Outside Agency Scholarships

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BAR ASSOCIATION OF SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA MINORITY LAW STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS

These scholarships provide financial assistance to qualified students from minority groups underrepresented in Bay Area law schools.

Minority students admitted into and entering an ABA-accredited law school in the Bay Area for the fall and current law students may apply.

EARL WARREN SCHOLARSHIP

 The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is pleased to offer “Earl Warren Scholarship” to rising law students. College graduates who are enrolled in the final year of college/university or first-year law student are welcome to apply. The scholarship is intended to support the careers of law students dedicated to advancing the cause of racial justice.

All recipients meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • The applicant must be U. S. citizen.
  • College graduate; enrolled in the final year of college/university, or first-year law student.
  • Record of academic achievement.
  • Demonstrated and ongoing commitment to racial justice and civil rights.

LATHAM & WATKINS – 2L DIVERSITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM

This scholarship is available to enrolled law students entering their second year of the JD program in the fall. Successful applicants must demonstrate interest in practicing law at Latham and their commitment to diversity.

In addition to the award, recipients will be offered a summer associate position at Latham in the summer following their second year.

  • Opens: May 2018
  • Awards: $10,000
  • Website: https://www.lw.com/AboutUs/Diversity/2l
  • Keywords: african asian disabled female hispanic latino jewish lgbt lesbian gay bisexual transgender native 1l latham and watkins diversity

WORGUL LAW FIRM SCHOLARSHIP

The Pittsburgh DUI attorneys at the Worgul Law Firm are proud to be announcing an exciting scholarship opportunity in the amount of $10,000 to help a deserving student accomplish educational goals.

There have been many public service campaigns about the dangers of drinking and driving; however, people continue to make the unfortunate decision to drink and get behind the wheel. Write an essay about the reasons why people continue to drink and drive – and what initiatives could be executed to address those reasons.

SIDLEY DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIP

Sidley Austin LLP will grant a $20,000 Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship to a limited number of deserving second year law students who join Sidley’s summer program.

Successful applicant must demonstrate an ability to contribute meaningfully to diversity of the law school, the firm, and the legal profession.

Applicant must also be a second year law student who demonstrates academic achievement and leadership qualities. Preference is given to students at schools where Sidley conducts on-campus interviews (OCI) or participates in resume collections.

Interested applicants should submit an application, resume, official transcript, legal writing sample, personal statement, and, optionally, letter of recommendation to Jenny Connelly at scholarship@sidley.com or the mailing address provided below.

AKIN GUMP/ROBERT STRAUSS DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Akin Gump and the firm’s founding partner, Robert Strauss, recognize that a workforce comprised of attorneys and staff from diverse social, racial, economic, and cultural backgrounds is an important component in providing outstanding client service. The firm is continually seeking candidates who demonstrate excellence and who can bring diverse viewpoints and experiences to the firm and we have developed the Strauss Scholarship to advance this effort.

The Strauss Scholarship provides a $25,000 scholarship to two outstanding second year law students at U.S. law schools to offset expenses for their third year of law school.  In addition to the financial award, the scholarships also provide mentoring from firm attorneys and a paid second year Summer Associate position in the firm’s Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. offices.

BAKER DONELSON DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC will award three scholarships to diverse law students this year.

Each recipient will be awarded $10,000 during the third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses. In addition, recipients will be given a 2L Summer Associate position at one of their offices.

 ONEIDA HIGHER EDUCATION

The Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin Higher Education Grant can award up to $20,000 per academic year. The intent of the Oneida Higher Education award is to provide “supplemental” educational grant monies.

Yearly funds are subject to change and are based on Federal and Tribal allocations. Funding will be based on the Oneida Higher Education academic year of August 1 to July 31.

P.E.O. INTERNATIONAL PEACE SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Applicants must be female citizens of countries other than the United States and Canada.

They must qualify for admission to full-time graduate school in the US or Canada, have a full year of class work remaining and promise to return to their country immediately following the completion of their degree to pursue their professional careers.

Interested applicants must first establish their eligibility before they will receive an application. Eligibility forms are available online.

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ZELLE DIVERSITY IN LAW SCHOLARSHIP

Zelle LLP is committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession.  To that end, Zelle is pleased to offer this Diversity in Law Scholarship again in 2018.  The Scholarship is designed to encourage and assist students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse perspectives, as well as students with a proven interest in diversity-related issues, in pursuing the law as a profession.  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 maintains an office.

“ONE LAWYER CAN CHANGE THE WORLD” SCHOLARSHIP

In the right hands, a law degree can be a powerful tool. History is filled with great accounts of leaders who made it their life’s work to embody the law and serve as agents of change. Abraham Lincoln was a self-taught lawyer who became known for his astute mediating and peacemaking skills in a young America. Nelson Mandela made his mark on the legal profession by providing access to justice for all. One lawyer really can change the world.

How will you make your impact as a lawyer? It’s time to tell the world.

BARBRI Law Preview and the American Bar Association recognize that getting a legal education can be an expensive journey. For this reason, we have partnered to offer one hard-working law student a $10,000 scholarship to help pay for the first year of law school.

This year, two lucky first year law students will have the opportunity to make their mark on the world. In addition to the $10,000 scholarship award, we are pleased to offer a second scholarship in the amount of $5,000.

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS BAR ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation Law School Scholarship is awarded to law students in their second or third year. The FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to rising second or third year students currently enrolled in
accredited law schools in the United States who have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in communications law.

This is both a merit and needs-based scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate strength of character, superior academic achievement, and a strong interest in pursuing a career in communications law.

ABA LEGAL OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The mission of the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to ensure that these students have the opportunity to attend law school for three years. The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA accredited law school. An award made to an entering first year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school. Although each recipient will need to re-apply for the scholarship in his or her second and third year, the expectation is that the scholarship will be renewed each year if satisfactory performance in law school has been achieved, the student is otherwise eligible, and funding is available.
In addition to whether the applicant is a member of a racial and/or ethnic minority that has been underrepresented in the leg al profession, the applicant’s financial need; personal, family, and educational background; personal statement; and participation in community service activities will be considered in selecting the recipients of the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarships. It is important for every applicant to complete all portions of the application. Financial information for the applicant and his or her parents is required to evaluate the applicant’s financial need. A committee of ABA members will select the recipients. The decisions of the committee are final.

DAVIS-PUTTER SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community.

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited school and receiving college credit for the time period covered by the grant, and must be living in the United States in order to apply. Applications available in January.

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND

To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty merit-based, national-level scholarships. All scholarships awarded are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership.

KRIST LAW FIRM, P.C. NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP

Having built its success on integrity and ethical work, bringing trial-worthy preparation to each of its cases, and having the financial resources to build winning cases, The Krist Law Firm, P.C. is paying it forward by sponsoring an annual scholarship of $10,000 to award an individual student the financial resources to accomplish their educational goals and prepare for future career aspirations.

THOMAS F. BLACK, JR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The scholarship is a one year, non-renewable award for full-time students who are Rhode Island residents entering their first year of law school in September 2018. The deadline for filing the enclosed application with the Rhode Island Bar Foundation is March 30, 2018. Forms are also available on our website: www.ribar.com<http://www.ribar.com>. Please encourage potential applicants to contact me if they have any questions.

For the academic year 2018 – 2019, the Foundation intends to grant two scholarships in the amount of $20,000.00 each. The Foundation’s Scholarship Committee seeks applications from candidates without regard to race, color, religion, country of ancestral origin, handicap, age, sex, or sexual orientation. The Committee will endeavor to make awards to assure that, over time, the recipients reflect the diversity of the Rhode Island population.

The objective of the Bar Foundation’s Scholarship Program is to support high legal practice standards in Rhode Island by providing financial assistance to Rhode Island residents who show promise that they are likely to become outstanding lawyers, hopefully in Rhode Island, who will adhere to such standards and who will need such assistance in order to study law at quality law schools.

DEFENSE RESEARCH INSTITUTE DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

DRI offers a Law Student Diversity Scholarship program open to incoming second and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pan Asian and Native American students.

Incoming second and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Incoming second and third-year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender are eligible to apply.

Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) or otherwise affiliated with AAJ are not eligible for DRI scholarships. Recipients of the scholarships are announced at the DRI Diversity for Success Seminar in June.

  • Deadline: 03/30/2018
  • Awards: $10,000
  • Website: https://www.dri.org/
  • Keywords: african asian female hispanic latino native 1l 2l dri diversity defense

FALIK FAMILY FELLOWSHIP

Provided by the generosity of Bill Falik, a real estate fellowship of $10,000 will be awarded to two exceptional students who have demonstrated a passion for real estate and have exhibited significant leadership and entrepreneurial qualities during their graduate studies. One graduating student and one continuing student will be selected from the following graduate degree programs: Haas School of Business (Full Time and Evening-Weekend MBA), Boalt Law School, and the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design. Applicants must submit a Personal Statement, Resume, and Letter of Recommendation from either a UC Berkeley faculty member or a professional reference. 

AMERICAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

Sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation, the Sidney B. Williams Jr. Scholarship addresses the need to increase the number of minority intellectual property attorneys and to bring these attorneys

to the attention of firms and corporations as candidates for employment. The $10,000 Law Scholarships will be awarded to minority students developing a career in intellectual property law.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is assisting the Foundation by administering the application and selection process.

FARELLA BRAUN + MARTEL LLP DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

As part of Farella Braun + Martel LLP’s continued commitment to diversity in the legal profession, the firm has awarded Diversity Scholarships for the past 14 years to support outstanding, diverse Bay Area law students.

Applicants must be current 1L students who are students of color, members of the LGBTQ community, disabled, or whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity in the legal profession.

ABA LEGAL OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The fund provides ethnic and racial minority students applying to law school with financial assistance to ensure they have the opportunity to attend for all three years.

Applicants must be entering, first-year law students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

BRIDGING THE DREAM – SALLIE MAE SCHOLARSHIP

Four prospective or current graduate students will each be awarded a $20,000 scholarship for sharing their stories about what led them to graduate school.1

MORGAN LEWIS DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

The attorneys, legal personnel, and staff at Morgan Lewis are a diverse mixture of backgrounds, ethnicity, and cultures. We are strengthened by this diversity. Morgan Lewis is therefore proud to present its Diversity Scholarship Program through the Morgan Lewis Foundation. Our intent is to promote diversity in the legal profession and to thereby strengthen the legal profession and improve its contributions to our communities.  

To receive a Morgan Lewis Diversity Scholarship, an applicant must be enrolled in University of California, Berkeley School of Law. The applicant must complete successfully the first year of law school, be entering the second year of law school with an anticipated graduation in 2019, and be of diverse ethnicity. Directors from the Morgan Lewis Foundation will evaluate each application and consider such factors as academic achievement, financial need, work and life experiences, leadership, and non-academic contributions. The Foundation intends, in most years, to select one 2L applicant from each eligible school.

To be considered for a Morgan Lewis Diversity Scholarship, an applicant must submit: (i) a completed application form, (ii) resume, (iii) personal statement, (iv) law school transcript, and (v) signed Financial Eligibility Disclosure and Consent Form. Morgan Lewis may interview scholarship finalists. The application package should be mailed, e-mailed, or faxed for receipt on or before February 20, 2018 to:
Marcia Notarangelo
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
One Federal Street, Boston, MA 02110-1726
Tel: 617.951.8166 | Fax: 617.341.7701
Email: marcia.notarangelo@morganlewis.com

ARNOLD & PORTER LLP – DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available for current 1L students who (a) contribute to the diverse background of the law school student body, (b) demonstrate strong academic achievement, and (c) demonstrate an interest in promoting diversity in the legal profession.

