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Outside Scholarship Resources

To minimize debt, students should pursue every source of funding for which they may be eligible, including both scholarships offered by the School of Law and those offered by outside organizations. Below you will find a regularly updated collection of scholarships that are sponsored by outside organizations and available to law students. Every organization has its own rules and timeframes, so if a deadline below has passed, check the organization’s website for information about its next scholarship cycle.

In addition to the resources below, students should investigate graduate funding opportunities that are personally relevant, such as those provided by their undergraduate institutions; current and former employers; social and professional organizations; and state and local bar associations, foundations and government agencies.

You may also want to register for these free scholarship websites, which cover most nationally available law school scholarships:

Scholarship Categories:

General | Diversity | Women | Disability/Health | Home State


General Private Scholarships

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution. To apply for the scholarship, you must write a 500-1000 word essay on the following topic: Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals. See website for additional requirements.

Deadline: June 10, 2016

AES Engineering Services Scholarship

AES Engineering Services is offering a $500 scholarship that will be awarded based on character, as determined by applicant essays submitted. This scholarship is available to students across a wide spectrum of fields of study; you are not required to be taking engineering courses to be eligible.

There is no application for this scholarship. Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey? Email your essay to and be sure to include your full name, the name of the school you are attending this year and your plans for next year.

Deadline: October 6, 2016

American Association for Justice (AAJ)
AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship & Leesfield/AAJ Scholarship

The AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship is open to all AAJ Law Student Members who are entering their second and third year of law school. This $3,000 scholarship is awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates the following: commitment to AAJ and its mission; a desire to represent victims; interest and skill in trial advocacy; and financial need.

The Leesfield/AAJ Scholarship, available to first- and second-year AAJ Law Student Members, awards $2,500 to subsidize attendance at AAJ’s Annual Convention in Los Angeles, California. AAJ's Annual Convention is a great opportunity for the winner to network with top trial lawyers from around the country.

Deadline: May 1, 2016

April Cockerham DREAM Act Scholarship

The April Cockerham DREAM Act Scholarship is designed to support individuals who are interested in making a difference in the lives of immigrants and other non-native individuals living in the United States. It is a merit-based, essay-contest scholarship and will be awarded to a student who demonstrates exceptional commitment to immigration reform and helping those who are considered to be a part of this unique demographic in our country. The award is $500 for the 2016-2017 academic year. Eligibility requirements include a cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 700-word essay based on the prompt given on the website below.

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Association of Former Intelligence Officers
AFIO Scholarships

Several scholarships ranging from $1,000-$4,000 are available for Graduate students. Applications must be submitted no earlier than your senior undergraduate year and no later than your second year of graduate studies. Evaluation criteria include merit, character, serious of academic commitment, and relevance of your studies to national security interests and career ambitions. If you qualify for more than one of the scholarships, only one master application needs to be submitted.

Deadline: July 1, 2016

Cohen & Cohen, P.C.
Civil Justice Scholarship

Offers a $500 scholarship for a student with an interest in social justice, as demonstrated by past and present volunteer, professional, and educational experiences, and minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must submit an essay up to 1000 words responding to the following question: What steps can we as a society take to ensure that all individuals, regardless of socioeconomic status, will have access to our civil justice system (i.e., our courts)?

Deadline: April 1, 2016

Cohen, Placitella, Roth Scholarship

Offers a $2,500 scholarship for a law student based on academic, vocational, and volunteer background and financial need.

Deadline: 2016 materials not yet posted as of 03/25/16 (deadline was May 31st in 2015)

Console & Hollawell P.C.
My Injury Attorney Scholarship

Offering a $500 scholarship. Applicants must submit a 500-word or less essay on an interesting law related topic. See website for application details.

Deadline: August 15, 2016

Cosmos Club Foundation
Cosmos Scholars Grant Program

The program provides grants to graduate students at DC area universities to meet specific research needs not covered by other supporting funds, including but not limited to special supplies, travel, unanticipated expenses that would enhance the work, etc. Specifically excluded are general financial support, tuition, and living expenses (except in connection with supported travel). There is no restriction as to academic field, but the project should be focused on objective scholarly research rather than commercial or political activity, social activism, or other non-academic goals. The number of grants to be awarded is expected to be at least fifteen. Amounts range from $500 to $4,000. Applications for a given year's program usually are accepted beginning in late summer.

Deadline: 2016 materials not yet posted as of 03/25/16 (deadline was November 1st in 2015)

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students enrolled or planning to enroll in a college or university and active in the progressive movement. The maximum grant is $10,000. See the website for details.

