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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 4/23/14


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.


Legal Leaders Scholarship

The Console & Hollawell $1,000 Legal Leaders Scholarship is available to students who are pursuing a career in law. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in the following areas: pre-law, paralegal studies, or working towards their juris doctorate in any concentration of the law.  Applicants must: be a U.S. citizen, be a full-time student attending (or planning to attend on a full-time basis) an accredited institution of higher education, demonstrate admission and plans to enroll or proof of current enrollment in an accredited institution of higher education, have a minimum 3.0 GPA.  All applicants must complete the Legal Leaders Application and submit a 500 word essay on how they intend to impact their community through their work in the law.

Scholarship award:  $1,000

Applications and deadlines:  Applications are available online and must be submitted no later than July 15, 2014.

Abbott and FennerScholarship

Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants is offering a $1,000 schoalrship award, available to all high school junior and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution.  To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below, between 500 and 1000 words: 

Every generation face new challenges and new problems.  What do you think is the biggest difference between your generation and older generations?  How do you think these differences will affect the future of our country and/or your career choice?

Scholarship award:  $1,000

Applications and Deadlines:  Submissions must be sent by email to scholarships@abbottandfenner.com and are due by June 14, 2014.


Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Diversity Scholarship

The Michigan personal injury lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are pleased to announce its second annual 2014 Diversity Scholarship for law students.  The 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 or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.

Scholarship award:  $2,000

Application and Deadlines:  Applications are available online and must be received by May 31, 2014.


Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship

Michigan Auto Law is proud to announce its third annual Diversity Scholarship, open to first year or second year students currently enrolled in a J.D. program or who will begin classes in Fall 2014.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.  Applicants must also demonstrate academic achievement, as reflected by an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. 

Scholarship award:  $2,000

Applications and Deadline:  Applications and more details are available online.  Completed application materials must be mailed or faxed on or before May 1, 2014.


Allan R. Bloomfield Diversity Scholarship

Allan R. Bloomfield has established a $1,000 scholarship to assist eligible students with the cost of attending law school.  The scholarship program is open to students currently in their first or second year of law school (must have completed at least one semester of classes) and the recipient must be a member of an ethnic or racial minority and contribute to the diversity of the law school student body.  Applicants must be attending an accredited law school and have strong academic achievement (minimum 3.0 GPA).

Scholarship award:  $1,000

Applications and Deadline:  For additional information and the application, please submit a "Contact Us" form on Allan R. Bloomfield's website, choosing "scholarship" as a reason for contact.  The deadline for the application is May 1, 2014.


Goodwin & Scieszka Innovation Scholarship

The Law Offices of Goodwin & Scieszka are offering three scholarships to students currently attending an accredited law school in the U.S.  Applicants must apply online and provide an essay between 500 and 1000 words, based on one of the following prompts:

1) What impact do you believe the Affordable Healthcare Act will have on the U.S. legal system?

2) In your opinion, what law is most out of date and should be rectified or repealed?

3) What future do you foresee for legal marketing with the inclusion of social media?

Scholarship awards:  First place, $1000; Two runner-up awards, $500 each

Applications and Deadline:  Applications should be completed online; your essay must be uploaded at the same time.  The deadline for application is June 1, 2014.


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:

178 Answers to the Question of How to Pay for Law School


Brett Murphy Future Leaders Scholarship

This $2,000 scholarship is available to law students who have an interest in personal injury law and are working towards their J.D. degree.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, be a full-time student attending (or planning to attend on a full-time basis) an accredited law school, demonstrate admission and plans to enroll or proof of current enrollment, and show academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.5 GPA.  The Brett Murphy Future Leaders Scholarship is to be used exclusively for school tuition and related expenses.  All applicants must complete the Future Leaders application and submit a 500 word essay on how personal injury law positively affects social change. 

Scholarship award:  $2,000

Applications and Deadline:  Applications are available online.  The deadline for submission is July 15, 2014.


Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship

The Hudson County Bar Foundation is awarding 45 scholarships to bona fide residents of Hudson County, New Jersey.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need, provide two current letters of recommendation and proof of Hudson County residency, amongst other documentation.

Application and Deadlines:  Applications are available in the Office of Financial Aid and must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2014.


CollegeClasses.com Scholarship Awards

CollegeClasses.com is offering two scholarship awards, applicable to law school students.  The "Breaking Down the Barrier" Scholarship Award is a $500 scholarship awarded to a student pursuing a degree in any field.  The "Law & Justice" Scholarship is a $500 scholarship specifically for students pursuing a degree in areas of law and justice including Criminal Justice, Cyber Security, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Legal Studies and Paralegal Studies.  Applicants for either scholarship must be a legal resident of the U.S. and be enrolled or applying for enrollment in a degree program.  Selection is based on writing skills, creativity and originality.

Scholarship award:  Two $500 scholarship awards are available for apply for

Applications and Deadlines:  Applications are available online for the "Breaking Down the Barrier" and "Law & Justice" Scholarships.  Separate applications must be completed.  The deadline for application is May 1, 2014.


Vital Impact Scholarship

Vital Impact awards schoalrships of up to $1,000 to encourage women's professional development to make career changes and gain the education and training they need for their new careers.  Applicants interested must meet the following eligibility criteria:  be a mature woman, age 35 or older; committed to making a career change; reside in Massachusetts; be enrolled in a Massachusetts school; must use scholarship within one year of award, which will occur in June 2014. 

Scholarship award:  $1,000

Applications and Deadline:  Applications are available online.  The deadline is May 31, 2014.


