External Scholarship Opportunities
This page is currently under construction. Please check back as we continue to update and add to this list of external scholarships and grants.
AAUW Branch and State Local ScholarshipsDeadline: varies
AAUW branches and states provide funding for local scholarship programs across the U.S. for women students.
ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship FundDeadline: March 1, 2013
The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is a scholarship intended to financially assist students of traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities. The fund will award $5,000 annually to scholarship recipients.
ASECA Writing CompetitionDeadline: November 18, 2013
ASECA holds a writing competition on the topic of securities law each fall. The competition is open to all law students and awards three cash prizes, from $2,000-$5,000.
Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants ScholarshipsDeadline: June 14, 2013
A&F awards $1,000 scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students.
American Council of the Blind ScholarshipDeadline: March 1, 2013
The ACB will awards approximately 20 scholarships ranging in amounts from $1,000 to $2,500 to undergraduate and graduate students who are legally blind.
Arent Fox Annual Diversity ScholarshipDeadline: January 22, 2013
The Arent Fox firm will award three first-year law students $15,000, as well as a summer associate position in one of their three offices in Los Angeles, Washington and New York.
Armenian Students' Association (ASA) ScholarshipDeadline: March 15, 2012
The ASA awards scholarships in various amounts to students of Armenian descent.
Association of American Indian Affairs (AAIA) ScholarshipDeadline: June 4, 2013
The AAIA awards eight scholarships in various amounts to both undergraduate and graduate students of Native American descent.
Byron Hanke FellowshipDeadline: May 1, 2013
This Byron Hanke Fellowship awards stipends ranging from $2,000-$4,000 to graduate students of all disciplines who are working on topics related to community associations.
Cabaniss, Johnston ScholarshipDeadline: June 1, 2013
The Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship grants a $5,000 award to outstanding second-year law students who are also Alabama residents.
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts ScholarshipsDeadline: March 29, 2013
The Community Foundation provides awards ranging from $500-$10,000 to residents of western Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) ScholarshipDeadline: April 16, 2013
The mission of the CHCI Scholarship program is to provide financial assistance and increase graduation rates among Latino students in post-secondary education. Graduate students scholarships are typically $5,000 and are annually renewable.
Council of Higher EducationDeadline: April 2, 2013
The Council of Higher Education has established a scholarship program for students of Czech, Slovak or Ruthenian descent.
Davis Wright Tremaine 1L Diversity ScholarshipDeadline: January 16, 2013
Two scholarships are offered to first-year law students of color, or others of diverse backgrounds. Scholarships consist of a paid summer clerkship in either the firm's Seattle or Portland office as well as $7,500 for second-year tuition and expenses.
Dorothy L. Weller P.E.O. ScholarshipDeadline: February 1, 2013
This scholarship, which varies in award amount, is awarded to California women who are currently attending, or have been accepted to law school.
Federal Circuit Bar Association Scholarship SeriesDeadline: April 15, 2013
The Federal Circuit Bar Association awards various amounts, ranging from $5,000-$10,000 to law students who interested in areas of law related to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (e.g., international trade, patents, government contracts).
GP LSAT Prep Law Student ScholarshipsDeadline: January 31, 2013 and June 30, 2013
The GP LSAT Prep scholarship provides multiple $1000 grants to law students experiencing significant financial need.
Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of ColorDeadline: March 1, 2013
The Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships for Law Students of Color offer three $7,500 awards to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school.
Hawaii Community FoundationDeadline: February 22, 2013
The Hawaii Community Foundation's scholarship program consists of over 160 different scholarship funds and are available in categories such as areas of study, island of residency, religious organization and specific organization membership.
Henry J. Reilly Memorial ScholarshipDeadline: Spring 2013
The Henry J. Reilly Memorial Scholarship is designed to assist deserving members of ROA, ROAL, their children or grandchildren in their education. Preference will be given to candidates who are currently pursuing a military career.
