Students should seek assistance from outside sources such as state, local and other scholarship programs for which they may be eligible. Students should check with their local bar association regarding the availability of loan and scholarship programs.
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Disability Based Scholarships
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: April 22
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.
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: May 31, 2015
Ladah Law Firm, PLLC Injury Scholarship
Offering a one-time $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, 2015
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 18
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
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 17 and 35, finished with active treatment and residents of the United States. Our two-part application process begins in June each year. Anyone interested in applying must first submit Part One of the application (which will be posted on our website in June). After a review period, selected applicants will then be invited to submit Part Two. Those applicants will be notified in November as to whether they have received a grant.
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 also obligated to 40 hours of community service.
Deadline: March 30
Diversity Based Scholarships
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 1
American Bar Association
Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
Tel: (312) 988-5927
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.
- At the time of submission of application, applicants must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 grading scale) at his/her undergraduate institution.
- Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America. Students who are citizens and residents of a foreign country, even if they plan to attend law school in the US, are not eligible to apply.
Deadline: March 1
American Indian College Fund
8333 Greenwood Blvd.
Denver, CO 80221
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 be enrolled in a non-tribal college or university with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
Deadline: May 31
Arent Fox LLP
Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship
The application period for the 2015 Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship will run from December 1, 2014 through 11:59 pm on January 21, 2015. 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.
Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
1900 L Street NW, Suite 210
Washington, DC 20036
Applicants must be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the US Census. Must be a citizen, national, or permanent legal resident. Candidates must be enrolling in the upcoming academic year, have a minimum 2.7 GPA, and applied for Federal Student Aid by February 1.
Deadline: January 9
Intellectual Property Law
Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship
1100 13th Street NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20005
The Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship is open to all students currently enrolled in an American Bar Association 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.
Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati (BLAC)
William McClain Scholarship
PO Box 3181
Cincinnati, OH 45201-3181
The William A. McClain Scholarship is awarded to a Black student and Cincinnati resident attending any ABA accredited law school who demonstrates leadership potential and dedication to community. The application including the letter of recommendation and the recommendation form (send originals) must be postmarked by February 18, 2015.
Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.
Law School Diversity Scholarship
The Michigan law firm represents victims of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice cases, nursing home neglect cases, dog bite injuries, and all other personal injury accident matters. Located in Southfield, Michigan, the law firm represents clients throughout the entire State of Michigan. The scholarship has been created as part of Buckfire & Buckfire’s commitment to build on the promise of diversity within the workplace, community and society. The Diversity Scholarship is $2,000 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited law school, who is either a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.
This is the 2nd year in which this award has been offered and they will choose only one winner from all applicants after the deadline. Although it is not currently listed under "eligibility”, students must have completed at least one term of full-time course work to be considered.
Deadline: May 31, 2015
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
911 2nd Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
CHCI's scholarship opportunities are afforded to Latino students in the United States who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. There is no GPA or academic major requirement. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply for an award of up to $5,000.
Deadline: April 16
Constangy, Brooks & Smith LLP
Diversity Scholars Awards Program
200 West Forsyth Street, Suite 1700
PO Box 41099
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Constangy, Brooks & Smith 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. To be eligible, applicants must be a second-year student enrolled in an accredited law school that is located in one of the following three (3) regions: Southern, Mid-West/West Coast, and Eastern. One student in each region receives a $3,000 scholarship in recognition of accomplishments in academics, a commitment to diversity in the community, school or work environment, and personal achievement in overcoming challenges to reach goals. Applications for the 2015 Diversity Scholarship will be available in the Fall.
Daughters of Penelope
1909 Q Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 234-9741
Applicants must be of Greek descent. Awards up to $2,000. Applications must be postmarked by March 31st.
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, 2015
http://www.dri.org/ or click for 2015-2016 description and application (in pdf) from the Center for Legal Inclusiveness
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: February 13
Fish & Richardson
1L Diversity Fellowship Program
The 1L Diversity Fellowship Program consists of three components. Each Fellow receives a $5,000 scholarship, mentoring from members of the firm, and a paid Summer Associate position in the Fish & Richardson office of the Fellow's choice. The 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.
Deadline: January 9
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
Goodwin Procter LLP
Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color
The program offers three $7,500 awards to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school.
