Inspiring and supporting young women of color to take on the visible and important role of prosecutors


By diversifying the justice system and encouraging more women of color to take on the visible and important role of prosecutors, we can help to promote diversity and ultimately a more equitable criminal justice system. Communities will see that there are people that look like them who represent their interests in court and seek justice on their behalf. Increasing the number of women prosecutors who are of color will help foster more trust, respect and faith in the law.


Law school debt is well documented. What’s not so well known is the need for additional funds to prepare for the Bar exam. In addition to the cost of a prep course – at about $5,000 – many recent graduates must take out personal loans to cover living expenses as they take on the full-time, unpaid work of preparing for the exam.

Unlike many law graduates who head to a private practice, those who choose to work for public agencies are on their own financially to prep for the Bar exam.  Those upfront initial costs are steep enough to steer people away from public sector legal work.

The SCWLF awards $5,000 scholarships to African-American female law students who have committed to careers as prosecutors. For these future prosecutors the Scholarship program covers the cost of the bar application and preparation up to $5,000. The Scholarship program also offers a $5,000 incentive for scholarship recipients who secure employment as prosecutors. 


Launching Summer 2021, the SCWLF Fellowship aims to ensure that 2L African American female law students from all backgrounds are able to gain substantive work and meaningful experience in Departments of Justice. Each Fellow receives a stipend for the summer.

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