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External Scholarships

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

Scholarships for African American Students

Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship

Applicants for the Jones Johnson Scholarship must be a member of the NAACP and under 25 years of age. Awards are based on GPA and academic achievement.

Award Amount: $2,000
Deadline: 3/17/2015


Earl Warren Shearman and Sterling Scholarships

Earl Warren Shearman & Sterling Scholarships are two special stipends for African-American law students. The scholarship is sponsored by Shearman & Sterling, a large commercial law firm with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and several foreign locations. Recipients are assigned attorney-mentors from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) and from Shearman & Sterling, and gain experience working with LDF on issues related to civil rights and public interest law.

Award Amount: $3,000
Deadline: 4/30/2015


National Bar Institute, African-American Law Student Fellowship Program

Several fellowships are offered to full-time African-American law students pursuing a professional law degree.

Award Amount: $1,000 to $10,000.
Deadline: May 15 of each year


Scholarships for Disabled Students

American Council of the Blind Educational Scholarships

The American Council of the Blind provides scholarships annually to post-secondary students who are blind.

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: 3/1/2014


American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Scholarship

AFB administers a scholarship program for deserving students. Each year individuals who are legally blind or visually impaired can apply for financial awards to support their post-secondary/graduate education.

Award Amount: $500- $2500
Deadline: 5/31/2014


Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Applicants must be legally blind and currently studying at the post-secondary level for a career that will provide service to persons who are blind or visually impaired.

Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: 3/28/2014


BestColleges.Com Scholarship Search Engine

There are many circumstances that can make financing college harder for disabled students. Fortunately, there are many financing options and benefits available to disabled students. This is our guide to the opportunities out there.

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: See Website


Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program/Blinded Veterans Association

The Blinded Veterans Association has established the Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program for the purpose of assisting the educational goals of dependent children and spouses of blinded veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Award Amount: $1,000 to $2,000
Deadline: 4/18/2014


Scholarships for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Students

Holley Law Fellows

The Holley Law Summer Fellowship requires 10 weeks of full-time work in Washington DC Fellows are given a diverse range of assignments that reflect the work of policy advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community. Applicants should possess excellent interpersonal, legal research and writing skills, and a strong interest in LGBT policy and/or nonprofit lawyering. 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and LL.M. candidates are eligible. Summer Holley Law Fellows receive a substantial stipend.

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: 1/15/2015


Jeremy D. Protas LGBT Patent Law Scholarship

In furtherance of the goal of increasing the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in the field of patent law.

Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: 7/31/2014


Lax Scholarship Fund for Gay Men

Applicants should be either from the five-county Philadelphia metropolitan region, attending a qualified school in or out of the region, or from outside the region, attending college, graduate or professional school within the region.

Award Amount: Up to $8,000
Deadline: 2/5/2015


M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equity Scholarship

 The Fund, which is sponsored by the Orange County Lavender Bar Association (OCLBA) and the Orange County Equality Coalition (OCEC), will award one or more scholarships each year to academically qualified law students who have demonstrated commitment to advancing equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Orange County. Please visit the Law Financial Aid Office for application materials.

Award Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: 5/1/2015

Point Scholarship

Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: 1/26/2015


Skadden Fellowship

In a continuing effort to support the work of the Skadden Fellows, the mission of this innovative program is to award incubator grants of $10,000, to support novel projects undertaken by former Skadden Fellows. These grants were made possible by a generous testamentary bequest of Mr. Flom, as well as significant donations in Mr. Flom's memory by Skadden partners and others in the community

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: 10/6/2014


The Edward C. Tang Scholarship

Mr. Edward C. Tang established this award in 2007 to provide financial assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) for post-secondary Education. This scholarship is to help LGBT youth proudly achieve educational pursuits and dreams without shame. This scholarship awards up to two outstanding students annually, a combined scholarships totaling up to $15,000. These scholarships e renewable for a maximum of three or more years (a total of four years) provided each student annually meets the renewal requirements.

Award Amount: up to $15,000
Deadline: 4/30/2014


Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students

Chicana / Latina Foundation Scholarship Program

Each year the Chicana Latina Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to Latina college students, valued at $1,500 dollars each. This year we are delighted to offer 31 scholarships.