Deadline: March 13
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
55 Second Street, Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94105
Scholarship amount range from $1,000-$15,000. To be eligible, the applicant must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, be pursuing or plan to pursue your first graduate degree, must plan to apply for federal financial aid, and plan to enroll full-time as a graduate student.
Japanese American Bar Association
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, and through the Lim, Ruger & Kim Foundation. To apply you must send an application form, transcript, resume and personal statement.
J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association
Scholarship Committee, Courthouse--Room 144M
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Tel: (301) 952-4229
Non-profit association organized to promote the interests of minority lawyers in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties, Maryland. Offer at least two scholarships per year of approximately $1,000 each to second-year students who are residents and intend to make one of the counties their permanent place of residence. Recipients selected on basis of (1) participation in community organizations and activities, (2) leadership potential, (3) scholastic aptitude, and (4) demonstrated financial need.
The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF)
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
Latham & Watkins LLP
Latham Diversity Scholars Program
Latham Diversity Scholars will receive a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for their third year of law school. To be considered for the Latham Diversity Scholars Program, please complete and submit an application form, resume, unofficial or official law school transcript and personal statement to Latham & Watkins.
Deadline: October 14
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
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: January 2
Michigan Auto Law Scholarship
Michigan Auto Law is pleased to sponsor an annual scholarship program 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:
- in their first or second year of law school
- a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career
- a Michigan resident accepted to or currently attending an accredited law school within the United States
- demonstrates academic achievement as reflected by an undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA
Scholarship Award: $2,000
Deadline: Applications are available. The deadline for filing applications is May 1, 2015.
National Bar Association
NBI African American Law Student Fellowship Program
The African American 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. The NBI awards law student fellowships annually to (a maximum of) three law students. 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 return to the Black community to practice law once legal training is completed. Fellowships range from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the availability of funds, with $2,500 being the generally recommended amount.
Application Deadline: May 15 – August 15
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Fellowships are grants for up to two years of graduate study in the US. Recipients are chosen on a national competitive basis. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following: (1) Status as a New American (If you were born outside the United States (as a non-citizen), you must, as of November 1, 2011, be either a naturalized citizen or in possession of a green card (i.e., be a resident alien); (2) Born on or after November 1, 1983; (3) Hold a Bachelor’s Degree.
Deadline: November 1
The Point Foundation (TPF)
P.O. Box 565
Genoa, NV 89411
The Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) 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. Scholarships awarded range from $5,000-$28,000 per year.
Deadline: January 20
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship
Scholarships of up to $2,200 per semester may be awarded by the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund (TMSF) 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 and must complete a detailed application. The number of TMSF scholarships to qualified students is limited by the amount of funding available. Applications are forwarded to eligible applicants by UDC-DCSL.
Other scholarship opportunities include the $10,000 Sidney B. Williams Minority Law Student Scholarship, which is awarded by TMSF in conjunction with the American Intellectual Property Law Association to minority students devoted to a career in intellectual property law.
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 to be held in May 2015. The 2015 VABA-DC Scholarship Application (.doc) is available from the VABA-DC website.
Deadline: April 1, 2015
Gender Based Scholarships
American Assocation of University Women Educational Foundation
Dept. 60, 2201 N. Dodge Street
Iowa City, IA 52243-4030
Tel: (319) 337-1716 ext. 60
Fellowships awarded to women of color pursuing the J.D. degree. Candidates may apply for third year of study only. Application can be downloaded on the web or requested at the above address/telephone number.
Deadline: January 10
Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, Inc. (ABWL-NJ)
Attn: Scholarship Committee
Trenton, NJ 08607
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. Previous ABWL scholarship recipients will not be considered.
Deadline: March 15, 2014
GWAC Foundation, Inc.
The GWAC Foundation is awarding bar review scholarships to African American women law students graduating from the six law schools in Washington, D.C. The scholarships are intended to assist the awardees with the cost of taking bar review courses in preparation for their upcoming bar examination. Selection is based upon documented financial need and demonstrated community service.
Deadline: May 30
Horizons Foundation 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 financial need, an interest in national security or defense, must be a citizen of the U.S., and have a minimum 3.25 GPA.
