Grants and Scholarships for Law School

We all know how expensive it is to pursue a higher education, and if you are thinking about becoming a lawyer it can be very expensive. There are many ways to finance your education, and scholarships, grants, and fellowships are worth looking into. Many schools offer their own scholarship within their law program, but there are also many scholarships that are not tied to a particular school or program. Below we have listed many scholarships that are for students studying law and some that are less specific. Leadership scholarships are strongly linked to programs in law and the legal field. At the end we have also listed some of the top law schools financial aid and scholarship website links.

AALL Educational Scholarships
American Association of Law Libraries
http://www.aallnet.org
Purpose: To encourage students to pursue careers as law librarians.
Eligibility: Student applicant must be pursuing a degree at an accredited library school with law library experience and financial need.
Target Applicants: Graduate students, adult students.
Amount: Varies
Number of Awards: Varies
Deadline: April 1
How to apply: Applications available online.

American Bar Association Essay and Writing Competitions
American Bar Association
http://www.abanet.org/lsd/
Purpose: To support and recognize achievement among law students.
Eligibility: Student applicant must write an essay centered on a specific legal topic and an ABA student member.
Target Applicants: Graduate students, adult students.
Amount: Varies
Number of Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies
How to apply: Applications available online.

American Bar Association - BAR/BRI Scholarships
BAR/BRI Bar Review
http://www.barbri.com/wps/portal/barbri/home
Purpose: To support graduating law students who must take the BAR/BRI exam.
Eligibility: Student applicant must be ABA Law Student Division members who will be December or May graduates and will use the award toward the BAR/BRI tuition.
Target Applicants: Graduate students, adult students.
Amount: Varies
Number of Awards: Varies
Deadline: November
How to apply: Applications available online.

American Legion Auxiliary, Department of California $1,000 Scholarships
American Legion Auxiliary, Department of California
http://www.calegionaux.org
Purpose: To support children of U.S. Armed Forces members.
Eligibility: Student applicant must have a parent who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during an eligible period and plan to attend a school in California.
Target Applicants: High school students, college students, adult students.
Amount: $1000
Number of Awards: 4
Deadline: March
How to apply: Applications available online.

Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Scholarship
Federal Circuit Bar Association
http://www.fedcirbar.org
Purpose: To support promising law students who demonstrate financial need.
Eligibility: Student applicant must demonstrate academic ability and financial need.
Target Applicants: College students, graduate students, adult students.
Amount: $10,000
Number of Awards: 1
Deadline: April
How to apply: Applications available online.

HORIZONS Foundation Scholarship
Women in Defense
http://wid.ndia.org
Purpose: To support women pursuing careers related to the national security interests of the United States.
Eligibility: Student applicant must be full or part-time female students at an accredited university and have reached at least junior level status.
Target Applicants: College students, graduate students, adult students.
Amount: Varies
Number of Awards: Varies
Deadline: July
How to apply: Applications available online.

Humane Studies Fellowships
Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University
http://www.ihs.org
Purpose: To support students who are interested in the classical liberal/libertarian tradition of individual rights and market economies and wish to apply these principles to their work.
Eligibility: Student applicant must be one of the following undergraduates who will be juniors or seniors or graduate students during the academic year.
Target Applicants: College students, graduate students, adult students.
Amount: $2,000 - $12,000
Number of Awards: Varies
Deadline: December 31
How to apply: Applications available online.

Jonathan Jasper Wright Award
National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
http://www.nabcj.org
Purpose: To support students and award regional and national leadership in the field of criminal justice.
Eligibility: Student applicant must be involved in affecting policy change. Nominator should be a member of NABCJ.
Target Applicants: College students, graduate students, adult students.
Amount: Varies
Number of Awards: 1
Deadline: May 15
How to apply: Applications available online.

Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
American Bar Association
http://www.abanet.org/lsd/
Purpose: To assist first year law students.
Eligibility: Student applicant must be entering the first year of law school during the year of application.
Target Applicants: College students, graduate students, adult students.
Amount: $5,000
Number of Awards: Varies - scholarship may be renewable
Deadline: March 1
How to apply: Applications available online.

Mary Church Terrell Award
National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
http://www.nabcj.org
Purpose: To award activism for positive change in criminal justice on city and state levels.
Eligibility: Nominator should be a member of NABCJ.
Target Applicants: College students, graduate students, adult students.
Amount: Varies
Number of Awards: Varies
Deadline: May 1
How to apply: Applications available online.

Medgar Evers Award
National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
http://www.nabcj.org
Purpose: To award efforts to ensure that all people, including those in institutions, receive equal justice under the law.
Eligibility: Nominator should be a member of NABCJ. This award honors the slain civil rights leader.
Target Applicants: College students, graduate students, adult students.
Amount: Varies
Number of Awards: 1
Deadline: May 15
How to apply: Applications available online.

Minority Scholarship Program
Fredrikson and Byron, P.A.
http://www.fredlaw.com
Purpose: To support law students from diverse backgrounds.
Eligibility: See website.
Target Applicants: College students, graduate students, adult students.
Amount: $10,000
Number of Awards: 1
Deadline: March 31
How to apply: Applications available online.

Summer Graduate Research Fellowships
Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University
http://www.theihs.org
Purpose: To support graduate students who are interested in scholarly research in the classical liberal tradition.
Eligibility: Student applicant must graduate students in areas related to the classical liberal traditons.
Target Applicants: Graduate students, adult students.
Amount: $3,000 + travel and housing allowance
Number of Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies
How to apply: Applications available online.

Thomas H. Steel Fellowship Fund
Pride Law Fund
http://www.pridelawfund.org
Purpose: To support law students with a project that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
Eligibility: Applicants must be students in their last year of law school or lawyers within three years of graduating. Other requirements are on the website.
Target Applicants: Graduate students, adult students.
Amount: Up to $35,000
Number of Awards: 1
Deadline: April 1
How to apply: Applications available online.

William L. Hastie Award
National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
http://www.nabcj.org
Purpose: To award demonstrations of national leadership in criminal justice and the pursuit of policy change within the field.
Eligibility: Nominator should be a member of NABCJ.
Target Applicants: College students, graduate students, adult students.
Amount: Varies
Number of Awards: 1
Deadline: May 15
How to apply: Applications available online.

William S. Bullinger Scholarship
Federal Circuit Bar Association
http://www.fedcirbar.org
Purpose: To support financially needy but academically promising law students.
Eligibility: Student applicant must demonstrate academic ability and financial need.
Target Applicants: College students, graduate students, adult students.
Amount: $5,000
Number of Awards: 1
Deadline: April
How to apply: Applications available online.

Best Buy Scholarship
Best Buy Children's Foudation
http://www.bestbuy-communityrelations.com/scholarship.htm
Purpose: To encourage and assist students to obtain a higher education.
Eligibility: Student applicants must be high school students living within 75 miles of a Best Buy store and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 as well as community service or work experience.
Target Applicants: High school students.
Amount: $1,000
Number of Awards: Up to 1200
Deadline: February 16
How to apply: Applications available online.

Coca-Cola Scholars Program
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
http://www.coca-colascholars.org
Purpose: Started in 1986 to celebrate the Coca-Cola Centennial, it is designed to contribute to the nation's future and assist a wide range of students.
Eligibility: Student applicants must be high school seniors in the U.S. and attend an accredited U.S. university or college.
Target Applicants: High school students.
Amount: $10,000-$20,000
Number of Awards: 250 - scholarships may be renewable
Deadline: August - October
How to apply: Applications available online.

Discover Scholarship Program
Discover Card
http://www.discoverfinancial.com/community
Purpose: To recognize and support high school juniors for their academic accomplishments.
Eligibility: Student applicants must be high school juniors at an accredited U.S. high school and have a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA for their 9th and 10th grades.
Target Applicants: High school students.
Amount: $20,000
Number of Awards: Up to 10
Deadline: January 31
How to apply: Applications available online.

