The CBA Future of the Legal Profession Scholarship Program (FLPSP) aims to address the lack of representation in the legal field and to increase the pipeline of diverse talent that enters the legal profession in Connecticut. As part of the program, participants will receive a scholarship to take the LSAT preparation course and participate in events and programs to prepare them for their law school journey and engage them with the Connecticut legal community. Scholarship recipients will also have mentoring and networking opportunities before they matriculate to law school that prepare them to submit a successful law school application, apply for grants and scholarships, and be successful throughout their time in law school. Scholars will also meet with members of the Connecticut legal community to learn more about legal practice areas and career paths.

Background

The Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) and certain signatories to Connecticut's Legal Community Diversity & Inclusion Pledge & Plan (Pledge & Plan) have teamed up with Kaplan Partner Solutions to implement the first collaborative scholarship program. The scholarship is available to qualified applicants who are representative of a diverse demographic.

Goals

  • To increase the number of diverse individuals entering the Connecticut legal community
  • To produce a new generation of legal professionals that reflects diversity in intellectual perspectives, life experiences, and cultures
  • To assist scholars in their law school journey and engage them with the Connecticut legal community

Eligibility

  1. Must be a junior or senior, or recently graduated from, a Connecticut college or university.
  2. Must be committed to pursuing a law degree at an accredited law school in Connecticut.
  3. Preference will be given to a member of at least one of the following underrepresented diverse identities:
  • Women
  • LGBTQ+
  • Religious minority
  • Indigenous group
  • Asian
  • Black/African-American
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • Hispanic/Latinx
  • Individual with a disability

Application 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis!

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Application Checklist

  • Completed scholarship application form
  • A professional letter of recommendation that speaks to the applicant’s academic performance or professional qualifications
  • Resume/CV
  • Official college or university transcript
  • Two personal statements

Application Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply for the scholarship?
You can apply at any time during your junior or senior year or if you are a recent graduate. We suggest applying at least five months before your scheduled LSAT test date

When are scholarship applications due?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

What is the timeline for review of applications?
Applications are reviewed as they are submitted. The committee typically provides an application decision within 30 days of receipt.

Can I apply if I am not from Connecticut but have graduated from a Connecticut college or university?
Yes. The scholarship requires submitting an application and intent to attend a law school in Connecticut.

Do letters of recommendation need to be from professors?
No, we will accept letters of recommendation from anyone who is able to speak to your professional/scholarly work.

Scholarship Committee

Cecil J. Thomas, President-elect and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee Co-Chair, Connecticut Bar Association; Greater Hartford Legal Aid Inc.
Gideon Asemnor, Updike Kelly & Spellacy PC
Richard M. Dighello, Updike Kelly & Spellacy PC
Amani R. Edwards, Director of Diversity and Human Resources, Connecticut Bar Association
Evan S. Goldstein, Updike Kelly & Spellacy PC
Christine Jean-Louis, Office of the Attorney General
Alexis H. Smith, New Haven Legal Assistance Association
 

Program Alumni

2021

Elizabeth Mejia Castro, George Washington University School of Law
Natasha Claudio, Western New England University School of Law
Christina Cruz, University of Connecticut School of Law

Donate

You can mail a check to the following address

    Amani Edwards
    Attn: Scholars Program
    30 Bank Street
    New Britain, CT 060651

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Contact Us

Amani Edwards

Director of Diversity and Human Resources
Connecticut Bar Association
30 Bank Street
New Britain, CT  06051
(860)612-2025 
aedwards@ctbar.org



Future of the Legal Profession Scholars

2021

Rebecca Cabot, Norwalk Community College Class of 2020, Major: Legal Assistant; Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences the Netherlands Class of 2002, Major: Business Administration
Emma Farrell, Wesleyan College Class of 2022, Major: Government
Ricardo Lombera, Connecticut College Class of 2022, Major: Sociology, Government
William Ollayos
, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Class of 2017, Major: Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership; University of Connecticut Class of 2014, Major: Biological Sciences
Alexandra Prendergast
, Wesleyan University Class of 2020, Major: Government


2020

Maman CooperUniversity of Connecticut Class of 2017, Major: Political Science
Frankie De LeonWesleyan University Class of 2020, Major: American Studies
Debaditta GhoshWesleyan University Class of 2020, Major: Government
Fernecia Smith, University of Bridgeport Class of 2020, Major: Political Science