Deadline: April 1 (applications are available in January of each year until March 31)

Federal Circuit Bar Association
Judicial Scholarships & Association Scholarships

Student pursuing a J.D. in the upcoming academic year with financial need and showing interest in one of the many topics that lie within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (e.g., international trade, government contracts, patents, trademarks, certain money claims against the United States government, federal personnel, and veterans’ benefits) may apply. Multiple scholarship opportunities of up to $10,000 are available.

Deadline: Application window is April 1-15, 2016

Federal Claims Bar Association
Carole Bailey Scholarship

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association will award at least one scholarship of up to $5,000 to any student pursuing a public service legal career, or past or present commitment to public service. Candidates must be enrolled or enrolling in an accredited law school for the academic year and able to demonstrate either an interest in pursuing a public service legal career, or a past or present commitment to public service. An interest in the subject matter jurisdiction of the Court of Federal Claims is beneficial but not required.

Deadline: 2016 materials not yet posted as of 03/25/16 (deadline was July 31st in 2015)

Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund

Merit-based scholarship competition program open exclusively to civilian federal employees, their spouses, and their children. Dependents must be full-time students; employees may be part-time. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Deadline: Applications are available January - March each year, due last Friday in March

Food and Drug Law Institute
H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions

The Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) sponsors the H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competitions to encourage law students interested in the areas of law that affect food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medical devices and tobacco. Winning papers will be considered for publication in the Food and Drug Law Journal. Papers must be less than 100 pages. See website for sample topics.

Deadline: June 10, 2016

Get Prepped LSAT Prep Law School Scholarship

Get Prepped LSAT Preparation is offering grants of $1,000 to students enrolled in an accredited law school. Class rank, degree/major classes, LSAT test scores, best short personal statement, and other review factors are used to determine awards. Click here for application details (pdf).

Deadlines: Scholarships are awarded twice per year; deadlines for each are January 31 and June 30.

Japanese American Citizens League
National Scholarship Program

The program currently offers over 30 awards, including four specifically for law students. Every candidate must be an active JACL member (membership is open to everyone of ANY ethnic background). Applicants may apply to only one scholarship.

Deadline: Application open November 2015 - March 1, 2016

Life Lessons Scholarship Program

Life Happens, a non-profit founded by life insurance providers, sponsors the annual Life Lessons Scholarship Program for college students and college-bound high school seniors. Qualified entrants who submit essays or videos about how the death of a parent impacted their lives are eligible for scholarship money. Award amounts range from $5,000 to $15,000. To be eligible, applicants must be between the ages of 17-24, have been accepted to or currently enrolled in post-secondary education, and have suffered the loss of a parent or legal guardian.

Deadline: Apply on-line between February 1 and March 1, 2016

Montgomery County Women's Bar Foundation, Inc.
Scholarship Fund

Scholarship awards range from $500 to $3,500 per recipient. Applicants for the scholarship are evaluated according to the following criteria: (1) Service to School and Community; (2) Essay; (3) Academic Performance; (4) Financial Need; and (5) Recommendations. At the time of application, applicant must be registered or accepted at an accredited law school; if registered, applicant must be in good standing. Applicants must use the Foundation's Application form, which is sent to the School of Law's Office of Financial Aid each year.

Deadline: Typically in April each year (was April 17th in 2015)

Contact the School of Law's Office of Financial Aid for application details.

The Moses and Rooth Legal Scholarship

This criminal defense firm in Florida is offering a $1,000 scholarship for the Fall 2016 semester to an incoming or current law student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The essay topic for 2016: "Do you think the criminal justice system adequately deals with America’s War on Drugs?"

Deadline: June 1, 2016

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Earl Warren Scholarship

Earl Warren Scholarships are awarded to law school applicants with exceptional academic records who are actively engaged with civil rights and public interest work. Awards are $10,000 per year for three years (as long as scholars remain in good academic standing) for a total of $30,000. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a well-defined interest in civil rights through their academic records and personal essays.

Deadline: June 1, 2016

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Law Foundation

The Foundation awards various scholarships on a nationwide basis to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The Foundation encourages applicants reflecting diverse cultural and experiential backgrounds.

Deadline: Application available July 15, 2016, and due September 1, 2016

The National Association of Women Judges
Equal Access to Justice Scholarship & Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Scholarship

Scholarship recipients must be an enrolled second- or third-year law student in good academic standing who has demonstrated a sustained and passionate commitment to the achievement of equality of opportunity and access in the system of justice. The student must also submit an application, a 500-word personal statement, and a resume.

