178 Ways to get someone else to pay for law school: The Big List of Criminal Justice and Law Scholarships

The following collection of Criminal Justice and Law scholarships, awards, and fellowships can go a long way towards assisting with the cost of higher education. Nearly all of the links will connect you directly to the source of funding or the application, and a brief overview helps you narrow down which will be of use to you.

Additional Funding Sources: Check with any school you are considering attending. Many have grants and scholarships that are associated only with the school, often with very specific requirements including field of study. Some are merit or need based, but not all. Other sources include employers, professional and private organizations, religious institutions, and alumni associations for yourself, your spouse, or your parents.

Grouped Scholarships

The Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) sponsors a number of scholarships for students who are Muslims active in the Muslim community. All awardees must volunteer with the ISF between 40-100 hours within one year of receiving their award. All awards are open to junior and senior undergraduates. Applications are due March 21.

  1. ISF: Council on American-Islamic Relations Scholarship – Students must be majoring in Public Policy or Law with a 3.0 minimum GPA. Awards range from $2,000-$10,000.
  2. ISF: Muslim Public Service Network – Students must be majoring in Public Policy, Law, Media, or Communications with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Awards range from $2,000-$10,000.
  3. ISF: United Voices Scholarship – Students must be majoring in Law or Public Policy with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Awards range from $2,000-$10,000.

 

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association sponsors a number of scholarships open to law students who demonstrate leadership in the Asian Pacific American community. Applications are due September 3.

  1. Anheuser-Busch/NFL Presidential Scholarships –$7,500
  2. UPS/NFL Gold Mountain Scholarship –For students who are the first in their family to be enrolled in good standing with the American Bar Association or Association of American Law Schools, with a commitment to pro bono or public interest legal work, with demonstrated financial need. Award is $5,000.
  3. Chris Nakamura Law Foundation Scholar –This is open to students with demonstrated financial need. Award is $2,500.
  4. Lim, Ruger, & Kim Scholarship – This is open to students with demonstrated financial need. Award is $2,500.
  5. Bob Chin Scholarship This is open to students with demonstrated financial need, commitment to pro bono services, and leadership potential. Preference given to students affected by cancer personally or in their immediate family. The award amount varies.

 

The Federal Circuit Bar Association provides a number of scholarships for students pursuing a juris doctor degree with demonstrated financial need and a strong interest in any area related to the jurisdiction of the US Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit should apply. Applications should be submitted between April 1 and April 15 for the year 2013. Unless specifically noted, these awards are distributed at the Association’s annual dinner in November. Only one is distributed of each of these, with the exception of the Need-Based scholarship.

  1. Howard T. Markey Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is focused on students with a commitment to public service. Award is $10,000.
  2. Helen W. Nies Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship focuses on students who are active in encouraging female lawyers, who recognize the contributions of female lawyers to society, and advance the interest of female law students who also demonstrate exceptional academic prowess and financial need. Award id $10,000.
  3. Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship focuses on students with academic excellence and financial need that have a consistent dedication to the law, rule of law, and the US court system. This is presented at the Association’s Bench and Bar Conference in June, for $10,000.
  4. Douglas B. Henderson Leadership Scholarship – This scholarship focuses on students with academic excellence and leadership potential who have a demonstrated financial need. Award value is $10,000.
  5. William S. Bullinger Scholarship – This scholarship focuses on students with financial need, though they do consider criteria like academic promise and an interest in the Federal Circuit. Award value is $5,000.
  6. Federal Circuit Bar Association Need-Based Scholarship – Additional scholarships may be available based primarily on financial need and remaining funds.

 

The Japanese American Citizens League offers a number of law-focused scholarships to students who are active National JACL members (which is open to any ethnic background). Awards are available for students ranging from entering freshman to graduates. Students may apply for only one scholarship category. Due date is March 1 and award amounts vary.

  1.  JACL: Minoru Yasui Memorial Scholarship – This graduate scholarship gives preference to students with an interest in human or civil rights intending to study sociology, law, or education.
  2. JACL: Alice Yuriko Endo Memorial Scholarship – Preference is given to students residing in Eastern District Council and/or students with an interest in public and social service.
  3. JACL: Grace Andow Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is reserved for law students.
  4. JACL: Thomas T. Hayashi Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is reserved for law students with preference given for those who are focused on securing justice for the disadvantaged.
  5. JACL: Sho Sato Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is reserved for law students.
  6. JACL: Mary Reiko Osaka Memoral Scholarship – This scholarship is reserved for law students.

 

The J.L. Turner Legal Association offers a number of scholarships to minority law students from the Dallas-Forth Worth Metroplex, or whom are attending law school in the region. They offer both merit and need based scholarships. Students must be either second or third year law students and submit their application by October 27. Award amounts vary.

  1. JLTLA Minority Law Financial Need Scholarship – This scholarship is primarily focused on financial need, though it does consider an applicant’s academic potential, circumstances, and community involvement to make a determination.
  2. LTLA: Barbara Jordan Scholarship – This scholarship is given to the most academically outstanding female minority law student.
  3. JLTLA: Fred Finch Scholarship – This scholarship is given to the most academically outstanding male minority law student.
  4. JLTLA: Marie Trahan/Susman Godfrey Scholarship – This scholarship is given to the most outstanding African-American male or female law student from (whether born or raised in) the state of Texas.
  5. JLTLA: Judge’s Scholarship – This scholarship is given to any minority, male or female, who has demonstrated academic excellence.