FISCA Scholarship
Financial Service Centers of America
http://www.fisca.org
Purpose: To support college bound high school seniors from areas served by FISCA centers.
Eligibility: Student applicants must be high school seniors. Selection is based on leadership, academic achievements and financial need.
Target Applicants: High school students.
Amount: $2,000
Number of Awards: At least 10
Deadline: April
How to apply: Applications available online.

Frank Newman Leadership Award
Campus Compact
http://www.compact.org
Purpose: To provide scholarships and opportunities for civic mentoring to students with financial need.
Eligibility: Emphasis is on students who have demonstrated leadership abilities and significant interest in civic responsibility.
Target Applicants: College students, adult students.
Amount: $5,000
Number of Awards: 2
Deadline: Varies
How to apply: Applications available online.

Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award
Campus Compact
http://www.compact.org
Purpose: Awards granted to college students for use in strengthening or maintaining a service program/project.
Eligibility: Student applicants must be undergraduate students attending institutions that are Campus Compact members and must be nominated by the Campus Compact member president.
Target Applicants: College students.
Amount: Varies
Number of Awards: 5
Deadline: February
How to apply: Applications available online.

Lori Rhett Memorial Scholarship
National Association for Campus Activities
http://www.naca.org
Purpose: to recognize the achievement of student leaders who are undergraduate or graduate students.
Eligibility: Student applicants must hold a significant campus leadership position and demonstrate significant leadership skills.
Target Applicants: College students, adult students
Amount: Varies
Number of Awards: 1
Deadline: June
How to apply: Applications available online.

Markley Scholarship
National Association for Campus Activities
http://www.naca.org
Purpose: To support undergraduate and graduate students who have made exceptional contributions in the field of student activities.
Eligibility: Student applicants must attend a college or university in the former NACA South Central Region: must be enrolled as juniors or seniors or graduate students.
Target Applicants: College students, adult students
Amount: Varies
Number of Awards: Up to 2
Deadline: September
How to apply: Applications available online.

Most Valuable Student Scholarships
Elks National Foundation Headquarters
http://www.elks.org
Purpose: To support students who have demonstrated leadership and financial need.
Eligibility: Student applicants must be graduating high school seniors who are U.S. citizens and plan to pursue a four-year degree on a full time basis.
Target Applicants: High school students
Amount: $1,000-$15,000
Number of Awards: 500
Deadline: Varies
How to apply: Applications available online.

NABF Scholarship Program
National Amateur Baseball Federation
http://www.nabf.org
Purpose: To support students who have been involved with the federation.
Eligibility: Student applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university, must have participated in a federation event and must be sponsored by a member association.
Target Applicants: College students, adult students
Amount: $1,000
Number of Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies
How to apply: Applications available online.

National Junior Girls Scholarships
Ladies Auxiliary VFW
http://www.ladiesauxvfw.org
Purpose: To award Junior Girls who excel academically, are actively involved in Junior Girls and demonstrate leadership at school.
Eligibility: Student applicants must be Junior Girls ages 13 to 16 and active members of a Ladies Auxiliary VFW Junior Girls Unit for at least a year who have held and office.
Target Applicants: Junior high students or younger. High school students
Amount: $7,500
Number of Awards: 1
Deadline: March
How to apply: Applications available online.

National Merit Scholarship Program and National Achievement Scholarship Program
National Association for Campus Activities
http://www.nationalmerit.org
Purpose: To provide scholarships through a merit-based academic competition.
Eligibility: Student applicants must be enrolled full-time in high school, progressing normally toward completion and planning to attend college no later than the fall following completion of high school. Must also take the PSAT/NMSQT no later than the 11th grade.
Target Applicants: High school students.
Amount: $2,500
Number of Awards: Varies - Scholarships maybe renewable
Deadline: Varies
How to apply: Applications available online.