Award Amount: $1,500
Deadline: 3/17/2014


La Raza Lawyers Association-Central Valley Chapter/Hon. Mario Olmos Memorial Scholarship

Applicants must be presently enrolled in the first, second, third or fourth year of legal study. Application materials can be picked up in the Law Financial Aid Office. 

Award Amount: $1,000 to $3,000
Deadline: February 20, 2015


Latina Lawyers Bar Association Scholarship

The Latina Lawyers Bar Association announces a scholarship program for law students enrolled at a law school in California.  The scholarship program will award scholarships to outstanding law students.  The scholarship funds may be used towards expenses related to a student’s attendance at a California law school or towards the expenses related to preparation for the California Bar Examination.  Preference will be given to Latina law students.

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: 6/15/2014


LULAC National Scholarship Fund

The LULAC National Scholarship Fund was established to provide scholarships to qualified Hispanic students attending accredited colleges, universities, and graduate schools in the United States.

Award Amount: $250 to $2,000
Deadline: Approximately 3/31/2015


Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) Law School Scholarships

Multiple Scholarships; See Website for Details.

Award Amount: $250  to $5000; Multiple Scholarships
Deadline: Varies; Multiple Scholarships


The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Legal Education Fund Scholarships

Providing scholarships and financial awards is a foremost priority for The HNBA Legal Education Fund.  The HNBA, its members and supporters, are fully committed to promoting educational opportunities for diverse students through The HNBA Fund.

Award Amount: Up to $10,000; Some Renewable
Deadline: 10/15/2014


Wally Davis Legal Memorial Scholarship Fund/Hispanic Bar Association

The Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to Orange County Latino students who are presently attending law school and who have demonstrated involvement in the Latino Community.

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: 10/31/2014


Scholarships for Jewish Students

Jewish Family and Children Service's (JFCS) Various Loans, Grants, and Small Scholarships

Recipients must be a Jewish resident of San Francisco, San Mateo, Sonoma, Marin, or Northern Santa Clara Counties. Funds are prioritized for people who need financial help in order to pursue their educational and vocational goals.

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Contact the scholarship organization for deadline information


Jewish Free Loan Association

The Jewish Free Loan Association awards interest-free loans for the duration of the loan. Contact or visit website for more information.

Award Amount: Varies


The Lemberg Scholarship Loan Fund, Inc.

Established in the late 1940's, the Samuel Lemberg Scholarship Loan Fund provides interest-free loans to aid Jewish undergraduate and graduate college students who exhibit exceptional academic achievement and face financial difficulties pursuing a higher education.  These loans must be repaid within ten years of graduation or termination of studies.

Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: 4/15/2014


Scholarships for Minority/Diversity Students


AAJ's Richard D. Hailey Law Student Scholarship

The Richard D. Hailey Scholarships is awarded to the applicants who best meet the criteria listed, but not limited to, below:

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

Show a financial need for the scholarship

The Richard D. Hailey Scholarship is open to all first and second-year African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, and biracial AAJ law student members.

See more at: https://www.justice.org/what-we-do/enhance-practice-law/professional-recognition-awards-scholarship/scholarships/richard-d#sthash.xSeZQ1u3.dpuf

Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: 5/15/2015


Abe and Esther Hagiwara Student Aid Award/JACL National Scholarship Committee

The Abe and Esther Hagiwara Student Aid Award was founded to provide financial assistance to a student who otherwise would have to delay or terminate his or her education due to a lack of financing. Only applicants that exhibit severe financial need will be considered for this award. Every applicant must be a National JACL member.

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: 4/1/2015


America Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship provides 20 diverse students with financial assistance to attend law school. During his term as ABA President, William G. Paul initiated the scholarship to encourage racially and ethnically diverse students to apply to and attend law school. Applications available late November.

Award Amount: $5,000 per year for 3 years
Deadline: 3/1/2015


Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship

Arent Fox will provide a scholarship award in the amount of $15,000 to three first-year law students.

Award Amount: $15,000
Deadline: 1/21/2015


Baker, Donelson, Berman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz Diversity Scholarship

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC will award three (3) scholarships to diverse law students this year. Each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid during the student's third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses. Additionally, recipients will be awarded a salaried 2L Summer Associate position in one of our following offices: Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL;  Baton Rouge, New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, TN; or Houston, TX. The recipients' office preferences will be taken into consideration, but final assignment will be according to the Firm's needs. The recipients may split their summers with other law firms; however, they are required to work during the period that the other Summer Associates in that Baker Donelson office are working.

