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The following is a listing of external scholarship and writing competition opportunities. While not exhaustive, this list can provide a good starting point in your search for outside funding of your legal education. Many scholarships can be found through the AccessLex Law School Scholarship Databank.

Added 3/14/2023

  • Bronx County Bar Association Academic Scholarships (Mar. 24, 2023)

Added 3/3/2023

  • 2023 Cole Schotz P.C. Diversity Scholarship Program (Jul. 1, 2023)

Added 2/10/2023

  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) LMJ Scholarship (Apr. 3, 2023)

Added 2/10/2023

  • 2023 Brandeis Association Scholarship Fund (May 12, 2023)

Added 2/9/2023

  • 2023 Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship (Apr. 7, 2023)
  • Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship (May 1, 2023)

Added 1/9/2023

  • Trial LawHER Scholarship (May 1, 2023)

Added 11/30/2022

  • MAX by AccessLex Hannah R. Arterian Memorial Scholarship (Apr. 30, 2023)

Added 11/10/22

  • Terry Bryant Law Firm Law School Scholarship (Jun. 1, 2023)

Bronx County Bar Association Academic Scholarships
The Bronx County Bar Association is proud to announce that for the academic year commencing September 2023, we will again award the Hon. Peggy Bernheim Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $6,000 and the Craig Lensch Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $6,000.

These scholarships are available to eligible, deserving first and second year law students, or third year law students expecting to graduate in May or June 2023 who are domiciled in Bronx County. The scholarships will be presented at our Annual Dinner on Thursday, April 27, 2023, at the Marina del Rey. Recipients MUST attend the Dinner to receive their award.

Information and submission directions

Award: $6,000

Application deadline: March 24, 2023

Mattone Family Institute for Real Estate Law Writing Competition
The Competition is intended to encourage and reward writing on the subject of real property law by St. John’s Law students, and to foster additional scholarship and interest in this area. Entrants must be enrolled as J.D. or L.L.M. students at St. John’s University School of Law in good standing at the time of the submission and at the time of the selection of a winner. To be eligible for submission, a paper must be the student’s original writing on a topic relating to real property or land use law.  “Real property or land use” shall be interpreted broadly to include related areas such as, inter alia, environmental, finance and banking law, if the paper topic has significant implications for real property or land use law.

Information and submission directions

Award: The winner will receive: (i) a $500 cash prize, (ii) recognition via the Mattone Institute’s newsletter and social media platforms, and (iii) assistance and support from the Director and other relevant members of the Law School administration and faculty for the publication of the winning paper in relevant law reviews and journals. No representation or warranty is made that any winning article will in fact be published in one or more publications.

Application deadline: March 31, 2023

Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) LMJ Scholarship 
The LMJ Scholarship is a diversity pipeline program that seeks to nurture the academic and professional careers of outstanding law students. The scholarship is open to women and diverse students who have: been accepted to an ABA-accredited law school on a full-time basis; an outstanding or promising academic record; an interest in corporate law; demonstrated community service and leadership qualities; a financial need; and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. The LMJ Scholarship grants scholarships of $10,000 to students for their first year of law school. In addition to financial support, LMJ scholars are connected with peers, alumni, and mentors, who are available to provide professional support, such as guidance on addressing academic or personal obstacles that arise over the course of their legal careers.

Who Is Eligible To Apply?

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Proof of acceptance into an ABA-accredited U.S. law school for a full-time Juris Doctorate Program (Fall 2023)
    • (NOTE: LLM students, part-time students, and students pursuing dual degree programs are ineligible.)
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher 
  • 2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form
    • (NOTE: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students with an issued social security number must submit a completed FAFSA form. DACA students who were not issued a social security number must provide proof of DACA status in lieu of the FAFSA form.) 
  • An interest in corporate law, including an interest in working in a corporate law department and/or law firm
  • An interest in diversity, equity and inclusion

Demonstrated community service and leadership qualities

Information and submission directions

Award: $10,000

Application deadline: April 3, 2023

Trepp Education Segment Scholarship
The Trepp Education Segment is accepting applications for the inaugural Trepp Inc. Education Segment Scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must have a minimum 3.4 GPA (4.0 scale)
  • Must be a full-time citizen of the United States
  • Must be a full-time junior, senior, or graduate student (2023-2024 academic year)
  • Must be enrolled at an accredited college or university
  • Must intend to pursue a career in commercial real estate with a focus on studying in qualified fields

Information and submission directions

Award: Scholarship(s) are up to $10,000 USD for tuition and will be awarded based on merit.

