Encourages law student involvement in the Asian/Pacific Islander American legal community. The Committee offers many ways for law students to connect with attorneys and other law students by providing forums for networking, informal mentorship, career advice, and volunteer opportunities. Committee events include an annual law student welcome mixer, career and job search panels, and mentorship dinners, as well as opportunities to volunteer at various APABA community and social events. The Committee also administers the APABA Public Interest Fellowship, which is awarded each year to a law student who spends the summer interning at a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles that serves the APIA community.
The APABA Public Interest Fellowship is awarded annually to a law student who demonstrates leadership potential, maturity and responsibility, as well as a commitment to making a contribution to the Asian/Pacific Islander American community. Each APABA Public Interest Fellow receives a $5,000 grant to spend at least 10 weeks of his or her summer working at a Los Angeles County nonprofit organization in a unit that serves the APIA community. The Fellowship Fund is maintained by the California Community Foundation (CCF) and is funded by contributions from our installation dinner sponsors and individual donors.
To learn more about the APABA Public Interest Fellowship, please see our profiles of APABA's past Fellows.
To apply for the APABA Public Interest Fellowship, please download the Application Guide and submit your application electronically at applyforgrants.calfund.org. Please note that applications will be submitted to and administered by the California Community Foundation. Applications for our 2017 Fellowship are due on May 7, 2017, and the recipient will be announced in late May.