Anderson & Kreiger Legal Diversity Fund

Anderson & Kreiger Legal Diversity Fund

Anderson & Kreiger LLP is committed to using the firm’s financial resources and social capital to promote racial and ethnic diversity in the Greater Boston legal community.  As part of this commitment, we established the Anderson & Kreiger Legal Diversity Fund to directly invest in the future success of aspiring lawyers who demonstrate financial need and who identify as belonging to underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. The firm will award annual stipends to law and college students to help address the challenges faced by students who lack the financial capital to focus exclusively on schooling like some of their peers and whose financial situation may limit their range of legal career options. The program also aims to address systematic weaknesses in connecting these students with other members of the legal community, potential employers, mentors and clients, which is a strong predictor of success in the legal profession.

Law Student Stipend

Annually Anderson & Kreiger will grant one $50,000 stipend to a 1L or 2L law student enrolled in a 3-year ABA accredited JD program, or 2L or 3L student enrolled in a 4-year ABA accredited JD program who demonstrates financial need, identifies as part of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, and intends to begin practicing law in Greater Boston following graduation. The goal of the stipend is to remove financial barriers to the successful completion of law school and to the successful start to the recipient’s career.

In addition to the stipend:

  • Anderson & Kreiger will arrange for each recipient to meet with a financial planner to consider options for utilizing the award.
  • The recipient will be invited, but not required, to participate in Anderson & Kreiger’s mentoring and training programs and firm-sponsored networking and social events.
  • The recipient is requested, but not required, to perform at least 20 hours of pro bono work with Anderson & Kreiger lawyers prior to graduation in order to gain hands-on experience and training.
  • The recipient may, but is not required to, apply for a paid internship at Anderson & Kreiger during their first or second summers if enrolled in a three-year JD program, or during their second or third school summers if enrolled in a four-year JD program. Any recipient hired by Anderson & Kreiger for an internship will be paid in accordance with the firm’s standard intern salary scale, over and above the $50,000 stipend paid from the Legal Diversity Fund.

How to Apply

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Applicants must submit a personal statement, a brief statement of financial need explaining how support from the fund would further their education and career, and a current resume by June 15, 2021. Transcripts and letters of recommendation are optional. By submitting an application, applicants represent that they identify as members of racial or ethnic group that is underrepresented in the legal community and that they intend to begin their legal careers in Greater Boston.

Selection Process

Applications will be evaluated by a committee that will include Anderson & Kreiger lawyers and representatives from among the non-profit, government, educational, and corporate sectors. An award decision will be made by August 1, 2021.

College Student Stipends

Annually Anderson & Kreiger will grant ten $5,000 stipends to college seniors or juniors who demonstrate financial need, identify as part of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, attend college in Greater Boston, and are interested in attending law school and practicing law. The goal of the stipend is to provide financial assistance to encourage such students to apply to law school.

  • Each recipient will be assigned a mentor at Anderson & Kreiger to help them:
    • Evaluate whether a legal career fits their personal goals;
    • Navigate the process of law school admissions;
    • Identify meaningful internships; and,
    • Network in the Greater Boston legal community.
  • Each recipient will be invited, but not required, to participate in firm-organized events with the other recipients and Anderson Kreiger training programs and firm-sponsored networking and social events.

How to Apply

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

Applicants must submit a personal statement, a brief statement of financial need explaining how support from the fund would further their education and career, and a current resume no later than June 15, 2021. A transcript and letters of recommendation are optional. By submitting an application, applicants represent that they identify as members of a racial or ethnic group that is underrepresented in the legal community and that they are interested in attending law school and practicing law.

Selection Process

Applications will be evaluated by a committee that will include Anderson & Kreiger lawyers and representatives from among the non-profit, government, educational, and corporate sectors.   Award decisions will be made by August 1, 2021.

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