PPP Seeks Applications from Afghan Lawyers and Judges for LLM Scholarship Program

Started in 2007, the Public Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan (PPP) is a joint program of the US State Department and leading private attorneys in the US. This program was initiated to provide scholarships, training, and educational resources to lawyers, judges and educators from Afghanistan to improve their knowledge and skills in the field of law. The main objective of PPP program is to establish and promote rule of law in Afghanistan. PPP strives to achieve this goal by supporting Afghan lawyers to enable them build strong and fair democratic institutions in the country.

The Friends of the Public Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan (Friends of the PPP) is a non-profit formed in 2009 to administer the programs of the PPP.

The Friends of the PPP is currently inviting applications for the 2012-2013 Afghan LLM Scholarship Program.

About the Program

Each year, the Friends of the PPP select top Afghan lawyers, judges and professors to participate in its Afghan LLM Scholarship Program.

The Afghan LLM Scholarship Program combines grants for tuition and fees from partnering US law schools with PPP funding for the Scholars’ travel and living expenses in the US.  The PPP helps match Scholars to top US law schools, including Boston University, Harvard, University of Utah, Chapman, Stanford, George Washington University, Washington and Lee, Ohio Northern University, Georgetown and Whittier.

In addition, a legal mentor is available to most PPP Afghan LLM Scholars, usually a senior Federal judge.

The PPP LLM Scholarship Program is highly competitive and requires a high level of English proficiency as well as a demonstrated commitment to advancing the legal profession and rule of law in Afghanistan.  At least one year of professional legal experience is preferred by many US law schools, but recent graduates may also apply.  PPP Scholars are expected to return home and work to promote the rule of law in Afghanistan.

Some applicants will be invited to participate in an interview in Kabul in December.

Last date for submitting the applications is October 15, 2011.

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