 

ACJA-LAE Scholarships: The American Criminal Justice Association offers four different opportunities for students, and each requires that the applicant be a member of the ACJA. If the applicant is not currently a member, they can simultaneously apply for membership, the competitive scholarship, and the student paper competition. Detailed information requires the applicant to contact the Executive Secretary. Applications are due December 31.

  1. ACJALAE: Richard McGrath Memorial Fund Student must be currently enrolled in a criminal justice degree program. Award varies.
  2. ACJALAE Competitive Scholarship – Applicants must be enrolled in a criminal justice educational program. Award varies.

 

Japanese American Bar Association Scholarships (JABA) are intended for students active in the Asian American community, with financial need, strong academic success and triumph over hardship. Students must submit their resume, transcript, and a short statement.  Applications are due January 7th for all and all scholarships are for $2,000.

  1. JABA: Justice John F. Aiso Scholarship – Student must have intent to continue practicing law in the Southern California region.
  2. JABA: Justice Stephen K. Tamura Scholarship  – Student must have intent to continue practicing law in the Southern California region.
  3. JABA: Judge Edward Y. Kakita Memorial Scholarship – Student must have intent to continue practicing law in the Southern California region, and must specialize in one of the following legal areas: commercial litigation, international law, or corporate law.
  4. JABA: Lim Ruger Foundation Scholarship – Student must have intent to continue practicing law in the Southern California region.

 

Essay Focused Scholarships & Writing Contests 

  1. WIFLE (Women in Federal Law Enforcement) Scholarship Program – Applicants must have completed one full year of college work, have a minimum 3.0 GPA average, studying Criminal Justice or related fields, provide a 500 word essay describing community commitment, and have a law enforcement sponsor. Winners are awarded $2,500 that can be renewed. Applications are due May 1.
  2. Priscilla Green Scholarship – George W. Crawford Black Bar Association offers this scholarship to a minority law student based on academic and extracurricular achievement, along with a 1,000 word or less essay outlining the significance of the broad term diversity. Award is $1,000 and applications are due March 29.
  3. American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon National Student Paper Competition – Applicants must have current membership in good standing with the ACJA/LAE, enrollment as undergrad or graduate level, and provide a 1500-3000 word academic paper focused on topics pertaining to criminal justice. Winners receive $150-50 and placement in LAE National Journal. Entries are due in January 31.
  4. Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship – Entrants should provide an essay focused on international relations, cultural awareness, and pioneering for life changes by January 31. The winner receives $500.
  5. The Ben Franklin Scholarship – Entrants provide an essay focused on America’s use of ‘soft-power’ and the benefits of cultural awareness in international affairs by January 31. The winner receives $500.
  6. Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarships –Entrants provide an essay focused on counterintelligence, National Security, Alliance building, or national defense with a focus on innovative ideas and solutions by January 31. The winner receives $1,500.
  7. Richard A. Clarke National Scholarly Monograph Competition – Entrants submit a monograph addressing the whether American drone attacks in other countries are legal and moral. Students must be in good standing at an accredited law school in the US. Writing should not exceed 45 pages and should be submitted by September 11. Winners receive reward as follows: 1st Place, $20,000. 2nd Place, $10,000. 3rd Place, $5,000.
  8. Gene Carte Student Paper Competition A currently enrolled student may submit a single paper, no longer than 7,500 words, either conceptual and/or empirical relating directly to criminology. Papers are due by April 15th and the winners will receive reward as follows: 1st Place, $500. 2nd Place, $300, 3rd Place, $200. 1st place will also receive a travel award to attend the annual meeting.
  9. American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon: Student Paper Competition – The ACJA member student must submit an original article related to the field of criminal justice. Papers are due by January 31.
  10. Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives: George Watt Memorial Essay Contest – This is open to undergraduate and graduate students submit an essay between 3,500-7,500 words in Spanish or English produced to fulfill an undergraduate or graduate course  on one of a few select topics. Papers are due July 1 and the winning entrant receives $250.
  11. BECA, Inc – Edna R. Anthony Memorial Scholarship – This is open to female high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5 intending to attend a historically black college or university and major in Criminal Justice, Journalism, or Nursing/Healthcare. Must provide a 1,000 word essay about why they wish to pursue their career choice. Applications are due March 31 and the winner receives $500.
  12. Maurice B. Cohill Jr. Young Investigator Award – This scholarship is open to high school juniors and seniors and youth in placement facilities who are interested in juvenile justice issues and studies. Entries are due by May 1 and should accompany a research paper with a topic related to juvenile justice. The top prize is a $500 scholarship, plaque of honor at NCJJ Headquarter in Pittsburgh, a letter of commendation from the national NCJFCJ Board of Trustees Judge from the student’s home state, and a spotlight article in the NCJFCJ’s national magazine. Runner-up entrance will receive awards ranging from a $50 gift card to a $250 scholarship.
  13. Dan Sprehe Memorial Scholarship – The scholarship is awarded by the Chicago chapter of the ACFE to ten students attending school in the Chicago area with a focus on business, accounting, or criminal justice. An essay and letter of recommendation are required in the application. Winning students have the cost of ACFE Exam Prep and the cost of the CFE Exam covered. Applications must be postmarked by September 1.

