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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:

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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 14, 2019


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.

Deadline: October 6, 2018


American Association for Justice (AAJ): AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship and 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. AAJ's Annual Convention is a great opportunity for the winner to network with top trial lawyers from around the country.

Deadline: Next application window opens February 2019


Answering Legal’s Future Attorneys of America Scholarship

One $5,000 merit scholarship will be awarded annually. Applicants must be currently enrolled at an accredited law school; have a minimum 3.5 GPA; and have some form of legal experience (volunteer, internship, employment). Application includes 500-1000 word personal essay. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was February 28, 2018)


Arnold & Itkin LLP Academic Scholarship

Arnold & Itkin LLP will award $5,000 to two current law students who share our passion for assisting the underprivileged and the victims of tragedy. Regardless of the area of law, the scholarship recipients should be focused on utilizing the legal system to support those less fortunate. All applicants should demonstrate both past and current dedication to victim advocacy and/or community service. To apply, each applicant must submit an essay explaining their goals and intent to use their legal education to improve the lives of certain individuals, the community, or society at large. The essay should be limited to no more than 3 pages. In addition to that, applicants must submit a statement of financial need along with supporting documentation. Students must be in their second or third year at an ABA Accredited school, have at least a 3.0 GPA, be a U.S. resident, and be in financial need.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was June 1, 2018)


Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) Graduate 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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was July 1, 2018)


Bankruptcy Law Center Scholarship Contest

Awards a $500 prize twice per year for the winning essay on the specified debt-related topic. Essays must be at least 750 words. See the website for application details.

Deadline: July 31, 2018, for Fall semester and December 20, 2018, for Spring semester


Baumgartner Law Firm Law Student Scholarship

One $3,000 law student scholarship awarded based on need and commitment to helping others. See the website for application details.

Deadline: August 31, 2018


Benson & Bingham Annual Scholarship

One grand prize winner will receive a one-time payment of $2,000 to be applied to the law school of their admission/attendance. Additionally, two $250 payments will be awarded to two runner up applicants. Minimum CGPA of 3.0. Entrants must submit a minimum of a 600-word typed essay on one of the specified topics. See website for details.

Deadline: August 31, 2018


Beverly Hills Immigration Lawyers Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for a foreign-born student or student whose parent is foreign-born (with or without lawful status) to help pay for education costs. Requires 450-word essay on specified immigration-related topic. See website for application details.

Deadline: September 30, 2018


Bruckheim & Patel Washington DC DUI Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship awarded for the winning 500-word essay on the specified DUI-related topic. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was June 30, 2018)


Bryce Harlow Foundation Fellowship Program

The Bryce Harlow Fellowship is awarded to highly motivated students in pursuit of a career in professional advocacy through government relations and lobbying. Students must be enrolled in graduate studies part-time and work full-time. In addition to the $8,000 monetary award, fellows also have a unique opportunity to participate in the Bryce Harlow Foundation Mentoring Program. See website for selection criteria and application details.

Deadline: Next application round opens January 2019


Butler Tobin Make-the-World-Better Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for the student who creates the winning short video (2-10 minutes) on what you want to do to make the world a better place. See website for application details.

Deadline: February 19, 2019


ChapmanAlbin Scholarship for Law Students

One $1,000 scholarship for a law student. Must submit a personal essay of 300-500 words on the specified topic. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was June 15, 2018)


The Clark Law Office Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship awarded annually based on academic performance along with the quality of a 600-1200 word personal essay on the specified topic. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was July 15th, 2018)


Cohen & Cohen, P.C. Civil Justice Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship awarded to 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: December 1, 2018


Console & Hollawell P.C. Legal Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship. Requires a GPA of 3.0 or above and an essay of 300-600 words on a specified topic. See website for application details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was July 15, 2018)


Console & Hollawell P.C. Overdose Attorney Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship. Requires a personal essay of 500 words on a specified topic. See website for application details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was July 15, 2018)


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: Next round opens September 2018


Court of 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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior application window was June 1-August 1, 2018)


The Dan Bartell Humanitarian Scholarship

One $500 scholarship for a business, arts, or law school student. Must submit a personal essay of no more than 1000 words on the specified topic. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was August 1, 2018)