DALE MINAMI PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWSHIP

The Dale Minami Public Interest Fellowship was created in 2007 to provide fellowship awards to Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) alumni who have shown a strong commitment to serving the public interest. 

Minami Fellows are selected for their diverse backgrounds, record of exceptional academic and professional accomplishment, leadership in community service, and commitment to social justice and public interest work. The award can be used to supplement annual income or used toward bar exam preparation expenses. Priority will be given to applicants who have worked with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Individuals working in any range of public interest jobs, including government work, are invited to apply.

JVS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

This need-based scholarship (FAFSA required) is available to Jewish students with permanent residence in Los Angeles County for a minimum of three years.

  • Deadline: 01/01/2018
  • Awards: up to $10,000
  • Website: http://www.jvsla.org/scholarship
  • Keywords: ca california jewish entering 1l 2l 3l graduate jvs jewish los angeles

SWITZER FOUNDATION ENVIRONMENTAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program supports graduate students whose studies are directed toward improving environmental quality and who demonstrate the potential for leadership in their field.

Applicants are evaluated based on their commitment to environmental problem-solving and their potential for creating positive environmental impact.

The Fellowship provides a one-year $15,000 cash award for graduate study as well as networking and leadership support to awardees.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (AAUW) FELLOWSHIPS

The AAUW Educational Foundation provides funds to advance education, research and self-development for women, and to foster equity and positive societal change.

The Selected Professions Fellowships offered by AAUW are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study during the fellowship year in a degree program where women’s participation traditionally has been low.

Fellowships awarded to women in a Law program (J.D.) are restricted to women of color. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

MARK T. BANNER SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Mark T. Banner Scholarship review board based on the following criteria:

  • Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law. An ability to demonstrate commitment to the pursuit of a career in intellectual property law is an essential requirement.
  • Commitment, qualities and actions toward ethics, civility and professionalism.
  • Academic merit (undergraduate, graduate and law school).
  • Written and oral communication skills determined in part through a telephone interview for finalists.
  • Leadership qualities and community involvement.
  • Member of a historically underrepresented group in IP law (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability). The applicant should discuss how diversity has impacted his or her pursuit of a career in IP law and how the applicant has faced and overcome the challenges associated therewith. Diversity is considered, but is one element among several in the award decision.
  • Deadline: 12/08/2017
  • Awards: $10,000
  • Application Form: 2017 Mark T. Banner application
  • Website: http://www.linninn.org/Pages/scholarship.shtml
  • Keywords: intellectual property 1L 2L 3L

THE COOLEY DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP

Cooley LLP offers Diversity Fellowships to first year law students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity in their communities. Award recipients will receive a paid Summer Associate position following their 1L and 2L years and an award upon joining their firm as a full-time associate.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION – MICHAEL WEINER SCHOLARSHIP FOR LABOR STUDIES

This scholarship is available to law students with demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in the labor movement and on behalf of workers’ rights.

PAUL AND DAISY SOROS FELLOWSHIPS FOR NEW AMERICANS

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships are open to immigrants and the children of immigrants who are 30 or younger and entering or are in their first two years of graduate school as of the November 1, 2016 deadline. Fellows receive up to $90,000 over two years in support of their education: $40,000 in tuition support and $50,000 in stipend support. More importantly, they join a lifelong community of New Americans who are making significant contributions to society.

A successful candidate will be chosen based primarily on the following criteria:

1) creativity, originality, and initiative demonstrated in any area of his/her life

2) a commitment to and capacity for accomplishment demonstrated through activity that has required drive and sustained effort

3) a commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights

  • Deadline: 11/01/2017
  • Awards: up to $90,000
  • Website: https://www.pdsoros.org/apply
  • Keywords: international immigrant entering 1l 2l paul daisy soros new americans

HUMANE STUDIES FELLOWSHIPS

Humane Studies Fellowships are awarded to students pursuing academic careers who have demonstrated interest in the classical liberal tradition of individual rights and market economies.

Applicants are evaluated on the relevance of their work to the advancement of a free society, academic or professional performance, and potential for success in their chosen field.

HARVEY FELLOWS PROGRAM

The program seeks to encourage Christian graduate students to integrate their faith and vocation and pursue leadership positions in strategic fields where Christians tend to be underrepresented.

Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program (LMJ Scholarship)

$10,000 Scholarships For Incoming First-Year Law Students
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is now accepting applications for its Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program (LMJ Scholarship) from diverse individuals entering an ABA-accredited law school as full-time first-year law students in the 2017-18 academic school year. Established in 2004, the LMJ Scholarship seeks to nurture the academic and professional careers of outstanding law students and advance the diversity pipeline to the legal profession. To date, MCCA has awarded over $3.1 million in scholarships to nearly 200 diverse men and women. This year, MCCA will award up to 10 scholarships. The deadline to apply has been extended to August 31, 2017. Apply today!

LA RAZA LAWYERS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION SANTA CLARA COUNTY

The La Raza Lawyers Charitable Foundation, working in conjunction with the Santa Clara County La Raza Lawyers Association, is pleased to announce the availability of the 2017 Law Student Scholarship Application. Since 1998, these grants have been awarded to Bay Area law students whose contributions to and activities in the community have encouraged and advanced the social, cultural, economic and legal equality of the underserved and underprivileged, especially those in the Latino/a community.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION: For 2017 only, the Charitable Foundation will award one scholarship for $20,000.00. The Charitable Foundation will also award up to three scholarship grants in the amount of $5,000.00 each. Additional smaller scholarships may be awarded depending on available funds. Your application makes you eligible for all scholarships and any other awards.

ELGIBILITY: The scholarship grants are available to law students who: 1. Are from the Bay Area (The Foundation will decide on a case-by-case basis if student meets this criterion); -OR- Attend law school at Santa Clara University, Lincoln Law School, UC Berkeley, the Monterey College of Law, the University of San Francisco, UC Hastings, Stanford, Golden Gate University, UC Davis, or McGeorge; 2. Are a PRESENTLY enrolled law student (1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year); 3. Demonstrate a commitment to legal equality of the underserved and underprivileged, as evidenced by community and extracurricular activities; 4. Demonstrate a financial need. The Foundation may also consider other compelling criteria.

ARENT FOX LLP DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Arent Fox offers a scholarship award of $15,000 to three first-year law students who are members of a diverse population that historically has been underrepresented in the legal profession.

The scholarship award includes a position in Arent Fox’s summer associate program for the summer after the recipient’s first year in law school.

Applicants may only apply to one office; direct questions to the appropriate contact.

ROSCOE TRIMMIER JR. DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Ropes & Gray has long been a proponent of law firm inclusion and diversity, with a dedicated mission to attract and retain outstanding lawyers of varied backgrounds. To further promote inclusion and diversity within the legal profession, the firm created the Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship, named after our beloved retired partner. Mr. Trimmier was the firm’s first African American partner and a leader of our efforts.

This scholarship provides a $25,000 award to up to five outstanding second-year law students to offset the expenses of their legal education, and includes a paid summer associate position following completion of the second year of law school.

In addition to meeting the rigorous academic and hiring criteria of Ropes & Gray’s entry-level recruiting program, successful applicants for the scholarship must show demonstrated leadership ability and a genuine interest in Ropes & Gray’s practice. The personal statement that is part of the application process should address the applicant’s qualifications for the scholarship, including, potentially, a description of the applicant’s leadership qualities, exceptional contributions to community and commitment to the practice of law. Eligible applicants must be a member of a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession.

NAACP EARL WARREN LEGAL TRAINING PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP, INC.

The Earl Warren Scholarship is awarded to students (entering their first or second year of full-time legal study at an accredited law school) who are dedicated to civil rights and public interest work. Successful applicants show outstanding community service, exceptional academic records, and strong recommendations.

These awards are limited to U.S. citizens and preference is given to students who are entering their first year of full-time study. Applications will be available in November.

JUDGE JOHN R. BROWN AWARD

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation recognizes excellence in legal writing with an annual award to a law student. To be eligible, students must be pursuing their J.D. or LL.B degree at an accredited law school in the United States.

Applicants will be evaluated based on a recent paper relating to law; there are no restrictions on the length or topic of the paper.

FREDRIKSON & BYRON FOUNDATION MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

This scholarship is open to first-year minority law school students. Award decisions are based on academic performance, professional references, professional and extracurricular activites, writing samples, and personal interviews.

2017 AABA LAW FOUNDATION THE GARRICK S. LEW LEGACY FUND SCHOLARSHIP

Through the generosity of the the  Minami, Tamaki, Yamauchi, Kwok and Lee Foundation (MTYKL Foundation), the AABA Law Foundation will be able to award  a scholarship of $10,000 to a 3L student who wishes to pursue a career dedicated to criminal defense law.

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CALIFORNIA WOMEN LAWYERS FOUNDATION NANCY E. O’MALLEY SCHOLARSHIP

The California Women Lawyers Foundation proudly announces the creation of The Nancy E. O’Malley Scholarship, founded in 2016 to honor CWL Past President Nancy O’Malley (2009-2010) for her dedication and commitment to promoting California Women Lawyers and protecting all women and children in our society.  The scholarship will be awarded annually to a law student whose prior and current activities, and future plans demonstrate a commitment to issues affecting women and/or children in the community.  Women and men are eligible to apply. 

ALLEN E. BROUSSARD SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarships available to minority law students attending San Francisco Bay Area law schools, based on academic performance, community service and financial need.

ACCESS TO JUSTICE ESSAY CONTEST

The question for this year’s annual Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest is on “Class Actions and Environmental Law”

All current law students are eligible to submit an essay addressing the questions detailed on the contest website.

JEWISH FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Applicants must be accepted to a college, university, vocational school or other accredited institution and be Jewish residents of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin or Sonoma Counties for one year prior to applying.

Loans are available, as well as some grants between $1000 and $1500. Application is available online.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE (AAJ) RICHARD D. HAILEY LAW STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is awarded to an incoming or current African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American, Native American, or Bi-Racial law student member of the AAJ.

Successful applicant must demonstrate commitment to AAJ’s mission, among other criteria. See website for more information.

AAJ WOMEN FOR JUSTICE EDUCATION FUND’S 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 whose vision and generosity inspired it.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a rising 3L female student with demonstrated commitment to a career in criminal defense advocacy and defending the principles of the Constitution. See website for more information.

WALKER ADVERTISING LATINO SCHOLARSHIP

The mission of Walker Advertising is to provide the community access to exceptional attorneys. While the Latino population (37%) in California continues to grow, only 4% of California lawyers are Latinos. To combat this statistic and empower Latinos to continue on the journey of becoming legal defenders of the Latino community, Walker Advertising is offering this scholarship. A minimum of GPA 3.0 in law school or undergrad if in first year of law school is required and intent to service the Latino community as a lawyer.

COGBURN LAW OFFICES ADVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

We understand the increasing costs of college tuition is making it more difficult to obtain a college degree for many outstanding students across the nation.  Therefore, we are offering one $5,000 need-based scholarship to the student who submits the winning essay or video demonstrating how he or she has overcome great personal adversity. This scholarship will be awarded to the student who submits the best original essay demonstrating his or her resiliency in overcoming a life-changing adversity (Maximum 2,000 words). Applicants can submit a video of up to two minutes in lieu of an essay.

ANKIN LAW OFFICE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP

Ankin Law understands the financial challenges college students face. As such, we are pleased to announce a $5,000.00 scholarship to an undergraduate or law school student of need who submits the best essay addressing the topic below:

Submit an essay (maximum 400 words) on the following topic: What effect will driverless-car technology have on personal injury automobile cases? Citations, logical proofs, and sound reasoning are welcome. The winner of the scholarship will be chosen based on the quality of the applicant’s essay submission and the accuracy with which they followed the instructions.

