Marshall-Motley Scholars Program

Sponsoring Organization:

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, INC

The MMSP will support and develop the next wave of civil rights lawyers in the South, where the majority of Black Americans live. Over the next five years, we will invest in the establishment of a corps of 50 civil rights attorneys equipped and prepared to advocate on behalf of Black communities in the South seeking racial justice and equity.

Application Deadline:
February 11

Some application deadlines have not yet been announced. In those cases, the dates posted are based on the scholarship provider’s most recent information. Please confirm each deadline via the provider’s website.

Eligibility Requirements:

Admission as an incoming 1L to an ABA Accredited law school

Commitment to work in the south (AL, AK, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, MO, NC, TN, TX, VA) in civil rights law for 8 years after graduation

Commitment to 2 years in a guaranteed post-law fellowship

Award Description:
  • A full law school scholarship for tuition, room and board, and incidentals to alleviate the debt burden that can prevent future lawyers from pursuing a career as a civil rights lawyer;
  • Summer internships with national and regional civil rights organizations with offices in the South focused on racial justice to jumpstart training in civil rights law;
  • Two-year postgraduate fellowship at civil rights law organizations in the South fighting to achieve racial justice; and
  • Access to special trainings sponsored by LDF and the National Academy of Sciences.