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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.

Black Law Student Association (BLSA) Scholarship

The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and the Hon. William C. Pryor Chapter of the Black Law Students Association will offer a one-year full tuition scholarship to a member of the entering class. Applicants should be residents of the District of Columbia and have received their undergraduate degrees from the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). The scholarship will be awarded based on the applicant's extra-curricular activities, social activism, quality of references, and other experiences that may contribute to the law school community.

How to Apply: Download the BLSA Scholarship Application from Financial Aid Forms.

The Mason Civil Rights Scholars

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. Mason Scholarship awards range from $500 to $17,700.

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

How to Apply: No application is required for the Mason Civil Rights 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:

  • Thurgood Marshall Legal Scholar Award
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Legal Scholar Award
  • Elaine Jones Legal Scholar Award
  • William L. Robinson Legal Scholar Award
  • Frederick B. Abramson Legal Scholar Award
  • Justice Harry A. Blackmun Legal Scholar Award
  • Justice William J. Brennan Legal Scholar Award
  • Walter Washington Scholarship

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.

Joseph L. Rauh Jr. Scholarship

One-year resident-level tuition for an entering student with an extensive community service record.

How to Apply: No application is required for the Joseph L. Rauh Scholarship. The awards are made based on the information in the application for admission.

Contribution Potential Grants

Contribution Potential Grants, ranging from $1,000-$9000, are awarded to students based on both merit & financial need. Students should demonstrate potential in the area of public interest law and financial need.

How to Apply: Students who wish to be considered for these grants must complete the on-line Need Access Scholarship application from Access Group.

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 Private Scholarship Resources.

 

Scholarships and Grants for Continuing Students

Dean's Fellowships are awarded to 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 stipend their second year of law school.

Institution Builder Scholarships are half-tuition scholarships awarded to two continuing students for major contributions to school programs. Two recipients per year, selected by the Dean of the School of Law.

Beech Street Scholarships are awarded annually to a Washington, DC resident who demonstrates academic vigor and a desire to pursue public interest law.

Joseph L. Rauh Scholarships provide one year resident-level tuition for the second-year student who completed the best Community Service project in his/her first year and the third-year student who received the top grade in his/her second-year clinic.

How to Apply: No application is required for Dean's Fellowships, Institution Builder Scholarships, the Beech Street Scholarship, or Joseph L. Rauh Scholarships.

Merit Scholarships are awarded to some outstanding continuing students, based on academic excellence, clinical performance, or community service. Upper level students must apply yearly for merit scholarships.

Gary Freeman Scholarships provide one-year full tuition for a Washington, DC resident who has demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in public interest law.

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. 

Stephen Milliken Activist Scholarships provide one-year full tuition for two Washington, DC residents who have outstanding records in public service and activism.

How to Apply: Students must submit a Continuing Merit Scholarship Application to be considered for Merit Scholarships, the Gary Freeman Scholarship, the Raymond F. Hossfeld Endowed Scholarship, and Stephen Milliken Activist Scholarships. The Continuing Merit 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.

Joyce Batipps Book Scholarship ($500): Awarded to a financially needy law student.

How to Apply: No application is required.

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 Dean distributes applications for Niblack Scholarships.

Bar Scholarships are awarded to graduating law students to be used to help finance bar preparation courses.

How to Apply: The Dean distributes applications for Bar 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 Private Scholarship Resources.

 
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