Kaplan Group Annual Scholarship

The Kaplan Group is offering a $1,000 scholarship to any undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a business or law-oriented degree program.  Applicants must submit an essay and short survey to apply.  The minimum GPA requirement for the recipient is 2.50.

Scholarship award:  $1,000

Applications and Deadline:  Application and essay details are available online.  The deadline is July 27, 2014.


Mike Eidson Scholarship

The Women Trial Lawyers Caucus of the American Association for Justice is offering the Mike Eidson Scholarship, in the amount of $5,000.  The scholarship is awarded to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs' lawyer or criminal defense 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:  Applications are available online and in the Office of Financial Aid.  The deadline is May 1, 2014.


Justinian Law Society Scholarships

The Justinian Law Society will be accepting applications for their annual scholarship awards in the Fall of 2014.  Three $2,500 awards will be presented to deserving scholarship recipients.  Scholarships are available to all second and third year full-time/day and all third and fourth year part-time/evening students with a keen interest in Italian culture and history, from any of the nine Massachusetts law schools.

In order to be considered for the scholarship, applicants must submit the application form, a current resume, a letter of recommendation from the law school dean or a professor who can attest to the applicant's abilities and character, a personal statement in the form of a letter, and a current law school transcript.  The application packet for each year will be accepted any time after Labor Day and must be submitted to the Justinians via their online application, no later than November 17, 2014.

Scholarship award:  $2,500 (3 are available)

Applications and Deadline:  Application materials must be submitted online, between Labor Day (September 1, 2014) and November 17, 2014.


2014 LSAC Committee Writing Competition

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is committed to fostering diversity in law schools and the legal profession.

Studies have shown that students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students are underrepresented in most law schools. This writing competition is designed to reinvigorate the dialogue about the recruitment and retention strategies that law schools should deploy to yield a more diverse class of graduates that will enter the legal profession.

Eligible applicants must be current JD candidates who are in good standing at an accredited LSAC-member law school.

The topic for this competition is:  What techniques, resources and strategies should law schools utilize to recruit and retain students of color and other students who are from groups underrepresented in law schools and the legal profession?

One paper will be selected from each of three (3) qualifying categories of eligible students (1L, 2L, 3L). Each winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and the winning essays will be posted at www.DiscoverLaw.org. In addition one winning paper will be published in the Journal of Legal Education, pending the Journal's final review and approval.

Award:  $5,000

Deadlines and Applications:  Details on entry procedure are available online.  Submissions must be received electronically, no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, May 1, 2014.


Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers Scholarship Foundation

This scholarship application is sufficient to apply for two awards, consisting of scholarships honoring the Honorable Sheila B. McGovern and Carol DiMaiti.  These  scholarships are offered to students entering their second and third year of law school and are based on financial need, academic ability and each candidate's personal statement. 

Scholarship awards:  $1,000 each (2 scholarships are available)

Application and Deadline:  Applications are available in the Office of Financial Aid and are due no later than May 12, 2014.


Adler, Pollack & Sheehan Diversity Scholarship

As part of its Diversity Plan, Adler, Pollack & Sheehan is offering a $10,000 scholarship, to be awarded annually to a minority student entering his/her first year of law school.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:  member of a diverse group (for example, African American, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Gay/Lesbian, or other minority group), entering first year of an ABA accredited law school anywhere in the U.S., permanent residence in Massachusetts or Rhode Island, strong academic achievement, financial need, desire to work and reside in MA or RI upon graduation, demonstrated commitment to the community, vision of contributions to the profession and community after graduation.  Students who receive the scholarship are encouraged to participate as a summer intern with AP&S with the hope that they will consider joining the firm upon graduation.  The Diversity Scholarship is just one way that the firm is hoping to support and encourage more diverse candidates to enter the practice of law and enrich both the profession and society. 

Scholarship award:  $10,000, awarded annually

Application and Deadline:  Applications are available online and must be submitted by June 1, 2014.


Citizens Bank TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship

This scholarship is open to students who will be enrolled at a federally accredited institution in the Fall of 2014.  To apply, students must submit a 500-word or less essay; entries should demonstrate your best example of demonstrated leadership in your community, the number of hours per week/month/year that you are involved, and how you will continue to stay involved in the community as you continue your education.

Scholarship award:  $5,000 (10 scholarships will be awarded)

Application and Deadline:  The application will be available online starting April 15, 2014.  The application period will remain open through May 6, 2014 or until 2,000 applications have been received, whichever occurs first.


Lawrence Bar Association Law Student Scholarships

The Lawrence Bar Association is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program.  This year there are two scholarships available: (1) $5,000 provided by the Sargent Battershill Fund and, (2) $4,000 provided by the Lawrence Bar Association Educational Trust.  Scholarships will be awarded based on academic merit and financial need.  Scholarships are available to law students from Andover, Lawrence, Methuen, and North Andover, MA.  Students must be currently attending law school.

Scholarship awards:  One $5,000 award and one $4,000 award

Application and Deadline:  Applications are available online.  The deadline for submission is June 1, 2014.


Davis Levin Livingston Scholarship for Public Interest Law

The Honolulu-based law firm of Davis Levin Livingston intends 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.

Eligible applicants must be a U.S. citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the U.S., accepted and will be attending law school in the fall of the same year following application, demonstrate academic achievement as reflected by an undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GP, and have a stated intention of pursuing a legal career in public interest law. 

Scholarship award:  $3,000 (made payable to the award recipient's law school to cover law school tuition and related expenses)

Applications and Deadline:  Application details are available online.  Completed applications must be submitted no later than July 1, 2014.