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: 6/10/2014


Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Program

Established in 1998 by the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) in response to the passage of SP-1, the University of California Regents' resolution to end affirmative action and race-based admissions at UC Schools, BASF offers these scholarship because they are firmly committed to and recognize the importance of diversity within the legal practice, particularly in Northern California.

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: 4/10/2015


Constangy, Brooks & Smith Diversity Scholars Award

This scholarship is for second-year students enrolled in an accredited law school. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA; demonstrate a commitment to diversity in their community, school, or work environment; and demonstrate personal achievements in overcoming challenges to reach goals.

Award Amount: $2,500
Deadline: 12/12/2014


Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students

Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds.

Award Amount: 
Deadline: 1/12/2015


DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

The DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship program open to rising second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students. All rising second- and third year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other rising second- and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), law school or law student members of AAJ, or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships. To qualify for this scholarship, a candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant’s law school. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle.

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: 3/31/2014


Farella Braun + Martel 1L Diversity Scholarship

 Applicants must be current first-year, full or part-time (attending first-year classes) law students who are students of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, disabled, or whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of the legal profession.

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: 3/6/2015



Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

The 1L Diversity Fellowship Program consists of four components. Each selected Fellow receives a $5,000 scholarship, mentoring from members of the firm, a paid Summer Associate position in the Fish & Richardson office of the Fellow's choice, and participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program.

Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: Approximately January 2015


Fredrikson & Byron Minority Scholarship Program

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

Award Amount: $15,000
Deadline: Approximately 3/31/2015


Gates Millenium Scholars -

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice.

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: 1/14/2015


Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation Scholarship

These scholarships are open to law students with a demonstrated commitment to community service, including but not limited to a commitment to serving the Japanese American community and/or the API community. Additional factors may include financial need, adversity, academic achievement, and desire to practice law in the Southern California area.

Applications can be picked up at the Law Financial Aid Office.

Award Amount: $2,000
Deadline: 01/18/2015

IABA Scholarship (Iranian American Bar Association)

IABA grants one or more scholarships each year to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Iranian-American community. Applicants must be of Iranian heritage and full-time students at an accredited law school (applications from UCI School of Law will be accepted) in the United States who are not otherwise receiving full educational funding from another organization.

Award Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Approximately 3/31/2015


Infinity Law Group Asian Heritage Law School Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an enrolled first-year law school student of Asian heritage who intends to use her or his law degree to help the Asian American community.

Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: 1/12/2015


JACL (Japanese American Citizens League) Scholarships

Every applicant must be an active National JACL member. JACL Membership is open to everyone of any ethnic background. All who meet eligibility criteria are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

Award Amount: Varies; Multiple Scholarships
Deadline: Approximately 4/1/2015


Judge Robert M. Takasugi Fellowships for Public Interest Law/The NAPABA Law Foundation

The NAPABA Law Foundation supports a public interest fellowship program in honor of United States District Court Judge Robert M. Takasugi to recognize his many years of dedication, commitment, and service to the Asian Pacific American legal community.

Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: March 2015


McAndrews Held & Malloy Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship

Candiate must be a first year law student at an accredited law school with a diverse background, that would improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law; have a degree in science, or engineering  and intend to practice patent law in Chicago, Illionos.

Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: 1/15/2015


MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship

Scholarship recipients will receive a $10,000 award for the first year of law school and may qualify for additional financial support in years two and three.  MCCA intends to foster mentoring opportunities for the selected scholars as well as assist in the placement of the winners in paid summer internship positions with corporate law departments during the summer immediately following successful completion of their first year of law school.

Award Amount: $10,000 per year for up to three years
Deadline: 6/17/2014


Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship

As part of a commitment to diversity, Michigan Auto Law is pleased to sponsor an annual Scholarship Program to provide financial support to students who contribute to the diversity of the law school student body as they pursue their legal career. Must be a US Citizen accepted to or currently attending (1L or 2L) an accredited law school in the United States, have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and is a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career

Award Amount: $2,000
Deadline: 5/1/2014


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

Multiple scholarships awarded to law students; see website for details.

