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Each year, Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego (PALSD) grants scholarships to eligible law students to assist in the costs of law school and/or costs associated with the California State Bar Examination. 

Eligible individuals must:​

  • Be a current 3L student or a recent graduate from any accredited law school in San Diego County; and

  • Personally attend the PALSD Annual Dinner to receive the scholarship in May of each year. 


Selection factors include, but are not limited to:​

  • Financial need

  • Academic achievement, work experience, and extracurricular activities

  • Past, current, and future public service to the Asian/Pacific Islander community and other diverse communities, including past and/or current participation in PALSD, as a heavily weighed factor

  • Post law school goals

  • When the applicant intends to take the California State Bar Examination

  • Domicile (residence plus intent to remain) in San Diego as a plus 

  • Interview (by phone or in-person) at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.

All scholarship applicants will be notified of their status by the Scholarship Committee. Scholarship recipients will also be notified in writing.

The Scholarship Committee reserves the right to update the selection factors from year-to-year. The criteria for each year's scholarship will be published on an annual basis as the scholarship application process opens.

Scholarship Committee (2023)

  • Committee Chair: Parada K. Ornelas, Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP

  • Amanda Harris, Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP

  • Hon. Vallera J. Johnson, Administrative Law, Office of Administrative 

  • Daphne Skogen, Office of the City Attorney


Please direct questions regarding the Committee to

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