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 12, 2021


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 8, 2021


American Association for Justice (AAJ): AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship and Leesfield/AAJ Scholarship

The AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship is open to 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: Annual application window typically opens in February


American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Scholarship Program

AALL Scholarships are available to assist individuals studying to become law librarians as either a library or law school student (e.g. library school graduates pursuing a law degree or law school graduates pursuing a library degree). See website for details.

Deadline: May 1, 2021


American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers (ACCFSLF) Writing Competition

ACCFSL seeks to recognize written contributions to the field of U.S. consumer financial services law. Eligible papers include books, book chapters, substantial book reviews, publishable articles, and student case notes or comments that were written within the 12 months preceding the deadline. Awards include a cash payment ($5,000 for books; $3,500 for articles, reviews, or book chapters; and $1,500 for student work).

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was December 1, 2020)


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: November 5, 2021


Arash Law Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for a student dedicated to becoming a professional in the field of law. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Application includes a 1000-word personal essay. See website for details.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was June 1, 2020)


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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was December 1, 2020)


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: June 1, 2021


Attorneys.org Legal Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for a student interested in or currently studying law, criminal justice or forensics. Requires minimum 3.0 GPA and 500-word personal essay. See the website for application details.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was December 11, 2020)


BARBRI Law Preview: One Lawyer Can Change the World Scholarship

In 2021, will award one $10,000 scholarship, one $5,000 scholarship, and eight $1,000 scholarships for “future change agents who are heading to law school.” To be eligible, you must be an incoming 1L student starting in the Fall of 2021 and submit a 500-word essay or less by June 1, 2021. See the website for additional information.

Deadline: June 1, 2021


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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was August 31, 2020)


Bisnar Chase Branch Out Scholarship

Offers a bi-yearly scholarship of $1,000 to a student who demonstrates through their personal statements that they are committed to expanding their education and using their education to improve their communities. Bisnar Chase will also give $500 to a 501c3 charitable organization of the winner’s choice. Minimum 2.5 GPA. See website for application details.

Deadline: June 15, 2021


Brandy Austin Law Racial & Social Justice Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for a student who demonstrates dedication to fighting for racial and social justice. Must submit a personal essay of up to 1,000 words on the specified topic. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: May 1, 2021


Brown Bass & Jeter Community Leadership Scholarship

Will award a $500 scholarship to two deserving applicants who demonstrate leadership qualities and are committed to improving our communities. Must submit an essay of up to 1,000 words on the specified topic. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadlines were August 31 and November 16, 2020)


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: Application window typically open January each year


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: June 15 annually


Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship

Awards $1,000 annually to a law student who plans to work in plaintiff’s employment law. Applicants must submit a resume, transcript, and a 750-word essay on challenges facing workers’ rights in the future. See website for details.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was May 1, 2020)


Chris J. Roy, Jr. APLC Scholarship

Chris J. Roy, Jr. APLC is awarding a $1,000 scholarship to one qualified student who plans to become an attorney. Pre-law undergraduates and students entering law school anywhere in the United States are eligible. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application includes 1-3 page essay on the area of law you intend to pursue. See website for details.

Deadline: October 1, 2021


Console & Associates P.C. Legal Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship. Requires a GPA of 3.0 or above and an essay of 500-1000 words on a specified topic. See website for application details.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (typically June 15)


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 $5,000. Applications for a given year’s program usually are accepted beginning in late summer.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (application window typically September – November 1)


Court of Federal Claims Bar Association: Carole Bailey Scholarship

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association awards scholarships to one or more law students with a demonstrated 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: 2021 deadline TBA (application window typically June – August 1)


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)


DDRB Lawyers Legal Scholarship

Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein, LLP offers a recurring scholarship worth $1500 designed to help one law student with their tuition costs. Requires 3.5 or higher GPA and 400-500 word original essay on what you hope to achieve in your legal career if awarded this scholarship. See the website for application details.

Deadline: January 31, 2021


Donaldson & Weston Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for the student who writes the winning 500+ word essay on driving while distracted. See website for details.

Deadline: February 10, 2021


Elite Lawyer Scholarship

One $500 scholarship for the student who submits the winning 500-word essay or 2-minute video presentation on the topic: What positive change are you working to bring to your community in the new year? Minimum 3.0 GPA. See the website for application details.

Deadline: February 14, 2021


Emerson Straw Texting and Driving Prevention Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for the student who writes the winning 750-word essay on the specified topic about preventing texting while driving. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: September 30, 2021


Enjuris Scholarship Essay Contest

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

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was October 15, 2020)


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 personal essay. See the website for details.