 

Undergraduate Scholarships (Range from high school to graduate in some cases)

  1. Legal Support Professionals of Polk County Scholarship – This scholarship is open to High school senior or active college student pursuing law, B average (85%) or higher GPA. Applications are due by February 28 and there is one award available for $500.
  2. American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon Scholarship – This scholarship is open to current members of ACJA/LAE, enrolled in a criminal justice program with two semesters or three quarters done, with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Applications are due December 31 and awards range from $400-$100.
  3. Law Student Assistance Fund Scholarship – This is open to final year law student residing in Shelby County, Ohio or any county abutting with demonstrated leadership, above-average scholarship, and financial need. Preference is given to students who wish to practice law in a rural or county-seat setting, 3rd year students, and married students with children. Applications are due June 3 and the amount of the award varies.
  4. Hatton W. Sumners Scholarship – This is open to students who have demonstrated academic excellence (minimum 3.0 GPA), a sense of civic responsibility, and leadership potential. Winners of the Endowed Law School (select schools, graduates only) Sumners’ Scholar are granted full tuition & fees, a book allowance, and a living allowance for 3 years. Undergraduate scholarship amounts vary. Applications are due August 1.
  5. Master Police Officer Peter J. Laverly Scholarship – This is open to college students majoring in the field of criminal justice. Award amounts vary.
  6. The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences – Each year, the available awards, amounts, and criteria for achieving them varies. Check out their website for the most up to date information. The ACJS provides scholarships for students interested in developing a career in criminal justice.
  7. National Technical Investigators’ Association Captain James J. Regan Memorial Scholarship – This is open to Law Enforcement explorers who are high school seniors or college students who intend to enter the field of law enforcement. Candidates are judged on academic record, leadership ability, and extracurricular activities. Award value is $500 and applications are due March 31.
  8. Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship – This is open to qualified students from an underrepresented minority community attending select law schools in the region. Application due date varies and the award is 3-years granting $10,000 per year.
  9. Allegheny Mountain Section Air & Waste Management Scholarship –This is open to undergraduate students pursuing a career in environmental science, engineering, or law. This is restricted to specific colleges in the region. Applications are due March 31 and the award is $2,500.
  10. Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award – This is open to female senior collegiate basketball players’ pursuing a career in law. The award is $1,000.
  11. Kentucky Association of Chiefs Scholarship – Open to residents of Kentucky majoring in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, or Police Administration attempting an AA, BS, or MS degree. Preference given to family members of current or retired law enforcement officers. Awards are in the amount of $500 and applications are due September 15.
  12. James E. Breining Scholarship Award – Open to Law Enforcement Explorers who are seniors in high school or are in undergraduate studies. Applicants are judged based on character, ethics, and leadership capacity. Award value is at least $1,500 and applications are due March 31.
  13. Law Enforcement Scholarships – Offered four times a year, this scholarship is open to any student pursuing a degree in criminal justice or law enforcement. Awards are $500.
  14. Education-Portal CJ & Law Scholarship – Open to any student pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s program with a focus on Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement. Award value is $500 and applications are due April 1.
  15. Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Scholarship – This is open to undergraduates primarily residing in Kent County, Michigan pursuing a career in law that demonstrate financial need. Applications are due April 1 and the value of the award varies.
  16. Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship – This is open to High School seniors in New York City with demonstrated academic skill and financial need attending a participating college or university. Applications are due January 18 and winners receive full-tuition less financial aid, plus paid internship at JPMorgan Chase, and stipend for books and supplies.
  17. Vivien M. Kommer Scholarship – This is open to seniors from West Catholic HS in Grand Rapids, Michigan entering undergrad studies in business or pre-law with demonstrated financial need and 3.0 GPA minimum. Applications are due April 18 and the value of the award varies.
  18. Warner Norcross & Judd Paralegal Assistant Scholarship – This is open to minority students who are Michigan residents majoring in paralegal or legal secretarial studies with demonstrated financial need. Applications are due April 18 and the award amount varies.
  19. Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship – The focus of the applicant’s study should be related to Alliance building, counter intelligence, cultural understanding, and national security. Applications are due January 31 and the award is $1,000.
  20. Mimi Deatherage Scholarship Fund: Law – Student must be a golfing female Southern California resident, enrolled full time in an Associate or Baccalaureate law degree with a 3.2 GPA minimum. Applications are due May 15 and the award is variable and renewable.
  21. Legacy Environmental Scholarship  - This is open to Alabama students who have reached at least their junior year and are intending to support the environment in their future career. Applications are due May 3 and undergraduates can receive up to $1,500 and graduates up to $2,000.
  22. American Association of Law Libraries Educational Scholarship – AALL offers need-based scholarships for students attending either law or library school with an intent to pursue a career as a law librarian. Applications are due by April 1 and the amount of award can vary.
  23. MALDEF Scholarship Program The scholarship is open to all law students enrolled full time at any accredited US academy. The competitive application reviews academic and extracurricular activities, background and financial need, and places high importance on the student’s likelihood to support and advance Latino civil rights in their careers.  Applications are due January 2 and each scholarship is worth $5,000
  24. Andrew K. Ruotolo, Jr. Memorial Scholarship – Students who are New Jersey residents attending law or graduate school with an interest in enhancing the rights and well-being of children with demonstrated financial need are encouraged to apply. Applications are due June 15 and the award value is $2,500.
