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 younglawyers@charleshoustonbar.org


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

Scholarship Opportunities

ACLU SoCal Fellowship opportunity for 2025-2026click here

Women’s Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association Honorable Patricia Herron and Honorable Ellen James Scholarshipclick here for the application

San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Diversity Fellowship Program $7,500 Stipendclick here

High School Seniors & College Students: Eula Mae Jett Scholarship Plan –  click here

First + Third Year Law Student Scholarships: Each year ChangeLawyers awards over $3000,000 in scholarships to promising first and third year law students whose lived experiences are underrepresented in the legal field. Click Here to Apply

Congrats to the 2024 ChangeLawyer x CHBI/CHBA scholars Seyonna Christian and Damian Cortez

Internships

  • Aids Legal Referral Panel Law Clerk – click here
  • Law Clerks and Bridge Fellows 2024 program from the City of Oaklandclick here

2024 Arc of Justice Summer Fellowship is
Now Closed, however, Come Back Next Year to Apply!

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.

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