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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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ILLINOIS JUDGES FOUNDATION HAROLD SULLIVAN SCHOLARSHIP 2022

Deadline -  July 1, 2022

Award: $2,500 up to $5,000

ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

Currently enrolled in an Illinois law school, with at least one academic year of law school left to complete (incoming 1Ls not eligible);

Does not have a close relative who is a judge;

Has community service or pro bono experience;

Has financial need.

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Finney Injury Law $2500 College Scholarship

Deadline -  July 1, 2022

Award: $2,500

The Finney Injury Law Scholarship empowers students who are historically underrepresented in the legal profession to pursue their educational dreams. Cost, support, and guidance are often barriers preventing smart and driven individuals from seeking higher education. Our scholarship will help deserving students break down those barriers, accomplish their educational goals, and prepare them for a future in law.

  • Current high school senior or enrolled college or law student who is a member of an underrepresented minority group in the legal profession.
  • Must have enrollment agreement and student ID# to receive the scholarship award.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA. Minimum 1100 SAT or 22 ACT score.
  • Must have residency in one of the following counties – St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, Madison, St. Clair, and Monroe County.
  • U.S. Citizen with valid SS# or permanent residency.

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: Student Writing Competition 2022 - NYS Bar Association

Deadline - July 15, 2022

TOPIC:
Any topic on Animal Law.

ELIGIBILITY:
To be eligible for consideration, the submission must be written by a student currently enrolled (full time or part time) in an ABA-accredited law school. Students expecting to receive their degree in 2022 are eligible for consideration. The submission must be written by one, and only one student, i.e., papers jointly written by more than one student or that have been subjected to line editing by professors or advisors shall not be considered. No paper that has been previously published in any form shall be considered. We will only accept one submission per entrant.

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2022 Joel Stern Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Pipeline Scholarship

Deadline - July 15, 2022

The Joel Stern Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Pipeline Scholarship seeks to provide financial support to students who contribute to the diversity of the law school student body as they pursue their legal career. We ask your assistance with disseminating the attached application and criteria to students who will be entering their second or third year of law school in the fall of 2022. 

NAMWOLF will provide three (3) scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each for the 2022-2023 law school year. The application deadline is June 20, 2022.  The Joel Stern Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Pipeline Scholarship is open to 2022–2023 second- and third year law students who attend historically black college and universities (HBCUs) school of law program or Illinois/Iowa law students who attend an ABA accredited law school program. Recipients will be invited to attend the NAMWOLF Annual Meeting September 18-21, 2022, in Chicago, Illinois.

The National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms, founded in 2001, is a nonprofit trade association comprised of minority and women owned law firms and other interested parties throughout the United States. NAMWOLF assists its Law Firm Members in developing strategic alliances, coalitions, and affiliations with corporations, in-house counsel, and other legal trade associations. Through these efforts, NAMWOLF helps ensure the long-term survival of minority and women owned law firms.

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Andrew Flusche Attorney at Law Scholarship

Deadline -  July 30, 2022

Overview of the Contest: In your essay submission, they want to hear about:

  • What inspired you to pursue a legal career?
  • What type of goals do you have planned as you work through your career?
  • Why you should be considered for the scholarship award
  • Requirements:
  • Compelling 250 – 350 essay
  • A letter of recommendation

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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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The Zimmerman Law Firm 2021 Law School Scholarship

Deadline - August 1, 2022

Award: (1) $1,000 scholarship

Our attorneys have created the first annual Zimmerman Law Firm scholarship for law students. We want to hear from law students about why they have committed to law school and what they plan on doing with their Juris Doctorate once they graduate. We are asking law students to write a 300-500 word essay about the following: “Describe why you chose to pursue law and what do plan to do with your law degree once you graduate?

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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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2022 Carole Bailey Scholarship

Deadline - August 1, 2022

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association will award at least one annual law student scholarship of up to $5,000.00, in honor of the Court’s former Chief Deputy Clerk of Administrative Services, Carole Bailey.

Who may apply?

Any student who is:

  1. Enrolled or enrolling in any law school accredited by the American Bar Association for the 2022/2023 academic year; and,
  2. Able to demonstrate either an interest in pursuing a public service legal career, or a past or present commitment to public service.
  3. An interest in the subject matter jurisdiction of the Court of Federal Claims is beneficial but not necessary for an applicant to be selected.

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2022 James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Competition

Deadline - September 16, 2022

This is a writing competition for students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law sponsored by The PIABA Foundation. First Prize is $1000, Second Prize is $750, and Third Prize is $500. Competition winner(s) will be posted online at www.piabafoundation.org. The PIABA Bar Journal Board-of-Editors will publish the first place paper, and may, at their option, print additional submissions.

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Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship Program

Deadline - October 1, 2022

The Buckfire Law Scholarship Committee is currently accepting applications for the 2022 Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship.

The scholarship was created in 2013 as part of the law firm’s commitment to helping law students who are in need of financial assistance achieve their academic and professional dreams.

In order to be considered for the scholarship, the student must be a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority, or demonstrate a commitment to issues of diversity within their community.

The scholarship will award $2,000 to one student selected by our scholarship selection committee.

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2022 Law Offices of Daniel Kim Scholarship

Deadline - December 31, 2022

The Law Offices of Daniel Kim understand the cost of attending higher education can be thousands of dollars and understand how challenging the financial burden can be for a student in pursing higher studies. This scholarship is offered to individuals who are in colleges or universities or planning on attending college or graduate school in nearest future.

  • Enrolled in university/college
  • Good academic standing with your current educational institution
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Citizen of the U.S.
  • Write an essay of 1200+ words on the topic below

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The 2022 California Workers Compensation Lawyers Scholarship

Deadline - December 31, 2022

  • Applicant must be currently enrolled or accepted to a university/college/community college for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Must be in good academic standing with your current educational institution.
  • You have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States of America

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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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