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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 2/10/16


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.


Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship

This $2,000 scholarship is available to law students who currently are attending an accredited law school within the U.S. Applicants must be a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority OR demonstrate committment to issues of diversity within their community. 

Scholarship award:  $2,000

Applications and Deadline:  Applications are available online.  The scholarship deadline is April 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.


Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship

This scholarship supports graduates of Berks County, PA high schools who are entering their second year at an accredited law school. 

Scholarship award:  $3,000

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


Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association - Alexander G. Gray, Jr. Scholarship

The Gray Scholarship will be awarded to one Massachusetts law student for the 2016-2017 academic year to defray the costs associated with law school, such as tuition, fees, books, and similar school-related expenses.  The scholarship will be awarded to a law student who demonstrates a commitment to and involvement in the LGBTQ community, leadership, maturity, and responsibility.  To apply for and be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must be enrolled at a law school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the 2016-2017 academic year, must complete the Application Form along with all required submissions, and meet stated criteria.

Scholarship award:  $3,500

Applications and Deadline:  Applications are available online.  The scholarship deadline is February 16, 2016.


Barbri Law Preview "One Lawyer Can Change the World" Scholarship

BARBRI Law Preview is proud to offer a $10,000 scholarship to help pay for the first year of law school.  Applicants must submit a 250 word essay online, in response to: How you hope to use your law degree to change our world and how would $10,000 towards your 1L tuition change your world?  20 finalists will be selected by Law Preview panelists and will be announced on lawpreview.com on May 2, 2016.  Essays will be voted on through June 1, 2016, and the finalist with the most votes will be awarded the scholarship, paid directly to his or her law school.

Scholarship award:  $10,000

Applications and Deadline:  Application details are available online.  The scholarship deadline is April 15, 2016.


Zelle LLP 2016 Diversity in Law Scholarship

The Diversity in Law 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 must be a first-year law stduent enrolled full-time or part-time.  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. 

The Scholarship awards the selected recipient a total of $30,000 to be applied towards the selected recipient's law school tuition, fees, and text books, with one half of the scholarship paid for the student's second year of law school and one half of the scholarship paid for the student's third year of law school, subject to the following: to receive the second installment of the scholarship, the recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA through the student's second year of law school.

Depending upon the firm's current needs, the Scholarship recipient may also be offered a paid summer clerkship at one of the firm's offices for the summer following the student's first year of law school.

Scholarship award:  $30,000 (paid towards second and third year costs)

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


New England Employee Benefits Council Scholarships

The New England Employee Benefits Council (NEEBC), New England's leading provider of benefits education and networking, is offering scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a career in the benefits field.  Applicants must habe a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must have completed at least one semester of college as of April 1.  The applicant should demonstrate interest in the benefits field through their course of study and/or work experience.  This list includes, but is not limited to:  health care program design, pension plan design/implementation or administration, retirement strategies, ERISA and legal aspects of employee benefits, work/life programs, health risk management, institutional investing of retirement savings, multiemployer plans, workers compensation, human resources, actuarial and underwriting analysis, and employee benefits communication.

Scholarship award:  Three to four scholarships of $1,000 to $3,000 are available.

Applications and Deadline:  Application details are available online.  Application materials should be postmarked no later than April 1, 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.


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2016 Cycle 

AAJ is now accepting scholarship applications from qualified law students. Scholarship applications are due May 1, 2016. 

Applications must include the following: 

- See more at: https://www.justice.org/what-we-do/enhance-practice-law/professional-recognition-awards-scholarship/scholarships/mike-eidson#sthash.u1sJ7GfF.dpuf

(the student can be enrolled in a three-year day program or four-year night program) who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a trial lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. The winner must attend the AAJ Annual Convention in Los Angeles, California on July 23, 2016 in order to accept the scholarship. Travel and accommodation will be provided.

2016 Cycle 

AAJ is now accepting scholarship applications from qualified law students. Scholarship applications are due May 1, 2016. 

Applications must include the following: 

- See more at: https://www.justice.org/what-we-do/enhance-practice-law/professional-recognition-awards-scholarship/scholarships/mike-eidson#sthash.u1sJ7GfF.dpuf

(the student can be enrolled in a three-year day program or four-year night program) who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a trial lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. The winner must attend the AAJ Annual Convention in Los Angeles, California on July 23, 2016 in order to accept the scholarship. Travel and accommodation will be provided.

2016 Cycle 

AAJ is now accepting scholarship applications from qualified law students. Scholarship applications are due May 1, 2016. 

Applications must include the following: 

- See more at: https://www.justice.org/what-we-do/enhance-practice-law/professional-recognition-awards-scholarship/scholarships/mike-eidson#sthash.u1sJ7GfF.dpuf