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The following is a listing of external scholarship opportunities. While not exhaustive, this list can provide a good starting point in your search for outside funding of your legal education.

Added 5/18/22

  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2022 (deadline Jun. 15, 2022)

Added 5/6/22

  • Nassau County Women’s Bar Foundation Scholarship (deadline Jul. 18, 2022)

Added 5/3/22

  • Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Fund (deadline Sept. 23, 2022)

Added 4/5/22

  • 2022 Intellectual Property Law Section Diversity Committee, Miriam Maccoby Netter Scholarship (deadline May 30, 2022)

Added 4/4/22

  • Trial LawHER Scholarship (deadline Jul. 3, 2022)

Added 3/22/22

  • Lem Garcia Legal Career Scholarship Fund (deadline Aug. 15, 2022)
  • MartinWren: Community Justice Scholarship (deadline Dec. 15, 2022)

Added 2/24/22

  • 2022 Brandeis Association Scholarship Fund (deadline May 20, 2022)

Added 1/27/22

  • Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship Program (deadline Oct. 1, 2022)

Added 12/8/21

  • Michigan Auto Law Scholarship Program (deadline Jun. 1, 2022)

Added 10/5/21

  • NYSBA- Environmental Law Section: Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest (deadline Jun. 1, 2022)

2022 Brandeis Association Scholarship Fund

The Brandeis Association is proud to announce that this year we will be awarding three (3) scholarships of $5,000 for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Jerome M. Ginsberg Scholarship
  • Hon. Moses M. Weinstein Scholarship
  • Hon. Charles J. Thomas and Liliane Thomas Scholarship

Only one application is necessary for all three scholarships. Scholarships will be presented at our Brandeis Association Scholarship Fund Event on June 12, 2022.

Scholarship Eligibility: Jewish law students who live in Queens County or attend law school in New York City, or attend Pace Law School, Touro Law School, or the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and who are 2l or 3l at the time of application.

Only online applications shall be accepted this year no hard copies of the application shall be mailed to the committee.

Application and submission directions

Application deadline: May 20, 2022

2022 Intellectual Property Law Section Diversity Committee, Miriam Maccoby Netter Scholarship

The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the 2022 Intellectual Property Law Section Diversity Committee, Miriam Maccoby Netter Scholarship, established by The Foundation through a gift from the Intellectual Property Law Section of The New York State Bar Association. Current first year (1L), entering their second year in the fall; and second year (2L) law students, entering their third year in the fall; are encouraged to apply. The $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York during the 2022-2023 academic year who has an interest in intellectual property. The goal of the scholarship is to increase the diverse representation of lawyers in the practice of intellectual property law.

The scholarship has been established to honor and recognize former long-time member and leader of the Intellectual Property Law Section, Miriam “Mimi” Maccoby Netter, for her singular and extraordinary contributions that have brought about the section’s success and growth.

Eligibility

  1. The scholarship is open to all current first year (1L) and second year (2L) students who are enrolled in a law school in the State of New York during the 2022-2023 academic year.
  2. The student must have attained a 2.5 or equivalent GPA in law school

Award: $5,000

Application and submission directions

Application deadline: May 30, 2022

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation 29th Annual Brown Award

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-ninth annual Brown Award. The Award honors excellence in legal writing in American law schools. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B degree is eligible to submit a paper for the Award. The amounts awarded for 2022 will be as follows:

  • $10,000 First Place,
  • $5,000 Second Place,
  • $3,000 Third Place,
  • $1,000 Finalist,
  • $1,000 Finalist, and

$5,000 to the Scholarship Fund selected by the Dean of the law school in which the First Place candidate is enrolled.

Application and submission directions

Application deadline: May 31, 2022

Michigan Auto Law Scholarship Program

As part of our commitment to diversity, Michigan Auto Law is pleased to sponsor an annual Scholarship Program to provide financial support to students who contribute to the diversity of the law school student body as they pursue their legal career.

Eligibility and Selection criteria includes:

  • The scholarship program is open to students currently in their first or second year of law school as well as students entering law school in the fall of 2022
  • Recipient is a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career
  • Recipient is a U.S. citizen accepted to or currently attending an accredited law school within the United States.
  • Academic achievement as reflected by an undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA

Award: $2,000

Information and submission directions

Application deadline: June 1, 2022

New York State Bar Association: Environmental Law Section – Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest

This annual competition is designed to challenge law students to analyze the environmental issues confronting us today. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 prize; the second-place winner will receive a $500 prize; and the third-place winner will receive a $250 prize. All winners will receive certificates. In addition, the first-place essay will be published by the New York State Bar Association, and the second- and third-place essays will be considered for publication. All three winners will receive an invitation to the fall 2022 conference of the Environmental & Energy Law Section.

Eligibility: Contest open to all JD and LLM candidate students enrolled in a New York State law school. Essays may have been submitted for course credit or for law reviews, but not as part of paid employment.

