The Massachusetts Bar Association’s Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Scholarship awards a $10,000 scholarship to a graduating law student currently attending a Massachusetts law school who is committed to providing legal assistance to underrepresented individuals and communities in Massachusetts upon graduating. Awardees will be given leadership opportunities in the MBA.

Candidates applying for this scholarship must meet the qualities that the MBA values and finds essential in those who will become practicing attorneys. In particular, applicants must (1) demonstrate a strong and specific commitment to serving the public interest, (2) have a proven record of hard work and academic accomplishment, and (3) have demonstrated integrity and honesty.

CRITERIA:
  1. Applicants must be members of the Massachusetts Bar Association. Law students can join the MBA free of charge online at www.massbar.org/join.
  2. Applicants must be graduating from a Massachusetts law school in 2019.
  3. Applicants must provide one letter of reference and a resume.
  4. Finalists may be asked to provide an academic transcript and attend a personal interview.
All materials (application, resume, letter of reference) are due no later than March 6.

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* 1. Name:

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* 2. Address:

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* 3. Phone number:

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* 4. Email:

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* 5. Law School:

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* 6. Expected Graduation Year:

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* 7. GPA:

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* 8. Honors:

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* 9. Undergraduate:

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* 10. Degree Received:

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* 11. Year:

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* 12. GPA:

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* 13. Other Graduate Schools and Degree Received (if applicable):

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* 14. Have you secured post-law school graduation employment in Massachusetts?

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* 15. Where are you taking the bar exam? (Choose all that apply.)

Please complete this application by providing responses to the following questions. You must click "DONE," for your application to be submitted.

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* 16. Please identify an impediment to the receipt of legal services by underrepresented individuals and communities, and describe an effective way to address this challenge. (Response should be 500‐750 words.)

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* 17. Please describe how the receipt of this award would assist your ability to provide legal assistance to underrepresented individuals and communities upon graduating. (Response should be 150 words.)

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* 18. Please describe in detail what you as a new attorney will be looking for in a bar association, and how the Massachusetts Bar Association can best deliver these services and benefits. (Response should be 150 words.)

NOTE: In addition to submitting this application by clicking "DONE" below, please include:

1. One letter of reference supporting your qualifications
2. A resume 

All items are due March 6 to holmesscholarship@massbar.org. The applicant's name should be referenced in the subject line. 

Questions about the application process? Email holmesscholarship@massbar.org.

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