Hispanic Scholarship FundDeadline: varies
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides multiple scholarship opportunities for financial aid for Latino students. Graduate student scholarships are available in amounts typically ranging from $1,000-$15,000.
Humane Studies FellowshipDeadline: January 31, 2013
Humane Studies Fellowships are awarded to graduate students embarking on liberty-advancing careers in ideas. Awards typically range from $2,000-$15,000 and are annually renewable.
Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) ScholarshipsDeadline: March 31, 2013
IABA grants one or more scholarships each year to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Iranian-American community. Awards typically range from $1,500-$3,000.
Judge John R. Brown AwardDeadline: June 7, 2013
The Judge John R. Brown Award is in recognition of excellence in Legal Writing in American law schools. Any current J.D. or LL.B. degree seeking law student is eligible to receive the $10,000 award.
Latham Diversity Scholars ProgramDeadline: June 15, 2013
The Latham Diversity Scholars Program seeks to promote diversity in attorney hiring and advancement and provides a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for a student's second year in law school.
The Marjorie Cook Scholars ProgramDeadline: April 1, 2013
The Marjorie Cook Scholars Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for women with a passion for women's rights and equality who are pursuing graduate degrees in law or public policy. Students must be a resident of Maryland to qualify.
Michael Greenberg Student Writing CompetitionDeadline: May 20, 2013
The Michael Greenberg writing competition scholarship recognizes and encourages outstanding law student scholarship on the legal issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex persons with a $1,000 award.
Minority Corporate Council Association (MCAA) ScholarshipDeadline: May 31, 2013
The MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship provides awards of $10,000 to incoming first year law students. MCAA intends to foster mentoring opportunities for the scholars as well as assist in placing awardees in paid summer internship positions during the summer following their first year of law school.
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Law FoundationDeadline: September 3, 2013
The NAPABA Law Foundation awards scholarships each fall to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders. Multiple scholarships are awarded in varying amounts from $2,000 to $7,500.
National Federation for the Blind ScholarshipDeadline: March 31, 2013
The National Federation of the Blind seeks to recognize achievement by blind scholars. This scholarship is open to legally blind graduate students and offers thirty scholarships ranging in amounts from $3,000 to $12,000.
Oregon State Bar Scholarship
Deadline: April 1, 2013
The OSB Diversity & Inclusion Department (D&I) annually distributes eight scholarships ($2,000 per scholarship) for which entering and current Oregon law school students who intend to practice law in Oregon are eligible. A subcommittee reviews all applications and determines awards according to evidence of the greatest financial need, the students’ qualifications to help further the program’s mission, and other considerations. The program distributes funds to successful applicants’ law schools’ financial aid offices by semester — $1,000 per semester — and the funds do not extend beyond the award year. Interested students must reapply every year and provide an annually updated Financial Assessment Record.
Otto M. Stanfield Law ScholarshipDeadline: February 15, 2013
The Otto M. Stanfield Law Scholarship is open to Unitarian Universalist students entering or attending law school. The amount and number of scholarships varies each year.
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New AmericansDeadline: November 1, 2013
The purpose of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for new Americans (naturalized citizens, green card holders or children of naturalized citizens) to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. Each fellowship provides up to $90,000 in support of graduate study over two years in any field.
Trandafir Writing CompetitionDeadline: March 1, 2013
The University of Iowa College of Law International and Comparative Law Program sponsors an annual world affairs student writing competition. The competition is open to law students and graduate students in all disciplines. The winning essay will be published in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, a journal of the University of Iowa College of Law and will be awarded a cash prize of $2,000.
Zelle Hofmann Diversity in Law ScholarshipDeadline: April 30, 2013
The Zelle Hofman Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either are a member of a diverse group that is historically underrepresented in the private practice of law or demonstrates a long-standing commitment to diversity. The scholarship will award a total of $30,000 to be applied towards tuition, fees and text books for the awardees second and third year of law school.