David B. Albo Public Service Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for a student with a demonstrated commitment to public service. Must submit a personal essay of no more than 1000 words on the specified topic. Minimum 2.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was May 15, 2018)


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 1st each year (application opens in January)


DC Law Scholarship

One $2,000 scholarship for a law student. Must submit an essay of 500-600 words on the specified legal topic. Minimum 3.5 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: January 31, 2019


DDR Lawyers Legal Scholarship

The DDR Lawyers Legal Scholarship by Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum, LLP is a recurring scholarship worth $1500 designed to help one law student with their tuition costs. Requires 3.5 or higher GPA and 500-600 word original essay on what you hope to achieve in your legal career if awarded this scholarship. See the website for application details.

Deadline: December 31, 2018


DREAM Act Scholarship

The 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. Eligibility requirements include a cumulative 3.0 GPA and a 700-word essay based on the prompt given on the website.

Deadline: March 31, 2019


Enjuris Scholarship Essay Contest

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who submits the winning 500-750 word essay on the specified legal topic. See website for details.

Deadline: August 20, 2018


Fales & Fales, P.A. Law Enforcement Family Member Scholarship

One university or law school student who is a family member of a law enforcement officer will be awarded a $1,000 financial aid scholarship. Requires GPA of 3.0 or above and submission of 1-3 page essay. See the website for details.

Deadline: August 31, 2018


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior application window was April 1-15, 2018)


Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation: Law School Scholarship Program

The FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to rising second or third year students currently enrolled in accredited law schools in the United States who have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in communications law. The scholarships range from $2,500 – $5,000 each.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was April 9, 2018)


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: Application available January - March each year (prior deadline: March 21, 2018)


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was June 11, 2018)


Freeman & Freeman Scholarship for Law Students

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student planning on attending, accepted to attend, or currently attending an accredited law school in the U.S. Requires application and 500-1250 word essay. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was May 1, 2018)


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).

Deadline: January 31 and June 30 each year


GJEL Law Student Scholarship

Two $2,000 awards annually. Requires a 500-1000 word essay on the topic: “Reasons I wanted to go to law school.” See website for details.

Deadline: December 15, 2018 (Fall Semester) and May 15, 2019 (Spring Semester)


Greenberg Law Offices Students Are The Future, Civil Justice Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for a student interested in the law. Must submit a personal essay of at least 800 words and a 2-3 minute video. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details of the scholarship, including the Video Essay topic.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was March 15, 2018)


Hildebrand Law, PC Civil Justice Student Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for a student with demonstrated interested in social justice. Must submit an essay of no more than 1000 words in response to: How can our current society take the initiative and ensure every person, regardless of his or her socio-economic status, will have equal access to the US civil justice system? Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was August 1, 2018)


Jacoby & Meyers Scholarship Competition

One $1,000 scholarship awarded to a college or law student. Requires an essay of up to 1,000 words answering the following question: "How do you plan on using your education in law in your future career?" See website for application details.

Deadline: December 31, 2018


Japanese American Citizens League National Scholarship Program

The program currently offers over 30 awards, including three 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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior application window was November 2017 - April 2, 2018)


JML Law P.C. Scholarship

One $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who submits the winning 500+ word essay on the specified personal topic. See website for details.

Deadline: August 15, 2018


Keith Williams Law Group Semi-Annual Scholarship

A $1,500 scholarship, awarded twice each year, for students who have fought through adversity in their lives in order to better themselves through education. No minimum GPA requirement. Applicants must submit a personal essay of no more than 800 words on the specified topic. See website for application details.

Deadline: June 10th for Fall semester and December 10th for Spring semester


Keren Goldenberg Public Defender Intern Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for a student interning at a public defender office during the school year or upcoming summer. Application requires student aid report demonstrating financial need. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was April 29, 2018)


Kisling, Nestico & Redick (KNR) Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to an individual student who successfully creates a plan to persuade people to stop texting and driving. The plan can be very open-ended. Applicants can make videos, submit strategies, or be as creative as they’d like to convey their ideas. Applicants must have minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: March 31, 2019


Krist Law Firm P.C. National Scholarship

One $10,000 scholarship awarded to a student who demonstrates good character and high initiative. Requires a 300-500 word personal essay on specified topic. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: March 31st, 2019


Lamber-Goodnow Injury Law Team Law School Scholarship

Will award one $1,000 scholarship. Requires 500-750 word essay describing why you want to be a lawyer and what motivated you to go to law school. See website for application details.

Deadline: December 1st each year


Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg Scholarship

One $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who submits the winning 500+ word essay on the specified personal topic. See website for details.

Deadline: August 15, 2018


The Law Offices Of Sean M. Cleary Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for a student who will help raise awareness on the deadly effects of teen DUI. Must submit an essay of 100-300 words, inspired by a personal story, explaining Why You Shouldn't Drink & Drive. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: August 31, 2018


Lawsuit Legal Future Legal Leaders Scholarship

Offers an annual award of $2,000 for a student entering or currently in the first year at an accredited law school. Must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Must submit a video and an essay on specified topic. See website for details.

Deadline: May 5th annually


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: February 1 to March 2, 2019


Luckman Law: People’s Rights Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship awarded to a student who exemplifies standing up for what is right and for protecting the rights of others. Requires a personal essay of no more than 1000 words on specified topic. Minimum 2.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was May 31, 2018)


The May Firm Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship awarded biannually. Requires a 300 word essay in response to the question: What would really make drivers stop texting and driving? Include resume with current GPA. See the website for application details.

Deadline: September 15th and January 15th of each year


Mesriani Law Group Scholarship for Future Litigation Lawyers

Scholarship of $500 will be awarded to one law student annually. Requires a personal essay advocating why the applicant should be chosen as the winner the MLG scholarship grant. See website for details.

Deadline: December 31, 2018


Michigan Workers Comp Law Scholarship

Scholarship of $500 will be awarded to one law student annually. Requires GPA of 2.5 or above and 3-4 page essay on designated employment law topic. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was June 1, 2018)


The Moses and Rooth Legal Scholarship

Awards one $1,000 scholarship to an incoming or current law student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Requires 300-600 word essay on specified topic. See website for details.

Deadline: June 1, 2019


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was May 1, 2018)


The Nation Institute: Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties

The fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. The fellowship recipients each receive a $2,000 honorarium. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization, work on a law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was April 27, 2018)


National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Law Foundation Scholarships

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: Varies but typically late August or early September


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was March 31, 2018)


Nicholas Braswell Strong Roots Scholarship and Essay Contest

One $500 scholarship will be awarded annually to the winning 500-word essay on the following question: How is the meaning of the word “community” changing in today’s world, and what does that mean for people who wish to build strong, healthy communities? Applicants must have minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was March 31, 2018


Oleg Fastovsky Outstanding Citizen Scholarship and Essay Contest

One $500 scholarship will be awarded annually to the winning 500-word essay on the following question: What is one of the most important ways an individual can serve her or his community, and how have you served your community in this way? Applicants must have minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was March 31, 2018)


Orr Law Firm DUI Defense Scholarship

The Orr Law Firm will award one student a $1,000 scholarship to put towards law school. Applicants must submit an essay on the specified topic. Open to full-time students over the age of 18 enrolled in a current or upcoming accredited law program.

Deadline: August 15, 2018


Patrick Malone & Associates “Representing Real People” Scholarship

Patrick Malone & Associates is offering two scholarships of $5,000 each to law students committed to a career representing individuals serving in legal career paths such as elder law, immigration law, disability rights, and more. One of two scholarships is designated for students attending law school in or near the District of Columbia, the law firm’s home base. The other can be used at any law school in the United States. See website for application details.

Deadline: July 1st each year


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 1000 words on the specified family law related topic. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was May 31, 2018)


Pew Law Center Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who submits the winning essay of no more than 2,000 words on the specified debt-related topic. See website for details.

Deadline: December 31, 2018


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was November 13, 2017)


Polson & Polson Conquering Adversity Scholarship

One $500 scholarship for a student who demonstrates the characteristics of perseverance, determination and unwavering commitment to triumphing over roadblocks. Requires 750 word personal essay on the specified topic. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: October 31, 2018


Price Benowitz Social Justice Scholarship

One $1,500 scholarship for a student who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to social justice and community outreach. Requires a 750-word essay on the specified topic and minimum 3.0 GPA. See the website for application details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was April 30, 2018)


The Reeves Law Group Scholarship

One $3,000 scholarship awarded to a deserving law student who demonstrates through past, current and expected future deeds a genuine commitment to serve the less-fortunate. Requires a 750-1000 word essay, or a Prezi/Powerpoint presentation, that demonstrates a genuine desire and goal of using the legal system to fix problems or improve conditions in our society. See website for details.

Deadline: December 15, 2018


Reiff and Bily Legal Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for a student studying for a career in the legal field. Requires a 650 word essay on what goals he or she hopes to accomplish through eventual employment in the legal field. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was July 1, 2018)


Richard J. Banta Law Civil Justice Scholarship

One $500 scholarship for a student studying for a career in the legal field. Requires an essay of not more than 1000 words on the specified topic. Minimum 2.75 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was August 1, 2018)


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was December 8, 2017)


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was April 13, 2018)


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was May 31, 2018)


Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. Scholarship

A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to one student currently attending an accredited college or university in the U.S. The winner will be selected based on a500-word essay they have written on the topic of “Why you are the best candidate for the scholarship?” See website for details.

Deadline: April 1, 2019


Scrofano Law PC Aspiring Public Defender Scholarship

One $1,500 scholarship for a 1st or 2nd year law student interested in pursuing a career as a public defender. Must be employed in a summer position at a public defender’s office. Requires 500-700 word personal essay on the specified topic. See website for application details.

Deadline: June 1st each year


Simeone & Miller, LLP Good Lawyers / Good People Scholarship

Two $1,000 annual scholarships – one awarded for fall semester and one awarded for spring semester - for students who aspire to use the law to achieve justice and make the world a better and safer place. Requires a written statement (800-1,000 words) or a video presentation (3-5 minutes) describing the value of using the law to improve people’s lives. See the website for details.

Deadline: July 1, 2018, for fall scholarship; November 1, 2018, for spring scholarship


Simplr Artificial Intelligence and Technology Scholarship

Simplr is offering a $5,000 scholarship to a deserving full-time student who is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT) or is attending law school. Requires a 700-1000 word essay on the specified topics. See website for application details.

Deadline: December 31, 2018


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: Next application window opens November 2018 (prior deadline was February 28, 2018)


Spolin Law Civil Rights and Criminal Law Essay Competition

$1,000 will be awarded to the winner of the essay competition. Requires GPA of 3.0 or above and submission of a personal essay of not more than 2,000 words on the specified topic. See the website for details.

Deadline: October 1st annually


Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Personal Injury Scholarship

Staver is offering one $5,000 scholarship to a student whose essay shows an understanding and appreciation of personal injury litigation. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. See website for application details.

Deadline: December 1, 2018


Steinger, Iscoe & Greene Law Scholarship for Child Advocates

The law firm of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene offers a semi-annual $1,000 scholarship for a child advocate or abuse survivor seeking a law degree. Requires minimum 2.8 GPA and 500 to 1000-word personal essay on the specified topic. See website for application details.

Deadlines: July 31st for Fall semester and November 30th for Spring semester


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 awards@studentawardsearch.com. Your email must include your name, school you are attending this year and next and your future academic plans.

Deadline: May 24, 2019


Sutliff & Stout Law School Scholarship Contest

$2,000 scholarship for the student who submits the winning essay in answer to the simple question: Why do you want to study law? See website for details.

Deadline: August 1, 2018


Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. Juvenile Justice Law School Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a law student with a CGPA of 3.5 or above. Requires an essay of not more than three pages describing how you think juvenile justice could be improved to rehabilitate juveniles and keep them out of the criminal justice system. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was July 31st, 2018)


Virginia Beach Defense Group Future Resources Scholarship

One $500 scholarship will be awarded annually to the winning 500-word essay on the following question: What do you believe is the biggest issue that currently threatens our nation’s natural resources, and what are at least two ways we can begin working to fix this issue? Applicants must have minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: March 31, 2019


Washington Bar Association Educational Foundation: Charles Hamilton Houston Scholarship Essay Contest