MARIN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION LEGAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Marin County Bar Association Legal Education Scholarship was established in 2011 by members of the Marin County Bar Association (MCBA) to support student scholarships for law school and inspire future leaders in the legal community who have an interest in giving back to the local community. Students must maintain legal residency in Marin County apply.

MICHAEL F. O’DONNELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Michael F. O’Donnell Memorial Scholarship was established to support students currently enrolled in law school or pursuing a law-related career in honor of Michael F. O’Donnell, a brilliant litigator distinguished by the qualities of supreme decency, honesty, humility, and humanity. Students must maintain legal residency in Sonoma County apply.

10,000 DEGREES – LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available to current law school students who have graduated from a Marin or Sonoma County high school or have live in Marin or Sonoma County for at least 3 years.

SOUTH ASIAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP

The SABANC (South Asian Bar Association of Northern California) Foundation has a fellowship program that funds public interest fellowships for law students who are dedicated to public interest work that impacts and benefits the South Asian community in Northern California.

CABANNSS, JOHNSTON SCHOLARSHIP

The goal of the Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship is to assist and recognize second-year law students from Alabama. Applicants must be Alabama residents and must be enrolled in their second year at an ABA-accredited law school.

Academic achievement, character, and financial need are considered. A runner-up scholarship of $1000 may be awarded at the selection committee’s discretion.


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GEORGE H. NOFER SCHOLARSHIP FOR LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY

The George H. Nofer Scholarship is available for full-time graduate students with a pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss in the moderately-severe to profound range and use listening and spoken language as their primary method of communication.

Up to three awards of $5,000 each may be awarded per year. Previous recipients of the George H. Nofer Scholarship may reapply for a scholarship.

  • Deadline: 04/13/2018
  • Awards: up to $5,000
  • Website: http://www.agbell.org/Nofer-Scholarship
  • Keywords: ca california midwest northeast southern disabled entering 1l 2l 3l graduate nofer public policy hearing impaired

ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND (ALDF) ADVANCEMENT OF ANIMAL LAW SCHOLARSHIP

The ALDF Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship is available to law student members of Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters.

Applicants should demonstrate commitment to ALDF’s mission through chapter involvement and anticipated participation in a related field after graduation.

FCBA LAW SCHOOL SUMMER INTERNSHIP STIPEND

This program provides stipends of up to $5,000 to outstanding law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other federal, state and local government agencies with a connection to the communications industry (/i.e., / broadcasting, cable, information technology, television, telephony, satellite, and wireless).

HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND – COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Applicants must be full-time students with a GPA of 3.0 or above, be either a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident, and be of Hispanic heritage (one parent fully Hispanic or each parent half Hispanic).

Applications are evaluated on academic achievement, personal statement and financial need. Applications will be available online in September.

CALIFORNIA BAR FOUNDATION DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

The California Bar Association believes that a state as diverse as California needs a justice system led by advocates of all ethnicities and races.By supporting the brightest lawyers of tomorrow as they begin their pursuit of a legal career, we eliminate the roadblocks that exist between them and success. California Bar Exam-related costs as well as living expenses while studying for the exam can add thousands of dollars to a law school graduate’s debt burden. Scholarship applicants will be notified of decisions in April 2018.

CENTER FOR CHINESE STUDIES FELLOWSHIP

The Center for Chinese Studies is offering up to three top-up grants to departments which can be used to put together a financial package for incoming graduate students. Each grant is $4000 and will be paid as a summer fellowship. This fellowship is available to students focused on researching China, the greater China region, or the Chinese community in diaspora. Students must submit a letter from the department SAO or chain, as well as a copy of the admission file.

  • Deadline: 02/09/2018
  • Awards: $4,000
  • Website: Please email the application materials to Elinor Levine at ccs@berkeley.edu
  • Keywords: current student, 1L

AABA LAW FOUNDATION LAW STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP 

STEPHEN K. HALL ACWA WATER LAW & POLICY SCHOLARSHIP

The Association of California Water Agencies presents this scholarship annually to a qualified graduate student majoring in law, policy or public administration with a focus or concentration in California water resources.

Eligible students must be attending a graduate or law school in the U.S., carrying at least 8 units per term and planning to attend school for the complete year in which the scholarship is awarded.

ANSWERING LEGAL’S “FUTURE ATTORNEYS OF AMERICAN FOUNDATION”

Answering Legal’s Future Attorneys of America Scholarship is dedicated in choosing one law student, of academic excellence, every year and awarding them with the FAAS merit scholarship.

Selection Criteria:

Applicants must be currently enrolled at an accredited law school, and must have a minimum 3.5 GPA. Applicants must also have some form of legal experience (volunteer, internship, employment), and must submit an unofficial copy of their transcript to be considered.

DONALD W. BANNER DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP FOR LAW STUDENTS

Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the 2018 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.

The scholarship is open to all law students who are members of a group traditionally under-represented in the field of intellectual property law and who meet the following criteria:

  • Current enrollment in an ABA-accredited law school;
  • Commitment to the pursuit of a career in intellectual property law;
  • Strong communication and writing skills; and
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and community involvement

CAROLE BAILEY SCHOLARSHIP

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association will award at least one annual law student scholarship of up to $5,000.00, in honor of the Court’s former Chief Deputy Clerk of Administrative Services, Carole Bailey.

Carole had been asked to serve as assistant dean for administration at Delaware (now Widener) School of Law when she met Judge Loren Smith.  A few months later, she moved to Washington, D.C., to serve at the Administrative Conference with Judge Smith.  She followed him to the Court of Federal Claims in 1985, serving as then Chief Judge Smith’s first chief of staff and law clerk.  Two years later, she left the Court to join the FTC, and ultimately moved to Atlantic City, where she operated a successful construction supply business with her husband, and eventually became an adjunct professor of business at the local community college.  In 2001, she returned to D.C. and, seeing the needs in the D.C. school system, wrote to the Superintendent of D.C. schools, offering her assistance to do anything, eventually serving as a 4th grade teacher and adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia.  In 2003, Carole returned to the Court as a staff attorney, and rose rapidly through the ranks, culminating in her position as Chief Deputy Clerk, from which she retired at the end of 2011.  During her tenure with the Court, Carole worked closely with the Bar Association and provided invaluable help to the Association in its mission to serve the Bar of the Court.

In commemoration of Carole’s longstanding commitment to public service and her tireless efforts in working with and providing assistance to the Bar Association, the Bar Association is pleased to award scholarships to law students with a demonstrated commitment to public service.

PATRICIA HERRON AND THE HONORABLE ELLEN JAMES SCHOLARSHIP

The Contra Costa County Bar Association’s Women’s Section is proud to announce it is once again offering The Honorable Patricia Herron and The Honorable Ellen James Scholarship.This scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving law student (or students) with demonstrated leadership potential, academic success, and a commitment to women’s issues.
The scholarship amount ranges from $1,000 to $10,000, depending on the quality of the applicants and the number of deserving candidates.

SONOMA COUNTY WOMEN IN LAW SCHOLARSHIP – SCWiL

SCWiL awards a scholarship, which this year will be between $5,000 and $7,500, to a deserving law student from a Northern California law school who demonstrates an interest in promoting women’s access to, and involvement in, the legal system. The qualifications include: (1) ties to Sonoma County; (2) completion of a minimum of one year of law school; (3) a record of academic achievement; and (4) demonstrated commitment to increasing women’s access to legal services, and/or involvement in, the practice of law. The applicant gets to interpret what “ties to Sonoma County” means, and the SCWiL Board will decide if those ties are sufficient for award of the Scholarship. The application deadline is September 1, 2017.

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION – JOHN LEWIS KING MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is awarded to a second or third year law student with a demonstrated connection to the San Bernardino County.

  • Deadline: 07/31/2017
  • Awards: $5,000
  • Website: http://sbcba.org/JLK.html
  • Keywords: ca california 1l 2l john lewis king san bernardino

JOHN LEWIS KING MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The San Bernardino County Bar Association is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted from qualified students for the John Lewis King Scholarship Award. This Scholarship program was established to provide Scholarship Awards to students who have substantial contact with the County of San Bernardino and who are currently attending a California law school which is either ABA accredited or one that has been pre-approved by the JLKMSF Board of Directors.

KENNETH  S. NUGENT,  PC LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP

Kenneth S. Nugent, P. C. is a personal injury law firm that has been practicing for over 30 years in Georgia. Our dedicated staff and team of attorneys are committed to helping victims and their families the justice that they deserve. We are excited to announce that we are offering a legal scholarship for qualified applicants. Must be a legal US resident and a current law student at an accredited U.S. law school.

KABANC FOUNDATION’S 2017 BAR STUDY SCHOLARSHIP

The Korean American Bar Association of Northern California (KABANC) is pleased to announce the 2017 Bar Study Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded by the KABANC Foundation to a qualified class of 2017 or 2018 law student or graduate from a law school in Northern California planning to take the July 2017, February 2018, or July 2018 California Bar Examination. The scholarship amount will be up to $5,000.

CALIFORNIA BAR FOUNDATION – 1L DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

The Diversity Scholarship seeks to support newly admitted law students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession who have committed to attend a California law school.

Candidates must self-identify as being in a racial or ethnic group historically underrepresented in the legal profession, demonstrate financial need, and intend to practice law in California after graduation.

M. KATHERINE BAIRD DARMER EQUALITY SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship Fund was named in memory of the late M. Katherine Baird Darmer, an activist, law professor, and champion of change for the LGBT community in Orange County and beyond. 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

2017 FRAN KANDEL PUBLIC INTEREST GRANT

The Kandel Grant enables law students to devote time to summer public interest projects and exposes them to legal and social concerns of disadvantaged citizens that are not ordinarily experienced in traditional law practices. The Kandel Grant program is not designed to support a summer public interest job, as worthy as one is, but rather to fund a particular project with a tangible outcome.

Each applicant sets a project budget, which includes a stipend and expenses, for a maximum Kandel Grant of $5,000. The Kandel Grant may be received in addition to school­ based or other summer public interest funding, but may not be used to duplicate a project that would otherwise already be covered by existing funding. Half of the stipend is paid at the beginning of the summer and half paid upon full completion of the grant project; reimbursement of project costs will be paid up to the maximum of the proposed and approved budget.

2017 LAW SCHOOL SUMMER STIPEND PROGRAM

The program provides stipends of up to $5,000 to outstanding law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other Federal, state, and local government agencies with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite, wireless, information technology, Internet, mobile, etc…). To the extent a recipient receives funding from other sources (e.g., school) for the unpaid internship, the FCBA Foundation’s general policy is to adjust its stipend award so that a recipient’s total funding for the internship does not exceed $7,000. In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive an additional stipend for the summer—the “Max Paglin Award.” Mr. Paglin was the former General Counsel and Executive Director of the FCC, and the founder of the Golden Jubilee Commission on Telecommunications, which compiled a definitive legislative history of the Communications Act.

Students must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school, in good academic standing, and have a pending or accepted application for an unpaid internship with a federal, state or local government entity.

CALIFORNIA BAR FOUNDATION – 3L DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Are you a diverse law student committed to a career in public interest and social justice? The California Bar Foundation wants to support you.

Candidate must be:

  1. Graduating or have graduated from law school in 2017; and
  2. Taking the California Bar Exam in July 2017.

3L Diversity Scholarship Recipients must:

  • Demonstrate commitment to public service and social justice; 
  • Be willing to take a leadership role in fostering diversity among the next generation of law students through discrete volunteer engagements with the Foundation;
  • Report back to the Foundation on the progress of both of these in 2018.

