The Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association (AACTLA) is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program for law students dedicated to criminal indigent defense. 

Through its student mentorship and training activities, AACTLA hopes to shape the next generation of attorneys working on behalf of indigent criminal defendants.  AACTLA awards monetary scholarships to eligible law students who have a demonstrated commitment in areas consistent with AACTLA’s mission.  The scholarship program is open to law students who are planning to pursue a career in criminal indigent defense or a related criminal justice pursuit. 

This scholarship will be awarded at our annual gala, to be held this year at the Fillmore Heritage Center on May 25, 2017.  Please see below for details.


In order for your application to be considered you must:

1) Be an AACTLA Student Member at the time your application is submitted.  If you are not yet a member simply join here

2) Be committed to attending and volunteering at AACTLA sponsored events.  This includes showing a willingness to volunteer at our 4th Annual Installation Gala on May 25, 2017 at the Fillmore Heritage Center.


To apply, please submit:

  • A personal statement describing your experience and commitment to criminal defense of the indigent, including a statement on diversity (max 1000 words)
  • Resume
  • Law school transcript
  • Two references

Applications must be received by April 14, 2017; finalists will be notified by May for scheduling of interviews. Please submit materials electronically in a single PDF document to no later than 11:59 PM April 14, 2017.