  25. Oscar W. Rittenhouse Memorial Scholarship – Students who are New Jersey residents attending law school with an interest in pursuing a career as a prosecutor with demonstrated financial need are encouraged to apply. Applications are due June 15 and the award is $2,500.
  26. Harris Y. Cotton Memorial Scholarship – Students must be New Jersey residents attending law school with an interest in pursuing a career as a prosecutor with a focus on Domestic Violence or Hate Crimes with demonstrated financial need are encouraged to apply. Applications are due June 15 and the award is $2,500.
  27. John H. Stamler Memorial Scholarship – Students who are New Jersey residents and law enforcement officers seeking continued education at a college or graduate level to continue his or her career with demonstrated financial need are encouraged to apply. Applications are due June 15 and the award is $2,500.
  28. Berks County Community Foundation: Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship – This scholarship is for Berks County residents in their 2nd year of law school who demonstrate financial need. Applications are due between January 15 and April 1. Award varies.
  29. BCCF: Seidel Family Scholarship – This scholarship is for current or previous residents of Berks County who are or are planning to attend The Dickenson School of Law. Applicants should be well-rounded and submit their application between January 15 and April 1. Award varies.
  30. Iranian American Bar Association Scholarship – This scholarship is open to law students who show an interest in advancing the Iranian-American community. Must be of Iranian heritage and a full time law student. Due date is March 31
  31. Las Vegas NBA Scholarship – The Las Vegas NBA offers annual scholarships of varying amount to students from the community attending law school. Applications should include an essay and two letters of recommendation and be submitted by October 5.
  32. Rhode Island Bar Association Scholarship: Thomas F. Black Jr. Memorial – Students should be full time first year law students who are Rhode Island residents. There are two $20,000 scholarships available, with applications due on March 18.
  33. Rhode Island Foundation Scholarship: Marilynne Graboys Wool Scholarship – This scholarship is for female students who are residents of Rhode Island intending to attain a law degree with demonstrated financial need. Value of the award is $2,000 and the application deadline is June 14.
  34. Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara – This foundation offers a range of scholarships for students originating from the Santa Barbara area. One application covers all the available scholarships, some of which are law or criminal justice focused. Applications are due October 1 and awards range in value.
  35. Talentia Scholarships – Talentia offers a number of scholarships and college funding options to students of Hispanic descent.
  36. Vietnamese American Bar Association Scholarship – VABA offers two DC area law students who demonstrate academic success, leadership potential, and a commitment to serving the Vietnamese community and/or public service scholarships. These are awarded at an annual dinner and the amount varies. Scholarship application is due February 15.
  37. Waterbury Bar Association Scholarships – Scholarships are available for law students in the amount of $1,000 – $1,500. Students must be residents of the Waterbury Judicial District  entering their final year of law school for the Waterbury Bar Association Scholarship and residents of the Waterbury Judicial district entering their second or final year for the Traurig Scholarship. Applications are due May 24.
  38. Leadership Institute for Women of Color Scholarship – Scholarships are open to women of color who are have completed at least one year of law school with a minimum GPA of 2.5 who are active in their community and law school. Awards are for $3,000 and applications are due November 28th.
  39. LeClairRyan Diversity Scholarship – Students should be in good standing at an ABA-accredited US law school at states where LeClairRyan has an office with at least one semester of school completed and a minimum law school GPA of 3.0. Student must identify with one of the racial or ethnic groups defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or be LGBT. They should provide a 2,000 word maximum essay on the topic of pursuing social justice through the law with their application, due by April 20. Award is worth $5,000.
  40. Litchfield County Bar Association Scholarship – Students from the Litchfield Judicial District who plan to attend or are attending law school, have demonstrated academic excellence, and exhibit leadership qualities, good moral character, and a commitment to public service are eligible for $1,000 scholarships. Applications are due March 31.
  41. MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship – This scholarship is open to first year law students pursuing a Juris Doctor degree with an interest in corporate law, and an interesting working in a corporate law department or firm. They must have an interest in diversity and a demonstrated financial need, with a passion for community service and leadership potential. Award is $10,000 per year for three years. Applications are due May 30.
  42. McDermott Minority Scholarship – Open to second year minority law students (racial, ethnic, or LGBT) who receive and accept a position in a McDermott Summer Program and demonstrate leadership, community involvement, and a commitment to diversity. Award is $15,000.
  43. Michigan Auto Law Scholarship – Law school students who display exceptional leadership skills with a desire to become personal injury attorneys are eligible for the annual scholarship.
  44. Milbank Diversity Scholarship – Law students in good standing with an ABA accredited law school who have completed their first year of school are eligible, with preference given to minorities. Students should submit an essay along with their application, which is due August 22. Selected students will receive a salaried 2L summer associate position (a minimum of 8 weeks) and a $50,000 scholarships ($25,000 for the third year of law school and the rest upon acceptance of a permanent position at Milbank).
  45. NAACP Scholarships – The 2013 scholarship process is currently delayed, so information is scarce, but the NAACP provides several merit-based scholarships every year to quality individuals.
  46. Paul D. White Scholarship – This scholarship is open to law students of African American or Black, Hispanic, Latino, native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Asian, American Indian or Alaskan native descent. Winners receive a paid summer clerkship and a $7,500 cash award.
  47. Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Fund – This scholarship is open to Latino law students who live or attend law school in New York State. They must be first or second year law students or third year evening law students and must be in a JD degree program at an ABA approved law school. Scholarships are based on financial need, academic merit, and community involvement. Award values vary and the application deadline is April 19.