Through the 3L Diversity Scholarship, each spring the Foundation awards BarBri Bar exam review courses and cash living stipends to recent and soon-to-be graduates of California law schools.

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN JUDGES’ SCHOLARSHIP

All current law students are eligible, but preference is given to first and second-year law students at a San Francisco Bay Area schools. Selection criteria include past, present and future community service or public interest work for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community or other underrepresented communities; demonstrated leadership in the APA community; demonstrated financial need; and past, present and future commitment to the Bay Area.

RAYMOND L. OCAMPO JR. FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

All current law students are eligible, but preference is given to first and second-year law students at a San Francisco Bay Area schools. Selection criteria include past, present and future community service or public interest work for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community or other underrepresented communities; demonstrated leadership in the APA community; demonstrated financial need; and past, present and future commitment to the Bay Area.

JOE MOROZUMI SCHOLARSHIP

Each year, the Foundation awards the Joe Morozumi Scholarship to a law student who has demonstrated a commitment to public interest law, especially low-income, direct legal services. 

All current law students are eligible, but preference is given to first and second-year law students at a San Francisco Bay Area schools. Selection criteria include past, present and future community service or public interest work for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community or other underrepresented communities; demonstrated leadership in the APA community; demonstrated financial need; and past, present and future commitment to the Bay Area.

AABA LAW FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

AABA recognizes the importance of fostering the growth of law students to improve the future development of the Asian Pacific American bar. AABA will award scholarships to deserving law students who are committed to advocating and improving their communities.

All current law students are eligible, but preference is given to first and second-year law students at a San Francisco Bay Area schools. Selection criteria include past, present and future community service or public interest work for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community or other underrepresented communities; demonstrated leadership in the APA community; demonstrated financial need; and past, present and future commitment to the Bay Area.

STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA FOUNDATION AND AABA 3L DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship opportunity is for a 3L student who plans to sit for the July 2017 California Bar Exam and is for a 3L student committed to community service or public interest work for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community or other underrepresented communities; demonstrates leadership in the APA community; demonstrates financial need; and shows commitment to the Northern California Bay Area. By alleviating the costs associated with taking the California Bar Exam, the 3L Diversity Scholarship addresses a critical financial need for many aspiring diverse public interest lawyers.

CONSTANGY, BROOKS, SMITH & PROPHETE, LLP COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Constangy initiated its Diversity Scholars Awards program to recognize the achievements of law students who have demonstrated academic achievement, a commitment to diversity in their community, school or work environment, and personal achievements in overcoming challenges to reach goals. One student will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

To be eligible, you must be a second-year student enrolled in an accredited law school that is located in one of the following states: Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, California, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Virginia/Washington, D.C., New Jersey and Massachusetts.  Selection criteria will include your academic achievement (minimum GPA of 3.0); commitment to diversity in the community, or in your school or work environment; and personal achievement in overcoming challenges to reach your goals. 

CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

CHCI awards scholarships to Latino students who have a history of performing public and/or community service activities in their communities and who plan to continue contributing in the future.

Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply. Applications are available online.

MARK T. BANNER SCHOLARSHIP

Law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and who will continue in that program through at least the Fall semester 2017 are eligible to apply for the Mark T. Banner Scholarship.

Selection Criteria

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Mark T. Banner Scholarship review board based on the following criteria:

  • Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law. An ability to demonstrate commitment to the pursuit of a career in intellectual property law is an essential requirement.
  • Commitment, qualities and actions toward ethics, civility and professionalism.
  • Academic merit (undergraduate, graduate and law school).
  • Written and oral communication skills determined in part through a telephone interview for finalists.
  • Leadership qualities and community involvement.
  • Member of a historically underrepresented group in IP law (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability). The applicant should discuss how diversity has impacted his or her pursuit of a career in IP law and how the applicant has faced and overcome the challenges associated therewith. Diversity is considered, but is one element among several in the award decision.

MEXICAN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATIONAL FUND (MALDEF) SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Since MALDEF’s founding, the civil rights organization has furthered its mission to advance Latino civil rights by awarding scholarships to law students who similarly seek to advance Latino civil rights through their careers.

MALDEF’s 2017-2018 Law School Scholarship is open to all students who are enrolled full-time at an accredited United States law school in the 2017-2018 academic school year and are completing their first law degree. Applicants are evaluated based on four main factors: 1) personal background and financial need; 2) academic and extracurricular achievement; 3) demonstrated commitment to serving the Latino community, shown through academic, extracurricular, or professional record of service; and 4) future plans to advance the rights of Latinos.

FILIPINO BAR ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FOUNDATION LEGAL SCHOLARSHIPS

This scholarship is available for enrolling or enrolled law school students who demonstrate strong academic achievement and interest in serving the Filipino-American community.

PUERTO RICAN BAR ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

All Latino students attending law school in or permanently residing in New York state are eligible to apply. Applicants must be 1L or 2L students in a JD program at an ABA approved law school (no LLM students).

PRBA selects recipients based on financial need, academic promise, and community involvement.

  • Deadline: 07/15/2017
  • Awards: up to $5,000
  • Website: http://www.prba.net/
  • Keywords: northeast hispanic latino 1l 2l

CONSTANGY, BROOKS, SMITH & PROPHETE, LLP – COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

In furtherance of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete’s steadfast commitment to diversity, we are proud to announce the Commitment to Diversity Scholarship.  The selected recipient will receive a $5,000 scholarship to be used towards tuition, books and other education related expenses.  In order to be considered for the scholarship, interested individuals must submit a completed application, which will be available at constangy.com no later than midnight on October 31, 2016.  Each applicant must (1) be in his/her second year of law school at an accredited institution located in one of the states in which the firm has an office; (2) have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 at the time of application; and, (3) submit the completed application, to include a description of the applicant’s current activities that demonstrate a commitment to diversity in law school or the legal profession and a brief description of how the applicant has overcome obstacles to reach his or her goals. Any applications, or pieces of information required as part of the application process, received after the deadline will not be considered.

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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. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties.

Applicants should send a proposal, no more than two pages, describing their intended summer project, along with a resume, a brief letter of recommendation, and the name of their faculty or organizational sponsor.

ALBERTSON & DAVIDSON LLP COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

At the law firm of Albertson & Davidson, LLP we understand that obtaining an education is the pathway to success for many young Americans. As attorneys, we all have earned both undergraduate degrees as well as successfully completed a rigorous three-year Juris Doctorate before being even eligible to sit for the California Bar Exam. Through these experiences, we have come to understand the often significant financial burdens associated with obtaining an education beyond high school, which is why we are pleased to announce that we will be offering $3,000 in scholarship awards to the winners of our newly created infographic scholarship contest. By creating these awards, we hope to help the next generation of students realize their educational and professional goals.

CHRISTOPHER SIMON ATTORNEY AT LAW SCHOLARSHIP

Christopher Simon Attorney at Law, located in Atlanta, GA is offering a $1000 scholarship to one incoming 1L or currently enrolled law school student. This scholarship is offered for the Fall 2018 academic semester.

Essay Prompt: You are an injury trial lawyer who has negotiated a $250,000 settlement stemming from a car accident with a broken leg and surgery for your client. Your client had health insurance and they paid out $90,000 for medical care and are an ERISA self-funded plan and demand reimbursement. Your attorneys fees were 40% of the gross. The case is about to be dismissed by agreement and the funds dispersed. Read https://www.erisaclaimdefense.com/another-scotus-subrogation-decision-another-deep-dive-equity-treatises/ and write a 500 word essay on what dangers your client faces and what the best plan is to protect them.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE (AAJ) TRIAL ADVOCACY SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is awarded a second or third-year law student member of AAJ.

Successful applicant must demonstrate commitment to AAJ’s mission, among other criteria. See website for more information.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE (AAJ) LEESFIELD SCHOLARSHIP

Sponsored by Ira Leesfield and AAJ, this scholarship was established to award $2,500 to a law student for attendance at AAJ’s Annual Convention. This scholarship is awarded a first or second-year law student member of AAJ.

See website for more information.

BYRON HANKE FELLOWSHIP

The Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR) awards its Byron Hanke Fellowship to selected graduate students to implement research projects related to the development, management and governance of common interest communities and their community associations. Fellows are expected to prepare a research paper on community associations. 

LAW STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP BY GJEL

GJEL Accident Attorneys is proud to announce the first semi-annual GJEL Law Student Scholarship. This scholarship is graciously being provided by the staff at GJEL Accident Attorneys for the 2018 school year. The attorneys at GJEL understand the financial burdens law students go through when working towards their degrees and are providing this essay contest for eligible students.

There will be two $2,000 awards annually for this scholarship program. 1 winner will be announced on June 1, 2018 for the Fall Semester and on January 5, 2019 for the Spring Semester.

This is an essay contest on the topic “Reasons I wanted to go to law school”. Submissions will be posted exclusively on GJEL.com website to be publicly viewed.

SERBIAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA SCHOLARSHIP

All persons of Serbian birth or ancestry and/or their spouses who are enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States are eligible to receive a scholarship from the SBAA. Those wishing to apply for a scholarship should complete the free online membership application and submit a resume, official transcript, and answers to the below essay prompts to sbaa@serbbar.org.

Essay Prompts:

  1. Please tell us about your ties to the Serbian-American community and how you will advance the mission of the SBAA (500 words or less).
  2. Please submit a brief personal statement (750 words or less). This is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself and explain why obtaining a law degree is important to you.
  • Deadline: 5/25/2018
  • Awards: Two (2) $2,000 scholarships; Two (2) $1,000 scholarships; and One (1) $500 scholarship.
  • Website: http://www.serbbar.org/scholarships/
  • Keywords: 1L, 2L, 3L, law student, serbian ancestry, essay

THE LAWSON LAW SCHOLARSHIP

For the 2017-2018 school year, the Lawson Law Scholarship 2017 will be providing a scholarship of $2,000.00 towards tuition for a young Christian law student who wishes to study law at an accredited 3 year law school. The scholarship consists of one $2,000 payment, payable to the student’s law school as part of the student’s tuition. The winner will be selected from the group of eligible candidates who submit an essay of 500 words or less on a topic of their choosing related to how they wish to use their law school education to advance the cause of Christ. Among other things, we will be looking for fresh and promising ideas about how to get the gospel message out to the world.

THE KATZMAN, LAMPERT, & MCCLUNE AVIATION LAW SCHOLARSHIP

The aviation law firm of Katzman, Lampert, & McClune is deeply interested in helping students who have an interest in aviation focused law to receive a quality legal education and pursue the career they desire, in spite of any financial challenges they may face. To that end, they are proud to administrate the Katzman, Lampert, & McClune Law Scholarship.

PECK LAW FIRM SCHOLARSHIP

For this year’s contest, we are asking applicants to write an essay answering the following question: How will America’s declining birth rate redefine American families, culture, and government? This scholarship will be judged and awarded primarily on academic achievement and a written response of not more than 1,000 words to the essay question. Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters and resumes.

MARILYNNE GRABOYS WOOL SCHOLARSHIP

Award of $2,000 for tuition support. This scholarship is for women who are planing to attend graduate school to attain a law degree at an accredited institution. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be Rhode Island residents. Apply online.

SCROFANO LAW PC ASPIRING PUBLIC DEFENDER SCHOLARSHIP

At Scrofano Law PC, we believe that working as a public defender is one of the highest callings in the legal profession. Too often public defenders are overworked and under resourced. They face daily insurmountable odds in the courtroom and in a system that is often rigged against their clients. To give back to the legal community and express our admiration and appreciation to those who aspire to fight for the underdog, we have created a scholarship for law students interested in pursuing a career as a public defender.

