Los Defensores Latino Law Student Scholarship

The mission of Los Defensores is to provide the community access to exceptional attorneys.

For the more than 230,000 community members who call us every year, it’s unparalleled access to our attorney members.

For an attorney member, it’s unrestricted access to our nearly 35 years of experience helping legal firms grow as they help more members of the community get justice.

Founded by Mary Ann Walker who, while working as a translator in the Los Angeles courts, saw people being denied fair and equal justice because they couldn’t speak English.

To address this problem, she approached Spanish-speaking attorneys to start jointly advertising their services to the Latino community. With agreement from five lawyers Los Defensores was born in 1984.

For nearly 35 years Los Defensores has provided legal access to and defended the rights of thousands of Latino families in California.

Latino lawyers account for roughly only 6% of the total 170,044 lawyers practicing in California.

To combat this statistic and empower Latinos to continue on the journey of becoming legal defenders of the Latino community,  Los Defensores is offering this scholarship.


Deadline: postmarked by August 24, 2018

Level: Law School

Occurs: Annually

Applicants: Latino students currently enrolled in an accredited California law school for the 2018 academic year.

Award*:  We will be awarding one $5,000* winner

Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0 in law school or undergrad if in first year of law school and intent to service the Latino community as a lawyer.

We will only consider applicants who submit a complete application. Award winners will be contacted via email. Preference will be given to students of Latino heritage.

Application Checklist:

  • 2018 Los Defensores Law Student Application
  • Current resume
  • Transcripts for undergrad and law school (official only)
  • Personal statement
  • 1 letter of recommendation from someone in the legal community
  • 500 word law-related blog on topic of your choosing

For any questions, please contact Cynthia Casarez at [email protected].

*Award is taxable