Marshall-Motley Scholars Program Webinar 2022

A Way to Help Those Most in Need of Justice

LSAC is honored to partner with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) to promote the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program. Named in honor of civil rights pioneers Thurgood Marshall and Constance Baker Motley, this groundbreaking program provides full financial support for all law school expenses, along with long-term career and leadership opportunities, for 50 aspiring civil rights lawyers who will advocate on behalf of Black communities in the American South. The deadline to apply for this year’s Marshall-Motley program is February 11, 2022. There is no cost, and the program is open to any student who will be entering an ABA-accredited law school in the U.S. in the fall of 2022. LSAC recently hosted a webinar to share information about the program and answer any questions that potential applicants might have.

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This engaging discussion, recorded January 11, 2022, answers some of the most common questions about the Marshall-Motley program. We hope you find it informative and helpful as you consider applying for this important opportunity.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I learn more about the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program?

The Marshall-Motley Scholars Program is an initiative of the Legal Defense and Education Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP LDF). You can learn more about the program at marshallmotleyscholars.org.

What are the requirements to apply to the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program?

The Marshall-Motley Scholars Program is open to any student who will be entering any ABA-approved law school in the United States this year. There is no cost to apply, and there are no minimum GPA or LSAT score requirements. You can learn more about the program and apply at marshallmotleyscholars.org.

What does the program provide?

Marshall-Motley Scholars will have all their law school expenses paid and will receive paid internships, fellowships and other opportunities to develop the skills and experiences to become advocates for transformational change in Black communities in the South. You can learn more about the program and apply at marshallmotleyscholars.org.

What is the deadline to apply for the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program?

The application deadline for this year’s Marshall-Motley Scholars Program is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Tuesday, February 16. This is the second year of a five-year program; students entering law school over the next 3 years will also be eligible to apply for the scholarship each year. You can learn more about the program and apply at marshallmotleyscholars.org.

What is LSAC doing to support the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program?

LSAC is supporting the NAACP and the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program by sending an email to qualified candidates, encouraging them to apply. In addition, we are hosting this special candidate webinar to enable candidates to learn more about the program, as well as get answers to other law school admission-related questions.

Why is LSAC supporting this program?

LSAC’s mission is to promote quality, access, and equity in law and education, and we believe this scholarship program is a great example of a program designed to help support those goals by providing a full 3-year scholarship, internships, and a two-year postgraduate fellowship to 50 students over the next five years.

I am not interested in this scholarship program. Why did I receive an email from LSAC about it?

Given the exceptional benefits of the scholarship – a full 3-year scholarship for all tuition, room, board, and incidentals, plus summer internships and a two-year postgraduate fellowship – we wanted to make as many candidates aware as possible.

I’m not even applying to law school. I took the LSAT last year, but have decided not to apply to law school. Why did I receive an email from LSAC about a scholarship program if I’m not even applying to law school?

We know that there are lots of reasons (especially given the COVID-19 situation and the difficult economy) why some people might take the LSAT one year, but decide to hold off on applying for a year or more. Given the exceptional benefits of the scholarship, we wanted to make as many candidates aware as possible, so we included candidates from this year’s and last year’s application cycles.

Regarding the requirements for applying for the scholarship, can I use the recommendation letters from my LSAC account?

Yes, however, all MMSP Letters of Recommendation must be submitted by the recommender through the MMSP Applicant portal. The recommender may submit a duplicate of the letter submitted to LSAC. MMSP recommenders must use the MMSP portal to directly upload Letters of Recommendations even if they have previously been submitted to LSAC. For additional information, please visit Application Instructions (PDF) for more details.

I plan to attend school in fall 2022 part-time. Can I still apply for this scholarship?

Part-time law students are not eligible for the program at this time. The program is designed to support the development of aspiring lawyers who are admitted, or expect to be admitted, to an ABA-accredited law school as a first-year, full-time law student. However, please visit Fellowships & Internships to learn more about other LDF opportunities for which you may be eligible. Additionally, please visit LDF Careers to learn more about LDF Career opportunities available.

Should I apply after I take the LSAT although it will be past the deadline?

No. LSAT scores are required upon application submission. However, we welcome you to apply to the next cycle of Marshall-Motley Scholars Program that will open in the fall of 2021. Please continue to visit the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program External link opens in new browser window homepage for announcements and updates regarding upcoming application cycles. If you have any additional questions, please visit About MMSP External link opens in new browser window, Frequently Asked Questions External link opens in new browser window, and Instructions for Application Materials (PDF) External link opens in new browser window for more details.

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