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External Scholarships

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 11/12/21

  • Victoria Fisher Memorial Prize 2021: Women And The Law (deadline Nov. 2021)

Added 11/10/21

  • Queens County Women’s Bar Association Faith E. O’Neal Scholarship (deadline Nov. 15)

Added 11/9/21

  • Modrall Sperling Max J. Madrid Law Diversity Scholarship (deadline Jan. 28, 2022)

Added 11/5/21

  • MBBA Bar Prep Scholarship (deadline Apr. 4, 2022)
  • MBBA The Honorable George Bundy Smith Scholarship Fund (deadline Apr. 4, 2022)
  • MBBA The Gregory Harmon, Esq. Memorial Scholarship (deadline Apr. 4, 2022)
  • MBBA 1L Scholarship (deadline Apr. 4, 2022)

Added 10/5/21

  • Columbian Lawyers Association Inc. Scholarship (deadline Nov. 23)
  • NYSBA- Labor and Employment Law Section: Dr. Emanuel Stein and Kenneth Stein Memorial Law Student Writing Competition (deadline Nov. 30)
  • NYSBA- Environmental Law Section: Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest (deadline Jun. 1, 2022)

Added 9/28/21

  • Reeves Law Group Future Lawyer Scholarship (deadline Dec. 1)

Added 9/23/21

  • NYSBA- Phil Cowan-Judith Bresler Memorial Scholarship Writing Competition (deadline Dec. 31)

Added 9/21/21

  • NYBF- Elder Law and Special Needs Section T. David Stapleton Memorial Scholarship (deadline Nov. 12)
  • NYBF- The Honorable Joel K. Asarch Elder Law and Special Needs Section Scholarship (deadline Nov. 12)
  • The Hofstra Law and AFCC Family Law Writing Competition (deadline Feb. 15)

Added 9/8/21

  • NYBF-Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship (deadline Nov. 19)
  • NYBF-Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship (deadline Nov. 19)

Added 8/30/2021

  • Don H. Liu Scholarship (deadline: Nov. 15)

New York Bar Foundation: Elder Law and Special Needs Section T. David Stapleton Memorial Scholarship

One scholarship will be awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York in one of the following regions: Central New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Western New York who has a demonstrated interest in the Elder Law and Special Needs practice areas and has clear plans to practice in the field in one of these regions following law school, or a law student that is from this region, studying at a law school outside the region, who has clear plans to return to the region to practice Elder Law.

Value: $2,500.00

Application is available here

Application deadline: November 12, 2021

New York Bar Foundation: The Honorable Joel K. Asarch Elder Law and Special Needs Section Scholarship

One scholarship will be awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York during the 2021-2022 academic year and is actively participating in an Elder Law Clinic at the school during the 2021-2022 academic year or performs other substantial efforts which demonstrate interest in the legal rights of the elderly or those with disabilities.

Value: $2,500.00

Application is available here

Application deadline: November 12, 2021

Don. H Liu Scholarship 2021-22

We are excited to announce that the 2021-2022 Scholarship Application for the Don H. Liu Scholars Program (“Program”) is now open.  The Program was founded in 2014 by two past presidents of the Asian American Bar Association of New York. The Program seeks to identify and cultivate future Asian American leaders in the legal community to address the single most important reality facing Asian American professionals today — the barrier to advancement.

This year, the Selection Committee will select up to 3 scholars. Each scholar will be awarded $15,000 each and have access to prominent mentors, including Don H. Liu, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Risk Officer of Target Corporation. The Program will also provide assistance in career development, including identifying potential internships.  Details and more information about the Program can be found on our website here: http://www.donhliuscholars.org and in the attached document.

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

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of Asian descent;
  • Be enrolled full-time as a 1L in a J.D. program at an ABA-accredited and approved law school in the U.S.;
  • Demonstrate exceptional academic accomplishments and leadership;
  • Demonstrate financial need; and
  • Intend to practice in the private sector in the New York City metropolitan area following graduation.

Any questions regarding eligibility criteria or the application process can be sent via e-mail to applications.donhliuscholars@gmail.com

Application deadline: November 15, 2021

Queens County Women’s Bar Association Faith E. O’Neal Scholarship

In 2005, in recognition of her outstanding work on behalf of the Queens County legal community and her overall professional excellence, the Queens County Women’s Bar Association established The Faith E. O’Neal Scholarship, honoring the memory of Faith E. O’Neal.

Faith was a dedicated member, board member and officer of the Queens County Women’s Bar Association. She served as the co-chair of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York’s Diversity Committee and a state delegate for the Queens County Women’s Bar Association. Faith was the President of the Law Secretaries and Law Assistants Collegium and the Association of Law Secretaries to the Justices of the Supreme and Surrogates Court.

Eligible recipients are students enrolled at an ABA accredited law school that have completed their first full semester and are domiciled in Queens County, or attend a law school in Queens County. 

Award of Scholarship: Two (2) Scholarships will be awarded at the Queens County Women’s Bar Association annual Judiciary Night on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Scholarship winners will be notified approximately one week before the award presentation.

