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:
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 Montreal, Canada. AAJ's Annual Convention is a great opportunity for the winner to network with top trial lawyers from around the country.
Deadline: May 1, 2015
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
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
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 email@example.com. Your email must include your name, school you are attending this year and next and your future academic plans.
Deadline: May 23, 2016
Brett McCandlis Brown Law Firm
Future Leaders Scholarship
The Brett Law $2,000 Future Leaders Scholarship 2015 is available to law school students who have an interest in personal injury law and are working full-time towards their Juris Doctorate degree. Minimum 3.5 GPA.
Deadline: July 15, 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
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: November 1, 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: April 15, 2015
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: July 31, 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
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.
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 only apply to one scholarship.
Deadline: Application open November 2014 - April 1, 2015
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 2 and March 3, 2015
Montgomery County Women's Bar Foundation, Inc.
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: April 17, 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: July 15, 2015
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: September 1, 2015
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, 2015
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: November 2, 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
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: 2016 application materials will be posted in November 2015. Typically due in February.
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 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: September 15th, 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: May 31, 2015
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, 2015
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
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 1
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, 2015
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: July 15 each year
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: The application period for the 2015 Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship will run from December 1, 2014 through 11:59 pm on January 21, 2015.
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 25, 2015
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarships
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: Deadlines for 2016 will be posted in October 2015
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.
Applications for the 2016 Diversity Scholarship will be available 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, 2015
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, 2015
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 for the 2015 1L Diversity Fellowship will be accepted from December 1, 2014 to January 9, 2015.
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
Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color
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: March 13, 2015
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: October 16, 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 April.
J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association
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: September 11, 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 18, 2015
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, 2015
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. 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: July 31, 2015
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
In recent years, MALDEF has annually awarded 5-10 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: January 15, 2015
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: May 15, 2015
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
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: November 1, 2015
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 will be posted on November 1, 2015. Typically due in January.
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.
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.
Deadline: April 1, 2015
Scholarships for Women
American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Mike Eidson Scholarship
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 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, 2015
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
Women in Defense
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
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. Applicant must have successfully completed at least one semester of law school with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Deadline: December 31, 2015
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
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.
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
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 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
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: December 1, 2015 for Spring 2016
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
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. The two-part application process takes place in the late spring, and now also in the early winter. 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: Next application will be posted in January 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
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: April 10, 2015
Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati (BLAC)
William McClain Scholarship
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.
Deadline: Third Wednesday of February each year
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. .
For more information, contact the number above.
Hudson County Bar Foundation
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: May 15, 2015
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: September 30, 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 27, 2015
Robert A. Shuker Scholarship Fund
One or two annual scholarships of $7,500 to $12,500 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
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