Award Amount: $2,000 - $7,500
Deadline: 9/1/2014


Paul D. White Scholarship

Awarded annually to law students of Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native descent,

Award Amount: $7,500
Deadline: Varies; See Website


Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship -

The Perkins Coie Patent Litigation and Patent Fellowships provide a $7500 academic scholarship and a paid summer associate position following the first year of law school for 1L students with particular technical backgrounds and an interest in patent litigation and/or patent prosecution. Our summer associates work on real legal matters while working for and learning from attorneys who service the needs of Fortune 100 and 500 companies in a variety of industries around the nation. Few firms, if any, in the country have our patent litigation expertise and our deep technical bench. Perkins was named by U.S. News as the 2013 Law Firm of the Year in Patent Law.

Award Amount: $7,500
Deadline: Applications available 12/1/2015


Polish American Club of North Jersey Scholarships/The Kosciuszko Foundation

The foundation provides funding to qualified full-time graduate students in the United States. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or a permanent resident of Polish descent and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must be active members of the Polish American Club of New Jersey or be the child or grandchild of a member. Selection is based on academic excellence, the applicant's interest in the Polish community, and financial need.

Award Amount: $500 to $2,000
Deadline: TBA 2015


Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

Applicant must have attended at least four* of the six years between grades 7-12 AND graduate or receive a GED from Santa Barbara County high school** by June 2015.

Applicant must be planning to attend full-time as an undergraduate, medical (M.D.), or graduate student at a Title IV-approved school.

Applicant must be a U.S citizen, permanent resident, or AB 540 eligible. Contact: (805) 687-6065 or visit website for more info.

Award Amount: Varies; Multiple Scholarships
Deadline: 1/31/2015


Sho Sato Memorial Scholarship/JACL National Scholarship Committee

Sho Sato, a professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, was one of the nation's most prominent scholars of local governmental law. Sato was known as a leading figure in promoting relations between law schools in Japan and the United States. Every applicant must be a National JACL member. There are 30 awards with a total of $60,000 given annually.

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Approximately 4/1/2015


The Allen E. Broussard Scholarship Foundation

The Allen E. Broussard Scholarship Foundation (AEBSF) is offering three $5,000 scholarships to minority law students attending San Francisco Bay Area law schools. AEBSF was established in November 1996 shortly after the death of California Supreme Court Associate Justice Allen E. Broussard. The goal of AEBSF is to provide substantial scholarships to minority law students based on academic performances, community service, and financial need. Visit the Law Financial Aid Office for a copy of the application. 

Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: April 20, 2015

The American Bar Association  Legal Opportunity Scholarship

The purpose of the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to and attend law school and to provide financial assistance to ensure that these students have the opportunity to attend law school for three years.

Award Amount: $15,000
Deadline: Approximately March 2015


The George A. Strait Minority Scholarship

The 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 intend to have a career in law librarianship. Applicants must show evidence of financial need.

Award Amount: $3,500
Deadline: 4/1/2015


The Weil 1L Diversity Fellowship

To become a Weil 1L Diversity Fellow, you must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and intend to practice law in a major city of the United States. You must have successfully completed the first semester of your first year of a full-time JD program, with an expected graduation date of spring 2016, and you may not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: See Website


The Weil 2L Diversity Fellowship

The Weil 2L Diversity Fellowship is available to students who are enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and intend to practice law in a major city of the United States. Eligible students must have successfully completed their first year of a full-time JD program, with an expected graduation date of spring 2015, and may not be the recipient Weil’s 1L Diversity award or a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: See Website


Warner Norcross & Judd Minority Scholarship

Students of color accepted to or presently attending an accredited law school within the U.S. with a permanent residence in Michigan or attending a Michigan Law School. - See more at: http://www.grfoundation.org/scholarshipslist#sthash.eeERrxPk.dpuf

Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: 4/1/2014


Winston and Strawn Diversity Scholarship

Winston & Strawn is offering three scholarships to diverse law school students who join the 2015 summer program in one of our domestic offices following the conclusion of their second year of law school. Each $10,000 scholarship will be paid during the students’ third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: 10/1/2014


 The Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP 2015 Diversity in Law Scholarship

Applicants must either be first-year law students enrolled full-time at an ABA-accredited law school or be part-time (four-year program) or joint-degree students in their second year of law school at an ABA-accredited law school. Applicants also must either (1) be a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship. Selection considerations will include but not be limited to: academic performance, writing skills, demonstrated leadership skills, an interest in litigation (including antitrust and insurance litigation), financial need, and a desire to practice in one of the cities where Zelle Hofmann maintains an office.

