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 The York County Bar has a long history of collegial practice in York County. It offers two opportunities for current law students to experience the unique opportunities afforded here.  

The Richard P. Noll Scholarship


The Richard P. Noll Scholarship was established with a bequest from the estate of one of York’s well-known attorneys.  Each year, up to two students in Pennsylvania law schools are eligible to receive a scholarship, which last year was in the amount of $1,200. Students in all three years of law school are eligible for the award.  The Last Will and Testament of Richard P. Noll directs that the award be made to "… a deserving, needy law student from the greater York area.”  The Committee will make its selections by December 31 of each calendar year, and schools will be notified shortly afterwards of the selections. Click here to  download the application.

The Honorable Clarence ("Chuck”) N. Patterson Diversity Internship Scholarship


The York County Bar Association (YCBA) and its charitable arm, the York County Bar Foundation (YCBF),  believe that, although it is important to promote more minorities to senior level positions within the legal profession, those efforts will be hampered if there are still too few minorities who decide to enter the profession in the first place.     

Beginning in 2005, the YCBA convened its Diversity Committee to look at ways in which diversity in the legal profession could be enhanced.  Programs were initiated to encourage minority students to consider law-related employment within the York community.  In 2007, the Diversity Committee encouraged the Bar Foundation to establish the Clarence “Chuck” N. Patterson Diversity Internship Scholarship program and began efforts to raise funds for this purpose.  The internship is named after the late Honorable Clarence Nicholas Patterson, Jr., who was a pioneer for diversity and served as York County’s first African-American judge.

The Clarence "Chuck” N. Patterson Diversity Internship Scholarship Program provides internship opportunities for eligible minority first or second year, full-time law students.  Interns receive $6,000 for a 10-week-long summer internship at the York County Office of the Public Defender.   Click here to download the application.

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