Deadline: None provided

National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Washington, DC Chapter
Outstanding Academic Achievement Award

The objective of the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award is to recognize and reward students or recent graduates in a degree or certificate program directly related to the field of acquisition; this includes studies in law. Recipients must demonstrate a high level of achievement in academia related to the acquisition profession. Financial awards may be as high as $1,500.

Deadline: March 31, 2016

Peck Law Firm Scholarship

The Peck Law Firm offers a $2,000 scholarship towards a law-related college, graduate school, or law school degree. To apply for the scholarship, you must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and write an essay of not more than 1500 words on the following topic: What effects will the legalization of gay marriage have on religion, culture, and/or family law in America? See website for additional requirements.

Deadline: May 31, 2016

The Players Trust
Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies

The Major League Baseball Players Trust will offer up to five scholarships of $10,000 each to Graduate or Law Students enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the United States or Canada who have a demonstrated interest in, and wish to make a career out of, working in the labor movement and on behalf of workers’ rights. Applicants must have a superior academic record; demonstrated commitment to the labor movement; a strong recommendation from an academic or a labor/workers’ rights practitioner; and excellent written and oral communication skills.

Deadline: 2016 materials not yet posted as of 03/25/16 (deadline was November 2nd in 2015)

The Richard Linn American Inn of Court
Mark T. Banner Scholarship for Law Students

Named in honor of the late Mark T. Banner, a former Linn Inn founder and Master, a leader in the field of patent law in his own right, and the son of Donald W. Banner, this new scholarship is part of the Linn Inn’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers with commitment to ethics, professionalism and civility. The scholarship is open to students interested in a career in intellectual property law.

Deadline: Typically early November

Sattiraju Law Firm Employment Law Scholarship

Offering a $1,000 scholarship for students who are planning to attend law school. Even though all students with plans to attend law school are encouraged to apply, special consideration will be given to those who plan on specializing in employment law or who are the immediate relative of a transport/truck driver that has been classified as an independent contractor. See website for criteria and application details.

Deadline: December 30, 2016

Sons of Italy Foundation

Each year, the SIF offers 10 to 12 merit-based 'National Leadership Grants', ranging from $4,000 to $25,000, in a nationwide competition. Applicants must be U.S. citizens of Italian descent (at least one Italian or Italian American grandparent) enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a four-year, accredited academic institution. SIF also offers 'General Study Scholarships' for U.S. citizens of Italian descent enrolled in a four-year undergraduate program or a graduate program at an accredited academic institution, and the 'National Italian American Bar Association/Sons of Italy Foundation Scholarship' specifically for law students.

Deadline: February 29, 2016

Steinger, Iscoe & Greene
Law Scholarship for Child Advocates

The law firm of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene dedicates a large part of our practice to helping families who have faced child abuse in any form. We know that many future lawyers also hope to champion this cause, and we are pleased to offer a semi-annual $1,000 scholarship for a child advocate or abuse survivor seeking a law degree.

Deadlines: Fall Semester: July 31st. Spring Semester: November 30th.

The Steve Duckett Local Conservation Scholarship

Steve Duckett is proud to sponsor a scholarship and essay contest that contributes to the awareness and the active discussion about natural conservation in the digital age. It is a merit-based, essay-contest scholarship and will be awarded to a student who demonstrates exceptional commitment to natural conservation and environmental stewardship in his or her own community. The award is $500 for the 2016-2017 academic year. Eligibility requirements include a cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 500-word essay based on the prompt given on the website below.

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Student Award Search Aid
B. Davis Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is available to any student registered in a post-secondary institution. To apply, write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic: Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that are developed in an individual. Your essay must be submitted via email to Your email must include your name, school you are attending this year and next and your future academic plans.

Deadline: May 23, 2016

Student Loan Assistance Counsel Scholarship

The S.L.A.C. Scholarship is $500 that can be used for books, tuition, or any other school related expenses. To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: Be Enrolled in full-time studies at a college, trades, or technical school by no later than September 2015; Be currently residing in the United States and intend on continuing studies in the United States. To enter, fill out an application and answer the following question: "The cost of college/university has increased substantially over the course of the last 20 years. In under 1000 words, please explain what you believe are the three main causes of these increases. Please use MLA formatting when citing works."

Deadline: 2016 materials not yet posted as of 03/25/16 (deadline was September 15th in 2015)

UpRight Law LLC
Access to Advocacy Award

The winning entrant will receive a $5,000.00 scholarship award for tuition, books, or fees. Entrants must be either (1) currently registered in an accredited law school program; (2) currently accepted to a law school program; or (3) engaged in pre-law curriculum at an accredited four-year college. Entrants must submit an original video 90 to 120 seconds in length on one or more issues or topics relating to the need for the legal profession to adopt modern technologies to increase access to legal services and lower the cost for such services.