Deadline: July 1
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: May 15
New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC
Margaret Yardley Fellowship
The fund provides fellowships to women pursuing post-graduate degrees who are New Jersey residents. 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
The AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund
Mike Eidson Scholarship
777 6th Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001
AAJ promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victim’s rights - particularly the right by trial by jury - and strengthens the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety. The Mike Eidson Scholarship was established in 2008, in honor of Past President Mike Eidson. The scholarship in the amount of $5,000 is awarded to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense 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.
Deadline is May 31.
The Pearce Law Firm
Empowering Women in Law Scholarship
"Empowering Women In Law Scholarship" is a $2,000 scholarship open to women nationwide who are currently attending law school.
General Private Scholarships
Abbott & Fenner Scholarship
Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students for the 2015-16 academic year. 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. Your essay must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org; include your full name and mailing address.
Deadline: June 15, 2015
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 no more than 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 email@example.com 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 7, 2015
Association of Former Intelligence Officers
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 sent in. Applications are evaluated by a special AFIO committee. Decisions are final.
Deadline: July 1
B. Davis Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is sponsored by Student Award Search Aid and is offered to any student registered in a post-secondary institution. There is no age restriction for this award. To apply for this scholarship you will need to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email must include your name, school you are attending this year and next and your future academic plans.
Deadline: May 25, 2015
Cohen, Placitella, Roth Scholarship
This one-time $2,500 scholarship for a student seeking a law oriented degree is based primarily on need.
Deadline: May 31, 2015
Congressional Black Caucus
CBC Spouses Education Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established in response to federal cuts in spending for education programs and scholarships. This is the foundation's first educational program. 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. The Educational Scholarship Fund was established in 1988 and has experienced substantial growth. Recipients for this program are selected through volunteers in the district offices of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). CBC Members work through local scholarship committees to award money to academically talented and highly motivated students.
Deadline: May 22
Console & Hollawell
$1,000 Legal Leaders Scholarship
The Console & Hollawell $1,000 Legal Leaders Scholarship is available to students who are pursuing a career in law. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in the following areas: pre-law, paralegal studies, or working towards their Juris Doctorate in any concentration of the law.
Deadline: July 15
Cosmos Club Foundation
Cosmos Scholars Grant Program
The Cosmos Club Foundation's Young Scholars Awards have been presented annually* since 1998, with the invaluable assistance of the Consortium of Universities of the Metropolitan Washington Area for the years 1998-2007. 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 not rigidly fixed, but is expected to be at least fifteen. Amounts of awards will be determined individually, and are contemplated to be in the range of $500 to $3,000. Applications for a given year's program usually are accepted beginning in late summer, when revised procedures are posted on the Foundation's web site.
Deadline: The deadline for submission is generally in early November.
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
25 Main Street
Belleville, NJ 07109
The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund has applications available for student activists who are building progressive movements for social change and will be enrolled in school during the academic year. The maximum grant is $10,000. Applications and the supporting documents - transcripts, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, a photograph, financial aid reports - must be postmarked by April 1, 2015.
Federal Circuit Bar Association
1620 I Street, NW, Suite 801
Washington, DC 20006
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 may apply. Multiple scholarship opportunities of up to $10,000 are available.
Deadline: April 15
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 in Law School for the academic year. An interest in the jurisdiction of the Court of Federal Claims is beneficial but not required. To apply, law students must submit 1) resume, 2) most recent transcript, 3) letter of recommendation, 4) original essay of 500 words or less addressing interest, experience, or other qualifications that demonstrate an interest in pursuing a public service legal career, past or present commitment to public service. Unofficial transcripts are accepted. Those not yet enrolled in law school may submit a letter of acceptance with proof that you are enrolling.
Deadline: October 31
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. There are two competitions – one for papers with a maximum of 40 pages, and one for papers between 41 and 100 pages. Papers longer than 100 pages will not be accepted.
Deadline: June 5, 2015
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.
Life Lessons Scholarship Program
LIFE will award a total of $110,000 in scholarships to deserving college-age students who submit either a 500-word essay or 3-minute video describing how their lives have been affected, both financially and emotionally, by the death of a parent or guardian. LIFE will grant college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to eligible students. To be eligible, applicants must be between the ages of 17-24 who have been accepted to or currently enrolled in, post-secondary education and have suffered the loss of a parent or legal guardian.
Deadline: March 12
Montgomery County Women's Bar Foundation, Inc.
Scholarship awards range from $1,000.00 to $3,500.00 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 should contact the School of Law's Office of Financial Aid for application details.
