Friday law firm launches fellowship program to add diversity, inclusion at law schools

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Little Rock law firm Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP has established the Friday Forward Fellowship, a program to increase the number of law school students from diverse backgrounds.

The program was created by the firm’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. It aims to broaden law school attendance in the areas of race, ethnicity, sexual and gender identity, military service, socioeconomic status, faith and beliefs, disability status, immigrant upbringing, and other conditions, the firm said.

The Friday Forward Fellowship will accept up to 10 students into the program each school year beginning in the spring of 2021. These “Friday Fellows” will be provided financial aid to attend an LSAT prep course and a personal mentorship with a firm attorney. Mentor attorneys will work with each Friday Fellow throughout their law school experience by providing advice and guidance to help Fellows succeed in school and in their legal career.

“We are very excited about the opportunities the Friday Forward Fellowship may provide to help facility access to our law schools and the legal profession and in mentoring future lawyers,” said Price C. Gardner, managing partner at Friday, Eldredge & Clark.

Friday Fellows will be selected by a committee comprised of attorneys and Arkansas law school administrators and/or faculty members. Applicants must be currently attending an Arkansas 4-year college or university, interested in the legal profession, and have an intent to take the LSAT in the summer or fall of 2021.

For more information about the Friday Forward Fellowship Program or to apply, visit this link. Applications will be accepted through April 21, 2021.