Archer APABA-PA Diversity Scholarship Program

 Deadline to apply is July 15th, 2016 

 

In collaboration with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA), the Archer APABA-PA Diversity Scholarship (“Scholarship”) was established to identify, support and train exceptionally qualified diverse law students who demonstrate the characteristics needed to become future leaders in the legal profession.  Designed for rising second-year law students, the Scholarship will provide the recipient with financial support, ongoing mentoring, and hands-on experience working in a law firm and corporate law department.  Successful candidates should demonstrate outstanding academic achievements, exceptional leadership qualities, and a desire to practice law in the Greater Philadelphia Area.  It is the Selection Committee’s goal to not only help students financially, but also to take an active and ongoing role in identifying and furthering the professional development of future  leaders in the legal profession.  The Selection Committee consists of Phil Cha, Partner, Archer & Greiner; Hyung Bak, Group General Counsel, AmerisourceBergen Corporation; and Suzan Chau, Executive Committee Member, APABA-PA.

 

Program Award

Recipients of the Archer APABA-PA Diversity Scholarship will receive:

  • A financial scholarship of $5,000
  • Paid 8-week summer position in 2017 (following completion of 2L studies), fulfilled through working a 4-week internship with Archer & Greiner at the firm’s Philadelphia and Haddonfield offices, followed immediately by an additional 4-week internship with the in-house legal department of AmerisourceBergen Corporation in Conshohocken, PA (commuter rail accessible).  AmerisourceBergen is one of the largest global pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution services companies.  Expected training will include:
−    Legal research and writing
−    Verbal communication skills
−    Understanding of in-house legal operations and business processes
−    Observation of legal proceedings and business transactions
  • Eligibility for post-graduation employment with Archer & Greiner
  • Ongoing mentoring and support from members of the Scholarship Committee
  • Opportunity to attend various social and networking events

      

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants must:

  • be a rising 2L at an ABA accredited law school
  • be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, and a member of APABA-PA or National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) affiliate
  • have an exceptional academic record
  • have a demonstrated connection to the Greater Philadelphia area, and/or intend to practice law in the Greater Philadelphia area

 

Selection Process

The Selection Committee will review all applications to determine the best overall applicant.  Students applying for the Scholarship must submit to an evaluation process, which includes a written essay, as well as a personal interview.  The Scholarship will be awarded to an applicant with outstanding academic credentials, who possesses characteristics and potential for future leadership, and who demonstrates a connection to the Greater Philadelphia area, and/or the desire to practice law in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

 

To Apply

All applications must be emailed (in a single PDF attachment) by the deadline to lawstudentoutreach@apaba-pa.org.  In addition, please submit the following with your completed application:

  • Resume
  • Official copy of law school transcript
  • Official copy of undergraduate transcript
  • Essay of no more than 750 words addressing the applicant’s desire and qualifications for the Scholarship

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS ARE PROVIDED IN THE DOWNLOADABLE APPLICATION FORM. ANY QUESTIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO LAWSTUDENTOUTREACH@APABA-PA.ORG.

 

Deadlines and Timetable

  • Applications will be accepted from May 1st through July 15th, 2016
  • Finalist interviews will run through August 31st, 2016
  • Selection of the Scholarship winner will be made in September 2016  
  • Announcement of the Scholarship winner, and payment of the $5,000 scholarship, will be made at the APABA-PA Annual Gala in October/November

 

About Archer & Greiner P.C.

Archer & Greiner maintains a strong commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion in the firm and strives to create a workplace environment which embraces differences in perspectives and cultures so that all can work and collaborate in an atmosphere of inclusion and respect.  This not only provides Archer & Greiner employees with an opportunity to flourish in their careers, but also optimizes the firm’s ability to provide exceptional service to its clients.  Diversity widens our experience and perspective for understanding the needs of our clients and the community and enhances our ability to serve a broad client base, while also creating additional opportunities to attract and develop talented professionals and staff.

Archer & Greiner is a full-service regional law firm with more than 175 lawyers and eight offices in New Jersey, Philadelphia, New York City, and Wilmington.  The firm has been serving Fortune 100 clients, government entities, small to medium-sized businesses and individuals for over 85 years.  More information about Archer & Greiner can be found online at www.archerlaw.com.

 

 
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