Information and submission directions

Application deadline: June 1, 2022

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2022

The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2022 writing competition.  This competition is open to articles written while the author is an active student at an accredited law school in the United States.  Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2021.  Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible. 

Prizes are as follows: First Place: $3000; Second Place: $1000, and Third Place:  $500. The first-place winning article may be selected for publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law.  In addition, the author of the first-place paper will be a guest at the ABA Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  The College and the Section reserve the right not to select any article for publication or award any prizes if, in their judgment, the submissions do not meet their standards for outstanding legal writing. 

Information and submission directions

Application deadline: June 15, 2022

Trial LawHER Scholarship

For future women trial lawyers, the power of settlement planning is backed by Milestone and placed in your hands.

Milestone has established the Trial LawHER Scholarship to help a rising 3L female law student achieve her goal of becoming a plaintiff trial lawyer. This scholarship intends to elevate a rising woman leader in the plaintiff trial lawyer space and educate future trial lawyers around the importance and impact of settlement planning.

Eligibility Requirements

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 2022 semester.
  • In good academic standing.
  • Planning to become a plaintiff trial lawyer.

Award: $10,000

Information and submission directions

Application deadline: July 3, 2022

Nassau County Women’s Bar Foundation Scholarship

One of the missions of The Nassau County Women’s Bar Foundation is to advance the status of women in the law. One of the ways to advance this mission is to grant a scholarship to an outstanding woman who has displayed a commitment to continuing to attend law school through her 2L and 3L years.

To qualify for the scholarship, candidates must meet the following criteria:

1) The applicant must be a woman.

2) The applicant must be a resident of Nassau County.

3) The applicant must have been accepted to and currently enrolled in an accredited law school in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Westchester, or Bronx Counties.

4) The applicant must have graduated college with a GPA of at least 3.0.

5) The applicant must have a GPA of at least 2.75 in law school at the time the scholarship application is submitted.

6) The applicant should maintain a GPA of at least 2.75 in law school for the year to which the scholarship funds are applied. The applicant should display characteristics consistent with the mission of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Foundation.

7) The applicant must demonstrate financial need.

Information and submission directions

Application deadline: July 18, 2022

Lem Garcia Legal Career Scholarship Fund

The Lem Garcia Law Scholarship will provide a $1,000 award to an aspiring attorney who is currently enrolled or planning to enroll in law school for the 2022-2023 academic year. This scholarship program is intended to alleviate some of the financial burden associated with attending law school.

Eligibility: Anyone who is accepted into any law school in the U.S. for the 2022-2023 academic year or current law school students attending any law school in the U.S. throughout the 2022-2023 academic year.

Award: $1,000

Information and submission directions

Application deadline: August 15, 2022

Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Fund

The Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Fund, Inc. (“Scholarship Fund”) is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship. The Scholarship Fund was established to promote diversity within the legal profession by providing scholarships to Puerto Rican and Latino students attending ABA accredited law schools. Applicants must be enrolled during the 2022-2023 academic year and must demonstrate financial hardship.

This year we will be awarding scholarships to be used for the legal education of applicants who demonstrate the following:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Community Involvement
  • Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion within the Legal Profession
  • Financial Need

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the Scholarship, applicant must demonstrate one of the following connections to NY:

  • Resident of the State of New York.
  • Enrolled in an ABA Accredited New York State Law School.
  • Confirmed commitment to work in New York State after completing their law school education.
  • Confirmed commitment to continued involvement with the Puerto Rican Bar Association.

Information and submission directions

Application deadline: September 23, 2022

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

This annual competition is designed to challenge law students to analyze the environmental issues

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.

Eligibility:

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Recipient is a member of an ethnic or racial minority or any individual who demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.
  • Recipient is a U.S. citizen currently attending an accredited law school within the United States.
  • Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited law school.

Information and submission directions

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

Application deadline: October 1, 2022

MartinWren: Community Justice Scholarship

MartinWren, P.C. is comprised of attorneys and their staff who are committed to helping their community both professionally and personally. We take pride in being able to help improve the lives of individuals and their families in our home community, as well as being able to support the small businesses that further complete our sense of community. We do this in our work as professionals, and we do this in our own time as as individuals who are members of community based organizations and projects that we are passionate about.

We feel fortunate to be able to support our community both in the work that we do and in our time outside of work. We would like to support the education of a student who is passionate and committed to helping their community be a better place.

The MartinWren Community Justice Scholarship, is open to higher education students of all majors and levels of study, who can demonstrate their commitment to community justice and to making their community a better place.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This scholarship is open to any student who is currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate, graduate, or professional, program in the United States. This includes accredited community college students; and high school seniors and students who possess a GED, who have been accepted to or enrolled in an accredited program.
  • All eligible candidates must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative
  • GPA of 2.00 or above.
  • The scholarship candidate must possess an interest in community justice as demonstrated by past and present volunteer, professional, and/or educational experiences.

Information and submission directions

Award: $1,000

Application deadline: December 15, 2022

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