MICHIGAN AUTO LAW DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Michigan Auto Law offers an annual scholarship to a law student who is committed to diversity. To be eligible, students must be a resident of Michigan and must be a member of a racial or ethnic minority group.

In addition, students must demonstrate high academic achievement and involvement in issues of diversity within the academic community.

 PECK LAW FIRM SCHOLARSHIP

The Peck Law Firm of Charleston, SC is proud to announce the 2017 Peck Law Firm Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship is dedicated to helping the scholarship winner pay for a college, graduate school, or law school degree.

This is our second annual scholarship offering and we are excited to see the kinds of submissions we’ll get this year. Last year, we received over 100 submissions and had the opportunity to help our 2016 winner, Bennett Lunn, pay for college.

The Peck Law Firm helps men and women find solutions to their divorce, child custody, alimony, property division, and family law problems throughout Charleston, Daniel Island Goose Creek, James Island, Johns Island, Ladson, Monck’s Corner, Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston, Summerville, and other parts of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties.

USATTORNEYS.COM IMMIGRATION SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY CONTEST

USAttorneys.com is pleased to announce that they will be holding an “USAttorneys.com Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest” open to any US resident or citizen that has been accepted to, or is currently attending, an accredited American university or college. The essay winner selected will receive a $2,500.00 scholarship.

THE LAW OFFICE OF HENRY QUEENER ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Law Office of Henry Queener will be awarded based on an essay, 1,500 words or less, written on the following topic: What laws should government pass to reduce distracted driving accidents?

Your essay must include at least three links to authoritative sources. At least one of these links must be to one of the posts below or to another post on queenerlaw.com.

LAW OFFICE OF MATTHEW L SHARP NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIP

We understand the increasing costs of college tuition makes it more difficult to graduate college for many outstanding students across the nation.  Therefore, we are offering one $2,000 need-based scholarship. The scholarship committee will select the student who demonstrates financial need and who submits the strongest PSA video (maximum of 2 minutes) focusing on the topic below:

Do you think an injured party should be entitled to a trial by jury?

THE ANKIN LAW OFFICE SCHOLARSHIP

The Ankin Law Office Scholarship will be awarded based on an essay, 1,500 words or less, written on the following topic: How can businesses lessen the risk of personal injury to either employees or customers?

Your essay must include at least three links to authoritative sources. At least one of these links must be to one of the posts below or to another post on ankinlaw.com.

STROM & ASSOCIATES ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Strom Scholarship will be awarded based on an essay, 1,500 words or less, written on the following topic: Certain trucking regulations exist that are aimed at reducing semi-truck accidents. The trucking industry is seeking to roll back or eliminate some of these regulations. Should President Trump relax existing restrictions and safety standards meant to reduce semi-truck accidents? Why or why not?

GERBEN LAW FIRM, PLLC EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available to current law students interested in practicing IP or trademark law.

HACKARD LAW ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

Promoting education on elder issues goes hand-in-hand with renewed respect for our elders. With that goal in mind, Hackard Law is honored to provide a one-time, non-renewable scholarship of $2,500 to one college student who wins the Hackard Law 2017 Scholarship Essay Contest. To have a chance at being awarded with the Hackard Law 2017 Scholarship, students must write concisely on the following theme:

What actions have you taken to honor and assist elders in your family or community?

The essay should be 500 words in length. Please make your submission electronically via email in MS Word or PDF format to scholarship@hackardlaw.com.

CANTOR CRANE PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER

In order to help make a college education more affordable opportunity and to help spread awareness about Motorcycle Safety as well as Driving Under the Influence and Distracted Driving, the Arizona law firm of Cantor Crane is offering scholarship to help current, or soon-to-be, students ease the burden of higher education costs.

Cantor Crane will use a randomizing algorithm of all eligible entries to determine the winner. The scholarship award will be in the amount of $1,000 and a check will be sent directly to the college or university that is designated by the winner.

BENSON & BINGHAM FIRST ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

Entrants for our scholarship must submit a minimum of a 600-word typed essay on one of the below topics to be judged by partners Joe Benson and Ben Bingham at the conclusion of the deadline:

  • Premises Security: Given the Mandalay Bay Shooting, what steps should hotels take to insure the safety and security of their guests?
  • Consumer Product Safety: When are the affixed warnings regarding the potential risk of injury obvious enough to warrant not having them? [A product is defective for its failure to be accompanied by suitable and adequate warnings concerning its safe and proper use, if the absence of such warnings renders the product unreasonably dangerous. To be adequate a warning must be: (1) designed to reasonably catch the consumer’s attention, (2) that the language be comprehensible and give a fair indication of the specific risks attendant to use of the product, and (3) that warnings be of sufficient intensity justified by the magnitude of the risk.]

AMBROSIO E. RODRIGUEZ SCHOLARSHIP

The Rodriguez Law Group, a criminal defense law firm in Los Angeles, CA, is offering a $3,500 scholarship to one law student throughout the United States. Mr. Rodriguez believes firmly in the value of hard work and seeks to reward individuals pursuing a career in criminal law.The scholarship will be based on an essay and can be done on any topic. The range can be from 500-1250 words, anything over 1250 words will not be read.

BAJAJ LAW SCHOLARSHIP

Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, APC , a criminal defense law firm in San Diego, CA, is offering a $2,500 annual scholarship to one law student throughout the United States. The scholarship will be based on an essay and can be done on any topic. The range can be from 500-1250 words, anything over 1250 words will not be read.

THE PEARCE LAW FIRM – EMPOWERING WOMEN IN LAW SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is awarded to an enrolled female law school student with demonstrated leandership abilities and financial need.

PATENT BAR PREPARATION SCHOLARSHIP

Chhabra Law Firm is a boutique intellectual property law firm in the San
Francisco Bay Area. The firm has been providing one scholarship for
students interested in preparing for the patent bar since 2015. Each
 year a different subject is selected.Chhabra® Law Firm announces a $1,750 scholarship towards any recognized patent bar preparation course (e.g., PLI) for a qualified student.
To qualify you need to:

-Be a student (or have been admitted) at an ABA-approved law school
-Have a Bachelors degree in any field of Science or Engineering with a GPA of at least 3.4
-Be a US Citizen or permanent resident
-Apply before the deadline of November 30, 2018

PATENT BAR PREPARATION SCHOLARSHIP

Chhabra Law Firm announces a $1,500 scholarship towards any recognized patent bar preparation course (e.g., PLI) for a qualified student.
To qualify you need to:

-Be a student (or have been admitted) at an ABA-approved law school
-Have a Bachelors degree in any field of Science or Engineering with a GPA of at least 3.4
-Be a US Citizen or permanent resident
-Apply before the deadline of July 28, 2017

To apply, please write an essay (5,000 word limit) about the public policy related to patent law and click here to begin the application process. One award will be granted per year.

CHISHOLM CHISHOLM & KILPATRICK LTD SCHOLARSHIP FOR VETERANS

This scholarship is open to veterans enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school or who are accepted to an accredited U.S. law school. Applicants must be pursuing a juris doctorate (JD) degree.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed application
  • Proof of veteran status. If submitting a document that contains sensitive information like a Social Security number, please submit a redacted version. The following serve as proof of veteran status:
    • VA disability benefits summary letter
    • DD214
    • Military discharge certificate
  • Current transcript
    • If currently enrolled in law school, submit law school transcript demonstrating a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • If not currently enrolled in law school, submit undergraduate transcript demonstrating a GPA of 3.0 or higher AND a copy of law school acceptance letter proving intent to enroll.
  • 1000 word essay. Please answer one of these essay prompts:
    • How did your experience in the military inspire you in your education and career aspirations?  
    • How did your military experience prepare you for law school and a career practicing law?

REEVES LAW GROUP ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

America has a superb justice system, but it could use more exceptional individuals with passion for improving the conditions of the less fortunate through the legal system. For the Reeves Law Group’s Sixth Annual Scholarship Contest, we are again pleased to support a future lawyer who demonstrates through past, current and expected future deeds a genuine commitment to serve the less-fortunate.

THE EXPERT INSTITUTE’S 2018 ANNUAL LEGAL WRITING SCHOLARSHIP

The Expert Institute is offering a $2,000 scholarship for the best legal blog post written by a law student on the topic of expert witnesses. To be considered for the scholarship, you must submit a 1,500 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation through the online submission portal. If your article wins, you will receive a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, your article will be published on The Expert Institute’s blog and distributed in our weekly newsletter, where it will be read by thousands of practicing attorneys.

DDR LAWYERS LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP

The DDR Lawyers Legal Scholarship by Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum, LLP is a recurring scholarship worth $1500 designed to help one law student with their tuition costs. We welcome all eligible students to apply and look forward to reviewing your application. Students must have a 3.5 or higher GPA and upload a 500-600 word original essay on what they hope to achieve in their legal career if awarded this scholarship.


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SAN MATEO COUNTY WOMEN LAWYERS’ SECTION EDUCATION FOUNDATION

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.

Applicants should submit a letter stating their qualifications for the award and information about why they should be selected. Please include in the letter, or as a separate attachment, the following information: All law school scholarships received and in what amounts; specify how your law school education is being financed; include a copy of your current law school transcript; and provide any other information pertinent to (a) Financial need (b) Academic excellence (c) Residential or other ties to San Mateo County and (d) Involvement in activities, whether legal, scholastic, public, private or community.

AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND SCHOLARSHIP

The foundation offers a variety of scholarships for students that are legally blind. 

MARKOWSKI – LEACH SCHOLARSHIP

Selected candidates will demonstrate their dedication to excellence in their lives through service, education, or employment. Scholarship are awarded to applicants whose leadership potential is evident regardless of their chosen field of study or financial need. In order to be eligible, applicants must self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer and be enrolled full-time.

HOWARD FOX MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The fund is in memory of Howard Fox who was a member of the Berks County Bar Association and an attorney in the Public Defenders Office at the time of his accidental death.

Berks County Community Foundation shall make distributions from the Fund to support a scholarship which will be presented annually at Law Day ceremonies held by the Berks County Bar Association for a deserving graduate of a Berks County, Pennsylvania, high school and who will be entering an accredited law school to pursue a law degree, or who are already attending an accredited law school to pursue a law degree, and who demonstrate financial need, without discrimination to color, race, national origin or religion. Preference will be given to students entering their second year of law school; however, all applicants meeting the criteria are encouraged to apply. No descendants of Leonard Quittner or M. Robert Ullman may be a scholarship recipient.

Previous recipients of a scholarship from this fund may reapply in a future year – as long as they will still be in law school – and will be considered along with the other applicants; but previous recipients will not receive preferential treatment.

To be considered for this scholarship, submit this application between January 15th and April 1st. All applicants will be notified in April.

ASIAN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVES NETWORK SCHOLARSHIPS

The mission of AAGEN is to promote, expand and support Asian Pacific American leadership in the federal, state and local governments.

Applicants will be evaluated based on academic excellence, service in local, state and/or federal government, and a seriousness of purpose in pursuing post-secondary education and training goals.

HOWARD FOX MEMORIAL LAW SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The fund was established by Helen and Richard Fox and Friends to honor the memory of their son who, as a proud member of the Berks County Bar Association, served as a young attorney in the Public Defender’s Office.

The award is presented annually at the Berks County Bar Association Law Day Event. It is given to help fund a deserving Berks County, Pennsylvania high school graduate embarking on his or her second year at an accredited law school.

