The Community Fund for Black Bar Applicants was founded by Octavia Carson, J.D. a 2020 law school graduate. Our mission is to provide at least $500 to 100 Black bar exam applicants across the United States each year. This mission stems out of a desire to diversify the legal profession and raise the percentage of Black attorneys in the United States from 5% to 20% by 2024.
Financial advisors estimate that it can cost $15,000 to register, study, and prepare for the bar exam. These expenses include registration fees, the multiple components required to apply for a bar license, commercial bar prep courses, study material, housing, and food. Registration fees alone can range from $145-$1800 in some states. We have found that our $500 grants have helped prevent Black bar applicants from withdrawing from their exam because it allows them to pay for registration fees, rent, and/or bar prep materials. As the July 2021 bar exam approaches, we are striving to meet the needs of our more than 300 applicants so that they can stay in the game!
We suggest donating at one of the below levels to truly make a difference!
$10 - Chipping in what I can!
$50 - I believe!!
$100 - Yes we can!!!
$500 - Sponsor one applicant!!!!
Donations are tax deductible. If you donated before and did not receive a receipt, please send us a message and we will send you a receipt for tax deductions.
You are eligible to apply if you identify as Black, African-American, or Pan African and you are preparing to take a bar exam in the United States in 2021. Each time we raise $500 we will donate it to the first applicant in line to receive a donation based on when applicants apply. You can apply multiple times but may be moved to the end of the list after you receive your first donation.