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Outside Scholarships

Students are encouraged to investigate scholarships from outside sources including libraries, employers and civic organizations. Additional scholarship search engines are available at www.finaid.org.

The following list will change throughout the year, as we receive notifications from organizations offering aid.  Please check this page often to find new scholarship opportunities!  -- updated 4/27/16


ABA Law Student Division - Events & Competitions

This site is a general link for ABA sponsored competitions, writing contests, scholarships and other opportunities.  Awards, deadlines and requirements will vary.


2016 Law Student Diversity Scholarship

Michigan Auto Law is offering a $2,000 scholarship to students who are currently (in the 2015-16 year) first and second year law students, as well as students who will be entering law school in fall 2016.  Applicants must be a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrate a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career, be a U.S. citizen, and demonstrate academic achievement as reflected by an undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA.

Scholarship award:  $2,000

Applications and Deadline:  Application details are available online.  The scholarship deadline is May 1, 2016.


Abbott and Fenner Scholarship

This scholarship award is based on the submission of an essay on the following topic:
Describe your educational career and life goals.  Explain your plan for achieving these goals.  Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.

Scholarship award: $1,000

Applications and Deadline: Application information is available online. The scholarship deadline is June 10, 2016.


Vital Impact Education Scholarships for Women Over 35

Vital Impact awards education scholarships up to $2,000 with the purpose of encouraging women's professional development to gain the education and training they need to make career changes.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:  you are a women age 35 or older, you are enrolled in a Massachusetts school, you reside in Massachusetts and are a U.S. citizen, you are committed to making a career change, you are able to use the scholarship within one year of award notification which occur in June 2016.

Scholarship award:  $2,000

Applications and Deadline:  Application details are available online.  The application process opens February 1, 2015 and the deadline is June 15, 2016.


American Association for Justice Scholarships

The AAJ is offering four scholarship opportunities to law students:

Mike Eidson ScholarshipThis scholarship awards $5,000 annually to a female law student entering her third year of law school (student can be enrolled in a three-year day program or a four-year night program).  Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to a career as a trial lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.

Scholarship award:  $5,000

Applications and Deadline:  Application details are available online.   The deadline is May 1, 2016.

Richard D. Hailey Scholarship:  AAJ's Minority Caucus will award $5,000 scholarships to minority Law Student Members who are entering their first, second, or third year of law school.  Applicants must exhibit an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy, express a desire to represent victims, demonstrate a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through involvement in an AAJ student chapter and Minority Caucus activities (you must be an AAJ member), and show a financial need for the scholarship.

Scholarship award:  $5,000

Applications and Deadline:  Application details are available online.  The deadline is May 1, 2016.

Leesfield/AAJ Scholarship:  This scholarship awards $2,500 to a Law Student Member to subsidize attendance at AAJ's Annual Convention in Los Angeles, CA.  This is a great opportunity to network with top trial lawyers from around the country.  This scholarship is available to first and second year AAJ Law Student Members.

Scholarship award:  $2,500

Applications and Deadline:  Application details are available online.  The deadline is May 1, 2016.

AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship:  This $3,000 scholarship is awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates the following: commitment to AAJ and its missions, a desire to represent victims, interest and skill in trial advocacy, and financial need.  This is open to all AAJ Law Student Members who are entering their second and third year of law school. 

Scholarship award:  $3,000

Applications and Deadline:  Application details are available online.  The deadline is May 1, 2016.


Expert Institute Third Annual Legal Writing Scholarship

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 1,000 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation.

Scholarship award:  $2,000

Applications and Deadline:  Application details are available online.  The deadline is December 31, 2016.


Brown, PC Tax and Business Law Scholarships

Two scholarships are being offered by Brown, PC.  Both are available for second or third year law students, with a demonstrated interest in either tax law or business law. 

Scholarship awards:  $500 each

Applications and Deadline:  Application details available online: Tax Law Scholarship, Business Law Scholarship.  The deadline for both scholarships is May 31, 2016.


Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers Scholarships

The MAWL Scholarship Foundation is offering scholarships honoring the Honorable Sheila B. McGovern and Carol DiMaiti  to students entering their second and third year of law school.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need and academic ability, as well as provide a personal statement. 

Scholarship awards:  $1,000 each

Applications and Deadline:  Applications are available in the Office of Financial Aid.  The deadline for both scholarships is April 30, 2016.


Stanley R. Arnold Scholarship

This scholarship, sponsored by the New England State and Local Tax Forum, is a one-time $3,000 award for a full or part-time student enrolled in any MST, J.D. or LL.M. program within the New England region who demonstrate an involvement in or commitment to the state tax field.  Special considerations will be given to those who have worked or are working to improve relations between private and government sectors. 

Scholarship award:  $3,000

Applications and Deadline:  Applications are available online.  The deadline is July 1, 2016.


Adler, Pollack & Sheehan Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded in the amount of $10,000 to a minority student entering his or her first year of law school.  Applicants must be: a member of a diverse group (for example, African American, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Gay/Lesbian, or other minority group); entering their first year at an ABA accredited U.S. law school as a full-time student (part-time student applications are not accepted); be a permanent resident of Massachusetts or Rhode Island; demonstrate strong academic achievement, financial need, and commitment to the community; have a desire to work and reside in Massachusetts or Rhode Island upon graduation; and have a vision of their contributions to the profession and community after graduation.

Scholarship award:  $10,000

Applications and Deadline:  Applications are available online.  The deadline is June 1, 2016.


Empowering Women in Law Scholarship

This scholarship is available exclusively to women studying law.  Applicants will have successfully completed at least one semester of law school but will not yet have graduated by fall 2017.  Applications are judged primarily on academic achievement, school & community activities, and demonstrated leadership abilities.

Scholarship award:  $1,500

Applications and Deadlines:  Application details are available online.  The deadline is May 31, 2017.