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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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Illinois Sheriffs’ Association College Scholarship Program

Opens in January 2019

The Illinois Sheriffs' Association will be awarding over 100 scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois. Applicants must be permanent residents of Illinois. An essay will be required along with the application.

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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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Linda J. Murphy Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2019

  • Applicants must be part-time or full-time female law students.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled at one of the four Missouri law schools (Washington University, Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri in Columbia or the University of Missouri - Kansas City) or Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, and must be committed to continue law school enrollment in the fall semester following the award.

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2019 Law Student Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2019

Two Awards: $10,000

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Bohemian Lawyers’ Association of Chicago

Deadline: April 5, 2019

$2,500 - $5,000

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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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Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Deadline: April 26, 2019

First Place: $2500

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Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition

Deadline: April 30, 2019

First Place: $5000

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or contact Amanda Fleming at 202-588-7734 

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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Scholarship for Orphans and Half-Orphans Deadline

Deadline: June 1, 2019

First Place: $1,000

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Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Student Writing Competition

Deadline: June 1, 2019

First Place: $10,000

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26th Annual Brown Award

Deadline: June 3, 2019

First Place: $10,000; Second Place: $5,000; Third Place: $3,000; Finalists: $1,000

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Funk & Associates Law Scholarship

Deadline: June 15, 2019

First Place: $500

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2019 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

Deadline: July 1, 2019

First Place: $5,000

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2019 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition

Deadline: July 1, 2019

First Place: $2,500

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