Deadline: August 31 annually


Familia America Immigration Scholarship

One $500 scholarship for a student who is an immigrant or the child of immigrants. Requires a 1,000 word personal essay. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was June 15, 2020)


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: Application window typically mid-March through mid-April


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 U.S. law schools who have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in communications law. Awards typically range from $2,000 – $10,000 each. The FCBA Foundation also sponsors a Law School Summer Internship Stipend Program that provides stipends to law students in otherwise unpaid summer internships in communications-related agencies. See website for details.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was March 31, 2020)


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: March 25, 2021 (application window typically January-March)


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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline June 19, 2020)


The Gene Harrelson Humanitarian Scholarship

One $500 scholarship for a business, liberal 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: August 1 annually


General Counsel, P.C. First Generation Law Student Scholarship

The General Counsel, P.C. First Generation Law Student Scholarship is open to second year law students (2Ls) who are the first in their family to attend law school. The firm will award $1,500 to two (2) applicants annually. Applicants will be judged based on review of a short essay, letter(s) of recommendation, and academic performance. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: Between October 1st and October 31st annually


GJELL Law Student Scholarship

Two $1,000 awards annually. Requires a 1000-2000 word essay on the topic: “Reasons I wanted to go to law school.” See website for details.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadlines: May 15, 2020 and December 15, 2020)


Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh Justice Pays Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for a student who writes the winning short personal essay on professional goals. See website for application details.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was December 1, 2020)


Grungo Colarulo Giving Back to the Community Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for a student with demonstrated commitment to service in their community. Requires 750-word personal essay on the specified topic. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was October 31, 2020)


Hodge & Langley Law Firm Texting and Driving Prevention Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for the student who writes the winning 500-word essay on how young people can prevent themselves and others from driving while distracted. See website for details.

Deadline: February 10, 2021


Jacoby & Meyers Law School Student Scholarship

One $2,500 scholarship awarded to a law student. Requires a 500-1000 word personal essay on specified topic. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for application details.

Deadline: June 15, 2021


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 category.

Deadline: April 1, 2021 (application window typically December-April 1)


Kamper Estrada Help Your Home State Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for a student with demonstrated commitment to helping people in the state where he or she grew up. Minimum 2.75 GPA. Applicants must submit a personal essay of no more than 1000 words on the specified topic. See website for application details.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was February 19, 2020)


KNR Robert Redick Memorial Scholarship

One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to an individual student who successfully creates a plan to persuade young adults to avoid distracted 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. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was March 31, 2020)


Krist Law Firm P.C. National Scholarship

One $5,000 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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was March 31, 2020)


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


The Larson Law Office Scholarship

Will award one $1,000 scholarship. Requires a 1000-word essay describing your family and how they have influenced you to become the person you are today. See website for application details.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was December 1, 2020)


Laws101.com Scholarship

Essay competition scholarship of $2,500 for a student currently attending or planning to attend law school. Requires submission of a 2000-2500 word essay on the specified legal topic. See website for details.

Deadline: May 31, 2021


Lubell Rosen Essay Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for student who writes the winning 500-word essay on specified topic. Applicants must be younger than 30 years old. See website for application details.

Deadline: February 10, 2021


The May Firm Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship awarded biannually. Requires a personal essay of 300+ words in response to specified question. Include resume with current GPA. See the website for application details.

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


Megeredchian Law: Break The Habit Distracted Driving Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship awarded annually. Requires a media piece (e.g. essay, poem, video, illustration, graphic) advocating against distracted driving. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See the website for application details.

Deadline: August 31 annually


Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellowship Program

This Fellowship was established jointly by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, to commemorate the life and legal contributions of Michael Maggio (Antioch Law School, Class of 1978). The Fellowship will be awarded to one law student each summer to work on a student-initiated project. Students must submit a project proposal with an organization willing to host the student for 10 weeks and a source of $1,500 in funding (the $1,500 amount may be paid by the host organization, law school public interest funding, independent fundraising, etc.) The Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Fellowship will provide an additional $2,500 stipend for a total award of $4,000.

Deadline: Typically mid-February


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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was June 1, 2020)


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 introduction of 100-200 words and a personal essay of 400+ words on specified topic. See website for details.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was May 31, 2020)


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: May 1, 2021


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 by scholarship (deadlines typically around March 1st and September 1st)


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, procurement, and contract management; this includes studies in law. Recipients must demonstrate a high level of achievement in academia related to the acquisition profession. Financial awards may be as high as $1,500.