Deadline: 2016 materials not yet posted as of 03/25/16 (deadline was May 31st in 2015)

WyzAnt College Scholarship

Students submit an essay online of 150-300 words describing a person who inspires them. Twenty finalists will be selected by popular vote. Tutors on WyzAnt will select the three winning essays. Award: 1st Place - $10,000, 2nd Place - $3,000, 3rd Place - $2,000. Eligibility: Anyone who plans to be enrolled in a college or university sometime between August 1, 2016 and November 1, 2018.

Deadline: May 1, 2016

Diversity Scholarships

American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Richard D. Hailey Scholarship

AAJ’s Minority Caucus will award $5,000 scholarships to African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, and Biracial Law Student Members who are entering their first, second, or third year of law school. Applicants should: exhibit an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy; express a desire to represent victims; demonstrate a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through involvement in an AAJ student chapter and Minority Caucus activities; and show a financial need for the scholarship.

Deadline: May 1, 2016

American Association of Law Libraries
George A. Strait Minority Scholarship

George A. Strait Minority Scholarships are awarded annually to college graduates with meaningful law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines, are degree candidates in an accredited library or law school, and who intend to have a career in law librarianship. Applicants must show evidence of financial need. Up to $3,500 awarded.

Deadline: April 1st each year

American Bar Association
Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund was created to encourage and support diversity in the legal profession. Twenty awards will be made to entering first-year students. Scholarships will consist of $5,000 in financial assistance awarded annually to each scholarship recipient. An award made to an entering student may be renewed for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000. Applicants will be screened by a scholarship committee comprised of representatives from ABA entities, the national minority bar associations and at-large members. Applicants must be entering, first-year law students; U.S. citizens or permanent residents; and have achieved a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5.

Deadline: March 2, 2016

American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA)
AHEPA Educational Foundation Scholarships

Applicants must be of Greek descent, and a member (or the child of a member) of AHEPA, the Daughters of Penelope, Sons of Pericles or the Maids of Athena. Awards up to $2,000.

Deadline: March 31, 2016

American Indian College Fund
Full Circle Scholarships

Graduate scholarships are available for students who are registered as a member of a tribe or a descendant of at least one grandparent who is a registered member of a tribe. Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 GPA; additional requirements for individual scholarships vary.

Deadline: Applications are accepted beginning January 1 and ending May 31 of each year.

American Indian Graduate Center

AIGC has various scholarship, fellowship and loan programs for full-time graduate students who can demonstrate personal enrollment in a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group or possess a Tribal Eligibility Certificate. Applicants can complete an on-line General Application that will tell them the programs for which they qualify. AIGC's website also contains a collection of external scholarships and financial aid resources.

Deadline: Varies, typically June 1st

Arent Fox LLP
Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship

The scholarship awards $15,000 to two first-year law students plus a position in the firm's summer associate program each year. The scholarship is part of a larger effort to increase the firm's diversity and attract top lawyers from diverse backgrounds.

Deadline: Applications accepted December 1, 2015, through January 20, 2016.

Banner & Witcoff
Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship

The Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship is open to all students currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and pursuing a career in intellectual property law. The applicant must be a member of a historically under represented group (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability) and must have exemplary writing and oral communication skills. More information about the eligibility requirements is available on their website.

Deadline: January 11, 2016

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.
Law School Diversity Scholarship

This personal injury law firm in Michigan law firm offers a $2,000 scholarship for a student who is currently attending an accredited law school, and is either a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their community. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least one semester of class at an accredited law school.

Deadline: April 1, 2016

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
CBC Spouses Education Scholarship

The CBC Spouses Educational Scholarship is a national program that awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated students who intend to pursue full-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, currently/planning to be enrolled in the upcoming academic year at an accredited U.S. college or university, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities. Preference will be given to African-American students residing in a CBC Member district.

Deadline: May 20, 2016

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
Diversity Scholars Awards Program

Constangy initiated its Diversity Scholars Awards program to recognize the achievements of law students who have demonstrated academic achievement, a commitment to diversity in their community, school or work environment, and personal achievements in overcoming challenges to reach goals. One student will receive a $2,500 scholarship. Second-year students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 enrolled in an accredited law school in Washington, DC, are among the eligible applicants.

Deadline: Application posted in the Fall.

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

This program is open to incoming second and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American students. Incoming second-and third year female law student are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Incoming second-and third-year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply. Candidates must be full-time students. Evening students also qualify if they have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant’s school. Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 will be awarded to those who best meet the following criteria: 1) demonstrated academic excellence; 2) service to the profession; 3) service to the community; 4) service to the cause of diversity.

