ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law has provided urgent financial and technology support to more than 50 students through its FAMU Law Cares Emergency Relief Fund.
Dozens of law students received emergency scholarships up to $500 to cover hardships caused by COVID-19, including unexpected medical, travel, housing, and other personal expenses. Other law students received brand new laptop computers to help with the transition to online learning mandated by the pandemic.
In addition to the stress of maintaining their health during the pandemic, students reported being fraught with concern about relying exclusively on technology for their legal education, the uncertain summer job market, the unfamiliar bar exam process, and other unknowns. Most students received the financial and technology support in early May, at the end of the Spring 2020 semester and just in time for final exams.
“Thank you, so much, for the technology scholarship,” said third-year law student Yasha Osby.
“The law school has lightened my financial burden, which allowed me to focus on my final exams and prepare to graduate. In the near future, I hope to be able to help a student in need just as you all have done for me.’’
FAMU Law Cares is an extension of the University’s support initiative, FAMU Cares, which provides support on campus and within the community following natural disasters such as hurricanes. Funding for the College of Law program was provided by a $25,000 grant from the non-profit AccessLex Institute, as well as donations from law school faculty and staff members.
“We know the coronavirus has disrupted the lives of our law students in an unprecedented manner,” said Nicky Boothe Perry, interim dean and professor of law. “We are so pleased to have been able to provide some level of relief and comfort to students facing extraordinary challenges while pursuing a legal education. We are so grateful for the contribution from AccessLex and the donations from our very own faculty and staff.”