Application available here

Application deadline: November 15, 2021

New York Bar Foundation: The Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship

One scholarship is awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York who demonstrates Melvyn Mitzner’s commitment to professional achievement in the area of real property law including legal writing, lecturing and scholarship; and diversity in the profession.  Value: $5,000.00  

Application available here

Application deadline: November 19, 2021

New York Bar Foundation: The Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship

One scholarship is awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York who best exemplifies the core values important to Lorraine Power Tharp; academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity, and an interest in real property law.   Value: $5,000.00

Application available here

Application deadline: November 19, 2021

Columbian Lawyers Association Inc. Scholarship

The Columbian Lawyers Scholarship Corporation, Queens County is accepting applications for our annual scholarships to be awarded in December 2021. Applicants must either attend law school in Queens County or reside in Queens County and be of Italian ancestry.

The scholarships are generally $4,000 to $5,000 each, and we typically give three scholarships each year. The award is based upon need, scholarship, and extra-curricular activities.

Applications available here

Application deadline: November 23, 2021

New York State Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section: Dr. Emanuel Stein and Kenneth Stein Memorial Law Student Writing Competition

The purpose of this writing competition is to recognize excellence among law school students writing in the area of labor and employment law; and to cultivate the relationship between the Section and future labor and employment practitioners.

Award Criteria: Articles must be original from the applicant. Submissions should focus on any timely, compelling aspect of labor and employment law. Only one submission per student.

All articles are to be submitted in the following format: a) submitted by email to cteeter@nysba.org; b) double spaced; c) on 8-1/2 inch by 11 inch paper, 1 inch margins; d) no longer than 20 pages (exclusive of endnotes); e) citations are to conform to “A Uniform System of Citation” (The Bluebook).

Prize Awarded: 1st place: $3,000 and publication in Section newsletter. 2nd place: $2,000. 3rd place: $1,000.

Information and submission directions

Applications Deadline: November 30, 2021

Victoria Fisher Memorial Prize 2021: Women And The Law

You are invited to write an essay of not more than 5000 words relating to the above topic. The winning entry will be awarded £250.


About the Prize: The purpose of the annual prize is to stimulate interest in the relationship between women and the law.


About Victoria Fisher: Victoria was a lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Leicester. She was a founder member of the Women and Law group and an active trade unionist.


To find out how to enter contact:
Mrs. Linda Henfrey, Victoria Fisher Memorial Prize Fund
t: +44 (0) 116 252 2363 e: lawreception@le.ac.uk


http://www.le.ac.uk/law

Applications Deadline: Entries to be received by November 2021

Reeves Law Group Future Lawyer Scholarship

The Reeves Law Group is offering a $2,500 scholarship. We are asking the students to tell us about their genuine desire and goal of using the legal system to fix problems or improve conditions in our society.

We would like you to tell your story in a brief narrative, starting with an introduction about who you are, your interests, and anything else you feel we should know about you. Then, please provide your entry in 750-1000 words in the form of an essay, or Prezi/Powerpoint presentation. Graphic and creative presentations are welcome.

Application and submission directions

Application deadline: December 1, 2021

New York State Bar Association: Phil Cowan-Judith Bresler Memorial Scholarship Writing Competition

The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (EASL)’s Phil Cowan – Judith Bresler Memorial Scholarship, named after two esteemed former EASL Chairs, offers up to two awards of $2,500 each on an annual basis in Phil Cowan’s and Judith Bresler’s memories to law students who are committed to a practice concentrating in one or more areas of entertainment, art or sports law.

Each Scholarship candidate must write an original paper on any legal issue of current interest in the area of entertainment, art or sports law. You may submit any paper for the scholarship that you previously submitted for a school assignment.

The paper should be 12 to 15 pages in length (including Bluebook form footnotes), double- spaced and submitted in Microsoft Word format. PAPERS LONGER THAN 15 PAGES TOTAL WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. The cover page (not part of the page count) should contain the title of the paper, the student’s name, school, class year, telephone number and email address. The first page of the actual paper should contain only the title at the top, immediately followed by the body of text. The name of the author or any other identifying information must not appear anywhere other than on the cover page.

Information and submission directions

Email paper submissions to Prof. Eva Subotnik at subotnie@stjohns.edu, no later than December 31, 2021.

Application deadline: December 31, 2021

Modrall Sperling Max J. Madrid Law Diversity Scholarship

To advance the goals of diversity and inclusion within the legal profession, Modrall Sperling has established the Max J. Madrid Law Diversity Scholarship.  The scholarship provides tuition assistance toward an awardee’s second or third year of law school in the amount of $10,000.  The scholarship’s name honors our former litigation partner and dear friend who tragically passed away in 2012.  Max was a passionate advocate for the goals of diversity and inclusion that we espouse.

Basic Eligibility: Persons in their first or second year of law school may apply if they are from a diverse background that historically has been underrepresented within the legal profession.