Deadline: March 30, 2016

The Finnegan Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship is open to all persons of diverse heritage attending top law schools around the nation. Each scholar is given $15,000 per year toward tuition and other law school fees.

Deadline: January 25, 2016

Fish & Richardson
1L Diversity Fellowship Program

The 1L Diversity Fellowship Program represents a key component of the firm’s ongoing initiative to recruit, retain, and advance attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of our practice and of the legal profession. The Program consists of four components: each selected Fellow receives a paid summer associate position in one of Fish & Richardson’s domestic offices; mentoring throughout the academic year by members of the firm; participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program; and a $5,000-10,000 scholarship.

Deadline: Applications accepted from December 1, 2015, through January 10, 2016.

Fredrikson & Byron, PA
Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship Program

The Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship Program sponsors educational opportunities for currently enrolled, first-year law students of diverse backgrounds. The Foundation offers one award of $15,000.

Deadline: March 31, 2016

Goodwin Procter LLP
1L Diversity Fellowships

The program offers financial stipends and mentoring for up to four students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school.

Deadline: February 19, 2016

Hispanic Bar Association of DC
HBA-DC Foundation Scholarships

HBA-DC will award two scholarships of $2,500 to students of Hispanic or Latino descent who are currently enrolled in their final year of studies for a Juris Doctor degree at a law school in Washington, DC. Applicants must: demonstrate financial need; be in good standing with their schools; and have a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of the Hispanic community.

Deadline: 2016 materials not yet posted as of 03/25/16 (deadline was October 16th in 2015)

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)

Scholarship amounts range from $500-$5,000. To be eligible, the applicant must be of Hispanic heritage; have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA; plan to enroll full-time as a graduate student; be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen; and apply for federal financial aid.

Deadline: Applications for Fall typically posted in January and due in March.

J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association
Scholarship Fund

Non-profit association organized to promote the interests of minority lawyers in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties, Maryland. Offers cash scholarships up to $1,500 each to law students. Recipients selected on basis of 1) financial need, 2) academic achievements, 3) service to community and school, 4) strength of recommendations, and 5) quality of essay.

Deadline: 2016 materials not yet posted as of 03/25/16 (deadline was September 11th in 2015)

Japanese American Bar Association
JABA Educational Foundation Scholarships

Awards are given in honor of Justice John F. Aiso, Justice Stephen K. Tamura, and Judge Edward Y. Kakita, highly distinguished and pioneering Asian American judges, Mr. M. Dick Osumi, a prominent civil rights and labor attorney, and through the Lim Ruger Foundation. See website for application instructions.

Deadline: January 17, 2016

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF)
Eastern Regional Chapter Scholarships

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) is a non-profit, volunteer-managed organization established to help meet the financial needs of Korean-American students seeking higher education. Full-time students in the Eastern Region States with a minimum 3.0 GPA and can demonstrate financial needs are eligible.

Deadline: July 8, 2016

Latham & Watkins LLP
2L Diversity Scholars Program

Latham Diversity Scholars will receive a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for their third year of law school upon acceptance of an offer of summer employment. Factors considered in choosing the Diversity Scholars include academic and leadership achievements, life experiences and challenges that have shaped values, and a desire to practice at a global law firm and contribute to its diversity objectives.

Deadline: Applications for the 2017 Program will open in the summer of 2016

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

In recent years, MALDEF has annually awarded 5-15 law school scholarships of $5,000 each. Applicants must be currently enrolled in Law School and will be evaluated according to (1) academic and extracurricular achievements, (2) background and financial need, (3) and demonstrated commitment for advancing Latino civil rights.

Deadline: February 1, 2016

Michigan Auto Law
Law Student Diversity Scholarship

Michigan Auto Law sponsors an annual $2,000 scholarship to provide financial support to students who contribute to the diversity of the law school student body as they pursue their legal career. The program is open to applicants meet the following requirements: 1) currently in their first or second year of law school or entering law school in the fall of 2016; 2) a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career; 3) U.S. citizen accepted to or currently attending an accredited law school within the United States; and 4) demonstrates academic achievement as reflected by an undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA.

Deadline: May 1, 2016

Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
LMJ Scholarship Program

The LMJ Scholarship is a national program that annually grants 15 scholarships of $10,000 to students entering their first year of law school. The scholarship is available to diverse individuals who: have overcome obstacles, are outstanding and promising scholars, have an interest in corporate law, including an interest in working in a corporate law department and/or law firm, and possess a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Applicants must have earned an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher, demonstrate financial need, and be enrolling in law school on a full-time basis.