Application deadline: April 7, 2023

Trepp Future CRE Leaders Awards Program
Through the TreppEducation segment, the Future CRE Leaders Awards program is designed to recognize outstanding and innovative individuals who are looking to make an impact in the commercial real estate sector upon graduating from their studies.


  • May 2023 graduation candidate
  • Major, minor, concentration, OR relevant internship/work experience in:
    • Real estate with a demonstrated interest in commercial real estate (CRE)
    • Finance (Real estate emphasis)
  • Letter of recommendation (encouraged, not required)
  • Self-nominate or nomination from a professor or industry participant

Information and submission directions

Selected Leaders Will:

  • Have a profile on Trepp’s widely-read blog, TreppTalk
  • Be featured in a Top Leaders List for the Mid-Year Magazine with CRE Direct

Application deadline: April 7, 2023

2023 Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship
The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the 2023 Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship. Established in 2004 by the law firm, Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., the scholarship will be awarded to a law school student who excels in legal writing and advocacy skills. Previous winners of this scholarship have gone on to hold positions at law firms such as Cravath and Cadwalader, and as in-house counsel at organizations including Cancer Genetics, Inc. and NY Arc. An essay that displays excellence in legal writing and advocacy skills must be submitted for consideration of this scholarship. The scholarship is valued at $5,000 and will be awarded to one (1) student. The scholarship will be applied to the student’s tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year.

The scholarship is open to all second-year (2L) students as of spring 2023 semester enrolled in a law school in the State of New York.

Information and submission directions

Award: $5,000

Application deadline: April 7, 2023

Women Economic Developers of Long Island Madelyn Orsini Award
The Madelyn Orsini Award is presented annually to a female student who demonstrates the values of the WEDLI organization by her commitment to leadership and community service on Long Island.

Applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Nominated by an active member of WEDLI or by a faculty member at the applicant’s attending university or college;
  • Have a future career goal focused on promoting economic growth and development on Long Island;
  • Currently resides in Nassau, Suffolk, Kings (Brooklyn) or Queens County;
  • Attends an institution of higher education in Nassau, Suffolk, Kings (Brooklyn) or Queens County; and
  • Successfully completed two years of undergraduate coursework or one year of graduate coursework.

WEDLI members are not eligible for the award; family members are eligible.

Information and submission directions

Award: The annual award is a minimum amount of $1,000 and can be awarded to one or more recipients.

Application deadline: April 14, 2023

MAX by AccessLex Hannah R. Arterian Memorial Scholarship
Hannah R. Arterian served as a distinguished member of the AccessLex Institute Board of Directors from 2011 to 2020, including two terms as Board Chair. Hannah was an unflinching advocate for the Company’s nonprofit mission and its vision to empower the next generation of lawyers through research, policy advocacy, and student-focused initiatives. An ever-present participant in the Company’s annual events, a staunch supporter of the Company’s resources and programs that directly serve law students, and a champion for the creation of the MAX by AccessLex® program, we are honored to announce the inaugural MAX by AccessLex® Hannah R. Arterian Memorial Scholarship.

Annually, one 1L MAX participant who completes the eight-part Financial Foundations course and attends at least two MAX events will be automatically entered to win a $50,000 scholarship toward their remaining law school tuition. The first drawing of the Scholarship will take place on May 1, 2023 and will thereby stand apart from the annual MAX by AccessLex® Grand Prize Scholarship Drawing on April 1.


