Diversity Law Student Scholarships (Miscellaneous)
ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund is intended to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to the scholarship recipients. Twenty $5,000 awards will be made to entering first-year students and may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during each student's time in law school.
Deadline: March 1st
Send applications to:
American Bar Association
Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund – Application
Attn: Sharon Tindall
321 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654-4714
Application available at: http://www.ambar.org/DiversityScholarship
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship
4805 Mount Hope Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215-3297
Applicants must be members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), less than 25 years of age, possess a grade point average of 2.00 or better and demonstrate financial need. Students without financial need may still apply for an award. Awards range from $1,500 to $2,500.
Allen E. Broussard Scholarships
These scholarships are available to all minority students and are intended to help defray the costs of tuition and related expenses for promising future lawyers whose academic achievement, dedication to public service and strong character are in keeping with the late Justice Broussard's beliefs. Because of a unique partnership with the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarships Fund, applicants interested in the Broussard Scholarship need only to complete the Legal Opportunity application.
Awards: $5,000 (renewable)
Contact: ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
Office of the President
American Bar Association
321 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4714
American Bar Association Section of Business Law
Scholarship for CLEO Fellows
750 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
The ABA Section of Business Law awards up to $5000 in scholarships. Applicants must be a first or second year law student who previously participated in a CLEO pre-law summer institute program, a member of the ABA Law Student Division, and interested in pursuing a career in Business Law. Interested individuals should submit their resume and an essay on "Why I Want to Pursue a Career in Business Law."
For further information, contact Zenaida Arroyo
American Foundation for Negro Affairs Scholarship
Sponsor: American Foundation for Negro Affairs
Description: The program is open to any promising student whose background is deprived, regardless of race.
American Foundation for Negro Affairs
1700 Market St. Suite 2020,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship Program
Arent Fox PLLC
ATTN: Jessica L. Salvaterra
Senior Attorney Recruitment Coordinator
1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Arent Fox is soliciting applications from students beginning their JD program in the Fall of 2007. The FIrm will award $15,000 to two minority first-year law students. The students will also be offered positions in the Firm's 2007 summer associate program, one in the DC office and another in the NY office. For more information and to view the application, please visit the Firm's website.
Deadline: Applications accepted from December through January.
ATLA Richard D. Hailey Law Student Scholarships
These scholarships are open to all first- and second-year African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American, Native America, and Bi-Racial law student members of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA). A 500-word essay about how you meet the criteria as well as up to three recommendations from a faculty adviser, trial advocacy professor, dean, ATLA member and/or trial lawyer are required. Applications are available on the ATLA website. Scholarships will be awarded to the applicants who best meet, but not limited to, the criteria listed below:
- exhibit an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy;
- express a desire to represent victims;
- demonstrate a commitment to ATLA and dedication to its mission through involvement in an ATLA student chapter and Minority Caucus activities;
- show a financial need for the scholarship.
Awards: Up to six $1,000 scholarships
Contact: ATLA Minority Caucus
The Richard D. Hailey ATLA Law Student Scholarships
Attn: Sondra Stephenson
Manager, Law Student and Minority Programs
1050 31st Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 800-424-2725, x372
Fax: 202 298-6849
BCA Ethnic Minority Postgraduate Scholarship
Sponsor: Black Coaches Association
Description: The applicant must be a member of a minority group who is planning a future career in athletics.
Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarships
Sponsor: Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Description: (3) $10,000 Scholarships
Contact: Rebecca Simon
Balfour Phi Delta Phi Minority Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity
Description: All ethnic minority members of the legal fraternity are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
Selection is based on participation, ethics, and scholastics.
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd -- Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship (Intellectual Property [IP])
This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff's continuing commitment to fostering the development of IP lawyers from diverse backgrounds. It is open to all students currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school and pursuing a career in IP law. The applicant must be a member of a historically under represented group (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability) and must have exemplary writing and oral communication skills. Selection is based on academic merit, commitment to pursue IP law, member of underrepresented group, written/oral communication, leadership and community involvement.