Award: $10,000

Information and submission directions

Application deadline: January 28, 2022

DDRB Lawyers Legal Scholarship

Each year, we award an incoming or continuing law student a scholarship to assist with tuition costs. For those interested in this opportunity, the application, information, and requirements about this scholarship can be found at our website. Applications must be submitted online, in full, by January 31, 2022. Late applications will not be considered. The application and eligibility requirements can be found here:

Information and submission directions

Application deadline: January 31, 2022

The Hofstra Law and AFCC Family Law Writing Competition

Hofstra Law and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) are sponsoring the 12th annual Family Law Writing Competition. The competition is run in cooperation with the editorial staff of the Family Court Review, which is the academic and research journal of AFCC. The Family Court Review is an interdisciplinary and international journal published quarterly by Wiley and in cooperation with the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at Hofstra Law. The Family Court Review contributes to and facilitates discourse among the judicial, legal, mediation, mental health and social services communities.

The subject of entries may be within any area of family law, although topics that focus on international or interdisciplinary subjects of family law are especially encouraged. Articles should concentrate on a current legal issue and must have a strong foundation in legal research. Use of interdisciplinary sources may also be appropriate for many topics.

Information and submission directions

Application deadline: February 15, 2022

The Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Inc.: Bar Prep Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to cover the costs for preparatory courses for the New York State Bar Examination.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive a scholarship, an applicant must be Black/African-American, a permanent resident of New York City and registered for an upcoming Bar Exam in the summer 2022 test administration cycle.

Award: $2,500

Information and submission directions

Application deadline: April 4, 2022 at 5PM

The Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Inc.: The Honorable George Bundy Smith Scholarship Fund

The Metropolitan Black Bar Association established The Honorable George Bundy Smith Scholarship Fund in conjunction with Friends of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Inc. (FMBBA), a 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to supporting the work and furthering the vision of MBBA to offer three scholarships to students who demonstrate qualities of leadership, a passion for the arts and sciences, or a commitment to diversity and academic excellence. The fund is in honor of Judge Smith, who for many years provided board leadership and guidance to the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, including starting the organization’s first scholarship fund. Above all, Judge Smith valued education and leveraged his success to the benefit of the African-American community.

THE HONORABLE THEODORE T. JONES, JR. SCHOLARSHIP

Awarded to a student who demonstrates a commitment to leadership while successfully managing the law school experience.

Award: $2500

THE SHIRLEY STEWART FARMER SCHOLARSHIP

Awarded to a law student who demonstrates a passion for business, arts or sciences.

Award: $2500

THE JAMES L. LIPSCOMB SCHOLARSHIP

Awarded to a student who demonstrates a sincere and meaningful commitment to diversity and a commitment to academic excellence.

Award: $2500

Eligibility For Above Scholarships: To be eligible to receive a scholarship, an applicant must be Black/African-American, a permanent resident of New York City, and a full or part-time J.D. candidate attending an eligible law school. St. John’s University School of Law is an eligible law school.

Students are permitted to apply to more than one of the offered scholarships. If a student elects to do so, he/she must submit entirely separate application packages for each scholarship. Students may be selected for only one scholarship each year.

Information and submission directions

Application deadline: April 4, 2022 at 5PM

The Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Inc.: The Gregory Harmon, Esq. Memorial Scholarship

In May 2015, the Black Bar Association of Bronx County (BBABC) renamed its annual scholarship to the “The Gregory Harmon, Esq. Memorial Scholarship” to honor a dear friend and trusted colleague of the organization, Gregory Harmon, who passed away on December 15, 2014.

Gregory Harmon was a true asset to the legal profession as he spent his legal career helping citizens of Bronx County – starting as an attorney at the Legal Aid Society and going on to open a successful practice specializing in criminal defense and probate work. Additionally, he served as a mentor and teacher to many Bronx students and new attorneys throughout his career. Gregory Harmon was an unwavering supporter of the BBABC where he served as President, Committee Chairperson, and member of its Board of Directors. He was also honored for his service to the BBABC with the Ivan G. Warner award in 2004.

The BBABC consolidated with the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) in 2016 and MBBA is committed to honoring Gregory Harmon’s legacy.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive a scholarship, an applicant must be Black/African-American, a Bronx native or currently a resident in the Bronx, and a full or part-time J.D. candidate attending an eligible law school. St. John’s University School of Law is an eligible law school.

Students are permitted to also apply to the MBBA scholarships under The Honorable George Bundy Smith Scholarship Fund (see above).

Award: $2500

Information and submission directions

Application deadline: April 4, 2022 at 5PM

The Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Inc.: 1L Scholarship

Applicants must write an original paper on the impact of racial injustice in the legal profession.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive a scholarship, an applicant must be Black/African-American, a permanent resident of New York City, and a full or part-time J.D. candidate attending an eligible law school. St. John’s University School of Law is an eligible law school.

Award: $2500

Information and submission directions

Application deadline: April 4, 2022 at 5PM

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

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