When you give, you support graduates like Alireza, Ramy, and Vita, to pass the bar and build a new and better justice. And you recognize the power behind CUNY Law’s incredible Bar Support Program with Allie and Florence providing leadership, and bar mentors like Nicole and Lisa providing support every step of the way.
Now it’s up to each of us to show our support with an investment today.
“We’re first-generation refugees and my English was very limited, and so I had to spend more time preparing for different courses. When I received the bar stipend, I felt this big relief because I was able to spend more of my time on bar studying. Without the assistance of CUNY, I was provided at CUNY, I don’t think I would be at Madre doing this incredible work.”
Ramy Aqel, Class of 2014
“Receiving that bar fellowship was like the ... entire CUNY community saying ‘We’re with you,’ you’re not alone... It means so much to students, like me. To have people support you in such a tangible way is so meaningful, it built up my confidence to a point where after the 10-weeks of bar prep was over, I was ready, I took the bar exam with confidence.”
Vita Trujillo, Class of 2014
“The bar scholarship gave me peace of mind during a very stressful time in my career and life. The ability to not have to worry about working during my bar exam studies, allowed me to completely focus and study. I truly believe that having the bar exam scholarship, and not having to work otherwise, allowed me to work hard the first time around and pass the bar exam on the first try! Thank you."
Alireza Vaziri, Class of 2018
“The financial support was crucial. I was seven months pregnant when I sat for the bar, and to be able to focus on the task at hand without having to take out more loans or work part-time was crucial in my success. I'm grateful that CUNY understands their students' unique needs and stands with them through the entire process of entering the profession.”
Golden McCarthy, Class of 2012
“Taking the bar is an expensive proposition. You’ve got to spend a few hundred dollars to apply to sit for the bar. You’ve got to spend a few thousand dollars on a bar review course. And then you cannot work for 2 ½ - 3 months. Our bar support program is part of our larger mission. I’m able to help our students get through this stressful time, pass this test, and go out and do what they always dreamed of doing.”
Allie Robbins, Class of 2009
About the Organization
Students come to study at CUNY School of Law, the premier public interest law school, because they want to change the world. The money we raise provides support to graduates studying for the bar exam and fulfills the school’s mission of graduating outstanding public interest attorneys and enhancing the diversity of the legal profession.