Deadline: May 31
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Earl Warren Legal Training Program
Warren Scholarships are awarded to law school applicants with exceptional academic records who are actively engaged with civil rights and public interest work. Applicants for Warren Scholarships must be able to demonstrate a well-defined interest in civil rights through their academic records and personal essays.
Deadline: April 30
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation (NAPABA)
1341 G Street, NW, 5th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
Only law students pursuing a J.D. are eligible to apply. Each applicant must submit an application form with an official most recent law school transcript, resume, and two letters of recommendation from a person not related to the applicant.
Deadline: September 2
National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Washington, DC Chapter
Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
School of Business, Howard University
2600 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20059
The objective of the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award is to recognize and reward student or recent graduates in a degree or certificate program directly related to the field of acquisition. Recipients must demonstrate a high level of achievement in academia related to the acquisition profession. More than one award may be made. Previous winners are ineligible. Financial awards may be as high as $1,500.
Deadline: March 31
Sons of Italy Foundation
219 E Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Telephone: (202) 547-2900
Each year, the SIF offers 10 to 12 merit-based scholarships (National Leadership Grants), ranging from $4,000 to $25,000, in a nationwide competition.
Deadline: February 28
The National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ)
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Scholarship
NAWJ initiated the Equal Access to Justice Scholarship Program to award scholarships to law students who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity and equality in the system of justice. The scholarships are presented at NAWJ District events across the country. We are hopeful that the benefits of the scholarship program will far transcend the financial benefit to the individual students. The program also promises to create enduring partnerships between NAWJ Districts and their local area law schools, and between NAWJ and new generations of women judges to come. 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.
The Richard Linn American Inn of Court
Mark T. Banner Scholarship for Law Students
300 South Riverside Plaza, 16th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
The Linn Inn Mark T. Banner Scholarship is a new scholarship created in the name 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. (The Linn Inn Mark T. Banner Scholarship for law students, awarded by the law firm of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd). This new Linn Inn Mark T. Banner 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.
The Sallie Mae Fund
The Sallie Mae Fund is the charitable arm of Sallie Mae. The fund offers a number of scholarships. Scholarship programs include: The Sallie Mae Fund Unmet Need Scholarship Program, The Sallie Mae Fund First in my Family Scholarship program, The Sallie Mae Fund American Dream Scholarship Program, and the Sallie Mae 911 Education Fund.
UpRight Law LLC
Access to Advocacy Award
Entrants must submit not later than May 31, 2015, "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." The winning entrant will receive a $5,000.00 scholarship award for tuition, books, or fees.
Membership/Regional Based Scholarships
American Association for Justice
Richard D. Hailey Scholarships
AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship
In addition to AAJ's Mike Eidson Scholarship (see above, under Gender Based Scholarships), the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) offers several scholarships to Law Student Members of the organization. Please visit the website for more information.
Hudson County Bar Foundation
583 Newark Avenue, 4th Floor
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Tel: (201) 708-4708
Multiple scholarships are available for Hudson County 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: All applications must be received on or before April 30.
Isabelle Durrah Legal Scholarship
Barristers’ Spouses of the District of Columbia, Inc.
4315 Argyle Terrance, NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
The program is open to J.D. students who are residents of metropolitan Washington, DC. For more information, contact the number above.
Japanese American Citizens League
Grace Andow Memorial Scholarship
Thomas T. Hayashi Memorial Scholarship
Sho Sato Memorial Scholarship
Mary Reiko Osaka Memorial Scholarship
Every candidate must be an active JACL member (membership is open to everyone of ANY ethnic background). Applicants may only apply to one scholarship.
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 27, 2015
Robert A. Shuker Scholarship Fund
One or two annual scholarships of $12,000 to $15,000 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 17, 2015
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. To be eligible, applicants must be a full-time student. The foundation does not offer aid for summer sessions, research, special projects, part-time studies, distance learning or executive MBA programs (Note: online courses are accepted as long as they are from the same approved institution and do not exceed more than half of the required minimum full-time units). A personal interview may be required.
Deadline: January 31
Tad Nelson Law Firm Scholarship
One-time $500 scholarship for a law student who graduated from a high school in Texas. Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0. and demonstrate financial need.
Deadline: May 31, 2015
Additional Membership/Regional Based Scholarships: