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USF Law Scholarships Application

Application-based continuing student scholarships now available for submission. You may apply for as many scholarships as you like, but students may not be awarded more than the total cost of tuition in scholarships. The deadline to apply for 2024-2025 law application based scholarships is April  1, 2024. Please read through the following scholarship descriptions and complete the following steps to be considered for an award:

  1. Select the "Yes" button next to each scholarship for which you would like to apply.
  2. Complete all information fields.
  3. Email the following documents with each application in a PDF bundle to lawdevelopment@usfca.edu:
    1. Current transcript (unofficial is fine)  
    2. Resume
    3. Scholarship-specific essay Please note: grammar and spelling are taken into consideration during review of each essay. Unless specifically noted there is no minimum length or formatting requirements for essays   
    4. Email all documents in a PDF bundle, save bundle as Last name_first name_ scholarship name
      For example “Doe_Jane_IAP Scholarship

Please note the following requirements:

  • Applicants must have submitted a 2024-2025 FASFA
  • Applicants must have financial need, be in good academic standing, and must be a continuing student to be eligible to apply. 
  • Applicants must have completed one year of JD study at USF School of Law by the end of May 2024

These scholarships are administered by the Department of Development and Alumni Engagement. We explicitly do not share applicant, recipient, or donor information except with the alumni scholarship review committees who determine the awardees.

Apply for Scholarships

Summer 2024

Summer 2024 Intensive Advocacy Program Scholarship
This year, for the first time, students may apply to receive a donor-funded scholarship which will cover the cost of tuition for the Intensive Advocacy summer program. Students applying for the IAP Scholarship must be enrolled in the IAP summer 2024 session and have a current FASFA on file with the USF Law Financial Aid Office. The award amount will cover IAP tuition cost for up to two students

Essay Topic: Please submit a 1 page double-spaced essay describing why you believe participating in IAP will advance your legal education and career goals. 
Summer 2024 International Externship Scholarship
Students may apply to receive a donor-funded scholarship to cover the cost of tuition for the International Summer Externship Program.  The scholarship is designed to help a law student with financial need take advantage of the excellent opportunity the International Summer Externship Program provides. The award amount will cover the full tuition of the summer session for 1 student

Essay Topic: In one or two double-spaced paragraphs, please tell us how participating in the International Summer Externship Program will further your professional goals.

Fall 2024-2025

Daniel Levine Cook Scholarship
This scholarship was established in loving memory of Daniel Cook, class of 1992. Priority for this scholarship is for a Jewish law student with financial need who demonstrates academic promise. The award amount is $23,000

Essay topic: Daniel Levine Cook was a sports fanatic, a Dead-Head and a passionate supporter of Israel. Please describe how your goals, interests, and influences may intersect with his experience.
Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Daniel Curtin, Jr. '57, who was an internationally known land use practitioner, former city attorney, and mentor to countless land use attorneys and planners. The Scholarship is awarded to a second or third year law student(s) with demonstrated interest in municipal or land use law and academic scholarship. The award amount is up to $12,000 and may be divided between more than one applicant

Essay Topic: Please submit a one-page essay demonstrating your interest in municipal law or land use law.
Donald B. King Class of 1958 Scholarship for Family Law
This scholarship was established by The Honorable Donald B. King '58 and his wife, Virginia King, to support continuing law students. The scholarship is open to students in good standing with financial need who show a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in family law.  The award amount is $10,000 and may be divided between more than one applicant

Essay Topic: Please submit a one-page essay demonstrating your interest and experience in family law, including any classes taken, work experience in family law, etc.
Agnes O’Brien Smith Scholarship
This scholarship was established in honor of the Hon. Agnes O'Brien Smith and is awarded to second and third year law students based on financial need, academic scholarship, leadership, and community service. The Hon. Agnes O'Brien Smith, Class of 1941, was an admired jurist and lawyer. This scholarship is awarded by The Queen’s Bench Bar Association of San Francisco.  The mission of the Queen’s Bench is to foster professional and social relationships among women lawyers and to promote equality and opportunity for all women through education, programs, and community outreach. This scholarship is open to all genders. Award amount is $13,000 and may be divided to create multiple awards

Essay Topic: Please submit a one-page essay answering this question: Which of your life experiences inspired you to attend law school.
Douglas M Raskin Scholarship
This scholarship was established by classmates and friends of Douglas Michael Raskin, Class of 1987, who died in 1994 at the age of 33 while climbing Mount Fuji in Japan. The scholarship is awarded to a third or fourth year student(s) who exemplifies Doug’s spirit of adventure, sense of humor, love of life, and caring for others..  The award amount is $4,000.
 
Essay Topic: Please submit a two page typed essay addressing how your life adheres to the principles that were important to Doug: past travel experiences and adventure, interest in helping others, participation in athletics and recreational activities, importance of friends and family, and scholastic achievement.
John Scully Memorial Trust Scholarship
Established in memory of John C. Scully ’91 who was killed in the 101 California Street mass shooting on July 1, 1993, while shielding his wife from gunfire. The fund was established by John’s classmates, his wife, Michelle Scully Hobus ‘92, and his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Neil Scully. The scholarship celebrates John’s passion for the ocean and outdoors. The award amount is $9,000

Essay Topic: Please submit a two-page essay addressing how you enjoy outdoor activities and how your own life adheres to the values important to John.
Paul W. Vapnek '64 Ethics Scholarship
Paul W. Vapnek '64 was an extraordinarily well-respected expert in legal ethics, a field that addresses the rules that govern attorney conduct. Legal ethicists educate and advise lawyers about what they may and may not do, represent them when they get into trouble, and help to draft the rules that regulate their behavior. The Paul W. Vapnek ’64 Ethics Scholarship is awarded each year to a student interested in exploring this field of the law, whether or not the student ultimately decides on it as his or her area of practice. This is a general scholarship for a student with a demonstrated commitment to community service and a record of academic success in law school. A minimum of a 2.9 GPA is required for all applicants. The award amount is $9,000

Essay Topic: Please write a one-page, typed essay about why this area of the law appeals to you, include a brief discussion of one legal ethics issue you find particularly interesting and a paragraph about your commitment to community service.
I confirm that I have a FAFSA on file or have made alternative arrangements with the School of Law Financial Aid Office to satisfy the financial need requirement, and consent to the scholarship committees (made up of alumni, donors, faculty and administrators) reading all of my application materials.

If you would like to apply or have any questions, please reach out to lawdevelopment@usfca.edu.

External Scholarships

There are a variety of scholarships awarded by outside agencies, which have their own application procedures, criteria, and deadlines.

For more information about contributing to USF School of Law Scholarships or establishing a new fund, please contact the Law School's Office of Development at (415) 422-5457 or by email at lawdevelopment@usfca.edu