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External Scholarships, Awards & Competitions

All external scholarships, awards and competitions are ordered according to the closest deadline. If you have any questions about these scholarships, please refer to their respective links

The Mike Lawrence Scholarship

The Mike Lawrence Scholarship is designed to assist undergraduate and graduate students who have a relationship with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.  There is a preference for African Americans as well as for students who are involved in the institute’s Student Ambassador Program.

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Steinger, Iscoe & Greene Law Scholarship for Child Advocates

Application Deadline: Spring Semester- November 30 - Fall Semester- July 31

Open to applicants who meet either of the following criteria:
-You have personally worked to protect children's rights or stop abuse either as a volunteer, as a counselor, in your professional work or by legal means.
-You are an abuse survivor who wishes to use your own experiences to help others.

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Women Lawyer’s Association of Greater St. Louis Linda J. Murphy Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2018

The Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis has awarded scholarships to deserving law students since 1996.  The Linda J. Murphy Scholarship was named after Linda J. Murphy, who passed away in 1999. Linda was an outstanding member of the WLA, and served as its President in 1987-1988.

Scholarships generally range from $1000 to $6000 depending on the amount of funds available in any given year and the number of recipients chosen by the selection committee at its discretion. 

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Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2018

$1,000 Scholarship Guidelines

I. Eligibility for application:
a. You must be a law student at an accredited law school in Illinois; first, second or third year.
b. You must be planning a career in Illinois government at the local, state or federal level.
c. Preference for the scholarship will be given to those who have or had a job or internship in Illinois – paid or unpaid – in the public sector. Although it is not necessary to have the job at the time of application, we must have proof of the employment before the scholarship money will be disbursed in June, 2018.
d. Past scholarship recipients are not allowed to re-apply.

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Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity and Disability Scholarships

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is pleased to offer annual scholarships to assist students who demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence at accredited schools in the United States.

The scholarships listed below are to be used exclusively for college and university tuition and related expenses:

We do not accept fax or e-mail applications. All required items should be mailed together in one package.

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Coles-Cumberland Bar Association Scholarship

Deadline: April 2, 2018

The Coles-Cumberland Bar Association anticipates awarding one or more scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 following the application period. The Coles-Cumberland Bar Association reserves the right to modify the amount and number of scholarships awarded based upon the number and suitability of applications received.

The Coles-Cumberland Bar Association Law School Scholarship Program is open to law students having a close connection to the Coles County or Cumberland County, Illinois who will is enrolled at an accredited United States law school during the 2017-2018 academic year.

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ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

Deadline: April 6, 2018

The Scholarship Fund is intended to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to these students. 

The Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school.

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Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition Scholarships

Deadline: April 9, 2018

THE HENRY L. DIAMOND CONSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW PRIZE: The author of the article deemed best by a panel of judges will receive $2000 cash, publication in ELI’s flagship publication, the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.

TOPIC: Any topic addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law with a significant constitutional, “federalism,” or other cross-cutting component.

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DuPage Association of Women Lawyers, Hon. Helen C. Kinney Scholarship

Deadline: April 15, 2018

In order to honor the memory, vision and leadership of Judge Helen C. Kinney, the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers has created the Judge Helen C. Kinney Scholarship. Judge Kinney was truly a leader for women in DuPage County. Judge Kinney was the first woman appointed to the bench in DuPage County.

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Ashley M. Haws Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: April 15, 2018

In order to honor the memory of Ashley M. Haws, the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers, together with Davi Law Group, LLC, created the Ashley M. Haws Memorial Scholarship. Ashley M. Haws was a rising star in the DuPage County legal community who provided fearless legal representation for her family law clients as an Associate Attorney at Davi Law Group, LLC.

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Northwest Suburban Bar Association Timothy C. Evans Scholarship

Deadline: May 10, 2018

The NWSBA has distinguished itself for its commitment to public service. The Foundation was established by the NWSBA to increase its charitable activities and includes the funding for the Foundation Scholarship Program.

ELIGIBILITY: The scholarship is available to law school students currently attending an accredited Illinois law school who reside in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (includes Lake, Kane, DuPage, Cook, Will, Kendall, Grundy and LaSalle counties) and who have demonstrated a commitment to the highest scholastic standards.

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Pacific Legal Foundation 2017-18 Law Student Writing Competition

Deadline: May 15, 2018

Submissions must be original works of publishable quality written by a student currently enrolled full- or part-time in a law school in the United States.  All submissions must comply with the Harvard Law Review Association’s Bluebook Uniform System of Citation (21st ed.).  There is no page limit for entries, although a word count of 3,000 to 5,000 words is suggested.

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Zehl & Associates $2000 Scholarship

Deadline: May 30, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

In order to participate in the scholarship contest, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be currently attending or planning to attend a college or university during the fall of 2018 academic year.
  • Must be in good academic standing with your current educational institution.
  • For applicants under 18, you must have permission from a parent or legal guardian.
  • Must apply to the contest via email and provide your name, address, and the name of the institution you are attending or plan to attend.
  • Must provide your video (YouTube) and written essay (PDF format preferred) by the deadline of May 30, 2018.
  • A winner will be chosen on June 13, 2018.

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National Championship ADR Law Student Writing Championship 2018

Deadline: June 1, 2018

A $10,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winning submittal as judged by the Editorial Board of the ACCTM American Journal of Mediation along with select Fellows of the College and members of the NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section. Winning entries will be published in the ACCTM Journal and the NYSBA New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer.

The competition is open to all JD and LLM law students enrolled as of December 15, 2016.

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American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

Deadline: July 1, 2018

  • The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000
  • The essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review
  • The prize will be presented to the recipient at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States

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Tiftickjian Law Firm Annual Juvenile Justice Law School Scholarship 2018

Deadline: July 31, 2018

One applicant is awarded a $1,000 scholarship. The Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. scholarship award recipient will be notified of the selection on or before August 15th, 2018.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Be enrolled or accepted to an accredited law school within the United States
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher

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