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: 3/31/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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 are based on academic record, plan of study, career goals, recommendations and extra-curricular activities without consideration [...] More

Captain James J. Regan Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2019
  • Amount: $500
  • The purpose of the association is to develop the professionalism of the members by furthering their skills and knowledge
    in the areas of technical surveillance, law enforcement, and forensic activities through the offering of special training, the inter-agency exchange of ideas and experiences, and assistance in the implementation of new techniques and equipment in the law enforcement community. [...] More

Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/9/2019
  • 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). Students must meet or exceed the following requirements to be eligible:

    -A 3.0 (B) average upon completing the two-year high school component
    -A 90% attendance rate throughout the high school component
    -No Driving [...] More

Environmental Law Institute Research Internship

  • Application Deadline: 7/9/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), a non-profit research and education center in Washington, DC, seeks individuals to conduct research on natural resource protection and pollution prevention. Interns work directly with staff attorneys, scientists and economists on a variety of projects. Substantive areas of focus include: land use policy, public participation in environmental regulation, [...] More

Eula Mae Jett Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 8/31/2019
  • 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: 3/14/2019
  • 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 Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • 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: 3/1/2019
  • 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) [...] More

GRCF Peggy (Kommer) Novosad Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career.

    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 [...] More

ISF National Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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. Our belief is that fostering education and improving Muslim representation in all walks of life including media and politics will lead to full integration and [...] More

Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/31/2019
  • 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

Law Student Assistance Fund

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2019
  • Amount: $3,500
  • The Law Student Assistance Fund may assist one or more students from Shelby County, Ohio and the surrounding counties abutting on Shelby County, Ohio in their final (third) year of law school (current second year students approaching third year) by providing assistance to defray the cost of tuition, books and such other expenses incident to attending law school.

    Students must have a permanent [...] More

Lim, Ruger & Kim Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 9/1/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • In 2004, the NAPABA Law Foundation established the Lim, Ruger & Kim Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 through the generosity of the law firm of Lim Ruger in Los Angeles.

    Only a student enrolled as a law degree candidate in an accredited law school in the U.S. at least half time as determined by the school is eligible for a NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship. The law school must be accredited [...] More

Lincoln Legal Professionals Association Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/14/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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, [...] More

Louis-Edward Nicklies Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/28/2019
  • 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.

    For more information, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

LVBA Scholarship for Masters and Juris Doctor Degrees

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Founded in May 2011, the Las Vegas Business Academy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment, professional development, mentoring and financial support of college graduates pursuing a MBA, MHA or JD degree. The LVBA is focused on developing Nevada's next generation of exceptional business leaders through a collaboration with UNLV and influential industry leaders.

    The [...] More

Maryland Graduate and Professional School Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • To apply for this program, 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 [...] More

Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/11/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is awarding scholarships to outstanding Middle Tennessee* students pursuing a degree in business, criminal justice, information technology, or a law-related major. One scholarship, the Donna Crutcher Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $2,500, one scholarship in the amount of $2,000, one scholarship in the amount of [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • 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. 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. Music, sculpture, [...] More

North Carolina Sheriffs Association Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Sheriffs of North Carolina feel that the scholarship program sponsored by their Association will assist prospective personnel for Sheriff's Offices as well as other law enforcement agencies across the state.

    Twelve scholarships are offered each year to full-time North Carolina resident undergraduate students majoring in criminal justice, one for each UNC constituent institution that has a [...] More

Otto M. Stanfield Law Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Stanfield Scholarships Program is funded by a trust created by Mrs. Marion Barr Stanfield for Unitarian Universalists studying the fields of art and law. 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. Applicants much have an active relationship [...] 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, as demonstrated by the list of the Recent Fellowship Recipients. Additionally, NYU Law offers some fellowships that are designated only for its graduates.

    For more information and to apply, [...] More

Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/29/2019
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The scholarship provides an opportunity for students to advance their education and anti-fraud career paths. Many of these outstanding and deserving students go on to become Certified Fraud Examiners.

    Eligibility:
    -Undergraduates must be enrolled 9 semester hours (or equivalent) per term
    -Graduates must be enrolled 6 semester hours (or equivalent) per term
    -Be currently enrolled at an [...] More

SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Scholarship awards range from $2,000-$3,000, with $5,000 going to the top student. Assistance is available for career paths in the automotive industry in accounting, engineering, race car driver/crew, administration
    information technology, sales/marketing, [...] More

Stephen J. Roy Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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. Students attending Windsor High School are eligible to apply. Requires an essay submission.

    For more information or to apply, please [...] More

Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law & Policy Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2019
  • Amount: $7,000
  • The Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law & Policy Scholarship was created to honor former ACWA Executive Director Steve Hall upon his retirement. The $7,000 scholarship is presented annually to a qualified graduate student majoring in law, policy or public administration with a focus or concentration in California water resources.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be attending an accredited, public or private [...] More

Study & Internship Program (SIP) in Germany - UAS7

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • Internships typically last 5-6 months, but UAS7 research internships may run from 2-6 months, depending on the specifications of the project description. Recipients will receive a full tuition waiver for both semesters (enrollment is also required during the internship to maintain residency in Germany) and the benefits provided to exchange students at the host UAS. Successful SIP applicants are [...] More

The Harold Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/21/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Harold Johnson Law Enforcement Scholarship was established in memory of Police Chief Harold Johnson to provide scholarship support to students who plan on pursuing a career in police work, corrections, or other criminal justice fields. Applicants must demonstrate a desire and plan to pursue a career in police work, corrections or other criminal justice fields. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required as [...] More

The HCBF Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/29/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Hudson County Bar Foundation will award scholarships to students who are attending law school or who have been accepted to law school for the coming September term.

    The Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Fund is one of the oldest providers of financial assistance to Hudson County law students. Esteemed members and families of the Hudson County legal community have funded these 44 [...] More

The Mimi Deatherage Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • Born and raised in Long Beach, Marion (Mimi) Deatherage practiced law and loved the game of golf. She attended Wilson High School, and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado before attending Southwestern School of Law. After graduation from Southwestern, she joined her father's law office. During the seventeen years she spent practicing [...] More

TKE Educational Foundation Harry J. Donnelly Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • Considered the “father” of the TKE Educational Foundation, Harry J. Donnelly was initiated a Teke at Alpha-Kappa Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as Province Hegemon (now Grand Province Advisor), as an advisor to both Alpha-Pi and Nu-Pi Chapters, and as a member of various Fraternity committees. He was honored as a recipient of the Grand Prytanis Award in 1959, the Order of [...] More

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by Susan Dutca

Photo courtesy of The Nation

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Last Reviewed: November 2018