  48. Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholarship: Thurgood Marshall College Fund – This scholarship is open to minority law students who are seeking a career in intellectual property law and have a demonstrated financial need as well as exceptional academic performance at the undergraduate and law school level. Winners receive a $10,000 scholarship as well as sometimes mentorships and internships. Applications are due March 15.
  49. Womble Carlyle Scholars Program – This scholarship is open to second year law students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance, extracurricular achievement, and are active in community service. It is focused on increasing underrepresented groups in the bar. Students must originate from states where the firm has an office. Winners are awarded $4,000 per year as well as an offer of summer employment at one of the Firm’s offices. The award is renewable for the third year of law school. Applications are due May 14.
  50. Zelle Hofmann Diversity in Law Scholarship – This scholarship is open to law students who are a member of an underrepresented group (ethnic, GLBTQ, disabled, economically disadvantaged, or race) or students who have contributed to diversity. Winner receives a paid summer clerkship at a firm office after the first year of law school. Student will also receive a mentor for their remaining law school career as well as $30,000 paid during the third year of law school. They must maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA. Applications are due April 30.
  1. Adler Pollock & Sheehan Diversity Scholarship – Open to a minority first year law student with demonstrated academic excellence and commitment to community service. Award is $10,000 and applications are due June 1.
  2. Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship – This scholarship is open to first year law students attending ABA accredited law schools in the US who display excellent academic performance, verbal and written communication skills, leadership qualities, community involvement, and who are members of an underrepresented group in the legal profession. Award grants a summer program and a $3,000 salary per week during the summer associate program along with a $15,000 scholarship award. Applications are due between December 1 and January 22.
  3. Alia Herrera Scholarship – Open to second and third year law students attending schools in California, Arizona, Nevada or Oregon or who are members of the law school student section of AAJ (American Association for Justice) or children of AAJ members. Awards are $3,000 and application must be submitted by May 1.
  4. Richard D. Hailey AAJ Law Student Scholarship – Open to incoming first, second, and third year students of African-American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, and biracial descent who are AAJ law student members and display a proficiency in trial advocacy, a desire to represent victims, a commitment to AAJ, and financial need. Award is $1,000 and applications are due May 1.
  5. Trial Advocacy Scholarship – This is open to second or third year law students who demonstrate a commitment to AAJ, a desire to represent victims, and financial need. Award is $2,500 and application is due May 1.
  6. Mike Eidson Scholarship – Open to 3rd year female law students (or 4th year night students) who intend to pursue a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or a criminal defense lawyer, who are also committed to upholding the Constitution, and the concept of fair trail, the adversary system, and just result for the injured, accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. Award is $5,000 and applications are due May 1.
  7. Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship – This is open to students from a diverse background who display academic excellence. Award is $10,000 along with a s ummer  associate position at one of the firm’s offices. Applications are due June 22.
  8. Buckfire Law Diversity Scholarship – This is open to law students who are members of an ethnic or racial minority or with a commitment to improving diversity in their career who maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least one semester of classes at law school. Award is $2,000 and applications are due May 31.
  9. Capaba Educational Foundation Scholarship – Open to Asian Pacific American law students with demonstrated leadership potential and academic excellence who are committed to the Asian Pacific American community in the state of Connecticut. Award is variable and applications are due October 12.
  10. Carlton Fields Diversity Scholarship – This is open to law students from a diverse background (including ethnic, race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, or disability) in good standing as a first year law student with a solid record of achievement and a high level of work intensity with demonstrated leadership ability. Award is $5,000 and applications are due February 8.
  11. Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association Scholarships – Open to law students with a demonstrated commitment to their community, as well as an additional scholarship for law students focused on addressing health issues in the Hispanic community. Award varies and the deadline for submission is September 30.
  12. DWT Diversity Scholarship – This is open to first year law students of color and other diverse backgrounds who demonstrate strong academic achievement and are committed to civic involvement that promotes diversity and intend to practice law in the Northwest. Award consists of a paid summer clerkship and $7,500 for second year law school expenses. Applications are due between December 1 and January 16.
  13. Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship – This is open to law students who are residents of Chicago with a minimum GPA of 2.5 with demonstrated financial need of African American descent. Award amount is between $500-$4,000 and applications are due March 1.
  14. Dominican Bar Association Scholarship – This is open to first, second, or third year law students with a demonstrated involvement in the Latino community, who are determined to serve the Latino community through the legal profession with academic and personal achievement and demonstrated financial need. Applications are due by May 15 and the award is $3,000.
  15. Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship – Open to first and second year law students, with preference given to students of diverse minority groups. Award is variable and applications are due January 7.
  16. Earl Warren Scholarship – Open to law school students with exceptional academic performance who are active and interested in civil rights and public interest work. Preference is given to first year law students. Applications are due April 30.
  17. Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship – This is open to students of excellent character and strong academic record with demonstrable community service and leadership potential. Open to high school seniors, graduates, or freshmen college students. Award varies and applications must be submitted by March 31.