Deadline: Apply between March 3 and June 6, 2016

National Bar Association
NBI Law Student Fellowship Program

The Law Student Fellowship Program, a project of the Institute, was developed to assist law students who are completing professional law degrees, a field where African-American participation has traditionally been low. To be eligible, a law student must have been, among other things, carrying a full time class load at a U.S. law school; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; have at least two consecutive years of full time law student experience; and intend to practice law in a historically underserved community once legal training is completed. Fellowships range from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the availability of funds.

Deadline: May 15 each year

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Fellowships are grants for up to two years of full-time graduate study in the US. Recipients are chosen on a national competitive basis. To be eligible, an applicant must be a New American (a naturalized citizen, Green Card holder, or approved for DACA if born abroad; a child of immigrants if born in this country) and not yet 31 years old as of the application deadline.

Deadline: Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will open in mid-April of 2016.

The Point Foundation
National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund

The Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) students of merit. TPF is looking for individuals who have proven leadership skills, have excellent scholastic achievements, and want to make a difference in the world. Point Scholarships are awarded on a "last provider" basis (Point fills in the gaps and provides funds not provided by other scholarships, grants, loans, work/study programs, etc.).

Deadline: Application for 2016-17 was posted on November 1, 2015, and due January 19, 2016.

Serbian Bar Association of America (SBAA)

The SBAA provides scholarships every year to persons of Serbian birth or ancestry and/or their spouses who are enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States. See website for criteria and application details.

Deadline: March 18, 2016

Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)

TMCF awards scholarships to incoming students with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and second and third-year students with law school cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, must attend a member-school (which includes UDC-DCSL) and must complete a detailed application. The number and amount of scholarships is subject to available funding.

Deadline: Varies depending on specific scholarship

Vietnamese American Bar Association of the Greater Washington DC Area (VABA-DC)

VABA-DC was established, in part, to contribute to the public interest by serving as a voice for the local Vietnamese American community and assisting community members with legal concerns. In furtherance of that mission, we are proud to sponsor up to two $1,500 scholarships for law students who have shown a commitment to serving the Vietnamese American communities or have overcome significant adversity in achieving their academic goals. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of community service, academic performance, and their written essay. The scholarship recipient(s) will be expected to attend a VABA-DC Scholarship Dinner in their honor. See VABA website for application.

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Scholarships for Women

American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Mike Eidson Scholarship

The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson. The Mike Eidson Scholarship awards $5,000 annually to a female student entering her third year of law school (the student can be enrolled in a three-year day program or four-year night program) who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a trial lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. The winner must attend the AAJ Annual Convention.

Deadline: May 1, 2016

American Assocation of University Women Educational Foundation
Selected Professions Fellowships

Fellowships awarded to women of color pursuing the J.D. degree. Candidates may apply for third year of study only. Apply via the AAUW website.

Deadline: Applications are open August 1–January 10 each year

Angela DiPietro Women in Business Scholarship

Scholarship for female students pursuing a post-secondary degree and who possess an interest in business or entrepreneurship. The winner of the scholarship will receive $500 to help further their educational goals and create a more diverse and inclusive business community. Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, official transcript, letter of recommendation, and a 500-word essay in response to the following question: "If you could see one change in gender inequality in your lifetime, what would it be, and why? How do you think this can be achieved?" In addition, applicants must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Kerri Castellini Women’s Leadership Scholarship & Essay Contest

Offering a $500 scholarship for a female or female-identifying student pursuing a post-secondary education. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit a 500-word essay on the following topic: Describe an ideal woman leader in the 21st century. How do you believe that you exemplify this role in your daily life and career aspirations? See website for application details.

Deadline: March 1, 2016

The Pearce Law Firm
Empowering Women in Law Scholarship

"Empowering Women In Law Scholarship" is a $1,500 scholarship open to women nationwide who are currently attending law school. Applicant must have successfully completed at least one semester of law school with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers
Single Mother Scholarship

Offers two $1,000 scholarships to a single mother enrolled in a law school program. Applicants must have a 3.0 or above and submit a 500+ word essay on the advantages of going back to school while caring for children. See website for details

Deadline: December 5, 2016

Women in Defense
Horizons Scholarship

The scholarship is available for women currently enrolled in a part-time or full-time program at an accredited college or university. The candidate must demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to national security or defense, demonstrate financial need, be a female citizen of the U.S., have a minimum 3.25 GPA, and be a member of WID.

