The National LGBTQ+ Bar Association and Foundation is excited to announce the establishment of a need-based grant available to graduating transgender and/or nonbinary law graduates of color. The purpose of this grant is not only to assist 2022 trans/nonbinary law graduates of color financially this upcoming summer, but also to ensure that they are fully welcomed and supported by the broader LGBTQ+ legal community as they move on to their post-graduation careers and networks. As you are aware, graduating law school, taking the Bar exam, and finding that first post-school legal job all in a short period of time can be daunting in and of itself. Our goal is to ease this burden for graduating transgender and/or nonbinary law graduates of color as they take their immediate post-law school steps to enter the workforce and become one of your successful alumni.
The 2022 Trans/Nonbinary Law Graduates of Color Grant Fund will award three unrestricted $1,000 grants, to help offset the costs associated with the period of time between graduation and taking the Bar Exam/employment. In addition, accepted grantees will also receive a 1-year free membership with the National LGBTQ+ Bar. (The Bar is also currently fundraising in the hope of offering additional grants beyond the initial three.) Applicants must meet all of the following criteria: 2022 U.S. law school graduate, trans and/or nonbinary, person of color, and either registered to take a U.S. Bar exam in the summer of 2022 and/or their first legal job does not start until September 1, 2022 or later.
Please share this opportunity with your colleagues, law student affinity group leaders, and law students in general. Please be sure to let them know of the criteria outlined above, and to submit a completed application by end of day, April 1, 2022. Law students can apply here using our online form.