Deadline: March 31st each year


Nava Law Group Scholarship

The Nava Law Group, P.C. is awarding a $1,000 scholarship to one qualified student who plans to become an attorney. Pre-law undergraduates and students entering law school anywhere in the United States are eligible. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application includes 1-3 page essay on the area of law you intend to pursue. See website for details.

Deadline: October 1, 2021


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: August 31, 2021


Oleg Fastovsky Outstanding Citizen Scholarship and Essay Contest

One $500 scholarship will be awarded annually to the winning 500-1000 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: September 30, 2021


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 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 Group Elder Abuse and Neglect Article Scholarship

One $700 scholarship will be awarded to the student who writes the winning article on elder abuse and neglect. Article must be at least 1000 words (the more the better). See website for details.

Deadline: December 29, 2020


The Players Trust: Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies

The Major League Baseball Players Trust offers up to five scholarships totaling up to $50,000 annually 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 prior 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: extended to January 31, 2021 (application window typically September – November)


Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, PC Rise Above Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship for a student who has drawn upon their inner strength to rise above in the face of adverse situations. Must submit a personal essay of no more than 1000 words on the specified topic. Minimum 2.75 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: February 15, 2021


Price Benowitz Social Justice Scholarship

One $2,000 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: February 28, 2021


The Reeves Law Group Future Lawyer Scholarship

One $5,000 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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was December 15, 2020)


Reiff Law Firm 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: July 1, 2021


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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was December 4, 2020)


Robert A. Shuker Scholarship Fund

Will award one to three annual scholarships of $10,000 to $20,000 each 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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was April 10, 2020)


Rollins and Chan Law Firm Criminal Law Essay Competition

The purpose of this $1,000 scholarship is to raise awareness of criminal issues and support students who can articulate the importance of these principles. Open to rising 2Ls attending a D.C. law school with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Requires an original essay of no more than 2,000 words on the specified topic. See website for details.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was May 1, 2020)


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 a 500-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, 2021


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 1st for fall scholarship; November 1st for spring scholarship


Simplr Artificial Intelligence and Technology Scholarship

Simplr is offering a $7,500 scholarship to a deserving full-time student who is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Computer Science (CS), Mathematics, Information Technology (IT) or is attending or will attend law school. Requires a 1000-2000 word essay on one of the specified technology-related topics. See website for application details.

Deadline: December 31, 2020


Smith & Eulo Legal Scholarship

Offers a $2,500 scholarship for a current or prospective law student. Requires a 400-600 personal essay about your career plans. See the website for details.

Deadline: May 31, 2021


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


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


Steve Duckett Local Conservation Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship awarded to a student who demonstrates exceptional commitment to natural conservation and environmental stewardship in his or her own community. Requires a minimum 3.0 GPA and a 500-word personal essay on a specified topic. See website for details.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was October 31, 2020)


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 22, 2021


Sutliff & Stout Law School Scholarship Contest

One $1,500 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: July 30, 2021


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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline July 31)


Timothy J. Ryan & Associates Law Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who submits the winning 1,000-5,000 word essay on the specified legal topic. See website for details.

Deadline: December 31, 2020


Tobin Injury Law CHAI x 66 Scholarship

One $1,188 scholarship for a student planning to use his or her education to help others. Must submit a personal essay of 600-1,000 words on specified topic. See website for application details.

Deadline: June 1, 2021


Type Media Center: 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: 2021 deadline TBA (typically in April)


Venardi Zurada LLP

One $3,000 scholarship for a student with interest in the law, criminal justice or forensics. Must submit a personal essay of no more than 500 words. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for details.

Deadline: December 31, 2020


vLex Justis International Law and Technology Writing Competition

vLex invites submissions of blog-style articles of 1,000 words, from students around the world, on one of the specified law-and-technology-related topics. Winner and runners-up will receive cash prize and publication. See website for details.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was December 7, 2020)


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: 2021 deadline TBA


Washington Bar Association Educational Foundation: Chief Judge Eugene Hamilton Scholarship Competition

This WBAEF scholarship was initiated in 2010 to honor the memory and service to the District of Columbia by the late Eugene Hamilton, Chief Judge of the D. C. Superior Court. All currently enrolled law students are invited to submit a brief on the specified topic. The winner of this competition will receive a $5,000.00 prize.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA


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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was May 31, 2020)


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: Annual application window typically opens in February


American Association of Law Libraries (AALL): George A. Strait Minority Scholarship & Fellowship

Applicants must be enrolled in law school or an accredited library degree program, a member of a recognized minority group (as defined by current U.S. guidelines), and intend to pursue a career in law librarianship. Number and amount of awards varies based on available funding.

