sponsoring pipeline programs, to further enhance diversity in the legal profession.
Walmart understands that increasing the number of diverse law students is not enough to build a bigger pipeline; diverse students must also excel academically in law school in order to become the legal profession's next generation of leaders. Therefore, Walmart funds Law Preview's National Diversity Scholarship Fund to allow diverse law students to attend the Law Preview program -- an initiative that expands upon our other pipeline efforts by providing scholarship recipients with a week long law school prep course taught by some of the country's leading law professors. Walmart is proud to provide this solid foundation upon which our scholarship recipients can begin their legal studies.
National Diversity Scholarship Fund (NDSF) 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 2012.
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.
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
Attending an NDSF-sponsored law school and meet the scholarship criteria? Complete the online application before 5.1.13.