The When There Are Nine Scholarship Project

Sponsoring Organization:

Federal Bar Foundation and The When There Are Nine Scholarship Project (formed by a group of women who served together as Assistant United States Attorneys in the Southern District of New York).

The When There Are Nine (WTAN) scholarship was inspired by a commitment to honor the legacy of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The WTAN scholarship seeks to advance equity and diversity within the legal profession by expanding career opportunities for women attorneys and supporting those attorneys in their legal educations and careers.

Application Deadline:
May 1

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:

The WTA9 Scholarship is open to all women, including students who consistently live and self-identify as women, regardless of their gender assignment at birth.

Must intend to enroll or currently be enrolled in an ABA-accredited J.D. program with a graduation date of 2023 - 2026

Exhibit financial need and a strong record of academic achievement.

Demonstrate some ties to New York City, such as family ties, law school, or an intent to practice in or around New York City after graduation.

The Selection Committee values all types of diversity, and welcomes candidates from all backgrounds and life experiences. Although not required, the Selection Committee encourages applicants with a demonstrated interest in public service, or who are otherwise committed to giving back to the community.

Award Description:

Each WTA9 Scholarship Recipient (“Recipient”) will be granted $10,000 per academic year. In addition, Recipients will be assigned mentors who will provide support and guidance throughout the Recipient’s law school and early professional career. Recipients are expected to maintain regular communication with their mentors and attend regular events with their mentors. In collaboration with the Federal Bar Foundation, Recipients will be permitted to participate in Federal Bar Council (“FBC”) meetings and events while in law school and will receive membership to the FBC for the two years following their graduation.

Location Description:

Applicants will be asked to demonstrate some ties to New York City, such as family ties, law school, or an intent to practice in or around New York City after graduation.

Those attending law school in or around New York City and those who aspire to practice in New York are encouraged to apply, and will benefit most from the mentorship and local events that will be largely based in New York City.