The MAX by AccessLex® (“MAX”) Scholarship Drawing (“Drawing”) is open to individuals who:

(a) are U.S. citizens or lawful residents currently residing in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, and who are at least 18 years old (19 years old in Alabama and Nebraska, and 21 years old in Mississippi) as of the date of entry;

(b) are enrolled as first year (“1L”), law students at participating MAX law schools; and

(c) register on the MAX Drawing website ( during the Drawing Entry Period (“Students” or “Entrants”). Employees, Officers and Directors of Sponsor and any affiliate thereof and members of their immediate families (defined for these Official Rules as spouses, parents, children, siblings, and each of their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) or individuals living in the same household (whether related or not) of any of the above are not eligible to win. 

Opportunity to obtain entries for the Drawing begins at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (“EDT”) on 07/01/2022 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT on 04/30/2023 (the “Drawing Entry Period”).

Scholarship Drawing & Official Rules

Deadline: April 30, 2023

Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship
Charles E. Joseph has dedicated his career to fighting for workers’ rights as a plaintiff’s employment lawyer. His work has protected victims of discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage theft. Charles E. Joseph founded Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP, a New York firm that has recovered more than $140 million for workers. He also created Working Now and Then, a resource on employment law and worker’s rights.

In order to encourage future employment lawyers, the Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship awards $1,000 annually to a law student who plans to work in plaintiff’s employment law.

Eligibility guidelines:

  1. Applicants must be currently attending or accepted to an ABA-accredited law school.
  2. Applicants must upload an unofficial law school transcript or a copy of their admission letter, plus a resume or CV.
  3. All applicants must submit an original 750-word essay.

Information and submission directions

Award: $1,000

Application deadline: May 1, 2023

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 2023 semester.
  • In good academic standing.
  • Planning to become a plaintiff trial lawyer.

Information and submission directions

Award: $10,000

Application deadline: May 1, 2023

2023 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 2022-2023 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 11, 2023.

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 12, 2023

Terry Bryant Law Firm Law School Scholarship
The accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant is proud to announce the availability of a $2,500 scholarship to be awarded to a student who has been accepted to or is currently enrolled in an ABA- or AALS-accredited law school. We believe that attorneys can be agents of change and advocates for those who deserve a voice. We’ve centered our practice around this philosophy, and we’re hopeful that tomorrow’s lawyers will continue this mission.

The Terry Bryant Law School Scholarship is available to all future or current law school students, regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Applicants must have a cumulative college grade point average of at least 3.0 and must be currently attending or planning to enter a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) or the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

Information and submission directions

Award: $2,500

Application deadline: June 1, 2023

2023 Cole Schotz P.C. Diversity Scholarship Program
Cole Schotz P.C. is committed to the advancement of diverse law students. Fostering diversity in the legal profession contributes to the quality of the profession and strengthens our ability to serve our clients and communities. As part of Cole Schotz’s continuing commitment to diversity equity and inclusion in the legal community, we have created the Cole Schotz Diversity Scholarship.

The Cole Schotz Diversity Scholarship is open to a second-year, full time law student in good standing. Consideration is given to the candidate’s academic achievement, involvement in community service, social justice activities, demonstrated leadership abilities and advancement of diversity in the legal profession. (These values are weighted collectively; no one value is predominate). The recipient will receive a one-time $10,000 scholarship.


To be eligible for the Cole Schotz Diversity Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant must be a full-time student in good standing who will complete his/her first year of law school at an ABA accredited Law School by July 1, 2023 and who will commence his/her second year in the summer or fall of 2023.
  • The applicant must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 at either his/her/their undergraduate school and law school. If your grades have been a challenge in law school, we invite you to explain why.
  • The applicant must be legally authorized to work in the United States or permanent resident of the United States of America as well as attend an ABA accredited law school in a state where Cole Schotz’s offices are located: Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York or Texas.
  • The applicant must not be the recipient of another diversity scholarship award.

Information and submission directions

Award: $10,000

Application deadline: July 1, 2023

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