Multnomah Bar Fellows Program

The Multnomah Bar Association (MBA), in partnership with the University of Oregon School of Law, provides a unique Portland summer fellowship opportunity for a law student who has successfully completed all requirements for the first year (1L) of law school and is in good academic standing.

The Multnomah Bar Fellows Program is designed to foster a “new generation of excellent lawyers who will enhance the diversity of Multnomah County’s legal community.”

More details about the program and about the Multnomah Bar Association and its commitment to diversity.


Must be an incoming 1L student entering the University of Oregon School of Law.

In order to be competitive for the MBA Bar Fellows Program, applicants must:

(1) demonstrate outstanding potential for success in the legal profession

(2) demonstrate a strong commitment to or interest in practicing law in Oregon, and

(3) contribute to the diversity of the Oregon State Bar

"Diversity" is broadly defined, and the selection committee will consider various ways in which applicants have the capacity to diversify the bar.


An MBA Fellow receives a merit scholarship of $20,000*. Half of the amount is applied towards tuition in the Fall semester and half is applied in the Spring semester.

In addition to financial support in the first year of law school, the Multnomah Bar Fellows Program also provides summer internship opportunities in Portland, as well as mentoring from established practitioners in Portland/Multnomah County.

*At the time of admission, every admitted student is evaluated for an Oregon Law Merit Scholarship (OLMS). OLMS amounts vary. The scholarship awarded to an MBA Fellow is drawn from the same funding source as an OLMS.

Because the MBA Fellow selection process occurs after a student has been admitted, it is possible that a student selected to be an MBA Fellow will already possess an OLMS.

In that case, the Admissions Committee will review the original OLMS award to ensure that the Fellow is receiving no less than $20,000. If an OLMS award received by a Fellow is $20,000 or more, the Committee has discretion to provide a modest increase. 

How to Apply

If you are applying to the University of Oregon School of Law JD Program, you may also simultaneously apply to the MBA Bar Fellows Program. Please write an essay of (750 to 1500 words) describing how your experience, background, and interests make you a strong candidate for the Program.

Please include a current resume. Your name (as stated on your resume) must be included on your essay. Email your essay and resume to:

We review applications for the MBA Bar Fellowships on a rolling basis and will continue to do so until the Fellowships are filled. Finalists for Fellowships will be notified by the Admissions Office of their selection and, as part of the selection process, will be interviewed either on campus or remotely.

All candidates will be notified when the process has been completed and MBA Bar Fellows finalists have accepted their offers.