Law Student Resources

Young Lawyers Committee

 Law students and attorneys recently admitted to the Bar constitute the focus of the Young Lawyers Committee, which creates and implements programs aimed at enhancing school achievement and career development. Each year, law students from California and beyond contact CHBA in order to meet Bay Area practitioners who are willing to share their insight and experience about the practice of law.

If you have questions or would like to connect, feel free to reach out to the young lawyers chairs Kiki Okpala and Wilson Hall at

The National Black Law Students Association(NBLSA)
– Offers great resources and information for current and prospective law students

Scholarship Opportunities

NBI Affiliates Scholarship and Bar Passage Success Programs
Deadline for submissions to CHBA for consideration are due no later than February 15, 2024.

The National Bar Institute (NBI) was established in 1982 and is a philanthropic partner with the National Bar Association (NBA). The NBI funds programs to enhance the pipeline of diverse law school students and educates the public of the rich history and contributions of African American lawyers to the profession and to society.
As the number of African Americans successfully entered the legal profession, and their contributions gained broad recognition, the NBI recognized the need to increase support of law students pursuing public interest areas, or in those specialties deemed critical which remain underrepresented within the legal profession.
The NBI invites nominations of students who:
•Have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing equality and justice through work and/or volunteerism in their law schools, their neighborhoods, and their communities.
•Are carrying a full-time class load at an accredited U.S. law school.
•Will begin their third year of law school experience in the Fall of 2024 and will graduate in 2025.
•Are members of the NBA Student Division.


2024 California ChangeLawyers 3L Next Gen Scholarship
Ends on Mon, Mar 4, 2024

Are you a law student committed to becoming a legal changemaker? Are you a recent law school graduate or soon to be law grad who will be taking the California Bar Exam for the first time in 2024? Do you envision working as an attorney in California, with a goal of creating a more just and representative justice system?

If so, then we want to support you, the brightest changemakers of tomorrow, by eliminating the roadblocks that exist between you and success, including the costs related to the California Bar Exam.

If selected for the ChangeLawyers Next Gen Scholarship, you will receive a $5,000 cash award.

In addition to this scholarship, Next Gen scholars will receive access to exclusive programming from ChangeLawyers including but not limited to: Bar exam coaching, mentorship access, exclusive bar prep discounts, and support from/access to our over 1,300 ChangeLawyers alumni.

Each $5,000 scholarship is made possible through the partnership of California ChangeLawyers and a co-sponsor (affinity bar association, memorial fund, etc.)

This application will close on March 4, 2024 at 5 PM. Applications must be fully submitted by this deadline.



  • Law Clerks and Bridge Fellows 2024 program from the City of Oaklandclick here
  • Servicenow Legal Intern Opportunity. For more information, click here
  • Bay Area Legal Aid Summer Law Clerk Program – 2024 – San Francisco Bay Area – click here

2024 Arc of Justice Summer Fellowship

Spend your summer building community power and advancing racial & economic justice at one of California’s leading civil rights law firms!

Public Advocates Inc. and the Charles Houston Bar Association (CHBA) are proud to announce the seventh annual Arc of Justice Summer Fellowship opportunity for law students committed to pursuing careers in public interest law. The Arc of Justice Summer Fellowship is a collaboration between Public Advocates and CHBA to improve the representation of attorneys of color in the public interest profession and to increase advocacy with communities of color throughout the Bay Area, particularly Black communities. The Arc of Justice Fellows will spend the summer clerking at Public Advocates with dedicated support from CHBA.

The Fellows will leverage Public Advocates’ and CHBA’s networks and professional development resources and will be exposed to public interest practitioners representing a wide variety of legal fields. In addition, the Fellows will establish meaningful connections with other summer law clerks and attorneys at other public interest legal organizations, minority bar associations, government agencies and private law firms or corporations.

Since 2016, Public Advocates and CHBA have selected Arc of Justice Summer Fellows from law schools throughout the country to clerk on our Education Equity and Metropolitan Equity Teams. The Fellows have engaged in local, regional, and state policy work on behalf of students, transit riders, and residents of color. They have also been warmly welcomed into the CHBA network, building meaningful relationships with high-caliber Bay Area attorneys through networking and social events.

2023 Sponsors