BUCKFIRE & BUCKFIRE P.C. LAW SCHOOL DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

To recognize law students who actively promote ethnic diversity in their communities, Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is offering one scholarship in the $2,000. The scholarship will be awarded to the student who best exemplifies determination to succeed in both their academic endeavors as well as their inclusion efforts.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Recipient is a member of an ethnic or racial minority or any individual who demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.
  • Recipient is a U.S. citizen currently attending an accredited law school within the United States.
  • Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited law school.
  • Deadline: 04/01/2018
  • Awards: $2,000
  • Website Link: https://www.buckfirelaw.com/library/scholarships.cfm#law
  • Keywords: 1L 2L 3L diversity essay scholarship

LA RAZA LAWYERS ASSOCIATION – CENTRAL VALLEY CHAPTER
HON. MARIO G. OLMOS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Since 1980,
La Raza Lawyers Association of Fresno (LRLA) has awarded scholarships to deserving law students who have
demonstrated academic achievement, leadership ability, involvement in the Latino community, financial need,
and ties to California’s Central Valley. Since 1991, the LRLA scholarships have been awarded in memory of
the Honorable Superior Court Judge Mario G. Olmos, a Fresno County jurist and respected community leader
who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1990 at the age of 43. Judge Olmos epitomized the
ideals of honor, courage, leadership, and public service through his achievements as a student, volunteer, lawyer
and judge. The selected law students have been awarded their scholarship at an annual banquet that serves to
honor the memory of Mario Olmos

completed applications must be received on or before March 9th, 2018.  If you or any applicant have any questions about the application please contact Juan Ramirez at Juan-f-r@comcast.net or 559-679-9507.  Preferred method of contact is through email.

CITYWIDE SCHOLARSHIP

Citywide Law Group is proud to offer a $1,500 scholarship to a current or aspiring law student. This award will be based on an essay ranging from 500 – 1000 words on a topic of your choice.

P.J.C LINDFORS LEGAL STUDIES FUND

Pertti Lindfors, a Finnish-American attorney in San Francisco, established the Pertti Lindfors Legal Studies Fund and P.J.C. Lindfors Legal Scholarship  to encourage cross-cultural study and understanding by law students in Finland and the United States.

Eligible candidates must be citizens of Finland who have either a). applied to and are awaiting acceptance to b). have been accepted to, or c). are currently enrolled in a law school within the United States that is approved by the American Bar Association or are citizens of the United States who have either a). applied to and are awaiting acceptance to b). have been accepted to, or c). are currently enrolled in the law faculty of a Finnish university

The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation – (1) Justice John F. Aiso Scholarship

Justice Aiso served as the chief instructor of what became the Military Intelligence Service Language School. In 1953, he became the first Japanese American California state judge when Governor Earl Warren appointed him to the municipal court. He was later appointed to the Second Appellate District in 1968.

The 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. Applicants from prior years are also encouraged to apply.

The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation – (2) Justice Stephen K. Tamura Scholarship

Justice Tamura was interned in Poston with his family and later served in the all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team. In 1961, Governor Pat Brown appointed him to the Orange County Superior Court and later elevated him to the Fourth Appellate District. Justice Tamura was the first Asian American to sit on the California Court of Appeal. He also served as Justice Pro Tern on the California Supreme Court.

The 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. Applicants from prior years are also encouraged to apply.

The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation – (3) Judge Edward Y. Kakita Memorial Scholarship

Judge Kakita was interned with his family during World War II. He was the driving force behind the formation of the Japanese American Bar Association (“JABA”) in 1976 and became JABA’s first President. Governor Jerry Brown appointed him to the Superior Court in 1980. This scholarship is intended for those law students interested in practicing in the areas of international law, commercial litigation, and/or corporate law.

The 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. Applicants from prior years are also encouraged to apply.

The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation – (4) Lim.Nexus Foundation Scholarship

The Lim.Nexus Foundation Scholarship is funded by the law firm ofLimNexus LLP. The LimNexus Foundation works through bar associations to grant scholarships to minority law students in the pursuit of a more just and equitable society.

The 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. Applicants from prior years are also encouraged to apply.

The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation – (5) M. Dick Osumi Civil Rights and Public Interest Scholarship

Mr. Osumi was a prominent civil rights and labor attorney who served as JABA President in 1992. He was one of the founding members of JABA’s Community Education Committee, and one of the founders of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. This scholarship is intended for those law students interested in practicing in the areas of civil rights, public interest law, and/or public policy.

The 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. Applicants from prior years are also encouraged to apply.

NADRICH & COHEN, LLP 2018 STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

Nadrich & Cohen Legal Scholarship Foundation’s Scholarship Award Program is intended for students who are dedicated to academic excellence and the preservation of the right to trial by jury. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist a student who seeks to become a trial lawyer for further research and reflection on the importance of the right to trial by jury – a basic constitutional right.

THE FITCH LAW FIRM ESSAY SCHOLARSHIP

Ohio attorney John Fitch of The Fitch Law Firm LLC is a victims rights advocate. His work includes representation of victims of sexual abuse.  Mr. Fitch is also dedicated to promoting the education of the public with respect to issues pertaining to personal injury and sexual abuse law in order to promote safety and increased awareness of risks that exist to the general public.

With these principles in mind, The Fitch Law Firm is honored to offer a one-time, non-renewable scholarship of $2,500.00 to one college student who wins The Fitch Law Firm 2017 Scholarship Essay Contest.

LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE FOR WOMEN OF COLOR ATTORNEYS, INC. SCHOLARSHIPS

The Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys (LIWOCA) offers annual scholarships to women of color law students.

Successful applicants should have completed at least one year of law school at an accredited U.S. law school, and should demonstrate a commitment to the Profession and be active in their community and law school.

THE EXPERT INSTITUTE’S 2017 ANNUAL LEGAL WRITING SCHOLARSHIP 

Clear, effective writing is the cornerstone of an exceptional lawyer, and a vital area of education for aspiring attorneys. While traditional forms of legal writing like case briefs and contracts endure, the internet has given legal professionals a new medium of communication that demands mastery as well. Blog posts are a new way for attorneys to educate and persuade, and to participate in a broader legal discourse with their peers. In recognition of the importance of online legal writing, The Expert Institute is offering a $2,000 scholarship for the best legal blog post written by a law student on the topic of expert witnesses.To be considered for the scholarship, you must submit a 1,500 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation through the online submission portal at the bottom of this page by December 31, 2017. If your article wins, you will receive a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, your article will be published on The Expert Institute’s blog and distributed in our weekly newsletter, where it will be read by thousands of practicing attorneys.

THE JOHN W. WALKER III SCHOLARSHIP

The Law Office of Evan W. Walker is awarding any current 1L, 2L, or 3L a scholarship of $1500 for books and a 20 minute a week mentoring session for the Spring 2018 semester.

December 5, 2017, is the deadline. Recipients will be chosen and notified by January 5, 2018.

Applicants must be enrolled in law school and submit proof of enrollment. Applicants must also submit a 1 page essay on the following: Actions Have Consequences

THE JOHN W. WALKER III SCHOLARSHIP

The Law Office of Evan W. Walker is awarding any current 1L, 2L, or 3L a scholarship of $1500 for books and a 20 minute a week mentoring session for the Spring 2018 semester.

December 5, 2017, is the deadline. Recipients will be chosen and notified by January 5, 2018.

Applicants must be enrolled in law school and submit proof of enrollment. Applicants must also submit a 1 page essay on the following: Actions Have Consequences

STEPHEN NEYMAN, P.C. – CRIMINAL DEFENSE STUDENT LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP

The Law Offices of Stephen Neyman, P.C. are happy to support student education with their annual Criminal Defense Student Law School Scholarship. Students who are attending a JD, LLB, or LLM program at a law school in the United States are encouraged to apply.

One scholarship of $2,500 for a law student who envisions a career in criminal defense, with a preference for individuals who are from Boston or have attended a college, university, or law school there.

Requirements:

  1. Fill out a biographical information form.
  2. Write an essay on access to legal services in the United States. This essay should focus on the need and affordability of legal services and propose ideas to help meet the demand of these services. The essay should be at least 1,000 words long.
  3. Email your information form and essay to scholarship@neymanlaw.com.

ALTMAN & ALTMAN LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP

Altman & Altman LLP is happy to support student education with their annual Altman & Altman Law School Scholarship. Students who are attending a JD, LLB, or LLM program at a law school in the United States are encouraged to apply.

One scholarship of $2,000 for a JD, LLB, or LLM candidate who is dedicated to providing legal services to people in need, with a preference for students who have a personal or educational connection to the Boston metropolitan area.

Scholarship applicants are required to do the following:

  1. Fill out a biographical information form.
  2. Write an essay on access to legal services in the United States. This essay should focus on the need and affordability of legal services and propose ideas to help meet the demand of these services. The essay should be at least 1,000 words long.
  3. Email your information form and essay to scholarship@altmanllp.com

BERLIKLAW FUTURE VIRGINIA LAWYER SCHOLARSHIP

BerlikLaw, LLC, is pleased to announce the Future Virginia Lawyer Scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year. The scholarship is intended to provide both financial assistance and a bit of free publicity to talented, creative law students interested in practicing law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Current law students interested in trial practice and litigation are especially encouraged to apply.

One scholarship of $1,500 for any current law student at an accredited law school within the United States is eligible for the Future Virginia Lawyer Scholarship, but preference is given to individuals who (a) are from Virginia, (b) received their undergraduate degrees from a Virginia college or university, and/or (c) attend law school in Virginia.

Requirements:

  1. Complete a biographical information form and email it to info@berliklaw.com.
  2. Record a video, 2–3 minutes in length, that relates in some way to one of the following subjects: (1) the adversarial system of justice; (2) mandatory arbitration agreements in consumer contracts; (3) the role of the First Amendment in online discourse; or (4) the reasons Virginia is the ideal place to practice law. Record the video in a YouTube-compatible format.
  3. Publish the video to your YouTube channel. Title the video “BerlikLaw Future Virginia Lawyer Scholarship” and link to the firm’s Scholarship page (https://www.berliklaw.com/scholarship) in the description.

THE DOC COHEN FRANCHISING SCHOLARSHIP

The International Franchise Association Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the Doc Cohen Franchising Scholarship.

This program will support the award of a scholarship each year in the amount of $4,500 which includes a $500 travel stipend to the recipient to attend the IFA Annual Convention.

Candidates must be enrolled in an accredited college or university, with a major or primary focus in one or more of these areas of study – business, finance, marketing, food service, hospitality, franchising, or entrepreneurship.

LOS ANGELES PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS – LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP

LosAngelesPersonalInjuryAttorneys.com understands and supports the right to a cost-friendly, education. They firmly believe that each student has the right to a higher education – if he or she, desires it. If students don’t have the proper financial aid in place – it can be extremely difficult. Their goal, with their new scholarship – geared towards law school students, and political science students – is to help students get the education they deserve.

  • Deadline: 09/10/2017
  • Awards: $1,500
  • Website: Check back for application in Spring 2017.
  • Keywords: los angeles personal injury attorneys 1l 2l 3l 

BAUMGARTNER LAW FIRM – LAW STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available to enrolling or enrolled law school students. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and commitment to helping others.

YANEZ & ASSOCIATES – ANNUAL FAMILY LAW SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY CONTEST AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

This scholarship is awarded to current and prospective law school students based on the merit of their family law related essays.

See website for essay topics.

LAW SCHOOL AND POL. SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP

The Baumgartner Law Firm is pleased to offer an annual law student scholarship to needy individuals to who are enrolled at an accredited Law School in the US. (Also see the Baumgartner Undergraduate Scholarship.)  In order to apply, applicant must be enrolled at an accredited law school in (If you have applied to law school and have not yet been accepted, you may apply but the scholarship will only be awarded to someone accepted and enrolled at an accredited Law School at the time of scholarship selection.) This scholarship will be awarded based on need and commitment to helping others.

