External Scholarships | School of Law | SIU

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External Scholarships | School of Law | SIU

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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American Indian Law Review’s Annual Writing Competition

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.


The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline of Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Editors of the American Indian Law Review are not eligible to compete.

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Richard D. Hailey Scholarship

opens in February 2019

$5,000 scholarship to a minority Law Student member who is entering his/her first, second, or third year of law school.

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American Association for Justice Richard D. Hailey Scholarship

Deadline: February 2019

First Place: $5,000

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Human Rights Essay Award

Deadline: February 1, 2019

The competition is open to the applicants who have a degree of law and should have an exhibition experience or interest in international human rights law.

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Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law

Deadline: February 3, 2019

First Place: $1,500

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Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition

Deadline: February 10, 2019

First Place: $3,000 and publication; Runners Up: $1,000

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American Association of University Women—Carbondale Branch AAUW Scholarships

Deadline: February 14, 2019

Two scholarships for female SIUC students in the amount of $500

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Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest

Deadline: February 15, 2019

First Place: $5,000 and an expense-paid trip to ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability National Legal Malpractice Conference

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BYU LawStories on the Mainstage

Deadline: February 20, 2019

Ten authors selected to present

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2018-2019 ELI Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

Deadline: April 8, 2019

Students currently enrolled in law school (in the U.S. or abroad) are eligible, including students who will graduate in 2019. Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit. Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit. Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible.

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The Empaxis Scholarship for Women in Business

Deadline: April 30, 2019

The Empaxis Scholarship for Women in Business, which is open to women enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate study program. This scholarship was created to provide women with educational and career opportunities and help diversify the business world. To apply students will answer one of three essay topics. The scholarship is offered bi-annually with the first deadline on April 30, 2019.  A selected student will be awarded $2,000, selected one month following each deadline.

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Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition

Deadline: April 30, 2019

First Place: $5,000

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Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Student Writing Competition

Deadline: June 1, 2019

First Place: $10,000

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2019 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition

Deadline: July 1, 2019

First Place: $2,500

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