Young Lawyers Division, 0620 UTBJ, Vol. 33, No. 3. 62

AuthorBy Chelsea Davis
PositionVol. 33 3 Pg. 62

Young Lawyers Division

Vol. 33 No. 3 Pg. 62

Utah Bar Journal

June, 2020

May, 2020

The Utah Bar Review Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship

By Chelsea Davis

Utah law school graduates can now receive financial support to offset the significant costs of preparing for and taking the Utah State Bar Exam through the Utah Bar Review Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship (Bar Review Scholarship). The Bar Review Scholarship awards financial support to deserving Utah law students who demonstrate a commitment to advancing the goals of equity and inclusion in Utah’s legal profession, an active record of service to Utah’s diverse communities, and financial need. Scholarship recipients receive an award of up to $2,000 for qualifying costs associated with the bar exam.

The Bar Review Scholarship was first created in 2019 through the joint efforts and financial support of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion (UCLI), the Young Lawyers Division of the Utah State Bar (YLD), and Holland & Hart LLP, which firm provided the sole foundational sponsorship for this scholarship. Leading bar review course companies, including BARBRI, Kaplan, Themis, and Quimbee, have also lent their support by providing discounted course rates for the scholarship recipients.

The Bar Review Scholarship continues its legacy this year with additional support and donations from the Utah State Bar, the Utah Bar Foundation, and the Utah Minority Bar Association (UMBA), which dedicated its 2019 Charity Challenge fundraiser and Juneteenth Event to UCLI. The 2019 UMBA Charity Challenge fundraiser raised $44,444 for the benefit of UCLI and enabled UCLI, among other things, to fund and grow this important scholarship program.

Having adequate resources and time to devote to studying is critical to a law graduate’s success on the bar exam. However, the costs of bar study courses are steep – ranging in the multiple thousands of dollars – and many law students cannot afford the course fee or take time off from work to study. The goal of the Bar Review Scholarship is to help law graduates who are committed to promoting diversity with costs associated with taking and studying for the bar exam so they can focus their time and energy on studying and passing.

Three Utah law students received the 2019 inaugural Bar Review Scholarship: Athelia Graham – Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School; Jonathan McClurg – Brigham Young...

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