SEPPI ESFANDI LAW SCHOLARSHIP

The scholarship will be based on an essay and can be done on any topic. One very important item to include in the essay is the reason you need the scholarship. Please be as detailed as possible (interesting stories are welcome).

MISSISSAUGA STUDENT LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP

Mississauga Criminal Lawyers believes in giving back to both the legal community and our larger community. Towards this mission is the Mississauga Student Law School Scholarship, our program to help inspire would be law students who are interested in social justice. Any prospective student is welcome to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

  • First-year law student enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school in the U.S and Canada. But the focus of the competition is who provides the most meaningful essay.
  • A genuine love and interest in making our civil justice system as fair as possible
  • Deadline: 07/15/2017
  • Awards: $3,000
  • Website: http://mississaugacriminallawyers.org/law-scholarship/
  • Keywords: 1L, prospective students, essay scholarship

DOMINICAN BAR ASSOCIATION LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP

The DBA Law School Scholarship Program is open to all law students. The scholarships are awarded based on the intention to serve the Latino community through the legal profession, academic and personal achievement, and financial need.

BRETT MURPHY FUTURE LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP

The Brett Murphy Future Leaders Scholarship 2016 is available to law school students who have an interest in personal injury law and are working towards their Juris Doctorate degree.

Applicants will be judged on their academic merit, proof of enrollment, and a 5 minute video on how personal injury law positively affects social change.

Please note that applicant must be a U.S. citizen for eligibility.

SEARS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. LAW SCHOOL DIVERSITY STUDENT AND PROBLEM SOLVING SCHOLARSHIP

The only way we are going to take steps forward in this world is with some curiosity and problem solving. And Sears & Associates, P.C. wants to empower minority law students in Colorado Springs, throughout the state of Colorado, and the United States to approach everything with a curious eye and courage to take chances.

We devote our lives to helping people throughout Colorado when they are wrongfully injured in an accident. But we did not get here alone. We had teachers to support us, family members to inspire us, and a community believing in us. Lance Sears has always been particularly inspired by his law professor father’s dedication to education at the University of Colorado School of Law.

And it is time for us to provide that same support and dedication to a minority law student without the means to go to law school on their own. We want to be the community that supports them; that would be the greatest honor. We sincerely want to problem solve and help a student achieve his or her own dreams.

That is why we are providing a scholarship to one student so that he or she has the financial support needed to take this world by storm, one goal at a time. If you are a minority college student or first-year law student who will be enrolled in a law school in 2017, apply for the Sears & Associates, P.C. Diversity Problem Solving Scholarship of $2,500.

WALLIN & KLARICH SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is awarded to an entering first-year law school student who overcame obstacles to be admitted and now faces financial burden associated with receiving a degree. Successful applicant must be a graduating college senior in California.

VIETNAMESE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA (VABANC) SCHOLARSHIP

Through its annual scholarship, the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC) recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the Vietnamese-American community. Open to all law students, the scholarship is intended to assist recipients who are in pursuit of public interest or social justice goals. Priority will be given to those who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the Vietnamese-American community in Northern California and to those who will be using the scholarship award to further their public interest or social justice work, either by pursuing post-graduate work or for a summer position.

SCROFANO LAW PC ASPIRING PUBLIC DEFENDER SCHOLARSHIP

At Scrofano Law PC, we believe that working as a public defender is one of the highest callings in the legal profession. Too often public defenders are overworked and under resourced. They face daily insurmountable odds in the courtroom and in a system that is often rigged against their clients. To give back to the legal community and express our admiration and appreciation to those who aspire to fight for the underdog, we have created a scholarship for law students interested in pursuing a career as a public defender.

 Eligibility Criteria:

  • 1st or 2nd year law student;
  • Interest in legal career representing individuals rather than institutions
  • Employed in summer position at a public defender’s office
  • Deadline: June 1 each year
  • Application Requirements: Resume, Transcript, Offer letter or other proof of internship at PDS that indicates whether paid or unpaid
  • Deadline: 06/01/2017
  • Award: $1,500 
  • Website: http://www.scrofanolaw.com/index.php/faq/42-scholarship
  • Keywords: internship externship public defender annual scholarship 1L 2L 3L

IADC LEGAL WRITING CONTEST

The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) is delighted to announce its IADC Legal Writing Contest to all law school students. All J.D. candidates currently enrolled in accredited law schools are eligible to participate in the Writing Contest. Entrants must write on subjects in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense, or management of the defense of civil litigation.

KENNERLY LOUTEY LAW STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

Law school classes are hard enough. Financial difficulties make it even worse, and Kennerly Loutey hasn’t forgotten how difficult law school was for them — and how expensive it is, too. So they set up the Kennerly Loutey Scholarship Essay to make it easier for a student every year.

INCORPORATED SOCIETY OF IRISH/AMERICAN LAWYERS SCHOLARSHIP

The Incorporated Society of Irish/American Lawyers will award two scholarships in the name of the late Thomas P. Thornton, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, and a founding member of the society.

Recipients are invited to the Society’s annual dinner dance in June.

JOINT BAY AREA LAWYERS FOR INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM/ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN BAR ASSOC OF SILICON VALLEY CHARITY SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available to law students with demonstrated academic achievement, a commitment to Asian Pacific American and LGBT communities, and has overcome personal harships or challenges. Application for the scholarship includes 1) A resume submission 2) an essay submission addressing how the applicant fulfills the purpose of the scholarship 3) an interview on Sunday, April 2

BALIF FOUNDATION INAUGURAL SUMMER FELLOWSHIP

The BALIF Foundation is offering its inaugural Summer Fellowship for a law student working on legal issues impacting the LGBT community during the summer of 2017. The applicant must identify in detail their proposed use of the fellowship funds. It could be to provide a direct legal service to LGBT individuals through a non-profit organization; it could be to do LGBT policy work; or any other project. Applicant must be sponsored by an existing 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization or government agency with attorneys qualified, willing, and able to supervise applicant’s work.

THE IRANIAN BAR ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

IABA Foundation 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  in the United States who are not otherwise receiving full educational funding from another organization.

ISLAMIC SCHOLARSHIP 

Our mission is to increase American Muslim representation in media and politics in order to improve public opinion and policies. We do that by empowering students and professionals through academic scholarships, film grants, congressional internships and fellowships.

Minimum requirements to apply for a scholarship:
• Muslim or active member of the Muslim community;
• Enrollment at an accredited university in the U.S. by
August 2017;
• Majoring in an ISF supported major (Visit website for
complete list at www.IslamicScholarshipFund.org)
• Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average;
• Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.;
• Undergraduate (junior/senior) or graduate/PhD by August of 2017

SAN MATEO COUNTY WOMEN LAWYERS’ SECTION EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available for all law school students

Applicant must demonstrate financial need, academic excellence, residential or other ties to San Mateo County, and involvement in activities (legal, scholastic, public, private or community).

LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP – JOHN M. BORCIA

It is our pleasure to announce the first ever Law Offices of John M. Borcia Law School Scholarship. This $1,500 scholarship is intended to support one hard working, high achieving law school student.

The Law Offices of John M. Borcia is proud of the work we do with helping people who are injured due to other people’s negligence in northern Illinois. But we believe it’s just as important to nourish the next generation of leaders and professionals—and we want to do that where it matters most.

We urge all eligible law school students to apply, and we look forward to reading the essays and bestowing this scholarship.

  • You have been accepted to, or are currently enrolled in, a law school in the United States.
  • You carry at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • You must submit an official copy of your transcript, along with your application and essay.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Deadline: 03/15/2017
  • Award: $1,500 
  • Website: http://www.borcialaw.com/scholarship.
  • Keywords: merit based pre-law law student GPA 3.0 1L 2L 3L

EAST BAY LA RAZA LAWYERS ASSOCIATION 2017 LAW STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

The scholarship is for law students who (1) self-identify as Latinx; (2) live, work, or study in the East Bay (Alameda and Contra Costa counties); (3) have demonstrated their commitment to using the law to advance social justice; and (4) who can attend EBLRLA’s award ceremony Thursday, May 4th in Oakland.

MICHAEL F. O’DONNELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available to students currently enrolled in law school or pursing a law-related career.

Successful applicant must have a permanent address in Sonoma County or have attended a Sonoma County high school.

BROGDON CHAMPION LAW SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST

To encourage and promote awareness of ethical issues and standards in the area of personal injury law, the firm is sponsoring an essay contest for law students that focuses on ethical issues in personal injury cases.The essay contest is open to any law student enrolled at a law school in the United States.

EDWARDS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The Edwards Scholarship is for Boston residents only. It is open to women and men of all races, nationalities and religions who are less than 25 years old and have lived within the Boston city limits since the beginning of their junior year of high school. Scholarships are granted based on financial need, scholastic ability, and good character.

Recipients are encouraged to remember the fund when they are gainfully employed in their chosen professions. Donations to the fund are acknowledged in writing and are completely tax deductible.

  • Deadline: 03/01/2017
  • Awards: $2,000
  • Website: http://www.edwardsfund.org/
  • Keywords: northeast entering 1l 2l massachusetts edwards boston

CITYWIDE LAW GROUP SCHOLARSHIP

Citywide Law Group is proud to offer a $1,500 scholarship to a current or aspiring law student. The winner must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be a full time student, be attending law school or college in the U.S., demonstrate financial need, and submit an essay and transcript from their current institution.

NAACP AGNES JONES JACKSON SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is open to current members of the NAACP. Applicant must be a citizen of the U.S. and be enrolled in an accredited college in the U.S. Graduate applicant may be full or part-time student possessing a 3.0 average on a 4.0 system.

Applicants must not have reached the age of 25 by the deadline, and must demonstrate financial need as defined on the scholarship’s website.

 

Hon. Mario G. Olmos Memorial Scholarship Application

Since 1980, La Raza Lawyers Association of Fresno (LRLA) has awarded scholarships to deserving law students who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership ability, involvement in the Latino community, financial need, and ties to California’s Central Valley.  Since 1991, the LRLA scholarships have been awarded in memory of the Honorable Superior Court Judge Mario G. Olmos, a Fresno County jurist and respected community leader who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1990 at the age of 43.  Judge Olmos epitomized the ideals of honor, courage, leadership, and public service through his achievements as a student, volunteer, lawyer and judge. The selected law students have been awarded their scholarship at an annual banquet that serves to honor the memory of Mario Olmos.

This year the annual banquet will be held in Fresno on April 7th 2017.  Additional scholarships will be awarded at the event in the memory of other dedicated lawyers and community leaders, who have made tremendous contributions to the Latino community, but who have also died prematurely. EEOC General Counsel Patrick David Lopez will be our keynote speaker.

LRLA scholarship recipients are expected to be present at the banquet in order to receive their awards.  Each recipient and one guest will receive complimentary entry into the annual banquet. Photographs and short biographies of the recipients will also be included in the banquet program booklet.  

If you or any applicant have any questions about the application please contact Juan Ramirez at Juan-f-r@comcast.net or 559-679-9507.  Preferred method of contact is through email.

THE WILLIAM MCCLAIN SCHOLARSHIP

The William McClain Scholarship is offered to an African-American student attending any ABA accredited law school who is a Cincinnati, Ohio resident and has demonstrated leadership skills, a commitment to the Cincinnati Community and financial need.

NATIONAL SOCIETY OF DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION–AMERICAN INDIANS SCHOLARSHIPS

The American Indians Committee of the DAR awards this scholarship to Native Americans and is intended to help Native American students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education.

All awards are judged based on financial need and academic achievement.

Applicants must be Native Americans (proof of American Indian blood is required by letter or proof papers) in financial need and have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

P.J.C. LINDFORS LEGAL STUDIES FUND

The scholarship is awarded to Finnish citizens currently enrolled in an ABA-approved U.S. law school.

