The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation have partnered with Howard University School of Law to launch a two-pronged, one-year pilot project for the 2021-22 academic year that includes up to three U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation scholarship awards, and ILR’s Legal Reform Summer Fellowship. Following the first year of both programs, the goal of both organizations is to revisit the program for subsequent support in 2022-23 and beyond, as well as to expand to other HBCU law schools.
“Howard Law is excited that the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation have partnered with Howard Law to host its scholarship and summer fellowship program,” said Howard University School of Law Dean, Danielle Holley-Walker. “Diversity is of the utmost importance in the legal profession. The scholarships and fellowship will help to train students to better understand what a fair legal system looks like and advocate on behalf of those who come behind them.”
The three U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation scholarship awards are for rising 2L and 3L Howard Law students enrolled in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program or students who have indicated interest by completing at least one ADR course. Selected students must be in the top 50 percent of their class. Each scholarship will provide $20,000 for selected recipients.
“At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, we know education is crucial to creating a more inclusive economy, and we are delighted to help create more professional and learning opportunities for students,” said Carolyn Cawley, president, U.S Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “Our partnership with Howard University School of Law is a prime example of this. We’re proud to work together to offer scholarships to law students interested in areas of corporate law, and to use our resources and voice to create more diversity in the legal profession.”
ILR’s Legal Reform Summer Fellowship will award a $30,000 stipend to one Howard Law student who will work virtually during the summer for the Institute for Legal Reform. This position will allow a 1L law student who is interested in the policy work of ILR the opportunity to learn about legal reform policy, attend virtual meetings, establish connections with the private sector, learn about corporate legal issues overall, and participate in the U.S. Chamber’s Next-Gen program, which develops the next generation of diverse business leaders.
“The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform is excited to partner with Howard Law School on the creation of a Legal Reform Summer Fellowship program,” said Harold Kim, president, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. “The legal profession can benefit from fresh and diverse voices, and this new initiative will give students real-world legal advocacy experience and the opportunity to connect with corporate legal executives. Our goal is to expand this program at Howard and to other HBCU law schools. We look forward to welcoming our first fellow in June.”
All law students who have demonstrated an interest in ILR’s issues are eligible, and first-year law students are encouraged to apply. The fellowship will run from June 7–August 6. The applicant must be able to commit to 40 hours per week. To apply for the scholarship and/or the fellowship, Howard Law students should send a resume and letter of interest to Dean Holley-Walker by April 23, 2021. Confirmation of both awards will be made no later than May 7, 2021.