Deadline: May 1, 2021


American Bar Association: Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund was created to encourage and support diversity in the legal profession. Ten to 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: Application window typically February 1st – March 1st each year


American Bar Association: LGBT Public Interest Scholarship Program

The ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) works to secure full and equal treatment in the ABA, the legal profession and the justice system without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. The SOGI LGBT Scholarship will provide financial support to a first, second or third year law student, or recent law graduate to enable the student or recent law graduate to work in the LGBT public interest arena for the Summer/Fall of 2021. One or more scholarships of up to $5,000 each will be awarded annually. Applicants must (i) be either a first, second or third year law student in good standing in an ABA accredited law school, or a recent law graduate from an ABA accredited law school still studying for the Bar Exam, and (ii) have secured an internship or job for Summer 2021 (which can extend beyond the Summer) and/or the Fall of 2021 with a public interest organization engaged in legal or policy work with a direct impact on LGBTQ individuals.

Deadline: April 30, 2021


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: Application window January 1st – March 31st each year


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: Application window February 1st – May 31st 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 BOS, 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: February 1, 2021


Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF)

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area (APABA-DC) formed the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) to support charitable and educational activities for Asian Pacific American law students in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. Among the opportunities it provides are AEF Fellowships, the Robert E. Wone Fellowship, the Social Justice Scholarship, and the Matsui Writing Competition. Visit their website for details.

Deadline: Varies


Banner & Witcoff: Donald W. Banner Diversity Fellowship

The Donald W. Banner Diversity Fellowship is open to 1Ls and 2Ls enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and pursuing a career in intellectual property law. The applicant must have a science or engineering degree; be a member of a historically underrepresented group in IP Law; and have exemplary writing and oral communication skills. Fellows receive awards of $5,000 for clerking in the firm’s summer program. More information about the eligibility requirements is available on their website.

Deadline: January 10, 2021 (short application window, typically November-December or December-January)


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 an individual who demonstrates defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. 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: October 1, 2021


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 African-American or Black students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree. Applicants must reside in a CBC member district (see cbc.house.gov) and be enrolled full-time.

Deadline: April 30, 2021


Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP: 1L Diversity Scholarship Program

Offers scholarships to summer associates in participating offices (e.g. Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.) consisting of a paid Summer Associate position and $15,000 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: January 29, 2021 (short application window, typically December-January)


DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

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. 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.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was August 31 extended to September 15, 2020)


Fish & Richardson: 1L Diversity Fellowship Program

The 1L Diversity Fellowship Program has four components: each 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. Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to diversity and inclusion through their involvements in law school or other community efforts and initiatives; may include being a member of a racial/ethnic group that has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, or identifying as a person with disabilities, openly LGBT, and/or a military veteran; and have a technical background and sincere interest in intellectual property law at Fish & Richardson.

Deadline: December 30, 2020 (short application window, typically November-December)


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: 1L Fellows: typically a short application window January-February. 2L Fellows: typically a short application window June-July.


Hispanic Bar Association of DC (HBA-DC) Foundation Scholarships for 3L/4L Students

HBA-DC will award two scholarships of $5,000 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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was October 9, 2020)


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: February 15, 2021 (short application window, typically January-February)


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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was July 31, 2020)


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 $2,500 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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was September 4, 2020)


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: 2021 deadline TBA (typically January)


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: 2021 deadline TBA (application window typically April 1 – June 30)


Latham & Watkins LLP: 2L Diversity Scholars Program

2L Diversity Scholars spend the summer after their second year of law school working alongside Latham summer associates. Scholars receive a weekly salary throughout the 10-week program, plus a $10,000 scholarship for their third year of law school. The application process is open to all law students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school. See website for selection criteria and application process.

Deadline: Application open late October – ‘early 2021’


Leadership Council on Legal Diversity: 12 Months of Diversity & Inclusion Opportunities

LCLDC provides a comprehensive listing of diversity scholarships, clerkships, mentorships, internships, conventions, and job fairs available to law students. The definition of what constitutes a diverse applicant varies significantly among the various opportunities.