Sponsor: Banner & Witcoff, Ltd
Description: $5,000 (Fall semester 2L or 3L year of law school)
Contact: Christopher Hummel, email@example.com
Buckfire & Buckfire Diversity Scholarship
Sponsor: Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.
Contact: Kathryn Kunst
Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.
25800 Northwestern Hwy, Ste. 890
Southfield, MI 48075
Fax: (248) 569-6737
Description: Awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited law school, who is either a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.
Bullivant Houser Bailey Diversity Scholarship
This West Coast law firm established a scholarship to increase diversity in the legal profession and within their law firm. The recipient must commit to work at their Sacramento office as a summer associate after his or her first year of law school. Applicants must submit a current resume, a photocopy of complete undergraduate transcript; a photocopy of current law transcript; a writing sample; two-three references; and a two-three page personal statement addressing eligibility for the scholarship.
Contact: Jill Valentine
Recruitment & Diversity Manager
Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
888 SW Firth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Constangy, Brooks & Smith Diversity Scholars Award
To be eligible, you must be a second-year student enrolled in an accredited law school that is located in one of the following states: Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, California, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Virginia/Washington, D.C., New Jersey and Massachusetts.
Selection criteria will include your academic achievement (minimum GPA of 3.0); commitment to diversity in the community, or in your school or work environment; and personal achievement in overcoming challenges to reach your goals.
Contact: Margaret P. Zabijaka
Chair, Diversity Council
Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP
200 West Forsyth Street, Suite 1700
Jacksonville, FL 32202-4317
DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar
150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 6060
Law Diversity Scholarship
Criteria: The program is open to second-year African-American, Asian, Pan Asian, and Native American students.
Second year female students are eligible whether or not they are persons of color.
Deadline: Applications accepted April-August
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
DWT 1L Diversity Scholarship Program
ATTN: Carol Yuly
2600 Century Square
1501 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101-1688
DWT will award two scholarships, which will consist of a paid Summer Clerkship and $7,500 for second year tuition and expenses. All first-year law students of color, or others of diverse background may apply. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement and participation in community and civic activities that promote diversity within the legal profession. Applicants must also be willing to commit to working as a Summer Associate in Davis Wright Tremaine's Seattle office between their first and second years of law school.
Exxon Minority Scholarship
Description: This is a partial scholarship for minority students in their second or third years at law school. The scholarship also includes a summer clerkship at Exxon.
Contact: John Seddelmeyer, Esq. Associate General Counsel,
Exxon Company, USA
Post Office Box 2180
Houston, TX 77252
Finnegan Henderson Diversity Scholarship
Open to application by persons of a minority heritage attending top law schools around the nation.
Each scholar is given $12,000 per year for tuition and other law school fees.
901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4413
The Fish & Richardson IL Diversity Fellowship Program
Launched in 2005, the program provides fellowships to five diverse first-year law students throughout the country annually. Each selected student receives a $5,000 academic scholarship, mentoring by members of the firm, and a paid summer associate position in the Fish & Richardson office of the student's choice.
Foley & Lardner Minority Scholarship Program
The Foley & Lardner Minority Scholarship Program will award one scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to a first-year student at Boalt who is a member of one of the following racial/ethnic groups as defined by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance programs:
American Indian/Alaskan Native; Asian/Pacific Islander; Black; or Hispanic. Consideration is given to significant involvement in community activities; significant involvement in minority student organizations; outstanding work or personal achievements; undergraduate records; and interest in and/or ties to a city in which Foley practices. Financial need is not a consideration.
Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship Program
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
ATTN: Greta Larson
200 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1425
The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance and work experience to first-year minority law students. African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic American, and Native American students enrolled in their first year of law school are eligible to apply. Selection is based on academic performance and potential. Financial need is not considered.
