ABOUT US

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The Community Fund for Black Bar Applicants (also known as The Black Bar Applicant Fund) was founded by Octavia L. Carson, Esq. in January 2021.

The bar exam requires examinees to study for more than 40 hours a week and examinees who cannot afford to study without working to pay for living expenses let alone bar prep materials have a significantly lower chance of passing.

In February 2020, only ONE Black bar applicant who was a first-time examinee and graduated from an ABA accredited law school passed the California Bar Exam.

Octavia founded the Fund after working with the National Association for Equity in the Legal Profession (NAELP). Their combined efforts to lobby for more equitable pathways to licensure resulted in the California State Supreme Court making 6.65% more Black bar examinees eligible to get their license by retroactively lowering the passing score to 1390, 40 points higher than the national average and 90 points higher than New York's.

The Community Fund for Black Bar Applicants was born to put Black bar applicants on equal footing through direct cash assistance and the sharing of resources like housing, mentorship, prep materials, and more.

Octavia L. Carson, Esq.
ABOUT US

Shoot for the stars, aim for the moon

Black attorneys make up just 5% of the profession while black people make up 13% of the US population and 40% of the US imprisoned population. Equal justice cannot happen without diverse representation in the legal field.

Our mission is to provide at least $500 to Black bar exam applicants across the United States each year. This mission stems out of a desire to diversify the legal profession and raise the percentage of Black attorneys in the United States from 5% to 20% by 2024. We hope to be able to offer more resources every year to Black bar applicants across the country to create a more equitable justice system.

Our goal may seem impossible but we believe that by shooting for the stars, even if we miss, we'll land on the moon.

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