Deadline: July 15, 2016

Scholarships for Students Impacted by Disability, Injury or Illness

Alexander Graham Bell's Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy is for full-time graduate students with a moderate to profound hearing loss who are attending an accredited law school or a masters or doctoral program in public policy or public administration. Up to three awards of $5,000 each may be awarded per year. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following: 1) use spoken language as the primary mode of communication; 2) prelingual hearing loss (diagnosed prior to fourth birthday); 3) hearing loss is bilateral and in the moderate to profound range. Applicants must have an unaided Psure-Tone Average (PTA) of 60dB or greater in the better hearing ear in the speech frequencies of 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz.; 4) applicant has been accepted or currently enrolled in an accredited law school or master/doctoral program in public policy or public administration as a full-time graduate student.

Deadline: Typically mid-April - exact deadline posted each January

Baumgartner Law Firm Car Accident Scholarship

Offering a $1,000 scholarship for a future lawyer who’s been affected by a car accident & is committed to helping others in similar situations. See the website for application details.

Deadline: August 31, 2016

Disabled World
Disability Scholarships: List of Bursaries & Student Financial Aid Programs

Information and list of disability scholarships for applicants including financial aid for the disabled and grant money for students with disabilities.

District of Columbia Department on Disability Services
Vocational Rehabilitation Program

The Vocational Rehabilitation Program helps individuals with physical, psychiatric and/or learning disabilities face the challenges of the modern workplace. This may include identifying job goals based on individual interests and aptitudes, providing funds for college and vocational training, assessing work site accommodations, educating an employer about the Americans With Disabilities Act, or assisting an individual returning to work after adjusting to a new disabling condition. Vocational rehabilitation services can often reduce or remove barriers to employment. Priority is given to those individuals who have the most severe disabilities in areas such as communication, mobility, work tolerance and work skills.

Ernst Law Group Brain Injury Caregivers Scholarship

Offering a $1,000 scholarship for a student whose life has been touched by a loved one’s brain injury. See the website for application details.

Deadline: July 31, annually

The Gore Family Memorial Foundation Trust
4747 North Ocean Drive, Suite #204
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

The foundation provides tuition assistance to full-time, physically impaired students with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Award amounts vary, but may only be applied to the cost of tuition. Applications must be requested in writing between April 15th and June 15th.

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc.

Offering a $1,000 scholarship for college students who have suffered a serious injury, and are committed to demonstrating a determination to rebuild their lives by attending college. See the website for application details.

Deadline: 2016 materials not yet posted as of 03/25/16 (deadline was May 31st in 2015)

Hawkins Spizman Kilgo, LLC Childhood Cancer Awareness Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship will support one hard-working student who is either a survivor of childhood cancer or has been directly affected by childhood cancer. See the website for application details.

Deadline: July 31, 2016

Ladah Law Firm, PLLC Injury Scholarship

Offering a $2,000 scholarship based on merit and need. Applicants will be required to demonstrate: 1. How an injury that you or someone close to you experienced has impacted your life. 2. How your experience with an injury or an accident has contributed to your desire & motivation to become an attorney.3. Personal commitment to working with, helping or caring for those affected by injuries and accidents. See the website for application details.

Deadline: May 31, 2016

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance will award $4,000 to one student each semester whose life has been impacted by cancer. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to college students in their pursuit of higher education who have battled cancer at any point of their lives or who have a parent, sibling, immediate family member or close friend that has battled or is currently fighting cancer. Applicants must be full-time at an accredited college or university, a U.S. citizen, in academic "Good Standing" and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible.

Deadline: March 31st, 2016, for the Fall 2016 semester; December 1st, 2016, for the Spring 2017 semester

National Collegiate Cancer Foundation

The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation was established to provide services and support to young adults whose lives have been impacted by cancer and who have continued with their education throughout treatment or after their treatment. These $1,000 competitive awards will be judged based on the criteria and eligibility. Please visit the website for full details and application form.

Deadline: May 13, 2016

National Federation of the Blind

To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty national scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following: 1) legally blind in both eyes; 2) residents of the US, DC, or Puerto Rico; 3) must be pursuing or planning to pursue a post-secondary degree full-time or part-time; 4) must participate in the NFB national convention in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities.

Deadline: March 31, 2016

The SAMFund Grants & Scholarships

The SAMFund proudly provides financial assistance to young adults as they move forward with their lives after cancer. Grants and scholarships provided by The SAMFund cover a wide range of post-treatment financial needs, including (but not limited to): current and residual medical bills, car and health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, tuition and loans, family-building expenses, gym memberships and transportation costs. Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 39, residents of the United States, and either finished with treatment with no evidence of disease, or one year following the completion of planned therapy, or in remission on maintenance therapy. Anyone interested in applying must first submit Part I of the application. After a review period, selected applicants will then be invited to submit Part II.

