Jackson Walker announces a partnership with PracticePro to launch a Pre-Law Diversity Scholarship for underrepresented college students and graduates seeking a legal career. PracticePro will begin accepting applications on January 17, 2022, and will announce the scholarship recipient on April 15.
Launched in 2013, PracticePro is a legal education startup committed to improving the legal profession by training attorneys who are better prepared for law practice. With the creation of the Pre-Law Diversity Scholarship, PracticePro and Jackson Walker aim to cultivate the diverse legal talent pipeline as early as possible by assisting underrepresented college students and graduates get into law school and understand the fundamentals of navigating a legal career.
“The future of our legal profession depends entirely on how well we prepare students and guide them in their pursuit of a legal career,” said Jackson Walker partner Suzan Kedron, who chairs the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “We are excited for the opportunity to help launch this Pre-Law Diversity Scholarship, which will support students from underrepresented communities in their efforts to get into the best law schools and receive the necessary tools to become successful lawyers.”
“We are excited for the opportunity to help launch this Pre-Law Diversity Scholarship, which will support students from underrepresented communities in their efforts to get into the best law schools and receive the necessary tools to become successful lawyers.”
Jonathan Neerman, incoming chair of Jackson Walker’s hiring committee and a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, added, “At Jackson Walker, we hire and train lawyers who are dedicated, who bring a strong work ethic, and who come from different backgrounds and have unique experiences that reflect the clients and communities we serve. Many of our associates come from the pipeline programs we support, all of which do an incredible job of helping prepare diverse students for a career in law.”
Scholarship recipients will receive:
- admissions coaching, which includes aid with application strategy, personal statements, legal resume drafting, scholarship negotiation, and character and fitness responses;
- career coaching, which includes an introduction to the legal industry and legal recruiting frameworks, tips for selecting law school extracurriculars, a preview of different practice areas, and preparation for 1L summer legal internship opportunities; and
- an LSAT stipend.
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be:
- A junior or senior in college or graduated undergraduate in the last three years, applying for admission to law school Class of 2026 or 2027.
- A minimum GPA of 3.2.
- A member of a racial, ethnic, gender, or socioeconomic group which has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, a member of the LGBTQ community, or those with a disability.
To learn more about the scholarship program, visit the PracticePro website. The deadline to submit a completed application will be Tuesday, March 22, 2022.
Founded in 1887, Jackson Walker continues to advance the world of business by helping companies of all sizes navigate today’s increasingly complex, interconnected legal landscape. With more than 400 attorneys across seven Texas-based offices, the Firm represents Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, major financial institutions, insurance companies, and a wide range of public companies and private businesses around the globe. The Firm is ranked nationally in 25 practice areas in the U.S. News “Best Law Firms” rankings, has 14 Chambers-ranked practices, and has been recognized as a BTI Client Service A-Team since 2014.