Award Amount: $30,000
Deadline: 4/1/2015


Scholarships for Native American Students

AIGC Fellowship for Native American Graduate Students

AIGC Fellowships are awarded to American Indians and Alaska Natives who are full-time graduate students at any accredited university in the United States. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Award Amount: $1,000 to $5,000 (varies)
Deadline: Varies; See Website


American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship -

Students attending all colleges and pursuing a graduate degree may apply for The American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships. These scholarships are funded through our partnerships with corporate and private donors. These scholarships are administered by the American Indian College Fund and are generally based upon merit or demonstrated financial need.

Award Amount: Multiple Scholarships; $1,000 to $5,500
Deadline: May 31 Annually


American Indian Education Foundation

The mission of our Scholarship service is to give more American Indians and Alaskan Natives the resources and encouragement they need to learn and succeed. By harnessing the power of knowledge, these future leaders can bring about positive changes in their own lives and in their communities.

Award Amount: varies
Deadline: 4/4/2015


Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarships

The Allogan Slagle Scholarship is offered by The California Indian Law Association, a nonprofit organization incorporated under tribal law and devoted to advancing the field of Indian law, the Indian law legal profession, and tribal justice system personnel in California. This scholarship is available to American Indian and Native Alaskan full-time law school students. The award is based on scholastic achievement, financial need, and community involvement.

Award Amount: $1,500
Deadline: Approximately July 3


National Society Daughters of the American Revolution/American Indian Scholarship

This award is intended to help Native American students of any age, of any tribe, and in any state, in their pursuit of a vocational, undergraduate, or graduate education. Awards are based on financial need and academic achievement. Applicants must be Native American, in financial need, and have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher.

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: February 15 Annually


The Oneida Tribe Norbert Hill Center/Wisconsin Higher Education Grant

Participants must be members of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, have a high school diploma or its equivalent and be accepted into an accredited college or technical school.

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Contact The Oneida Nation for deadline information


Scholarships for Women

AAUW Career Development Grant

Career Development Grants provide assistance to women who, through additional higher education, technical training, or participation in professional development institutes, are making career changes, seeking to advance in current careers, or re-entering the workforce.

Award Amount: $2,000 to $12,000
Deadline: 12/15/2014


AAUW Educational Foundation Selected Professions Fellowships

Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women of color who intend to pursue a full-time course of study in fields, such as law, in which women's participation is traditionally low. Candidates may apply for support for their final year of study only and are expected to receive their degrees at the end of the fellowship year.

Award Amount: $5,000 to $18,000
Deadline: 1/10/2015


American Association of University Women International Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded for full-time study to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must intend to return to their home country to pursue a professional career.

Award Amount: $18,000
Deadline: 12/1/2014


Fresno County Women Lawyers/Justice Pauline Davis Hanson Scholarship

As a tribute to the memory of the late Associate Justice Pauline Davis Hanson, Fresno County Women Lawyers has established a scholarship to encourage and support outstanding academic achievement and commitment to service by female law students. Candidates

Award Amount: $2,000
Deadline: 5/15/2015

Questions? Contact:

Hanson Scholarship Committee

Fresno County Women Lawyers

2445 Capitol Street, Suite 140Fresno, CA 93721-2267

Telephone: (559) 237-6800

Fax: (559) 237-6807


Horizons Foundation Scholarships

Women in Defense, a National Security Organization, established the Horizons Foundation to encourage women to pursue careers related to the national security interests of the United States and to provide development opportunities to women who are already working in national security fields. Scholarships are awarded to candidates who require financial assistance and who demonstrate strong academic credentials, significant leadership potential, and a commitment to a career in national security.

Award Amount: varies
Deadline: 7/15/2015


Ms. JD Fellowship

The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Early Spring


P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship

The International Peace Scholarship Fund is a program which provides grants-in-aid for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada.

Award Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: Eligibility Forms due 12/15/2014. Application due 3/1/2015 (Admitted & continuing tudents) or 4/1/2015 (for Applicants)


The AAJ Women for Justice Mike Eidson Scholarship

The Scholarship is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principals of the constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial.

Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: 05/01/2015


The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

As part of Google's ongoing commitment to advancing computing and technology, we are pleased to provide scholarships to encourage students to excel in their studies and become active role models and leaders. We hope these programs also help in dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields.

