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Friday Eldredge & Clark Establish Diversity Fellowship

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Friday Eldredge & Clark LLP announced Monday that it had established the Friday Forward Fellowship, a program created by its diversity, equity and inclusion committee to increase the number of law school students from diverse backgrounds.

The firm said diversity includes race, ethnicity, sexual and gender identity, military service, socioeconomic status, faith and beliefs, disability status and immigrant upbringing.

The firm said it’s committed to seeking those populations in Arkansas colleges and universities to provide financial support and mentorship. The effort aims to inspire a more diverse representation in the Arkansas legal profession, according to the firm.

Up to 10 students will be selected for the program each school year, beginning in the spring. These “Friday Fellows” will be provided financial aid to attend an LSAT prep course and a personal mentorship from a firm attorney.

Mentor attorneys will work with each fellow throughout their law school experience by providing advice and guidance to help them succeed in school and in their legal career.

“We are very excited about the opportunities the Friday Forward Fellowship may provide to help facilitate access to our law schools and the legal profession and in mentoring future lawyers,” Managing Partner Price Gardner said in a news release.

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

Applications are available here and will be accepted through April 21.

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