2014 LAW STUDENT STIPEND ANNOUNCEMENT

Issue Date:  March 31, 2014

The New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA) was formed in 1981 to promote the retention and advancement of women in the legal profession. During that time, NJWLA has grown from a handful of members to more than 1,000 members. NJWLA holds numerous educational and networking events throughout the year for its members. NJWLA also advocates for the appointment of female judicial candidates and screens and endorses female judicial candidates. Each spring the NJWLA holds it WILL Platinum Gala, which honors women from the private, public and judicial sectors of the profession who work to advance women in the legal profession. 

NJWLA has established a stipend program to benefit students who are pursuing juris doctorate degrees and who will be participating in an unpaid summer or post-graduate internship, research experience, or pro bono employment. In 2014, NJWLA intends to award stipends of $2,800 each to at least one student from each of New Jersey’s law schools: Rutgers University Law School – Camden; Rutgers University Law School – Newark; and Seton Hall University Law School.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
In order to be eligible to apply, each nominee must be a matriculating law school student at a New Jersey law school who:

  • Has completed at least twelve (12) credits at the time of application;
  • Is carrying a minimum of six (6) credits per term; and
  • Has received an offer for a summer or post-graduate internship, research experience, or pro bono employment for which he or she will not be compensated and where the internship, research or pro bono employment furthers the goals of the NJWLA, including promoting the advancement and retention of women in the legal profession and society, encouraging and supporting women in obtaining leadership positions, and addressing gender equity challenges.

SELECTION PROCESS AND CRITERIA
In addition to the above eligibility requirements, applicants will be judged according to their commitment and dedication to the pursuit of their legal education and the practice of law and their essay. Students must correctly and completely fill out NJWLA’s application to be considered for a stipend. Stipend awards are given directly to the students.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Applications for stipends must be received no later than 5pm on May 1, 2014. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. NJWLA will notify recipients if they have been selected by May 19, 2014.
CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS
NJWLA will send email notification to the applicant confirming receipt of an application. If your application contains very minor compliance deficiencies, you may be notified and asked to correct the deficiencies in a prescribed timeframe.
HOW TO OBTAIN THE STIPEND APPLICATION
Please find a link to the Stipend Application here: 2014 Stipend Application.

PLEASE SUBMIT THE COMPLETED STIPEND APPLICATION to:

Colleen Skinner, Executive Director
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
633 Franklin Avenue, PMB #118
Nutley, NJ 07110

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY
5:00 P.M. on MAY 1, 2014.

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