  18. Faegre & Benson Diversity Scholarship – Open to applicants attending law school full time from diverse backgrounds in their first year. Recipients are awarded $12,000 to pay for their final two years of law school as well as receive a summer associate position at one of the firm’s four offices between their first and second year of school as well as a mentor from the firm. Applications are due January 9.
  19. Fredrikson Minority Scholarship – Open to first year law students of diverse backgrounds attending law school. Award is $10,000 and applications are due March 31.
  20. Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers: Thomas P. Thornton Scholarship – Applicants should be law students who can demonstrate financial need and are juniors or seniors are eligible for a $1,500 scholarship. Applications are due April 26. Awardees are invited to the annual dinner dance on May 17 in Detroit, and are granted a waiver of first year dues to the Society.
  21. Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholarships – Students pursuing a law degree in the US who wanting a career in a global law firm with the intent to practice in the US. Scholars receive $10,000 awards.
  22.  Latina Lawyers Bar Association Scholarship –Students enrolled in a California law school or applicants to the California State Bar who demonstrate community service, commitment to the Latina community, potential for success, and financial need are eligible for this scholarship. Applications must be postmarked by June 1.
  23. National Military Intelligence Association Scholarship – This is open to Ohio residents who are junior, senior, or graduate students with a strong academic record interested in pursuing a career in Intelligence. Award is up to $2,000 and applications are due March 31.
  24.  Sheryl A. Horak Law Enforcement Explorer Memorial Scholarship – This is open to high school seniors and above who have a desire and strong potential for a career in law enforcement. Evaluation considers academic record, leadership ability, extracurricular activities, and personal statement. Award is $1,000. Applications are due by March 31.
  25. Master Corporal Ronald G. Williams, Jr. Law Enforcement Scholarship – This is open to high school seniors from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania with a minimum 2.5 GPA and who are pursuing an education in Criminal Justice. Award is $1,000 and applications are due between March 1 and May 31.
  26. Officer Chad Spider Heroes Scholarship – This is open to high school seniors from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania with a minimum 2.5 GPA and who are pursuing an education in Criminal Justice. Award is $1,000 and applications are due between March 1 and May 31.
  27. Indiana Sheriffs Association Scholarship – This scholarship is open to academically talented students who are pursuing a career in law enforcement who is an active affiliate or associate member of the Indiana Sherriff’s’ Association or is a dependent child or grandchild of one such, is an Indiana resident, attending an Indiana college or University, and majoring in a law enforcement field. Award is $500 and applications are due April 1.
  28.  COAG Scholarships – Open to high school seniors and college undergraduates attending school in Georgia who intend to pursue careers related to government/law enforcement, science, accounting/finance, business, or pre-law. Awards are for $1,000 and are due April 1.
  29.  North Carolina Sheriffs Association Scholarship – This is open to North Carolina resident undergraduate students pursuing degrees in criminal justice, with priority given to children of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, and secondarily to those of deceased, retired, or active law enforcement officers. Finally to students demonstrating financial need and academic excellence. Awards are $1,000 each and 24 are available per year.
  30.  David E. Maccianti Memorial Scholarship – Open to students from the Santa Barbara region pursuing careers in law enforcement. Award amount varies and applications must be in by January 31.
  31. Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship – The scholarship is for thirty full-time students enrolled full-time in criminal justice, business, accounting, or financial degree programs. Three letters of recommendation are required. Awards include twenty-three $1,000 awards, four $2,500 awards, two $5,000 awards, and one $10,000 award. Applications are due February 23rd.
  32. Virginia Sheriff’s Institute Scholarship – The applicant must be a part-time or full-time student at a Virginia college and seeking a degree in a criminal justice field. The school in question must be within a district where the sheriff is a member of the VSI. A letter of recommendation from the local sheriff is also required. Applications are due May 1.
  33.  California Law Enforcement Personnel Dependents Grant - This grant is awarded to the dependents or spouses of those who served California in the guise of law enforcement, fire fighters, or within the Department of Corrections and suffered death or disability due to their work. Recipients receive up to $12,192 for 4 years
  34. Anthony “Tony” Gobar Juvenile Justice Scholarship – The scholarship is given to a junior or senior student at a Mississippi or public school Louisiana Southern that is majoring in a justice related field with a GPA over 2.5. Applicants must include a letter of recommendation, transcripts, and demonstration of financial need. Applications are due April 15 and recipients receive up to $2,500.
  35.  California Bar Foundation Diversity Scholarship Fund – The student must be set to attend their first year of law school in a California school, intend to practice within California, come from an ethnic or racial minority group that is underrepresented in the world of law, impact the community through their leadership, and demonstrate financial need. The applicant should include two letters of recommendation with their application. Applications are due June 5th and winners receive $7,500.
  36. Asian Pacific American Bar Association Silicon Valley Scholarship – Student must attend a Bay Area law school and submit a resume and essay detailing their academic achievements, leadership qualities in the Asian-Pacific-American community, and the hardships they have endured.  Selectees will serve as the APABA-SV liaison to their school. Interning at a non-profit organization strongly influences the decision process. Applications are due March 31 and the recipients are awarded up to $3,000.
  37. Mexican American Bar Foundation Scholarship – The student must be of Hispanic descent — defined as having ancestors from Spanish speaking countries, and they must be attending a school accredited by the ABA in Los Angeles County or UC Irvine School of Law. The applicant’s needs, achievements, and hardships are considered. Applications are due March 22 and recipients can receive up to $10,000.

