Marshall-Motley Scholars Program Offers Full Ride to Law School

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Established by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF), the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program (MMSP) will invest in the establishment of a corps of 50 civil rights attorneys equipped and prepared to advocate on behalf of Black communities in the South seeking racial justice and equity.

The MMSP Scholars, named after civil rights attorney and LDF founder Thurgood Marshall, and civil rights litigator Constance Baker Motley, offers:

  • A full law school scholarship for tuition, room, and board, and incidentals to alleviate the debt burden that can prevent future lawyers from pursuing a career as a civil rights lawyer;
  • Summer internships with national and regional civil rights organizations with offices in the South focused on racial justice to jumpstart training in civil rights law;
  • Two-year postgraduate fellowship at civil rights law organizations in the South fighting to achieve racial justice; and
  • Access to special trainings sponsored by LDF and the National Academy of Sciences.

In return, the Scholars will commit to serving as civil rights lawyers based in the South, engaged in a law practice focused on achieving racial justice for 8 years following the conclusion of their fellowship. 

Students are eligible to participate as long as they are admitted to an ABA-approved law school as a first-year student for the fall 2021 academic year.

Deadline to apply is February 16, 2021.

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