In its efforts to advance the careers of minorities in the legal profession, the National Bar Association oversees the National Bar Institute (NBI), a nonprofit group that conducts a variety of programs and events focused on advocacy, research, and education. Founded in 1982 by members of the association, the NBI is supported entirely by individual and corporate donors, including Walmart, MetLife, and Ford Motor Company.
One of NBI’s top programs is its Law Student Fellowship, which provides grants to support the academic pursuits of second-year law students. Funded for the last several years by State Farm, the program provides fellowships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to social justice and have the intention of working in an underserved community when they graduate.
In addition to its Law Student Fellowship program, the NBI awards scholarships to college and law students and conducts youth programs. Each year, the group oversees the Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Competition, which brings promising high school seniors to the National Bar Association’s Annual Convention to participate in an essay contest. For more information about any of the NBI’s programs or activities, visit www.nationalbar.org.