 

Graduate Scholarships

  1. Otto M. Stanfield Law Scholarship Applicants should be UU Students studying law at a graduate level. Applications are due February 15 and the amount of award varies.
  2. Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship – Applicant should be a Graduate student focused on long-term protection of the wilderness in the US, preference in law, resource management, or policy programs. Provide a two page cover letter, three-five page research proposal, and two letters of recommendation. Applications are due March 31 and the award varies, though $10,000 is a common historical grant.
  3. AAIA Florence Young Memorial Scholarship – Applicants should be Native American (from any tribe from the continental US or Alaska) Graduate students pursuing degrees in art, law, or public health. Application due date varies and the award is $1,500, and is not automatically renewable.
  4. George A. Strait Minority Scholarship – Applicant must be a minority college graduate student with law library experience attending an accredited law or library school with an intent to pursue a career as a law librarian. Applications are due April 1 and the award amount varies.

 

Fellowships

  1. National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship – In a researched focused-Master’s or PhD program in a NSF supported field (including Law) with less than 12 months full time study along with annual solicitation requirements. Present a research plan related to field of study. Selected fellows receive a 3-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with $10,500 education allowance for tuition and fees.
  2. Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship – Law school graduates or final year students with a commitment to advancing women’s rights. Applications are due November 16 and the winner receives a one-year fellowship with a stipend of $41,000 and associated benefits.
  3. Milton F. Lunch Research Fellowship – Undergrad or grad student studying engineering, law, or architecture with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Writing samples, transcripts, and recommendations are required. Applications are due January 25th. Selected fellows are granted entrance to an 8 week intensive summer program with an $8,000 stipend.
  4. ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project – First and second year law students with strong writing and research skills and a commitment to reproductive freedom should apply. Applications are due in January 10th. Selected fellows are given 10-12 week unpaid internships.
  5. George A. Katz Fellowship at the Brennan Center for Justice Recent NYU Law Graduates with strong legal research, writing, and analytical skills with a desire to work for the public interest are encouraged to apply. Applications are due October 15th for 2013.  Selected fellows receive a 2 year position as a staff attorney through the Brennan Center for Justice.
  6. International Court of Justice Clerkships Final year law students from select schools, preferably with the ability to fluently write, speak, and read French. Application due date varies based on institution of origin. This links to the University of Michigan but other institutions offer the same program. Check with your university. Selected students are given a 9 month clerkship with the ICJ and a variable stipend from institution of origin.
  7. Kirkland & Ellis Diversity Fellowship –Second year law students are encouraged to apply, application is merit-based and selected fellows are granted a summer associate position with Kirkland & Ellis and a $25,000 stipend.
  8. Robert B. Fiske Fellowship – Michigan Law graduates who serve as lawyers for the government are eligible for the Fiske Fellowship award. The recipients of the fellowship receive $5,000 annually for three years while serving in a governmental organization.
  9. Bates Overseas Fellowships – The Bates fellowship is for Michigan Law graduates or those with two or more years of legal study. It provides support for selectees to travel abroad and serve as interns or develop projects in almost any field of law. The fellowship grants up to $12,000, so those who pursue it will likely need other outside funding for most international projects.
  10. Faiss Fellowship – The Faiss Fellowship is available to William S. Boyd Law School graduates who go into non-governmental public interest work position. The Fellowship awards $5,000 annually to the recipient for two years.
  11. U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program – The Albery Schweitzer Fellowship is a multidisciplinary fund that awards grants to over 200 graduates who engage in health related community projects. Selectees undergo a leadership training program, receive financial support, and are then required to establish a project that has an impact on health in some form.
  12. Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation Grants – SPILF awards grants of between $2,500 and $10,000 to legal projects that seek to end injustice due to discrimination based on creed, sexual orientation, economic status, or race. The group places organizations with projects that include Stanford Law graduates ahead of other applicants.
  13. Irmas Fellowship – USC Gould Law graduates intending to work with a public interest agency of their choice can apply for the Irmas Fellowship. If they are selected, the Fellowship will provide an annual salary of $40,000 for two years while the graduate works with the organization.
  14. Julius Glickman Fellowship – UT Law graduates can apply for the Glickman Fellowship to help support full-time work with a non-profit organization that helps to serve the public interest by representing disenfranchised persons. The Fellowship states a preference towards projects that are focused on civil legal services, but other types of projects will be considered as well.
  15. Equal Justice Fellowships – Equal Justice Works offers fellowships to 40 to 50 law graduates pursuing public interest work and projects that provide legal service to those who need it the most. The student or graduate must have studied at a law school that is an Equal Justice Works member. If the applicant’s project proposal is accepted, they will be awarded $41,000 a year for two years as well as being eligible for EJW’s loan repayment assistance program.
  16. NYU Law and Social Enterprise Fellowship - The Law and Social Enterprise fellowship is for NYU third-year law students and recent graduates of high caliber who are interested in social entrepreneurship. The application should include curriculum vitae, transcripts, a short essay of past experience and ideas, two letters of recommendation, copies of any published work, and a project proposal.  If selected, the fellow will receive a $50,000 stipend and the mentorship of the Jacobson Leadership directors while working on their proposed project. Applications are due February 28.
  17. NYU/NYPD Fellowship - Applicants should be NYU law graduates and must submit a resume, transcript, and letter of interest. An annual stipend of $75,000 in the first year at NYPD and a position as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the following two years will be awarded to selectees. Applications are due November 30.
  18. NYU School of Law Human Rights Watch Fellowship - For information, visit the Human Rights Watch website in June. The fellowship is a one-year in an international human rights position.
  19. Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights - The applicant is expected to be a NYU law graduate with a strong recommendation that they are fluent in Mandarin. The application requires a cover letter, resume, two recommendation letters, a sample piece of written work, transcripts, and a short essay – less than 250 words – on a human rights issue in China.
  20. Tax Policy Fellowship - Two JD or LLM students of NYU will serve six months as fellows at the US Treasury in the Office of the Assistant Secretary. The fellows receive a stipend while serving in Washington, D.C., and will receive a stipend and waived tuition upon returning to NYU.
