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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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45+ College Scholarships for Minority Students

Purdue University Global shares 45+ financial aid scholarships for future and current students as well as potential graduate students to supplement the cost of education or professional development endeavors. Information on where to find scholarships and grants is supplied. Also highlighted within the resource are opportunities dedicated to specific demographics such as African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Students, Native Americans, and much more. The featured scholarships are current and are provided by trusted organizations. The resource will constantly be updated to ensure students can apply to the most accurate scholarships available.

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Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois Scholarship

Deadline - October 8, 2021

  • Applicant must be of Hellenic descent.

  • Applicant must be enrolled as a second or third year student at an accredited law school.

  • Applicant must either be an Illinois resident or must be attending law school in Illinois.

  • All applicants must submit a current law school transcript with the completed application.

  • Please include a current resume with your completed application.

  • Please include a photo with your completed application. 

  • If selected as a scholarship recipient, the applicant is expected to attend the Hellenic Bar Association’s 71st Annual Scholarship Ball as our guest on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

  • All applications must be submitted by Friday, October 8, 2021. The organization reserves the right to reject late applications.

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The Black Women Lawyer’s Association Fall 2021 Book Scholarship

Deadline - October 14, 2021 11:59 p.m. CST

BWLA-SF will award up to ten $1,000.00 dollar book scholarships in November 2021.

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The Justinian Society of Lawyers Endowment Fund Annual Law Student Scholarship

Deadline - October 22, 2021

The Justinian Society of Lawyers Endowment Fund provides annual scholarships to students attending law school in Illinois. We are looking to award scholarships to students that can demonstrate a financial need and are excelling academically.

Transcripts of law school enrollment and grades, together with a black and white photo of the applicant must accompany the written application. All applicants are additionally required to indicate whether they previously have been awarded a scholarship by the Justinian Society of Lawyers.

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McLean County Bar Association's Scholarship

Deadline - October 31, 2021

The McLean County Bar Association is offering a $2,500 scholarship to a second or third year law student with a connection to McLean County, Bloomington-Normal and/or its surrounding communities through residency in the county, through academic ties to local schools or through past or future employment. Prime candidates will express and demonstrate a commitment to legal aid work, pro bono activities, or community service. 

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MVP Law Firm Diversity Scholarship

Deadline - November 1, 2021

This student scholarship promotes diversity in the practice of law in the state of Kansas by awarding a minority college senior who is committed to attend law school at the University of Missouri, University of Kansas, UMKC, Washburn University, Saint Louis University, Washington University, University of Illinois, or Southern Illinois University or a minority 1L, 2L or 3L student attending the University of Missouri, University of Kansas, UMKC, Washburn University, Saint Louis University, Washington University, University of Illinois, or Southern Illinois University. This scholarship is open to all college seniors committed to attending the aforementioned schools, 1L, 2L or 3Ls who attend the aforementioned schools and are from minority groups, including African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pan-Asian, Bi-Racial and Native American students. Applicants must exhibit MVP’s core values and beliefs, as demonstrated in application materials, and demonstrate a bona fide intention of practicing law in the state of Kansas. An award will be based on student participation in college/law school, community activities, financial need, and academic achievement.

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Franklin W. Klein Law Student Writing Competition

Deadline: December 31, 2021

The Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association, Franklin W. Klein Law Student Writing Competition honors the memory of a founding member of Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd., one of the oldest and most respected local government law firms in the State of Illinois and the sponsor of the writing competition.  Franklin W. Klein graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1932 and founded the firm in 1935.  He retired from a distinguished legal career in 1996.

First Place - $500

Second Place - $250

Third Place - $100

*Includes a plaque and the gratitude of local government practitioners.

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Law Offices of Arechigo & Stokka Scholarship contest

Deadline - December 15, 2021

We are asking students to write a 250-350 word essay about the following:

  • Describe what the justice system means to you and how you plan to give back with your legal career.

We want law students to explain how they plan on helping their community with their law degree; and their experiences in law school that motivated them to do so.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Applicants must be enrolled or accepted into an ABA-accredited law school in the United States as of the fall 2021 semester.

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Eskew Law 2021 Law School Scholarship Contest

Deadline -  July 29, 2022

Award: $1,500

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled or accepted into an ABA-accredited law school in the United States as of the fall 2022 semester.

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Gounaris Abboud Scholarship Contest

Deadline - August 1, 2022

  • Overview of Essay Topic: “In your essay, please explore and discuss your Understanding the justice system, why it is important for democracy, and how we can teach others the importance of our judicial system."
  • Requirements: Please write an essay.
  • Eligibility Rules: In order to apply for this scholarship applicants must be enrolled or accepted into an ABA accredited law school in the United States as of the fall 2021 semester.

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Salwin Law Group Law and Politics Scholarship Contest

Deadline: December 1, 2022

Overview of Essay Topic: "Identify one way that criminal law and politics intersect in modern America and provide your analysis.”
Requirements: Please write 750-1000 words.
Applicants must be enrolled or accepted into an ABA accredited law school in the United States as of the fall 2022 semester.

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ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

The American Bar Association (ABA) awards an annual Legal Opportunity Scholarship to first-year law students. The mission of the program is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to attend and completing law school. The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship grants 10 - 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial aid over their three years in law school. Since its inception, more than 350 students from across the country have received the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship.

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Scholarships for LGBTQ Students

After decades of fighting oppression and discrimination, LGBTQ students have finally entered the era where they can not only feel like a part of the general college population but also receive the assistance that will help them in their studies. Of course, nothing is ideal yet, but there are special college scholarships targeting LGBTQ youth in particular that can make the process of paying tuition a little bit easier. We’ve composed a list of such scholarships and sorted them based on the award amount, from the highest to the lowest. It’s in no way exhaustive but it can give you an idea of where to look for aid and which requirements must be met for applying.

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