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2022 Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship Awards: Nonprofit of the Year (MID-SIZE)

For People of Color, Inc.

For People of Color, Inc. (FPOC) is a nonprofit organization that empowers people of color to enter law school and to become attorneys. Since its founding in 2000, FPOC has provided free, high-quality law school admissions consulting services to thousands of prospective law school applicants, and through these efforts hundreds of people of color have applied for and been admitted to law school.

FPOC is widely recognized as a leader in its efforts to diversify the profession through supporting underrepresented college students to gain access to law school. The organization’s workshops and publications are credited with assisting students gain admission to the country’s most selective law schools. The mission of FPOC is to employ its cultural perspectives and collective experiences to pave a path for people of color to higher education through personal empowerment and progressive education policies. This commitment stems from its personal stake in ensuring the academic, professional, and social success of its communities.

The organization has drafted a detailed guide to applying to law school that is invaluable to law school applicants. It lays out the entire process in a manner tailored to people of color, which, in all likelihood, have had no prior exposure to the process.

This mission is entirely DE&I-focused: to diversify the legal profession by lowering the barriers to entry for people of color applying for law school. Given that the overwhelming majority of people of color who apply to law school are first-generation college students, often with limited to no contacts in the legal profession, FPOC fills this gap to empower people of color to not only apply for and be admitted to law school, but also to excel both as law students and as attorneys in order to diversify, and bring more social justice to, the law profession.

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