  21. Outten & Golden Employment Law Fellowship - The Outten-Golden fellowship places the student in a firm that is dedicated to representing employees and protecting their rights. The fellow will have the opportunity to hone their litigation skills under the supervision of an experienced legal team and to work on a project that advances the stated goal of Outten and Golden. Applicants must present a cover letter, resume, transcript, and an essay sample of not more than ten pages that has not been edited by anyone else.
  22. Kirkland and Ellis Fellowship - The fellow will work within an existing non-profit agency that operates within New York City on a project related to the public interest. Those interested should provide a completed application, official transcripts, resume, two recommendations letters from an NYU staff member or former employer, two essays of 600 and 300 words, a letter of commitment from the sponsoring non-profit organization, and proof of that organization’s tax-exempt status.
  1. Humane Studies Fellowship - The fellowship is open to recent graduates from any university in the world who is directing their research towards liberty and humanities, regardless of whether or not their field of study is directly related to such. Recipients of the fellowship are awarded a stipend of $2,000 to $15,000 that may be renewed annually. Applicants will provide their resume, transcripts, contact information for recommendations, writing samples, and four essays that total to 1770 words or less. Applications are due January 31.
  2. Skadden Fellowship - The Skadden Foundation provides fellowships for 100 graduate law students looking to perform public service with a non-profit organization. To apply for the fellowship, a sponsoring tax-exempt organization must sponsor the fellow. The application requires transcripts, resume, two letters of recommendation from professors or former employers, three 300 word essays, and a 501c3 form from the sponsoring organization.
  3. Echoing Green - The Echoing Green fellowship provides funding for innovative start-up projects that create sustainable organizations with a public interest or potential for social change within the applicant’s field. The application is different than most fellowships and requires a series of short answer questions on the purpose and details of the project alongside a simple resume.
  4. Borchand Fellowship - The Borchand fellowship provides funding to a law student who is interested in working with a legal firm or non-profit organization that specializes in law related to the elderly such as social security and Medicare. The applicant should provide a resume, transcript, a letter from the director of the organization in which they will be serving, two recommendation letters, and a clear description of their project idea and goals.
  5. New Voices Fellowship - The Aspen Institute offers the New Voices Fellowship to persons from any field who demonstrate that their work can impact global policy change with special consideration to developing countries and regions. The 12 selectees spend a year serving as a voice in the debate of how global development should proceed and helping to put a face to the desires of the developing areas.
  6. Sandler Fellowship at Human Rights Watch - The HRW has removed the information for their fellowships this year, but they suggest that interested individuals visit their site in June.
  7. Leebron Human Rights Fellowship - The Leebron fellowship is for a Columbia Law graduate who wishes to gain experience working with a human rights organization. The selectee is provided with a $45,000 stipend to support them while they work for a year with their sponsor. The main requirement for the host organization is that they be involved in human rights in some form. The application requires a 1000 word personal essay and a three page project description.
  8. The Cochran Fellowship at Neufeld, Scheck, & Brustin - The firm started by prolific attorney Johnnie Cochran offers a fellowship in his honor that allows a law graduate to work in a high profile civil rights firm for two years. The firm has an extensive history of successful cases defending the interest of the individual against institutions and corporations.
  9. Social Justice Fellowship at Goldstein, Brogen, Dardarian, & Ho - The Social Justice Fellowship provides the opportunity for a law graduate to work with the GBDH firm in Oakland that focuses on worker rights issues such as wages and discrimination. Applicants must be from specific schools, so contact your school or the firm to find out if you are eligible.
  10. Crowley Program in International Human Rights Fellowship - The Crowley Fellow is a unique position where the selectee will be serving as the supervisor of the Crowley Program, a team of six to eight law students that perform investigative research into international human rights issues. The position lasts for three semesters with a total stipend of $115,000.
  11. Baxter Litigation Fellowship at Golden Gate University -  The Baxter Fellowship was funded by retired Judge Lee Baxter to promote the litigation skills of Golden Gate University students. The fellow, a GGU graduate, helps to educate students on litigation techniques and to run the mock trial program at the university.
  12. Golden Gate University Clinic Fellowship Program -  For either one or two years, the fellow will help with the planning and implementation of all GGU clinics.
  13. Skirnick Fellowship from Harvard Law - Up to two recent or upcoming Harvard Law graduates are awarded with up to $8,000 each from this fellowship.
  14. Fine Fellowship - The Edith W. Fine Fellowship awards $1,000 to a female third year law student at Harvard who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and intends to work in a public service position upon graduation.
  15. Henigson Fellowship - The Henigson Fellowship is granted to upcoming or recent graduates of Harvard Law who are currently clerking, working in a public interest position, or showed visible interest in human rights work while attending school. The fellow should be working for a nongovernmental human rights organization during the course of the fellowship. Up to $22,000 may be awarded with the potential of reduction if the fellow is receiving more than $10,000 from other sources.
  16. Arthur Helton Global Human Rights Fellowship - The Helton Fellowship provides small grants to graduate law students who will work on international law and humanitarian rights issues with an acceptable educational institution or international organization.
  17. Wendy Parmet Fellowship -  The Wendy Parmey Fellowship is awarded to one Northeastern University law graduate and grants them a stipend for one year of work with Health Law Advocates, a nonprofit law firm that focuses on issues such as health care denial and representing those with chronic conditions.
  18. Domestic Violence Clinic Graduate Teaching Fellowship - The Domestic Violence Clinic affords graduate law students the opportunity to work with cases related to obtaining protection orders that stop the cycle of abuse in domestic violence situations.
  19. Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy Fellowship - The PHRGE fellowship is given to four Northeastern University students yearly. Each student spends a three month period with a partner organization and receives a stipend for the duration of their service. The partner organizations are focused on humanitarian rights and international law, so the fellows will be required to take related courses while they are on campus.
  20. The Zenner Grants - These are a simple monetary award to graduating Northwestern University law students who have obtained or are attempting to obtain a public interest position excepting one as a judicial clerk.
  21. Ralph Santiage Abascal Fellowship -  The Abascal Fellowship awards $47,000 to one recent UC Hastings law graduate. The applicant must present a program that has an impact on the rights of disenfranchised persons and either will be finished within a year or demonstrates that it can become self-sufficient after that time.