The FormanWatkins Diversity Pipeline Program is tailored for college students who are interested in pursuing a career in law. This stipend program seeks to increase the diversity of law school applicants and follow the students through their law school journey and into careers in the legal profession. The program welcomes all students who are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession with an interest in attending law school and pursuing a career as a civil defense litigator.

Previous participants have gone on to attend law school at George Washington University | Suffolk University | Vermont University | University of Alabama | Washburn University | Drake University.

The Pre-Law Program

The Pre-Law Program is the first phase of the FormanWatkins Diversity Pipeline Program.  This program introduces students to the law school experience, exposes them to the innerworkings of a litigation firm, and provides insight on building a strong law school application.

Program participants engage in the following activities:

  • Seminars on civil litigation, legal writing & researching, case briefing, outlining, and writing the law school exam
  • Mock law school lecture
  • Attorney shadowing opportunities during meetings, court appearances and/or depositions
  • Networking and panel discussions with practicing attorneys and current law students
  • Mentorship during and after the program

Pre-law Program Eligibility Requirements

  • Not currently enrolled in law school
  • Currently enrolled as a junior or senior with a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • A Mississippi resident preferred but not required

The Law School Program

Once students complete the Pre-Law Program, they will transition to the second phase, the Law School Program. This phase follows students through law school and offers a host of professional development workshops geared towards preparing students for their legal career upon graduation. Activities include:

  • Panel discussions offering diverse perspectives from practicing attorneys
  • Mentorship during and after the program
  • Opportunity to participate in summer clerkship program

Law School Program Eligibility Requirements

  • Completion of the Pre-Law program
  • Currently enrolled in law school

Application and Deadline

The deadline for applications is December 31st.

To apply, please send all items listed below to

  • Resume
  • Official undergraduate transcript
  • Personal statement explaining the following:
    • Why are you interested in pursuing law?
    • How do you think this program will help you achieve your law career goals?