Preference for the scholarship will be given to diverse students who demonstrate how they’ve overcome adversity in their life with a short essay. First year law students can apply, and winners will be chosen prior to the start of their second year.
The recipient of the scholarship award will have the opportunity to participate in Archer’s Summer Associate Internship Program upon completion of their second year of law school, providing them real-world experience working with firm attorneys, staff and clients.
Some summer associates go on to be hired as entry-level attorneys.
According to the firm, the establishment of the Archer & Greiner PC Diversity Scholarship is an important initiative to ensure the diversification of the legal profession and to help cultivate a culture within the legal profession where all talented contributors can succeed long term.
“We are excited to be partnering with Seton Hall Law School, whose many alumni work at Archer, and thrilled to sponsor this scholarship,” said Archer President Christopher Gibson in a prepared statement. “It is our hope that through efforts such as this we will continue to keep diversity and inclusion front and center as we work toward a profession that is more representative of the communities we serve.”
Seton Hall Law School Dean Kathleen Boozang said that the university “takes a 360-degree approach to achieving diversity and equity” and that “the question infuses every decision we make.”
According to the American Bar Association’s 2020 Profile of the Legal Profession, 86% of lawyers are non-Hispanic white people, while only 60% of the nation’s population are non-Hispanic white people.
While 13.4% of the U.S. population is Black, only 5% of all lawyers are Black, which is the same percentage as 10 years ago, the ABA reported. Comparably, 5% of all lawyers are Hispanic, up slightly from 10 years ago, but 18.5% of the country’s population is Hispanic. Two percent of all lawyers are Asian, also up slightly from 10 years ago, but nearly 6% of the U.S. population is Asian.