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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’s Harold Sullivan Scholarship

Deadline - 3:00 p.m. on June 21, 2021

Students who have commenced their law school education and who have at least one year remaining are eligible to compete for the scholarship, provided they meet other eligibility requirements. (Typically, this means current 1Ls and 2Ls.) Two recipients will be selected.

The Illinois Judges Foundation will award the Harold Sullivan Scholarship to one or more students
attending an Illinois law school. The Illinois Judges Foundation will award a $5000.00 scholarship to
each winning applicant. The scholarship monies will be paid to the winning students’ law school(s) to
cover future tuition and related costs.

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The Committee on Animals and the Law of the New York State Bar Association Writing Competition

Deadline - July 9, 2021

Law students (which include J.D., L.L.M., Ph.D., and S.J.D. candidates), are invited to submit to the Committee on Animals and the Law, an article concerning any area of Animal Law. All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of attorneys and other professionals practicing or otherwise involved in animal law. The winners will be chosen in accordance with the competition rules.


The first-place winner will receive $500 and a Certificate of Achievement. The second-place winner will receive $250 and a Certificate of Achievement. The third-place winner will receive a Certificate of Recognition.

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Lexicon Legal Content Scholarship

Deadline - August 1

Lexicon Legal Content annouces the first annual $1,000 college scholarship essay contest to help an aspiring lawyer to meet their educational needs.  The scholarship is open to high school seniors and college students who plan to pursue a career in law.

In order to participate, applicants should complete a 1000-word essay on the following topic:

How do you believe that lawyers can make positive change in their communities outside of the practice of law?

In answering this question, applicants should consider the role of attorneys in modern society and how a legal education can be used to affect societal change in non-traditional ways. A good jumping-off point for this discussion is the fact that many lawmakers, business leaders, and other high performers have legal training but have chosen to pursue alternative career paths. People you may look to for inspiration include Barack Obama, Savannah Guthrie, Tony LaRussa, Cheih Huang, and John Grisham.

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Trial LawHER Scholarship

Deadline - 11:59 p.m. ET on August 1, 2021.

Milestone has established the Trial LawHER Scholarship to help a female law school student achieve her goal of becoming a plaintiff trial lawyer. This law school scholarship intends to elevate a rising woman leader in the plaintiff trial lawyer space and educate future trial lawyers around the power of settlement planning. 

Eligible applicants must be all of the following:

  • A female U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled in a 3L law school program for the fall 2021 semester
  • In good academic standing
  • Planning to become a plaintiff trial lawyer

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2021 Carole Bailey Scholarship

Deadline -11:59pm Eastern Time on August 15, 2021.

In commemoration of Carole’s longstanding commitment to public service and her tireless efforts in working with and providing assistance to the Bar Association, the Bar Association is pleased to award scholarships to law students with a demonstrated commitment to public service.

Who may apply?

Any student who is:

  1. Enrolled or enrolling in any law school accredited by the American Bar Association for the 2021/2022 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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Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition

Deadline - September 1, 2021

This competition is open to any student enrolled in an accredited college, in a graduate or undergraduate program. First, second, and third prizes in the amounts of $1,000, $750 and $500.00 will be awarded. The winning entry will be published in the 2021 Symposium book. Second and third place entries will be published if space permits.

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Hager Prize Scholarship

Deadline - September 1, 2021

The Hager Prize of $1,000 will be awarded for the best writing on the ICWA or any legal issue concerning Native American juveniles. The winning entry will also be published in the 2021 Symposium book. 

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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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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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