Hello aspiring first-gen lawyers! Welcome to the 2024 Fellowship Application!

As an applicant, you are primarily evaluated based on your demonstration of a passion for pursuing a legal career and your explanation of why the legal profession needs your voice. You are NOT required to have received admission to a four-year university, but we do expect that you have plans to continue your academic pursuits after graduating. We also do not have a GPA cutoff. However, we will ask you to explain why you are academically ready for the challenge of the path to law school or how you are developing your academic skills. We can meet you where you are in your academic journey, but we want you to recognize that pursuing a law degree will require hard work and dedication to your academic responsibilities.
 
For selected fellows, we offer four years of paid experiential learning intentionally planned to help you overcome the most common barriers to law school. This will include $200 for professional clothing, a $500 stipend for participating in our Summer Institute training program, $18 per hour for your judicial internship, $20 per hour for the non-profit internship, and $1,500 toward your LSAT course and examination. We will also cover all of your meals, transportation, and activity costs during the Summer Institute and will offer lunches, reunions, and other programming during the academic year.
 
TIP: Complete the essays in a separate word document and then paste them here to avoid losing your work.

IMPORTANT: Questions 9-11 are not used for admissions purposes and will not be used during the evaluation process. Those questions are requested by the Law School Admissions Council.

Why do we ask for your date of birth? Our applicant pool contains mostly eighteen-year-olds or soon to be eighteen-year-olds. Before you are eighteen, we will require guardian approval for participation in our programming. If you are eighteen, you will have the ability to sign off on all forms on your behalf.

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* 1. First, complete this checklist to ensure that you are eligible for the Fellowship.

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* 2. What is your first name?

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* 3. What is your last name?

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* 4. What is your date of birth? (mm/dd/yyyy)

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* 5. What is the name of the high school you are graduating from?

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* 6. What is the name of the school district you are graduating from?

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* 7. What university, college, or community college do you plan to attend next year?

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* 8. At what email address would you like to be contacted?

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* 9. What is the best phone number to reach you?

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* 10. How do you identify? (Choose all that apply.)

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* 11. Which one of the following best represents how you currently describe yourself?

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* 12. Which of the following best represents how you think of yourself?

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* 13. Please select the highest level of college completed by any parent or guardian.

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* 14. Check all that apply. First-generation means you are the first one in your immediate family. Immediate family includes grandparents, parents, and siblings.

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* 15. If you have any relatives who are attorneys or are in law school, please describe the relationship(s) here. You can also explain if the relative(s) is/are unable or unwilling to provide you with guidance. (Limit 500 characters)

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* 16. Personal Statement: Why do you want this fellowship? To help spark your thoughts, use the following prompts: Why do you want to pursue a legal career? Why does the legal profession need your voice? How will your law degree transform your life or your community? (Limit 3,000 characters)

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* 17. We want you to recognize that you will be required to commit yourself to your schoolwork to become the lawyers you deserve to be. With that in mind, please select the answer choice that best defines your academic record.

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* 18. How have you demonstrated that you are academically ready for the challenge of the path to law school OR how you are developing your academic skills to prepare for that rigorous journey? (Limit 1,000 characters)

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* 19. This program will assist you, but your success is still yours to own. We are looking for fellows who will demonstrate resilience AND who are willing to accept help when they need it. Please check these boxes if you can commit to these statements.

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* 20. Artifact #1: Upload a file that helps support your candidacy for a fellowship.

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* 21. Artifact #2: Upload a file that helps support your candidacy for a fellowship.

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* 22. What else would you like for us to know? Please answer any questions you wish we would have asked or explain any of your previous responses. (Limit 500 characters)

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* 23. If you do not plan to work in San Antonio, please skip this question. For SAN ANTONIO applicants who are committed to using their law degrees to serve the SAN ANTONIO community, complete this additional question to simultaneously apply for a YJA Fellowship and additional career support from the San Antonio Bar Association through the Finalyson Fellowship: Why do you wish to pursue a career in the San Antonio legal community and how do your life experiences, studies, and activities demonstrate that desire? Please submit an essay between 500-600 words.

For more information about the Finlayson Fellowship, please visit this page: https://sanantoniobar.org/?pg=FinlaysonFellowsProgram

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