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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. Many scholarships can be found through the AccessLex Law School Scholarship Databank.

Added 9/13/22

  • Mark T. Banner Scholarship (Dec. 2, 2022)

Added 8/29/22

  • Baja Law Scholarship (Sept. 1, 2022)
  • NAPABA Law Foundation (NLF) Scholarships (Sept. 7, 2022)
  • 2022 Carole Bailey Scholarship (Sept. 15, 2022)
  • The 2022 Weiss & Paarz Annual National Law Scholarship (Sept. 30, 2022)
  • Zinda Law Group Scholarship (Sept. 30, 2022)
  • Local and State Government Law Section Carol Van Scoyoc Scholarship (Oct. 28, 2022)
  • The Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship (Nov. 18, 2022)
  • The Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship (Nov. 18, 2022)

Added 5/26/22

  • 2022 GJEL Accident Attorneys Law Student Scholarship (deadline Nov. 1, 2022)

Added 5/3/22

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

Added 3/22/22

  • MartinWren: Community Justice Scholarship (deadline Dec. 15, 2022)

Added 1/27/22

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

Bajaj Law Scholarship

The Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, APC , a criminal defense law firm in San Diego, CA, is offering a $2,500 annual scholarship to one law student throughout the United States.

Vikas Bajaj graduated from University of Texas – Austin in 2001, and has dedicated his career to helping those accused of a crime. Mr. Bajaj seeks to reward a law student pursuing a career in criminal law.

The scholarship will be based on an essay and can be done on any topic. The range can be from 500-1250 words, anything over 1250 words will not be read.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a law student in the U.S. or have been accepted to a U.S. law school,
  • Applicant must have some sort of financial need or have financial aid obligations,
  • Must be a full time student (proof of full time status will be required before award is distributed),
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Information and submission directions

Award: $2,500

Application deadline: September 1, 2022

NAPABA Law Foundation (NLF) Scholarships

NLF Presidential Scholarships

NLF awards two NLF Presidential Scholarships at $7,500 each yearly. Recipients are selected each year from all scholarship applicants in consultation with the NAPABA President, who selects awardees who have demonstrated outstanding leadership to serve the APA community.

UPS/NLF Gold Mountain Scholarships

The UPS/NLF Gold Mountain Scholarships are awarded to promising law students dedicated to the Asian Pacific American community who are the first in their family to attend law school. Two scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each are awarded who meet the following requirements:

  • First in their immediate family to be currently enrolled in, and in good standing, at an American Bar Association (ABA) or Association of American Law Schools (AALS) accredited law school in the United States. Submission of a completed NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship Application.
  • Demonstrated commitment to pro bono and/or public interest legal work
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Permanent resident or U.S. citizen
  • Commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American Community

*Previous winners of the UPS Gold Mountain Scholarships and immediate family members of UPS employees are ineligible for the UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship.

The Low Family Scholarship

In recognition of the NAPABA Law Foundation’s 20th Anniversary in 2014, NLF Board Member Ronald Low, one of the original founders of NAPABA, and his wife Wanda Denson-Low, retired Senior Vice President for the Boeing Company and former recipient of the NAPABA 2004 Women’s Leadership Award, have generously donated $50,000 to the NLF to fund this scholarship in perpetuity. One $2,500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a law student who has a history of demonstrated leadership and/or community service to the Asian Pacific American Community.

Chris Nakamura Scholarships

In 2003, the Foundation named one of these scholarships in memory of Chris Nakamura, a leader of the Asian Pacific American legal community of Arizona. The Chris Nakamura NAPABA Law Foundation Scholar will be awarded $2,500.

LimNexus Scholarship

In 2004, the Foundation established the Lim, Ruger & Kim Scholarship. Today, the firm, with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, has a fresh new name, “LimNexus,” and celebrates its 30th Anniversary. LimNexus continues its support of the Foundation by offering a $2,500 scholarship.

NLF uses an online combined scholarship application for the scholarships listed above.

Information and submission directions

Application deadline: September 7, 2022 by 5PM

2022 Carole Bailey Scholarship

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. During her tenure with the Court, Carole worked closely with the Bar Association and provided invaluable help to the Association in its mission to serve the Bar of the Court.

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.

Eligibility:

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

Information and submission directions

Application deadline: September 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

The 2022 Weiss & Paarz Annual National Law Scholarship

Each year, Weiss & Paarz will award a $1,000 Law Scholarship to a student starting or continuing law school anywhere in the United States of America!

As a law firm that exclusively handles medical malpractice, our attorneys, paralegals, and staff members have dedicated their careers to helping victims of preventable catastrophic injury. Just as we never let a client’s financial restrictions get in the way of achieving justice, we firmly believe that no student should be deprived of the opportunity to succeed due to a lack of financial resources.  We are especially interested in young individuals who plan to become lawyers. We are confident in the youth of America’s ability to change our world for the better through strong character development, community enrichment, and higher education.

