California Bar Journal
CBJ - June 2008 #08.
Bar foundation announces new scholarship support
California Bar JournalJune 2008Bar foundation announces new scholarship supportTwo law firms will make multi-year gifts to the California Bar Foundation to support a program designed to offer bar exam-related support to prospective public interest lawyers. The foundation announced last month that Reed Smith LLP and Sidley Austin LLP together committed $30,000 to the program over three years and have established scholarships named for the firms.
Law school students often graduate with six figures in debt, and students who intend to pursue public interest law careers can also face the cost of a bar review course, the exam fee and living expenses, adding thousands more to their debt burden.
The foundation's Rosenthal Bar Exam Scholarship program, with support from Reed Smith and Sidley, this year is distributing $1,000 scholarships to 17 students from nine California law schools to help defray the cost of the bar exam. The top five recipients also received California BAR/BRI law review courses valued at more than $3,000 each.
Since 1997, the foundation has awarded more than $70,000 in cash awards and bar review courses to more than 200...