Maurer School Partners on Scholars Program
The Indiana University Maurer School of Law is partnering with the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center on a program aimed at attracting law students interested in social justice and equality issues. The Julian Bond Law Scholars program includes scholarship, mentoring and summer externship opportunities.
The program is named after the civil rights leader, who also founded the SPLC. The university says the program will give law students an "affordable pathway to a professional career; eliminate the stress and anxiety that some students feel when trying to find employment after their first year of law school; and provide unparalleled hands-on legal experience, while allowing students to make a difference in advancing social justice issues."
IU says the program will provide one scholarship worth 50 to 100 percent of tuition each year. Julian Bond Law Scholars will also be able to take part in a formal mentoring program and will be offered summer externships after completing their first year of law school. The externships will include a $4,000 stipend to cover living expenses and a research assistantship during the scholars’ second or third years.
"The Southern Poverty Law Center is thrilled to engage in this partnership with the Maurer School of Law," said Ebony Howard, associate legal director for the SPLC. "This effort embodies the essence of Julian’s legacy: demonstrating the importance of fighting for equality and justice by nurturing future freedom fighters. We are honored to be a part of an effort that honors Julian and his vision."