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: 1/15/2015


The Woman's Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, Announces The Honorable Patricia Herron & The honorable Ellen James Scholarship

The goal of the section is to further the advancement of women in the legal profession and the judiciary.

Award Amount: $1,000 to $10,000.
Deadline: 10/1/2014

Website: http://www.cccba.org/attorney/sections/women.php Flyer: http://www.cccba.org/flyer/2014_CCCBA_Womens_Scholarship.pdf

WLASLO/ Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo County

The Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo County offers up to $750 in scholarship awards to students who are: 1) presently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in law school, and 2) have a demonstrable connection to San Luis Obispo County.

Award Amount: $750
Deadline: 7/1/2015


Scholarships for All Students


AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship

A $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through extensive involvement in AAJ student chapter activities, expresses a desire to represent victims, exhibits an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy and shows financial need for the scholarship.

Award Amount: $3,000
Deadline: 05/01/2015


AAJ/Leesfield Law Student Scholarship

Sponsored by Ira Leesfield and AAJ, this scholarship has been established to award $2,500 to a law student for attendance at AAJ's AAJAnnual Convention. The 2014 Annual Convention will be held in Baltimore, Maryland on July 26 - July 30.

Award Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Approximately 05/01/2015


Arthur Wallace Foundation Scholarship Opportunity

When Judge Wallace retired in 2009, a local attorney observed, “His legacy will be judicial temperament, judicial intellect, and a natural sense of kindness for the human beings who appear before him.” In 500 typewritten words or less, on a separate white sheet of paper, explain why you chose law as a career, and why you believe you exemplify the attributes that have caused Judge Wallace to be so greatly respected and admired.

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: 2/15/2015

For more information they can contact the Kern County Bar Association’s office at 661-334-4700

Beverly Hills Bar Association

The Beverly Hills Bar Foundation, with a history of over 50 years of scholarship support for law students in Southern California, awards the Annual Rule of Law Writing Competition Scholarship for a written work that promotes appreciation and understanding of the rule of law. The competition encourages law students to integrate Rule of Law concepts into their writings, but does not seek any particular point of view on the Rule of Law.

Award Amount: Up to $2500
Deadline: 4/1/2015


Borowitz & Clark Law School Scholarship

Borowitz & Clark, LLP are proud to offer a scholarship of $2,500 to a law student who plans to practice in the fields of bankruptcy or consumer law. To be eligible, applicants must maintain at least a 3.3 GPA at an accredited law school, and be able to demonstrate an interest in bankruptcy or consumer law.

Award Amount: $2,500
Deadline: 11/15/2014


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

The Diversity Scholarship is $2,000 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited law school, who is either a member of an ethical or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.

Award Amount: $2,000
Deadline: 5/31/2014


California Bar Diversity Scholarship

The California Bar Foundation's Diversity Scholarship financially supports first-year California law students with the goal of furthering diversity in the legal profession.  Diversity includes a broad array of backgrounds and life experiences, including students from groups or with skills or attributes that are underrepresented in the legal profession, and specifically including students from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Award Amount: $7,500
Deadline: Apps Available March 2015


California Bar Foundation Public Interest Bar Exam Scholarship

Through the Diversity in the Public Interest Scholarship, the Foundation awards BarBri Bar exam review courses (valued at more than $4,000) and cash awards to recent and soon-to-be diverse graduates of California law schools.  

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Approximately 2/11/2015


Crosner Legal Scholarship

Crosner Legal is committed to finding the right attorney to obtain justice for individuals criminally convicted or indicted. We are criminal defense attorneys who fight tirelessly to provide relief to those accused of violating the law. We believe in helping those who are unable to help themselves. If you share this passion, we want to learn more about you.

Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Approximately 12/1/2014


CTA Scholarship for Dependent Children/California Teachers Association Scholarship Committee

CTA Scholarship applicants must be a dependent child of an active, retired-life, or deceased member of CTA. The applicant must be claimed as a dependent on the current year's IRS tax form.

Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: 2/6/2015


Davis Levin Livingston Scholarship

With a new scholarship, the Honolulu-based law firm of Davis Levin Livingston intends to support law students intending to pursue public interest law and add to the ranks of motivated young attorneys willing to consider a career as a public interest lawyer. Students must be US Citizens or otherwise authorized to work in the US and have an undergraduate cumulative 3.0 GPA

Award Amount: $3,000
Deadline: 7/1/2014


Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

Applicant must display active participation in struggles for civil rights, economic justice, international solidarity or other progressive issues. Financial need evaluated.