The WBAEF Charles Hamilton Houston Essay Competition is held each year in honor of the brilliant Charles Hamilton Houston, one of the most important civil rights attorneys in American history. Currently enrolled first and second year law students are invited to participate. Monetary scholarships will be awarded to first ($3,000), second ($2,000), and third ($1,000) place winners. See website for topic and submission details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was March 16, 2018)


WebsLaw Law Firm Marketing

The following law firms offer scholarships with the same requirements, same essay prompt and same submission deadline. Essays and contact information must be submitted separately to the email addresses provided on each firm's website. All require a minimum 3.0 GPA. All require that applicants submit a 500+ word essay on why an education is important. "Give us examples of how you’ve persevered through the obstacles in order to get an education. What have you learned from these challenges, and how will that prepare you for the challenges you face as a student in a higher education environment? Show examples, and defend your answer."

Deadline: All due August 15, 2018


Wilshire Law Firm Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship offered biannually to a student who has demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to the community. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was June 30, 2018)


Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC Scholarship

$5,000 scholarship for a student who has demonstrated outstanding service to the community, high initiative to further their education, and a strong academic performance. GPA of 3.0 or higher. Essay between 300-500 words on the specified topic. See website for details.

Deadline: May 31, 2019


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: Next application window opens February 2019


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: Next application window opens in October 2018 (prior deadline was March 2, 2018)


American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA): National 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. District AHEPA chapters also award scholarships via their own application procedures.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was March 31, 2018)


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 by scholarship, typically June 1st


Arent Fox LLP: Diversity Scholarship

The DC, LA, NY and SF offices will each award one second-year law student $20,000 and a salaried position. The scholarship will be paid in two installments: $10,000 during the second-year summer and another $10,000 payable when the student returns to Arent Fox as an associate after graduation.

Deadline: August 15, 2018


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was November 1, 2017)


BestColleges.com Scholarship Guides

BestColleges.com provides lists of college scholarships, some of which are open to law students, grouped by demographic, including African American Students, Hispanic and Latino Students, Military Spouses and Children, Single Parents, and Students with Disabilities.

Deadline: Varies by scholarship


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. See website for application.

Deadline: April 1, 2019


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior application window was December 11, 2017 - May 18, 2018)


Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP: 1L Diversity Scholarship Program

Offers scholarships to summer associates in participating offices (e.g. Anchorage, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.) consisting of a paid Summer Associate position and $10,000 for the student’s second year tuition and expenses. Open to all first-year law students of diverse backgrounds who have a record of academic achievement in both undergraduate school and the first year of law school that demonstrates promise for a successful career in law, and are committed to civic involvement that promotes diversity.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior application window was December 1, 2017 - January 9, 2018)


DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

This program is open to rising second and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, LGBT and Multi-Racial students. Rising second-and third year female law student are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. 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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was March 30, 2018)


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior application window was December 1, 2017 - January 12, 2018)


Goodwin Procter LLP: Diversity Fellowships

1L Diversity Fellowships provide financial stipends and mentoring for students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school. 2L Diversity Fellowships provide financial stipends to students who join Goodwin's summer associate program and who accept an offer, if extended, to join the firm as a full-time associate.

Deadlines: August 24, 2018 for 2L Fellows. Next 1L Fellows round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was February 26, 2018)


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was October 14, 2017)


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 late December or early January and due in late March or early April.


Iranian American Bar Association Foundation Scholarships

One or more scholarships awarded each year to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Iranian-American community. Recipients must be full-time law students of Iranian-American heritage. Awards are based on merit as well as financial need. Requires an application, resume, transcript, and 2-page personal statement.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was March 31, 2018)


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was September 11, 2017)


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was January 6, 2018)


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior application window was April 1 - June 30, 2018)


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: August 24, 2018


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was December 18, 2017)


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 this fall; 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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was June 1, 2018)


Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) LMJ Scholarship Program

The Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. (LMJ) Scholarship is a national program that annually grants 10 scholarships of $10,000 to full-time first-year law students. 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: August 31, 2018


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: Application window is February 1 to 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: Application opens April 1st, typically closes on November 1st


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 window open November 1 to January 29


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 Law) 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 $2,500 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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was March 30, 2018)


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: Next application window opens February 2019


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 to December 1 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 31, 2019


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was May 31, 2018)


P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship

P.E.O.'s International Peace Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. The maximum annual award is $12,500.