We are thrilled to announce the fifth year of this exciting scholarship opportunity. Scholarships will be awarded each year to the student who demonstrates all of the following qualities and characteristics:

  • Financial need
  • Exceptional work ethic
  • Strength in the face of adversity
  • Outstanding academic achievement
  • Commitment to the local community and charitable giving
  • Ability to lead others
  • Overall moral character

Information and submission directions

Application deadline: September 30, 2022

Zinda Law Group Scholarship

Zinda Law Group is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm that serves clients across Texas, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida and throughout the United States. The lawyers at Zinda Law Group understand that education is incredibly important for all generations. We want to help students in their paths to higher education, which is why we have created the Zinda Law Group scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements

The Zinda Law Group scholarship is open to undergraduate and law students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Information and submission directions

Application deadline: September 30, 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

Local and State Government Law Section Carol Van Scoyoc Scholarship

The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the Local and State Government Law Section Carol Van Scoyoc Municipal Law Scholarship. The scholarship has been established by the Foundation through a gift from the Local and State Government Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) to honor the memory of Carol Van Scoyoc, Esq., a former chair of the Section and recipient of the Association’s Award for Excellence in Public Service, recognizing her extraordinary contributions to the legal profession and the public good.

Each year, a $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a law student who best exemplifies the core values important to Carol: academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service and an interest in municipal law.

Eligibility

1. The scholarship is open to second and third year full-time and part-time law students, enrolled in a law school in New York State.

2. Students must have maintained a minimum 3.0 or equivalent GPA in law school and a ranking in the top quarter of their class as of the July 1 preceding their application.

3. Students must document their interest in public service and an interest in municipal law.

4. While an applicant’s financial need will be considered, it is not required for selection.

Application and submission directions

Award: $5,000

Application deadline: October 28, 2022

2022 GJEL Accident Attorneys Law Student Scholarship

This scholarship is graciously being provided by the staff at GJELL Accident Attorneys for the 2022 school year. The attorneys at GJELL understand the financial burdens law students go through when working towards their degrees and are providing this essay contest for eligible students.

Scholarship Eligibility
In order to be eligible for this award, the student must be enrolled in an accredited United States Law School by Fall 2022. Students must provide a copy of a valid school-issued ID or an acceptance letter at the time of their submission to prove enrollment.

Application and submission directions

Application deadline: November 1, 2022

The Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship

The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the 2023 Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship, which has been established by The Foundation through a gift from the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and from Rosalyn Mitzner to honor the memory of Melvyn Mitzner, a former Chair of the Section. The $5,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to a second or third-year law student. Efforts will be made to honor 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. To ensure geographic diversity, the Foundation will strive to select students attending New York State law schools in different counties each year, so that over time students from all areas of the State will be able to benefit from the scholarship.

Eligibility:

1. The scholarship is open to second- and third-year full time students who are enrolled in a law school in the State of New York during the fall 2022 semester. If attending part-time, the scholarship is open to second, third and fourth-year students enrolled in a law school in the State of New York during the fall 2022 semester.

2. The student must have attained a minimum 3.0 or equivalent GPA in law school and must have attained a ranking in the top quarter of the class.

3. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Application and submission directions

Award: $5,000

Application deadline: November 18, 2022

The Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship

The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the 2023 Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship, which has been established by The Foundation through a gift from the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and from Russell Tharp to honor the memory of Lorraine Power Tharp, Esq., a former Chair of the Section and a former President of the Association.

The $5,000.00 scholarship will be awarded to a second- or third-year law student who best exemplifies the core values important to Lorraine – academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity and, if possible, an interest in real property law.

Efforts will be made to honor Lorraine’s commitment to gender equality and diversity in the profession. To ensure geographic diversity, the Foundation will strive to select students attending New York State law schools in different counties each year, so that over time students from all areas of the state will be able to benefit from the scholarship.

Eligibility

1. The scholarship is open to all second- and third-year full time students enrolled in a law school in the State of New York during the fall 2022 semester. If attending part-time, the scholarship is open to second-, third- and fourth-year students enrolled in a law school in the State of New York during the fall 2022 semester.

2. The student must have attained a minimum 3.0 or equivalent GPA in law school and must have attained a ranking in the top quarter of the class.

3. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Application and submission directions

Award: $5,000

Application deadline: November 18, 2022

Mark T. Banner Scholarship

The Richard Linn American Inn of Court is proud to offer the Mark T. Banner Scholarship. This scholarship is part of The Richard Linn American Inn of Court’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, and especially those from diverse backgrounds.

Eligibility

Law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and who will continue in that program through at least the Fall semester 2023 are eligible to apply for the Mark T. Banner Scholarship.

Selection Criteria

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Mark T. Banner Scholarship review board based on the following criteria:

  • Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law. An ability to demonstrate commitment to the pursuit of a career in intellectual property law is an essential requirement.
  • Commitment, qualities and actions toward ethics, civility and professionalism.
  • Academic merit (undergraduate, graduate and law school).
  • Written and oral communication skills determined in part through a telephone interview for finalists.
  • Leadership qualities and community involvement.
  • Member of a historically underrepresented group in IP law (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability). The applicant should discuss how diversity has impacted their/her/his pursuit of a career in IP law and how the applicant has faced and overcome the challenges associated therewith. Diversity is considered, but is one element among several in the award decision.

Financial Award

The recipient of the Mark T. Banner Scholarship will receive $10,000 payable for the Fall 2023 semester of their/her/his second or third year of law school.

Application and submission directions

Award: $10,000

Application deadline: December 2, 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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