Principal's Leadership Award
Herff Jones
http://www.principals.org/awards/
Purpose: To recognize students for their leadership.
Eligibility: Student applicants must be seniors and nominated by their high school principal.
Target Applicants: High school students.
Amount: $1,000-$12,000
Number of Awards: 100
Deadline: December
How to apply: Applications available online.

Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship Program
Phillips Foundation
http://www.thephillipsfoundation.org
Purpose: To support students who demonstrate leadership on behalf of freedom, American values and constitutional principles.
Eligibility: Student applicants must be enrolled full-time at any accredited, four-year degree granting institution in the U.S. or territories.
Target Applicants: High school students
Amount: Varies
Number of Awards: $1,000-$7,500
Deadline: January
How to apply: Applications available online.

Sam Walton Community Scholarship
Wal-Mart Foundation
http://www.walmartfoundation.org
Purpose: To local communities and to help students achieve their educational dreams.
Eligibility: Student applicants must be high school seniors.
Target Applicants: High school students
Amount: $3,000
Number of Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies
How to apply: Applications available online.

Scholarships for Student Leaders
National Association for Campus Activities
http://www.naca.org
Purpose: The NACA foundation in committed to developing professional in the field of campus activities.
Eligibility: Student applicants must be current undergraduate students. Who hold a significant campus leadership position, have made significant contributions to their campus community, and demonstrated leadership.
Target Applicants: College students, adult students
Amount: Varies
Number of Awards: Varies
Deadline: November
How to apply: Applications available online.

Student Leader Award
Golden Key National Honour Society
http://www.goldenkey.org
Purpose: To support student members who have demonstrated leadership.
Eligibility: Student applicants must be currently or previously involved in Golden Key and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university.
Target Applicants: College students, graduate students adult students
Amount: $1,000
Number of Awards: 13
Deadline: April
How to apply: Applications available online.

SuperCollege Scholarship
SuperCollege.com
http://www.supercollege.com/scholarship
Purpose: SuperCollege donates a percentage of the proceeds from the sales of its books to award scholarships to high school, college, graduate and adult students.
Eligibility: Student applicants must be high school seniors, college undergraduates, graduate students or adult students.
Target Applicants: High school, college students, graduate students, adult students
Amount: $1,500
Number of Awards: 1
Deadline: March
How to apply: Applications available online.

USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships
USA Funds
http://www.usafunds.org
Purpose: To encourage students to achieve their higher education goals.
Eligibility: This is a need-based scholarship program with aid for full-time and half-time students. Applicants must be high school seniors or other individuals who plan to enroll or are enrolled in full- or half-time undergraduate or graduate program.
Target Applicants: High School students, college students, graduate students, adult students
Amount: $1,500
Number of Awards: Varies
Deadline: February
How to apply: Applications available online.

Top school scholarship websites:

Yale University: http://www.law.yale.edu/admissions/outsidescholarships.htm
Stanford University: http://www.law.stanford.edu/node/149628
Harvard University: http://www.law.harvard.edu/current/sfs/index.html
Columbia University: http://www.law.columbia.edu/llm_jsd/tuition_fees/fin_aid
University of Chicago: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/prospective/financialaid/howtofund/scholarships
New York University: http://www.law.nyu.edu/financialaid/scholarships/jdscholarships/index.htm
University of California, Berkeley: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/191.htm
University of Pennsylvania: http://www.law.upenn.edu/prospective/jd/scholarsprogram.html
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: http://www.law.umich.edu/currentstudents/financialaid/Pages/default.aspx
Duke University: http://law.duke.edu/admis/financial/
Northwestern University: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/admissions/tuitionaid/grants/
Georgetown University: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/graduate/fellowships.html
Cornell University: http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/alumni/giving/endowed_funds/scholarships_g-l.cfm, http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/admissions/tuition/financial_faq.cfm