Award Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: 4/1/2015


Finlandia Foundation Trust Scholarship

Applicants must be citizens of the United States or Finland and accepted to an accredited institution of higher learning. Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students. Students studying subjects related to Finnish culture receive special consideration.

Award Amount: $1000 to $3,000
Deadline: 2/2/2015


Frank H. Lang Merit Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded solely on merit, not need. The firm’s published philosophy states, “We place the interests of our clients before our own, represent clients within the law, and avoid even the appearance of impropriety in every engagement.” Frank H. Lang, a Martindale Hubbell “AV Rated Preeminent” attorney in whose name the scholarship is made, embodies this philosophy and added significant luster to the practice of law in the Central Valley. The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant most likely to achieve the same high standards as the scholarship’s namesake.

Award Amount: $1,000.00
Deadline: 5/1/2015


Goodwin & Scieszka Innovation Scholarship

With a grand prize of $1,000 and two runners-up receiving $500 each, the Innovation Scholarship will be accepting applications from current students attending either an accredited law school or an accredited university in the United States. Applicants will be judged on their academic merits as well as the content of the application essay they provide.

Award Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: 6/1/2015


Haneman-Perskie Memorial Foundation Scholarship

Applicants must be a New Jersey resident accepted for admission to law school. The grant is for a one-year period and it is based on academic ability, financial need, leadership potential, and character.

Award Amount: Contact the Haneman-Perskie Foundation for award amount
Deadline: May 1 Annually


Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship

The Independence Foundation is a private, not-for-profit philanthropic organization located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, serving Philadelphia and its surrounding counties.  The Foundation is specifically interested in addressing the need for legal aid and assistance to the disadvantaged.  In order to help to meet this need, in 1996 the Foundation established the Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship Program.  Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowships provide support for law school graduates, outgoing judicial law clerks and attorneys who are currently employed and who want to work in the public interest for a legal services organization that qualifies as a 501(c)(3) organization and provides legal services to individuals who are disadvantaged, including the elderly, the disabled, the homeless or those deprived of their civil or human rights.

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: 9/24/2014


Justice Hollis G. Best Scholarship

Each candidate must be a law student who has successfully completed at least one year of law school. Strong preference will be given to current residents of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare or Tuolumne Counties.

Primary considerations are academic achievement and the breadth and depth of the applicant’s extracurricular and community activities. Financial need and demonstrated leadership capabilities are also taken into consideration. Applications may be obtained by emailing the contact below, or stopping by the USF Law Financial Aid Office.

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: 01/16/2015

Contact: Margo Feldkamp (559) 445-5625; Email: margo.feldkamp@jud.ca.gov

Nadrich & Cohen Emergency Scholarship Fund

The partners at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP are passionate about promoting our civil justice system. We also understand firsthand the challenges of meeting the academic and financial demands of attending law school. We know how rewarding the experience can be. Now more than ever, America needs qualified attorneys who are committed to the civil justice system, and who stand ready to make a real difference on behalf of consumers.

Award Amount: $1,000.00
Deadline: 7/15/2015


NAPABA Law Foundation

Scholarships are awarded each fall to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders.

Award Amount: $2000-$7500
Deadline: 9/1/2014


Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties

The fellowship, established in memory of civil rights attorney Robert Masur, is granted to a distinguished first-year law student undertaking research, a project, or an internship in the area of civil rights or civil liberties.

Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: 4/15/2014


Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, PC's Law School Scholarship Essay Contest

The Chicago personal injury firm offers awards for Law school students who enter their essay contest. The topic must be chosen from the list of three topics, which are explained in more detail on their website.

Award Amount: $100-2,500
Deadline: 6/9/2014


San Diego Debt Relief Legal Clinic Scholarship

We’re proud to offer a scholarship of $1,000 to a law student from California. We understand that law school is a difficult, time-consuming, and expensive venture and we want to give back to the community by supporting an aspiring lawyer. Students must be US citizens, with at least 2 completed semesters of law school and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3

Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: 11/15/2014


San Mateo County WLSEF Scholarship

The San Mateo County Women Lawyers’ Section Educational Foundation was set up in 1996 as a non-profit organization to raise scholarship funds for deserving law students. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded over $75,000. Scholarships are available to all law students, both male and female.