Deadline: Opportunities are arranged by month that application materials are due


Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

In addition to offering an annual Scholarship Resource Guide, in recent years, MALDEF has annually awarded 5-15 law school scholarships of $2,000 each. Applicants must be currently enrolled in Law School and will be evaluated according to (1) academic and extracurricular achievements, (2) background and financial need, (3) and demonstrated commitment for advancing Latino civil rights.

Deadline: January 31, 2021


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: June 1, 2021


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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was July 2, 2020)


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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was October 29, 2020)


The Point Foundation: National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund

The Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. TPF is looking for individuals who have proven leadership and community involvement, strong academic achievement, financial need, and want to make a difference in the world. Applicants must be full-time students and “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community. Point Scholarships are awarded on a “last provider” basis, meaning that Point fills in the gaps and provides funds not provided by other scholarships, grants, loans, work/study programs, etc. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs and events.

Deadline: Application window November 1 – January 25 annually


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: February 28, 2021 (application window typically November – February)


Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)

TMCF offers a variety of scholarship and fellowship programs, both merit- and need-based. Applicants must attend a member-school (which includes UDC and UDC Law). The number and amount of scholarships is subject to available funding. Create an account in the TCMF application portal and you can receive email notifications of relevant opportunities.

Deadline: Varies depending on specific scholarship (typically Jan-Feb and Aug-Oct)


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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline March 1, 2020)


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: Annual application window typically opens in February


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


Kerri Castellini Women’s Leadership Scholarship

Offering a $1,000 scholarship for a female or female-identifying student pursuing a post-secondary education. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit a 500-1000 word essay that describes an ideal woman leader in the 21st century. How do you believe that you exemplify this role in your daily life and career aspirations? See website for application details.

Deadline: December 31, 2020


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. Minimum GPA of 3.0. Application includes essay questions. See website for details.

Deadline: May 31, 2021


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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline December 5, 2020)


Women in Defense: WID Scholar Program

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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline March 15, 2020)


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 window typically February to early April


Disabled World: Disability Scholarships and Disabled 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 semi-annual $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. Requires a personal essay on specified topic. See the website for application details.

Deadline: February 12, 2021 for 2021 Spring semester; August 13, 2021 for 2021 Fall semester


HSF Personal Injury Law Firm Car Accident Survivor Scholarship

Offering a $1,000 scholarship for college students who have been seriously injured in a car accident. Minimum 2.8 GPA. Requires a 500-1000 word personal essay on one of the specified topics. See the website for application details.

Deadline: December 1st each year


Karman Healthcare Mobility Disability Scholarship

Two $500 scholarships awarded to students who have a mobility disability. Requires a personal essay on specified topic. See the website for application details.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline September 1, 2020)


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, 2021


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: Application window opens mid-March


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: March 31, 2021 (application window typically November 1-March 31)


Reiter & Walsh, P.C.: ABC Law Centers Cerebral Palsy Scholarship

ABC Law Centers will award one scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a high school, undergraduate, or graduate student who has cerebral palsy. Applicants must submit a 2-page personal essay or a multimedia project. Minimum 3.0 GPA. See website for application details.

Deadline: July 31 annually


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 and submit a 1-2 page personal essay. See website for application details.

Deadline: July 31 annually


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. 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. See website for details.

Deadline: Spring application window January 6 – February 2, 2021; fall application window TBA


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 are 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: 2021 deadline TBA


Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati (BLAC): William McClain Scholarship

The William A. McClain Scholarship is awarded to an African American law student and Hamilton County, Ohio, resident attending any ABA-accredited law school who demonstrates leadership potential and dedication to the Cincinnati community.

Deadline: Second 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 for 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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was May 22, 2020)


Hudson County Bar Foundation (HCBF) Scholarships

Multiple scholarships are available for Hudson County, New Jersey, residents who are attending law school or who have been accepted to law school. Students must: be bona fide residents of Hudson County; demonstrate financial need; and submit an application that includes a personal statement, two current letters of recommendation, an academic transcript, and other documentation.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was April 24, 2020)


J.L. Turner Legal Association Foundation

Scholarships for second and third year minority law students who are from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex or attending law school in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Deadline: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was October 9, 2020)


Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia: Ida Foreman Fleisher Fund

The scholarship, established in memory of Ida Fleisher, provides scholarships for women, preferably Jewish, pursuing a graduate degree. Eligibility is limited to women who have a hometown or attend school 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: Application window March 1 – May 15 each year


Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association Foundation: Elizabeth Barrett Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship

A $2,500 scholarship for 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: 2021 deadline TBA (prior deadline was March 31, 2020)


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