Deadline: See website


Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Single Mother Scholarship

Two $1,000 scholarships - one awarded to a single mother in an undergraduate program or community college and one to a single mother enrolled in an accredited law school. 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, 2018


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., and have a minimum 3.25 GPA.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was June 1, 2018)


Scholarships for Students Impacted by Disability, Injury or Illness


Alexander Graham Bell's Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy

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; 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: Application typically opens in February and due in April


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

Information about and list of disability-related scholarships, including financial aid and grant money for students with disabilities.

Deadline: Varies by scholarship


Ernst Law Group Brain Injury Caregivers Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship awarded to a student whose life has been touched by a loved one’s brain injury. Requires GPA of 2.8 or higher and 500-1000 word essay on specified topic. See the website for application details.

Deadline: July 31, annually


Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc.: Injury Scholarship

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: February 12, 2018 for the 2018 winter semester; August 10, 2018 for the 2018 fall semester


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 each year


Karman Healthcare Mobility Disability Scholarship

Two $500 scholarships awarded to students who have a mobility disability. Requires a personal essay describing "the biggest accomplishment as a result of your mobility disability." See the website for application details.

Deadline: September 1, 2018


The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship

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 31, 2019


Michigan Cerebral Palsy Attorneys: Achievements and Abilities Scholarship

Michigan Cerebral Palsy Attorneys will award one scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to an undergraduate or graduate student who has cerebral palsy or has a family member with cerebral palsy. Requires GPA of 3.0 or above. See website for application details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was July 31, 2018)


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: Next application round opens March 2019


National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program

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. Eligible applicants must be: 1) legally blind in both eyes; 2) residing in the U.S.; 3) must be pursuing or planning to pursue a post-secondary degree full-time or working full-time and pursuing a degree part-time; and 4) must participate in the NFB national convention in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities.

Deadline: Application available November 1, 2018, and due by March 31, 2019


Law Office of Renkin & Associates: Leukemia & Lymphoma Law School Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship was established to provide financial support to a law student whose life has been impacted by lymphoma or leukemia and is seeking to continue his or her education through law school. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above. See website for application details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was July 31, 2018)


Reiter & Walsh, P.C. Annual Birth Injury Scholarship

$1,500 will be awarded each year to a university or law school student who sustained a birth injury or who has a family member affected by a birth injury. Must be a full time student and have a current GPA of at least 3.0. See website for application details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was July 31, 2018)


The SAMFund Grants & Scholarships

The SAMFund 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: Application window July 16 to August 17, 2018


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: Next application window opens October 1, 2018 (prior deadline was March 1, 2018)


Vasilaros | Wagner Personal Injury Scholarship

One $500 scholarship for an outstanding student who has been adversely impacted by an accident. Must submit a 300-500 word essay on what, or who, has inspired you to pursue higher education after facing adversity from a accident that you or a loved one was in. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior window was January 9 - April 14, 2018)


Home State Scholarships

This section provides examples of scholarships available to law students from a specific state or region that do not require attending a school in that state or region. Students should consider looking for similar opportunities relevant to their backgrounds.


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was January 15, 2018)


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 the Cincinnati community.

Deadline: Third Wednesday of February each year


Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation: Dolores Randolph Bauer, Vera Brown-Curtis Hayes, and Judge Vaino Hassan Spencer 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. Requires an application, reference and response to a legal essay question. Scholarships typically range from $3,000 to $5,000. Recipients must attend BWL's Scholarship Luncheon in Los Angeles in June.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was April 6, 2018)


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


Laubacher Law Firm: Ohio Domestic Violence Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a resident of Ohio enrolled in college, graduate or law school anywhere in the U.S. who has been impacted by domestic violence at some point in his or her life. Requires GPA of 3.0 or above and submission of a one-page personal essay on domestic violence. See website for application details.

Deadline: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was July 31, 2018)


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 each year


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: Next round not open as of 08/10/18 (prior deadline was March 30, 2018)


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: January 15th each year


 

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