Deadline: 2016 Application available January 7 - February 5, 2016

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
College Scholarship Program

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is committed to helping young adults continue their education after being affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one. The award amount is $2500 over two semesters. Applicants must have been 15 or older during their active treatment or applicant must have been 15 or older when their parent/sibling was in treatment. The winner is obligated to complete a community service project.

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Home State Scholarships

Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, Inc. (ABWL-NJ)

The Bernadine Johnson-Marshall and Martha Bell Williams Scholarship program is one of several significant ABWL-NJ annual program activities. Scholarships in their honor will again be awarded to female law students of African descent selected by the Scholarship Committee who are either: (1) enrolled at an accredited law school in New Jersey or (2) New Jersey permanent residents enrolled at an accredited law school outside of New Jersey. To be eligible, the student must be a 1L, 2L or Part-time 3L. Awards range from $1,000 to $2,000. Application available on the website.

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati (BLAC)
William McClain Scholarship

The William A. McClain Scholarship is awarded to a Black law student and Hamilton County, Ohio, resident attending any ABA-accredited law school who demonstrates leadership potential and dedication to community.

Deadline: Third Wednesday of February each year

Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation
Dolores Randolph Bauer and Vera Brown-Curtis Hayes Memorial Scholarships

Scholarships are limited to full-time law students in their 2nd or 3rd year and part-time students in their 3rd or 4th year who attend an accredited law school and intend to practice law in the Southern California area. Scholarships typically range from $3,000 to $5,000. Recipients must attend BWL's Scholarship Luncheon in Los Angeles in June.

Deadline: April 16, 2016

Barristers’ Spouses of the District of Columbia, Inc.
Isabelle Durrah Legal Scholarship
Tel: (202) 829-7161

The program is open to J.D. students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 who are residents of metropolitan Washington, DC. .

Deadline: June

For more information, contact the number above.

Hudson County Bar Foundation
HCBF Scholarships

Multiple scholarships are available for Hudson County, New Jersey, residents who are attending law school or who have been accepted to law school. Students must be bona fide residents of Hudson County; must demonstrate financial need; must submit an application (see website); must provide two (2) current Letters of Recommendation; and must account for appropriate academic standards.

Deadline: April 29, 2016

J.L. Turner Legal Association Foundation

Scholarships for second and third year minority law students who are from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex or attending law school in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Deadline: 2016 materials not yet posted as of 03/25/16 (deadline was September 30th in 2015)

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Ida Foreman Fleisher Fund

The scholarship, established in memory of Ida Fleisher, assists talented women to become professionals. The fund provides scholarships to permit all women, preferably Jewish, to obtain a graduate degree. To be eligible, applicants must attend school or have a hometown in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state area. Grants range from $2,000-$8,000 and are distributed to the recipient’s school for tuition purposes only.

Deadline: Applications are open March 1 - May 15 each year

New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC
Margaret Yardley Fellowship

The fund annually awards six to eight $1,000 fellowships to women who are New Jersey residents pursuing post-graduate advanced studies at the school of their choice. Considerations used when judging an applicant’s qualifications include scholastic achievement, career service potential and charitable endeavors. The grant is applied solely to tuition expenses.

Deadline: March 1

Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association Foundation
Elizabeth Barrett Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship

The Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association Foundation is now offering the Elizabeth Barrett Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to be awarded in May to a deserving second year law student who demonstrates a strong interest in practicing law in the public service/public interest sector in the south Hampton Roads area of Virginia, and who meets the criteria established by the Selection Committee.

Deadline: March 25, 2016

Robert A. Shuker Scholarship Fund

One or two annual scholarships of $10,000 to $20,000 each awarded in memory of Hon. Robert A. Shuker, who at the time of his death was a judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Applicants must be full-time law students who are residents of the Greater Metropolitan Area of Washington, DC. Grantees will be chosen on the basis of financial need, demonstrated community service, prior scholastic ability, recommendations from instructors, and conclusions the Board of Directors might draw from a personal interview as to the individual's motivation, character, ability, and potential.

Deadline: April 15, 2016

Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

Applicants must have attended at least four of the six secondary grade school years and graduated from a high school in Santa Barbara County, California. Scholarship awards mostly range from $500 to $5,000 per academic year. To be eligible, applicant must be a full-time student. A personal interview may be required.

Deadline: 2016-2017 Application Cycle opens Oct 1, 2015, and closes Jan 31, 2016


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