Unprecedented Seven First-Year Students Win NYCBA Minority Fellowships

Seven Pace Law School students have been awarded New York City Bar Association (NYCBA) Minority Fellowships for 2007. This tops last year’s tremendous record of five students.

Since 1991, the New York City Bar’s Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers has administered an annual program placing qualified minority applicants in paid summer clerkships with outstanding law firms and corporate law departments. Fellows are paid anywhere from $800 – $2400 a week, and in the past, some fellows have received post-graduation offers as a result of their fellowship experience.

This year’s fellows from the Law School are Mr. Christopher Aung who was placed with Citigroup Inc./Smith Barney; Ms. Melissa Chan with Chadbourne & Parke LLP; Mr. Khurram Chhipa with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Ms. Sakina Cornell with Pfizer Inc.; Ms. Heta Desai with The Bank of New York; Ms. Malaika Scott-McLaughlin with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney LLP; and Ms. Jade Turner with Day Pitney LLP.

In order to be selected as a fellow, a 1L student must undergo a rigorous application process.  In addition to submitting undergraduate and law school transcripts, a one-page personal statement and resume for consideration, a student must also write a six-page writing sample in response to a hypothetical prepared by the NYCBA.

The finalists forwarded to the NYCBA for consideration also had to be interviewed by a Law School Screening Committee, which this year was composed of Professor Barbara Atwell, Professor Bridget Crawford, Professor Michelle Simon, Director of Academic Support Mark Padin, and Masu Haque, the Career Center’s associate director for private sector and judicial clerkships.  After receiving a large number of preliminary applications for the fellowship program from first-year law students, the Law School Screening Committee submitted eight candidates for interviews and consideration by NYCBA member law firms and corporations.

Fellows were also chosen from Brooklyn Law School, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Columbia University School of Law, CUNY School of Law at Queens College, Fordham University School of Law, Hofstra University School of Law, New York Law School, New York University School of Law, St. John’s University School of Law, and Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law.

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