WOMEN’S LAW IMPACT AWARD

At McKinsey you don’t just come to work, you come to change: to change a client’s perspective on a challenging issue, to change your growing capabilities into expertise, and to change the world around you. With the *Women’s Law Impact Award*, we celebrate and support women like you who strive to meaningfully change the world.

Award recipients will receive a financial award to celebrate the impact they are having during law school and plan to have during their 1L summer employment, volunteer work, or research in business/public sector. McKinsey will select award winners to receive:
* $2,500
* A McKinsey mentor
* Guaranteed 2L summer internship interview

 JUSTICE PAULINE DAVIS HANSON SCHOLARSHIP

Candidates must be female students who have successfully completed at least one year of law school. Preference will be given to current or former residents of California’s Fresno, Kings, Madera or Tulare 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.

HORWITZ, HORWITZ & ASSOCIATES LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP

Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates firmly believe that legal representation has a meaningful impact on peoples’ lives both directly and indirectly. For an individual who was injured due to the negligence of another, strong and knowledgeable legal representation can make all the difference. Additionally, the judicial decisions made as a result of this legal representation will affect society as a whole.

Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates have made it a goal to help the best, brightest, and most motivated individuals enter into the legal profession, regardless of their financial circumstances. To help achieve this goal they created the Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates Law School Scholarship. The recipient of the award will receive $2000.00 towards educational expenses.

THE ANDREW J. HORWITZ SCHOLARSHIP

Since 1924, the Horwitz family of distinguished trial attorneys has continued a tradition begun by grandfather, Jacob W. Horwitz, and then his son Andrew J. Horwitz, representing individuals against corporate wrongdoers and insurance companies who routinely take advantage of those who have been injured. Clifford Horwitz and Mitchell Horwitz, sons of Andrew J. Horwitz, are third generation Chicago personal injury trial lawyers who continue that tradition.

They created the Andrew J. Horwitz Scholarship for law students who are passionate about tort law and plan to help grieving parties who have suffered injuries or damages. The recipient of the award will receive $1500.00 towards educational expenses.

THE HORWITZ, HORWITZ & ASSOCIATES BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP

A common term used in the legal industry for an attorney who successfully builds and grows their practice is known as a rainmaker. Rainmakers, through a wide base of contacts in the legal community, can generate a sufficient amount of business for themselves and their law firm. These relationships are built on referrals, networking, making contacts, and word of mouth.

Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates created the Business Development Scholarship to give students in law an idea about marketing and business development in the new age of technology.

LIM RUGER FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation is pleased to scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each for deserving students in furtherance of their legal education.

The Lim Ruger Foundation Scholarship was established in 2007 with generous funding provided by the Lim Ruger Foundation. Lim Ruger Foundation, the private charity arm of the law firm of Lim Ruger & Kim, LLP, works through bar associations to grant scholarships to minority law students in the pursuit of a more just and equitable society. Lim Ruger & Kim, LLP, founded in 1986, is nationally recognized as a leading minority-owned law firm based in Los Angeles, California.

M. DICK OSUMI CIVIL RIGHTS AND  PUBLIC INTEREST SCHOLARSHIP

The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation is pleased to scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each for deserving students in furtherance of their legal education.

Mr. Osumi was a prominent civil rights and labor attorney who served as JABA President in 1992. He was one of the founding members of JABA’s Community Education Committee, and one of the founders of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. This scholarship is intended for those law students interested in practicing in the areas of civil rights, public interest law, and/or public policy.

  • Deadline: 01/20/2017
  • Award: $2,000
  • Website: http://www.jabaonline.org/scholarships/
  • Keywords: minority public policy public interest law civil rights japanese american law student 1l 2l 3l prospective student scholarship jaba

JUDGE EDWARD Y. KAKITA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation is pleased to scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each for deserving students in furtherance of their legal education.

In 2006, JEF created the Judge Edward Y. Kakita Scholarship in memory of Judge Kakita (1940-2005). Judge Kakita was interned with his family at Poston, Arizona during World War II. A founding member of the Japanese American Bar Association, Judge Kakita presided as JABA’s first President in 1976. Governor Jerry Brown appointed him to the Superior Court in 1980.

Judge Kakita is widely recognized for being a major, if not the major force behind the successful formation of JABA.

JUSTICE STEVEN K. TAMURA SCHOLARSHIP

The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation is pleased to scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each for deserving students in furtherance of their legal education.

Justice Tamura was interned in Poston with his family and later served in the all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team. In 1961, Governor Pat Brown appointed him to the Orange County Superior Court and later elevated him to the Fourth Appellate District. Justice Tamura was the first Asian American to sit on the California Court of Appeal. He also served as Justice Pro Tem on the California Supreme Court.

JUSTICE JOHN. F AISO SCHOLARSHIP

The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation is pleased to scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each for deserving students in furtherance of their legal education.

Justice Aiso served as the chief instructor of what became the Military Intelligence Service Language School. In 1953, he became the first Japanese American California state judge when Governor Earl Warren appointed him to the municipal court. He was later appointed to the Second Appellate District in 1968.

THE CRANE WRITING COMPETITION

The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student at the intersection of law and medicine or law and the social sciences that promote an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities. The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 and two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize

HALE INJURY LAW – DISTRACTED DRIVING SCHOLARSHIP

Hale Injury Law believes in helping the next generation of leaders.  The Hale Injury Law Distracted Driving Scholarship is an annual scholarship awarded to a law school student who shows exceptional character and aptitude and who contributes toward education about Distracted Driving. The Hale Injury Law Scholarship is available to first and second year law school students or to students admitted to law school in the upcoming school semester.

  • Deadline: TBA
  • Awards: $2,500
  • Website: Check back for application in Spring 2017
  • Keywords: entering 1l 2l hale injury distracted driving 

 

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$500 – $1,000

BERKOWITZ & MYER ESSAY SCHOLARSHIP

To participate in the contest, applicants must submit a
600-word essay answering
the following question:

Currently, under the Federal Bankruptcy Code, federal student loans are almost never eligible for discharge. Explain the pro’s and cons’s of whether Congress should change the Federal Bankruptcy Code to allow these loans to be discharged. Then, take a position and explain why you think federal student loans should or should not be allowed to be discharged in bankruptcy, like other unsecured debts (i.e. credit cards, medical bills, etc..).

PROFESSOR LAKIN’S UNIFORM BAR EXAM MINI REVIEW SCHOLARSHIP

The Lakin Mini Review would like to make resources available for students studying for the Bar Exam. 5 3L students will be awarded a scholarship to access the Mini Review and Essay Writing workshop for July 2018.

CHAPMANALBIN SCHOLARSHIP FOR LAW STUDENTS

The ChapmanAlbin Scholarship will be awarded to a law student planning on attending, accepted to attend, or currently attending an accredited law school in the U.S. citizen who is 18 years or older. Students must complete the scholarship application as well as submit a 300-500 words essay, describing  when and why they decided to pursue a law profession.

  • Deadline: 6/15/2018
  • Awards: $1,000
  • Website: https://www.johnschapman.com/about-us/law-school-scholarship/ 
  • Keywords: 1l 2l 3l

2017 HIE HELP CENTER SCHOLARSHIP

As part of the HIE Help Center’s commitment to increasing awareness and understanding of preventable injuries like hypoxicischemic encephalopathy (HIE), we are pleased to announce the HIE Help Center Scholarship. A scholarship for financial assistance in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded each year to an undergraduate or graduate student who is helping people impacted by injuries like HIE.

THE MCCORMACK & ERLICH EMPLOYMENT LAW FIRM SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is offered to a student with an interest in employment law, employment policy, or workers’ rights in general; or a student who has worked at a nonprofit organization or community group focused on employee rights, such as a legal aid society or labor organization. Applicants are required to submit a brief personal statement (under 500 words) describing their aspirations related to employment law, policy or workers’ rights; and the steps they have taken to work toward achieving their goals. The scholarship will be awarded in September 2018 based on the quality of the personal statement.


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JAPANESE AMERICAN CITIZENS LEAGUE (JACL) NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

The league offers four separate law scholarships: the Grace Andow Memorial Scholarship, the Thomas T. Hayashi Memorial Scholarship, the Sho Sato Memorial Scholarship, and the Mary Reiko Osaka Memorialy Scholarship.  Additionally, it provides a special scholarship, the Abe and Esther Hagiwara Student Aid Award, which provides financial assistance to a student who otherwise would have to delay or terminate his or her education because of a lack of financing. Only applicants who exhibit severe financial need will be considered for the Hagiwara award.

Applicants must be active JACL members who are planning to attend law school in the fall. Applications are available online.

D’AMORE TRIAL ATTORNEY SCHOLARSHIP

The D’Amore Law Group is excited to announce its first annual scholarship. Tom D’Amore founded D’Amore Law Group in 1994 with the mission of securing justice for innocent people and their families. Tom and his associates have earned a reputation among insurance companies, corporations and opposing counsel as experienced, aggressive and ethical personal injury attorneys.

The D’Amore Law Group Scholarship was created to help ease the financial burden for those pursuing their dream of becoming an attorney. We look forward to hearing from you and reading your essay.

ASIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION LAW FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship was established by the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) to recognize deserving law students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to serving the needs of Asian-American communities.

Applicants must present proof of enrollment in an accredited Northern California law school and appear before the selection committee.

PRESZLER INJURY LAWYERS TRIUMPHING OVER ADVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be awarded to the student who demonstrably embodies the determination, ability and steadfast commitment not only to their own personal success, but also to promoting the greater good for those in need. Particularly attractive candidates for the award will have the ability to show examples of laudable community service undertaken even in the midst of personal, legal, financial or systemic societal difficulties with which they have been confronted. Essays should be approximately 750 words outlining a time period or past circumstance which posed a unique hardship and describes the ways in which he or she managed to overcome those obstacles. Applicants must be in good academic standing with at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA and must be pursuing a course of study at a degree-granting university.

HOMEBUILDING FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The education of tomorrow’s homebuilding workforce is the primary focus of the California Homebuilding Foundation.

The California Homebuilding Foundation scholarship program was founded on the belief that any motivated individual in need should have the opportunity to further his or her education. By removing some of the financial burdens associated with going to and graduating from college, the CHF scholarship program plays a vital role in increasing college access and success for many motivated yet underserved young adults interested in continuing their education in a building trades program.

  • Deadline: 12/01/2017
  • Awards: ~$1,000
  • Apply: If you believe you may be eligible, please contact the Financial Aid Office to apply.
  • Keywords: 1L 2L 3L scholarship

JUSTICE HOLLIS G. BEST SCHOLARSHIP

As a memorial to the late Presiding Justice Hollis G. Best, his friends have established a scholarship to encourage and support outstanding academic achievement and commitment to service by law students.  The Best Scholarship is an annual award presented this year in the amount of $1,000, during the Spring 2018 semester. More than one scholarship may be awarded.
 
Selection Criteria and Procedures:
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 through the law school’s Financial Aid Office or by mail/email from the Hollis G. Best Scholarship Committee. Completed applications should be returned by mail or email to the Hollis G. Best Scholarship Committee at the following:
 
Justice Hollis G. Best Scholarship Committee
Fifth District Court of Appeal
2424 Ventura Street
Fresno, California 93721
Contact: Margo Feldkamp (559) 445-5640
Email: margo.feldkamp@jud.ca.gov

LATINA LAWYERS BAR ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is awarded to currently enrolled California law school students or current applicants for the California State Bar with a preference for Latina law students/applicants.

Successful applicants must also demonstrate commitment to community service, the Latina community, potential for success, and financial need.

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