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2024 BALIF Diversity Bar Study Scholarship - Sponsored by the CLA Litigation Section

12 Feb 2024 12:47 AM | BALIF Administrator (Administrator)

BALIF has partnered with the Litigation Section of the California Lawyers Association (“CLA”) to present a scholarship for those who have demonstrated an intent to pursue a career in litigation, have shown commitment to serving the LGBTQAI+ community, and are planning to take the California Bar Exam.

PURPOSE: To recognize a law student in their final year of law school who will take the California Bar Exam, has shown excellence and achievement in law school, and has:

  • Overcome personal hardships or challenges;
  • Has a demonstrated financial need (preference will also be given to students who do not already have bar study expenses covered);
  • Demonstrated intent to pursue a career in litigation following graduation;
  • Demonstrated leadership potential and a history of involvement with LGBTQAI+ student, professional, and/or civic organizations; and
  • Demonstrated service in support of their local LGBTQAI+ communities & commitment to social justice.

AWARD: A minimum scholarship of $2500, as determined by the selection committee.

APPLICATION: Please send a brief 3-5 paragraph explaining why you are deserving of this scholarship 


  • Scholarship recipients should plan to attend the BALIF Annual Gala on March 1, 2024.
  • Become a Student Member of BALIF (free of charge - sign up here), if not already.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to become members of the Litigation Section of CLA after passing the California Bar Exam and securing full-time employment.
  • Applicant must be planning to sit for the California Bar and use the scholarship for bar study/exam expenses within 9 months.
  • Please note that applicants may only receive one bar study scholarship sponsored by the CLA Litigation Section. If you have already received one from another bar association, you are not eligible to apply.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: All applications must be received by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Please email your application to and

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