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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 2/27/15


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.


TeachThought.com Law Student Scholarship Listing

The following site has information on many different kinds of scholarships for current and future law students.  Links to the scholarship sponsors for more information are included:

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Harris Personal Injury Lawyers Scholarship

This scholarship is for college students who have suffered a serious injury and are committed to demonstrating a determination to rebuild their lives by attending college.  Applicants must submit a letter regarding their injury experience.

Scholarship award:  $1,000

Application and Deadline:  Applications and additional details are available online.  The scholarship deadline is May 31, 2015.


Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Scholarships

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are offering two scholarships to law students:

2014 Disability Scholarship:  The Disability Scholarship is $1,000 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited college or university. The scholarship is open to students with any type of disability, including but not limited to physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental and psychiatric conditions, speech and language, learning disabilities, behavioral conditions, and all other conditions.  All students are encouraged to apply even if they are unsure if their specific disability qualifies for the scholarship.

Scholarship award:  $1,000

Applications and Deadline:  Applications and additional details are available online.  The scholarship deadline is April 1, 2015.

2015 Diversity Scholarship:  The Diversity Scholarship is $2,000 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited law school, who is either a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority, or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. Applicants must show academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited law school.

Scholarship award:  $2,000

Applications and Deadline:  Applications and additional details are available online.  The scholarship deadline is May 31, 2015.


Davis Levin Livingston Public Interest Law Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to support law students intending to pursue public interest law and add to the ranks of motivated young attorneys willing to consider a career as a public interest lawyer.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the U.S., an accepted student who will be attending law school in fall 2015, and show academic achievement, as reflected by an undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA. 

Scholarship award:  $3,000

Applications and Deadline:  Applications and additional details are available online.  The scholarship deadline is July 15, 2015.


2015 Law Office of Steven Fritsch Scholarship

This scholarship was created to help a graduate pursue a legal career in family law.  The $1,000 scholarship will partially defray first-year expenses for a student who has been accepted into an accredited law school in California or anywhere in the United States for enrollment in the fall of 2015.  Part of the application included a 1-3 page essay, asking the applicant to describe the personal experience that inspired them to enter law school and study family law.

Scholarship award:  $1,000

Applications and Deadline:  Applications and additional details are available online.  The scholarship deadline is July 27, 2015.


Rhode Island Bar Foundation - Thomas F. Black Jr. Memorial Scholarship

This 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 2015.  The Foundation intends to grant two scholarships in the amount of $20,000 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.  Each award will be made on the basis of demonstrated financial need, superior academic performance, community and public service, and details as to the reasonable likelyhood that you will in the future provide and contribute highly professional legal services to the citizens of Rhode Island.

Scholarship award:  $20,000 (two awards are granted)

Applications and Deadline:  Applications and additional details are available online.  The scholarship deadline is March 23, 2015.


Abbott and Fenner Scholarship

This scholarship is available to students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution.  To apply for this scholarship, you will need to write a 500-1000 word 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:  Essays must be submitted by email to: scholarships@abbottandfenner.com.  More information is available online.  The scholarship deadline is June 15, 2015.


Thomas M. McGovern Educational Endowment Trust Fund Scholarships

The Fall River Bar Association is awarding these two scholarships to aid area students in the furtherance of a legal education.  Applicants are to be graduates of education institutions located in Bristol County, MA, with preference to graduates of the following high schools in the order named: 1) Joseph Case High School (Swansea, MA), 2) Parochial High Schools of Bristol County, 3) Somerset-Berkley Regional High School (Somerset, MA), 4) Fall River High Schools (Fall River, MA). 

Scholarship award:  for the purchase or reimbursement of law books

Applications and Deadline: Applications are available in the Office of Financial Aid.  The scholarship deadline is April 20, 2015.


New England Employee Benefits Council Scholarships

The New England Employee Benefits Council (NEEBC) is offering scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a career in the benefits field.  Three to four scholarships of $1,000 to $3,000 will be available for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any accredited public or private New England college or university who have completed at minimum one semester of classes and who have a demonstrated interest in the benefits field.  This includes: 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, instituitional investing of retirement savings, multiemployer plans, workers compensation, human resources, actuarial and underwriting analysis, and employee benefits communication. 

Scholarship award:  $1,000 to $3,000 (3-4 awards available)

Applications and Deadline:  Applications are available online.  The deadline for all application materials is April 1, 2015.


Hudson County Bar Foundation Law School Scholarship

The HCBF will award scholarships to students who are attending law school or who have been accepted to law school for the Sept. 2015-May 2016 term.  Students must be bona fide residents of Hudson County and must demonstrate financial need.

Applications and Deadline:  Applications are available online.  Application materials must be postmarked by April 30, 2015.