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Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L., Introduces H.T. Smith Legal Studies Scholarship for Minority Law School Students

One scholarship recipient will receive $10,000 in financial assistance to attend an eligible law school in Florida and will be considered for a clerkship and an attorney position at the Kluger Kaplan law firm.

Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L., has launched its inaugural H.T. Smith Legal Studies Scholarship to support minority law school students who have a strong connection with the South Florida community. H.T. Smith, founding Director of the Trial Advocacy Program at Florida International University College of Law, is charged with blazing trails as Miami’s first African American assistant public defender and first African American assistant county attorney. Scholarship recipients will receive $10,000 in financial assistance to attend eligible law schools in Florida and will be considered for a four to six-week clerkship at the Kluger Kaplan law firm as well as an attorney position upon graduation from law school and completion of the Florida Bar. Eligible universities include the University of Miami, Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University, St. Thomas University, Florida State University and the University of Florida.

“Like many companies, Kluger Kaplan realizes that some minority students have not historically had the same opportunities as non-minorities. Our firm established the H.T. Smith Legal Studies Scholarship to provide financial support for minority law school students who have strong connections with the South Florida community,” said Alan J. Kluger, founding partner at Kluger Kaplan. “Our goal for the scholarship is to create more diversity in the South Florida legal community and encourage other law firms to create similar initiatives.”

While Kluger Kaplan encourages all law students to apply, preference for award of the H.T. Smith Legal Studies Scholarship will be given to second year law school students who come from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups, and who are actively involved in giving back to the community through volunteer efforts or participation among local organizations. The H.T. Smith Legal Studies Scholarship will be awarded to one student annually.

“This scholarship opens the vault of legal education for law students of color who will pursue their legal careers here in South Florida. This is an important step in the right direction to promote meaningful diversity in the legal profession,” said H.T. Smith.

Smith is a nationally-renown trial lawyer and a highly sought-after trial advocacy lecturer.  Additionally, his entry into private practice was Miami’s first Black-owned law firm practicing in downtown Miami.

To apply for the scholarship, applicants must submit their résumé, current school transcript, and 500-word personal statement discussing who you are and why you are applying for the scholarship to info@klugerkaplan.com with the subject line “H.T. Smith Legal Studies Scholarship.” The deadline to submit materials for the 2021-2022 academic year is June 1, 2021.

Finalists will be requested to join the Kluger Kaplan law firm for an interview before a recipient is announced.  Scholarships will be funded directly to the recipient’s law school and will be applied towards the student’s tuition for the Fall 2021-2022 academic year or any balance will be given directly to the student if the student has another scholarship that covers his or her tuition.

Please contact Laura Klein Recondo at lklein@klugerkaplan.com with any questions you may have regarding the scholarship or application requirements.