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Scholarships & Grants For Entering Students

The following scholarships are awarded to entering law students in recognition of their outstanding academic and non-academic achievements, and to assist with the first year students' law school expenses. The scholarships are awarded on a one-time only basis, unless specified otherwise. It is possible to receive more than one scholarship award.

Advocate for Justice Scholarships

Each year, up to 20 entering students may receive Advocate for Justice full-tuition awards for all years of study at the School of Law. Scholarships are awarded equally for academic talent, a proven commitment to justice, and professional and voluntary experience. Personal and professional recommendations and other pertinent information will be considered in addition to undergraduate and graduate fields of study, grades, LSAT scores, publications and academic recommendations.

How to Apply: See Advocate for Justice Scholarships for more information and application instructions.

Incoming Merit Scholarships

Long-time political and social activists Charles and Hilda Mason were heavily involved in the Civil Rights era of the 1960's and 70's. Most of these scholarships are named to honor prominent civil rights activists Mr. and Ms. Mason knew and admired. They are awarded to entering students who have demonstrated characteristics such as contribution and service to the community; overcoming adversity or obstacles; public service career goals; a broad range of life experience; or an outstanding undergraduate and/or graduate academic record. Incoming Merit Scholarship awards range from $500 to $8,000+.

  • Ella Baker Scholarship
  • Jean Camper & Edgar S. Cahn Scholarship
  • James Chaney Scholarship
  • Medgar Evers Scholarship
  • James Farmer Scholarship
  • Nestor Gonzalez Scholarship
  • Andrew Goodman Scholarship
  • Fannie Lou Hamer Scholarship
  • Dorothy Height Scholarship
  • Julius Hobson Scholarship
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton Scholarship
  • Isabelle Howland Scholarship
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Joel Franklin & Martha Ann Minis Scholarship
  • Rosa Parks Scholarship
  • Rev. James Reeb Scholarship
  • Michael Schwerner Scholarship

How to Apply: No application is required for Incoming Merit Scholarships. The awards are made based on the information in the application for admission.

Legal Scholar Awards

Legal Scholar Awards are granted to entering students who have distinguished themselves academically, and whose admission application essays, references, goals, and activities are exceptional. The recipients of these awards must exemplify through their admission application the potential to be a legal scholar or an attorney who will use the law as a tool for social justice in the public interest. The awards may be half or full tuition for one year. The Legal Scholar awards are:

  • Frederick B. Abramson Legal Scholar Award
  • Justice Harry A. Blackmun Legal Scholar Award
  • Justice William J. Brennan Legal Scholar Award
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Legal Scholar Award
  • Elaine Jones Legal Scholar Award
  • Thurgood Marshall Legal Scholar Award
  • Hilda H.M. Mason Legal Scholar Award
  • Charles N. Mason Legal Scholar Award
  • William L. Robinson Legal Scholar Award
  • Sonia Sotomayor Legal Scholar Award
  • Walter Washington Legal Scholar Award

How to Apply: No application is required for the Legal Scholar Awards. The awards are made based on the information in the application for admission.

Need-Based Scholarships

Need based scholarships are awarded to students with demonstrated financial need.

How to Apply: Need Based scholarship applicants must complete the on-line Need Access Scholarship application from Access Group.

Joyce Batipps Book Scholarship ($750): Awarded to a first-year female student with demonstrated financial need.

How to Apply: No application is required.

Students may also want to review our collection of Outside Scholarship Resources.

 

Scholarships & Grants for Continuing Students

Dean's Fellowships are awarded to full-time and part-time students who achieve a law school GPA of 3.0 or higher in their first year of law school. Dean's Fellows receive a partial tuition scholarship their second year of law school.

How to Apply: No application is required for Dean's Fellowships.

Continuing Legal Scholar Awards are awarded to some outstanding continuing students, based on academic excellence, clinical performance, or community service. Upper level students must apply yearly for Legal Scholar Awards. Named scholarships include:

Activist Scholarships provide one-year full tuition for a Washington, DC resident who has an outstanding record in public service and activism.

Beech Street Foundation Scholarships provide one-year full tuition for a Washington, DC resident who demonstrates academic vigor and a desire to pursue public interest law.

Gary Freeman Endowed Scholarships provide one-year full tuition for a Washington, DC resident who has who has contributed substantially to the School of Law community.

Raymond F. Hossfeld Endowed Scholarships provide one-year full tuition for a Washington, DC resident who plans to pursue a career in public interest law. 

How to Apply: Students must submit a Continuing Legal Scholarship Application to be considered for Legal Scholar Awards, including the Activist, Beech Street Foundation, Gary Freeman Endowed, and Raymond F. Hossfeld Endowed Scholarships. The Continuing Legal Scholarship Application is distributed to students with the financial aid application and available under Financial Aid Forms.

LeClercq Scholarship ($500): Awarded to the first-year student selected by the legal writing professors for best legal brief.

How to Apply: No application is required. Awards are based on professors' nominations.

David Niblack Scholarship: Awarded to third-year student(s) with demonstrated financial need and commitment to career(s) in criminal/public defense.

How to Apply: The Office of Financial Aid distributes applications for Niblack Scholarships.

Need-Based Scholarships

Need based scholarships are awarded to students with demonstrated financial need.

How to Apply: Need Based scholarship applicants must complete the on-line Need Access Scholarship application from Access Group.

Students may also want to review our collection of Outside Scholarship Resources.

 
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