Law Scholarships

You take a break from your standardized test prep and find there's a Tom Cruise movie marathon on television. Do you identify most with his portrayal of Brian Flanagan in "Cocktail," Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in "Top Gun" or Lt. Daniel Kaffee in "A Few Good Men"? If you chose the latter, the odds are pretty good you’re already considering a career in law. But can you handle the truth…about funding your education?

Becoming a lawyer requires four years of undergraduate study (no doubt filled with political science, history and communications classes), three years of law school and countless hours studying in the library, participating in moot court and cramming for the bar exam in between. Time for friends, sleep and work will be minimal but the rewards for doing so – a higher-than-average salary, a prestigious career and the knowledge that you’re working toward the greater good every day - are pretty amazing, which is why countless organizations are more than happy to provide current and prospective law students with law scholarship opportunities.

So where can you find law scholarships you can actually win? The American Bar Association is a great place to start, as are local law firms and PanHellenic organizations. Some colleges, like Yale and Northwestern, have their own database for student grants and fellowships but the only students who benefit are those applying to or already attending those schools. Scholarships.com, however, allows anyone with a profile to complete a free scholarship search and obtain other assistance in paying for school. We've listed a few law scholarships below but your search will also turn up essay scholarships, minority scholarships, scholarships for returning students and myriad other opportunities based on your unique situation. Looks like you can handle the truth after all!

Allegheny Mountain Section Air & Waste Management Assn. Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Allegheny Mountain Section of the Air & Waste Management Association is pleased to announce its annual scholarship programs.The Allegheny Mountain Section Air & Waste Management Association awards undergraduate scholarship(s) for students pursuing an environmental career, including a career in Environmental Science, Engineering, or Law at an academic level beyond baccalaureate work. Awards [...] More

Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/22/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship provides financial assistance to qualified students from minority groups underrepresented in our law schools. Applicants must be attending eligible law schools in the Bay Area, and must demonstrate financial need. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Captain James J. Regan Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The National Technical Investigator’s Association Captain James J. Reagan Memorial Scholarship awards two merit-based scholarships annually. Applicants must be law enforcement Explorers who are high school seniors or attending an accredited college program. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/3/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy (CPFTA) awards a two-year scholarship for cadets of the four-year program (two years in high school and two in college). Eligible applicants must: apply during their high school sophomore year; have a 2.3 GPA; good attendance (80% and above); complete an online application; complete a Program Consent Form; possess a valid state ID or driver’s [...] More

CPCU-Lawrence "Larry" Frazier Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2021
  • Amount: $700
  • The CPCU-Lawrence “Larry” Frazier Memorial Scholarship is for seniors or graduates of Nebraska high schools. Applicants must have financial need. Preference is given to majors in aviation, insurance or law, Girl/Boy Scouts, and debate participants. Students must be enrolled full-time student at 2 or 4-year college in Nebraska. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

Eula Mae Jett Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • LSI offers scholarships to individuals who seek careers in the legal field. Scholarships are not intended for students planning to enter law school. All applicants must be legal residents of the State of California, must be attending school within the State of California during the scholarship year, and must be enrolled in a program of no less than six months in duration. The following [...] More

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/13/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program is open to underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college-bound students. Students must be pursuing an undergraduate degree full-time in transportation, math, science, engineering, architecture, environmental design, PreMed, psychology, Spanish language/literature. The applicant does not have to be a U.S. citizen but must have a minimum 3.5 [...] More

George A. Strait Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • George A. Strait Minority Scholarships are awarded annually to college graduates with meaningful law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines, are degree candidates in an accredited library or law school, and who intend to have a career in law librarianship. Applicants must show evidence of financial need. To apply for the George A. [...] More

GRCF Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Grand Rapids Community Foundation administers and awards the following Law Scholarships to students of color (African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander or Alaskan Native). The Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship is awarded to students of color currently residing in Michigan (with preference given to West Michigan residents) pursuing [...] More

GRCF Peggy (Kommer) Novosad Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the Peggy (Kommer) Novosad Scholarship, students must be residents of Kent County, currently completing or possessing an undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University or Michigan State University and will be pursuing a full-time graduate or post-graduate degree in business or law at any accredited university in Michigan. Applicants must have financial need and a [...] More

GRCF Vivian M. Kommer Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the Vivian M. Kommer Scholarship, students must be a senior at West Catholic High School located in Grand Rapids Michigan entering undergraduate studies in business or pre-law. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

GRCF Warner Norcross & Judd Law School Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Warner Norcross & Judd Law School Scholarship is awarded to students of color pursuing a law degree at any accredited law school in the United States. The applicant must be a current or former resident of Michigan if they are not currently attending a school in Michigan. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

ISF National Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity founded in 2009 whose mission is to address the under-representation of American Muslims in the fields and occupations that influence public opinion and make public policy. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are Muslim or an active member of the Muslim community, enrolled at an accredited university by [...] More

Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/31/2021
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint National Security Scholarships offers to help further the education and career development of scholars, especially in the areas of International Affairs, Counterintelligence and National Security. Workers in these fields and their children are encouraged to apply with the goal of improving national security and global understanding. The application requires a 600-800 [...] More

LimNexus Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 9/7/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • LimNexus offers a $2,500 scholarship. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school to apply. The Foundation considers factors including, but not limited to, the applicant's demonstrated commitment to and interest in pro bono, public interest and/or public service legal work, financial need, leadership potential, maturity and responsibility, and commitment to serving the [...] More

Lincoln Legal Professionals Association Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/14/2021
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Lincoln Legal Professionals Association members share a common interest in promoting continuing professionalism in the legal field. The Association is offering a scholarship to a Nebraska high school or college student who wishes to further his or her education in the legal support field at an institution of higher education and who carries a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
    Upon proof of enrollment, the [...] More

Louis-Edward Nicklies Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/28/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Louis-Edward Nicklies Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate, masters-level and doctoral students enrolled in 12+ credit hours who have graduated from a high school located in Jefferson County, KY. Applicants must be members of a Baptist church. For more information, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Maryland Graduate and Professional School Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • You must be a Maryland resident and demonstrate financial need. You must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student, either part-time or full-time, and attend one of the following schools: University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Pharmacy, or Social Work; University of Baltimore School of Law; The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; The Virginia-Maryland [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington state (and a US citizen). Application forms are only available through these high schools and candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school each year. Scholarships are renewable for four years of college in the state of Washington. [...] More

Otto M. Stanfield Law Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Otto M. Stanfield Law Scholarship is available to Unitarian Universalist students entering or attending law school at the graduate level. Pre-law or political science majors are not eligible. The amount and number of scholarships awarded may vary each year. Recipients are notified in May. For more details or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

P.J.C. Lindfors Legal Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Finlandia Foundation National (FFN), the premier network of Finnish-American organizations in the United States, is accepting applications for its P.J.C. Lindfors Legal Scholarship. Eligible candidates are Finnish citizens enrolled in a law school within the U.S. that is approved by the American Bar Association, or citizens of the U.S. enrolled in the law faculty of a Finnish university. Students [...] More

Post-Graduate Fellowships for 3Ls

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Many graduates embark on their careers by obtaining a post-graduate fellowship. Organizations offer fellowships in a national competitive process, and our students and alumni have always done terrifically. Additionally, NYU Law offers some fellowships that are designated only for its graduates. For more information and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/30/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship provides an opportunity for students to advance their education in anti-fraud career paths. Applicants must be enrolled 9 semester hours (or equivalent) per term if undergraduate or 6 semester hours (or equivalent) per term if graduate level. Applicants must be currently enrolled at an accredited, four-year college or university with enrollment throughout [...] More

SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/5/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Assistance is available for career paths in the automotive industry in accounting, engineering, race car driver/crew, administration information technology, sales/marketing, advertising, business, manufacturing, technician, design/graphics, [...] More

Stephen J. Roy Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • This scholarship provides assistance to students with financial need who have resided in, or have substantial ties to, Larimer County and have an interest in the study of law or our system of government, debate or other similar law-related educational activities. High school seniors attending Windsor High School are eligible to apply. Requires an essay submission. For more information or to [...] More

Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law & Policy Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • To be eligible for the Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law & Policy Scholarship, applicants must: be pursuing a graduate degree (master’s, PhD, or law school) in water law, water policy or public administration with a demonstrated concentration in the field of water resources; and, commit to full-time enrollment (8 semester units or 10 quarter units) for the entire academic year. For more information [...] More

Latest College & Financial Aid News

Silver Linings - Transfer Students May Have Higher Acceptance Rates

September 29, 2020

by Izzy Hall

Because of lower enrollment rates, transfer students can stand to benefit from colleges who are eager to hit their yearly enrollment goals. Schools with a smaller-than-average student body this year may be more receptive to accepting a greater number of transfer students than in previous years. [...]

Michigan Offers Free Community College Education to Essential Workers

September 24, 2020

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

The state of Michigan is set to offer two years of free community college to essential workers who were required by their job to leave the house and work at least 11 weeks in the spring during the coronavirus pandemic. This unique opportunity, called Futures for Frontliners, opens doors to essential workers who are not commonly considered front-line workers and an estimated 600,000 residents could qualify. [...]

Colleges Waiving SAT and ACT Requirements for Merit Scholarships

September 22, 2020

by Izzy Hall

Many colleges have waived SAT and ACT score requirements for high school seniors currently applying to college due to how difficult it has been to sign up for standardized testing during the coronavirus pandemic. Now some colleges are also waiving standardized test score requirements when awarding merit scholarships to incoming students. Instead of requiring SAT and ACT scores, these schools will award scholarships based on high school GPA. [...]

Last Reviewed: October 2020