 In considering scholarship applicants for determination of scholarship awards, attributes of applicants to be weighed in making such awards include, but are not limited to, the following:


(a) Financial need;

(b) Academic excellence

(c) Residential or other ties to San Mateo County;

(d) Involvement in activities, whether legal, scholastic, public, private or community.

 For more information, visit: http://www.smcwlef.org/ 


Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law & Policy Scholarship/Association of California  Water Agencies

ACWA began its scholarship program in 1961 to ensure that motivated and committed students join in the effort to ensure California’s water quality, and to implement sound water management policies

Award Amount: $7,000
Deadline: 4/1/2015


Tannenwald Writing Competition

The overriding purpose of the Foundation is to encourage and foster in law students the intense passion that Judge Tannenwald had for rigorous and insightful legal analysis, for precise legal writing, and for quality legal education. Papers by both undergraduate and graduate law students are accepted.  All papers must be sponsored by a faculty member.  The winning papers are selected by a panel of tax professors and practitioners.

Award Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: 7/1/2014


The American College of Legal Medicine's 2014 Student Writing Competition

Legal medicine is the professional and academic discipline that concerns itself with legal aspects of medical science, medical practice and other healthcare delivery. Papers will be judged on appropriateness, originality, quality of analysis, quality of writing and citation of authority/support for arguments.

Award Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: 3/30/2015


The Fresno County Bar Association Scholarship/ Fresno County Lawyer's Memorial Scholarship Fund

Applicants must be a resident of Fresno County who is a law student in good standing of a school of law in California, accredited by the State Bar of California. Student in law schools outside Fresno are eligible, so long as their permanent family residence address is in Fresno County, California.

Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: 10/15/2014


The Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Scholarship

An award in the memory of Giles S. Rich, circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, will be given by the Federal Circuit Bar Association to a law student demonstrating financial need and academic promise, either in undergraduate studies or law school. Selection for the award will be based on a written submission of no more than one page setting out the applicant's financial need, interests in the study of law, and qualifications for the award considered relevant by the applicant.

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: TBD 2015; See website.


The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twelfth annual Brown Award to recognize excellence in legal writing in the United States. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the U.S. is eligible to receive the award.

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: 6/6/2014


The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The purpose of The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished new Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The program is established in recognition of the contributions new Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded donors and their family. Applicants must be a new American, have a bachelor's degree, and cannot be older than 30 years of age as of November 1, 2014.

Award Amount: Tuition and stipend assistance of up to $90,000 in support of graduate education in this country; See Website for details
Deadline: 11/1/2014


The Reed Smith Diverse Scholars Program

The Reed Smith Diverse Scholars Program provides an award in the amount of $15,000 and a summer associate position to two first-year law students who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and community. The $15,000 will be awarded for the recipient’s second year of law school and will be paid in addition to the summer associate salary.

Award Amount: $15,000
Deadline: 8/3/2015


The Reeves Law Group Scholarship Contest

For this, our first annual scholarship contest, we want to hear from students who have helped in significant ways individuals or groups who have been in dire need of rescue or other assistance. The gestures may involve tending to individuals at a hospice, finding shelter, food and other necessities for homeless or destitute individuals, or fundraising on their behalf. These are just examples. We welcome hearing about your experience, which may involve other circumstances and acts of compassion, commitment and courage.

Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: 12/31/2014


The ST. Thomas More Society of San Francisco Scholarship

The Scholarship is intended to recognize scholarship, community service, and service to God as exemplified by our Patron, St. Thomas More.

Award Amount: $2,000
Deadline: 1/15/2015


United Negro College Fund

Multiple scholarships

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies


The Wallin & Klarich Scholarship

Must have an interest in becoming a criminal justice attorney.

Must be a graduating college senior in California, who will be attending an accredited law school in California in the Fall of 2015.Must have achieved a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate studies.Must not be a current or past employee of Wallin & Klarich, ALC. Must not be a current or past independent contractor of Wallin & Klarich, ALC. Must not be a relative of anyone that has been employed or has worked as an independent contractor for Wallin & Klarich, ALC.

The winner will be announced by June 30, 2015.

Award Amount: $3,000
Deadline: 4/30/2015