George A. Strait Minority Scholarship Endowment
This stipend is awarded to college graduates with law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines and are degree candidates in accredited library or law schools.
Chair, Scholarships Committee
American Association of Law Libraries
105 W. Adams Street, Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Goodwin Diversity Fellowships
Goodwin Procter LLP
Boston, MA 02109
Goodwin Proctor annually awards stipends of $15,000 each to minority law students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance, outstanding leadership, a commitment to community service, interest in the private practice of law, and other special achievements and honors. Students should apply for a Fellowship during the summer before their second year of law school, in connection with signing up to interview with Goodwin Proctor for a summer associate position the following year. While candidates applying to be Goodwin Diversity Fellows must express interest in joining the Firm's Summer Program, they neither need receive nor accept an offer of summer employment to be eligible for a Fellowship.
International Franchise Association Educational Foundation
Franchise Law Diversity Scholarship Award
The International Franchise Association Educational Foundation and DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP have established a Franchise Law Diversity Scholarship Award. The scholarship program will recognize academic achievement among minority law students and will encourage students to study franchise and distribution law.
Minority students with 2L or 3L status during the period of the scholarship. Must be enrolled in at least one course oriented toward franchise law.
Latham Diversity Scholars Program
Diversity Scholars Program Selection Panel
ATTN: Skip Horne
Latham & Watkins LLP
12636 High Bluff Drive, Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92130
The Latham Diversity Scholars Program is designed to increase the number of diverse attorneys who want to pursue careers in global law firms. To be eligible you must be a U.S. citizen enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school. You must have successfully completed your first year of a full-time JD program. Other factors considered may include a candidate's ability to contribute to the diversity objectives of global law firms, success in overcoming any obstacles or challenges faced in deciding to choose law as a profession, academic and leadership achievements, and desire to practice in a global law firm environment. Latham Diversity Scholars will receive a gift of a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for their third year of law school (2006-07). This scholarship is not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham.
Louis A. Martinet Scholarship
Sponsor: Louis A. Martinet Society
Description: First and second year minority students in good academic standing are eligible for our scholarship.
Wilkerson, Tate and Williams
1515 Poydras Street, suite 2222,
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program
Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
MCCA LMJ Scholarship Program
Scholarships and Grants Administration
United Negro College Fund, Inc.
ATTN: Kimberly Hall
8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) has created the Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. (LMJ) Scholarship Program, which is open to college seniors who have been accepted into law school. Named after the founder of MCCA, the Lloyd M. Johnson Scholarship promotes academic excellence and diversity in law schools by awarding ten newly accepted law students from disadvantaged backgrounds with scholarships to help defray their education expenses. The LMJ Scholarships will provide ten selected students with $10,000 a year for three years. In addition to the ten selected scholars three runner-ups will also receive a one-time award of $10,000 to assist with their first-year expenses.
McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship
McAndrews, Held, & Malloy, Ltd.
ATTN: Diversity Fellowship
500 West Madison street, 34th Floor
Chicago, IL 60661
$5,000 fellowship and a paid summer clerkship will be awarded to a qualified first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school who has a diverse background, possesses a degree in science or engineering, and is committed to pursuing a career in patent law in Chicago. Applications are being accepted Dec. to Jan. As a summer associate, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and will be eligible to receive an offer to return for a second summer. To facilitate the Diversity Fellow's professional growth and learning, a member of the McAndrews Diversity Committee will serve as a mentor and resource.
McDermott Minority Scholarship
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
227 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60606
McDermott will award a $15,000 scholarship and a position in a McDermott Summer Program to two second-year minority law students from ABA-accredited law schools. Students who meet McDermott's hiring criteria and demonstrate leadership, community involvement, and a commitment to improving diversity in the legal community should consider applying.
Milbank Diversity Scholarships
The firm provides Diversity Scholarships to create opportunities to bring about a more diverse workplace. Each year, Milbank will name up to five scholarship recipients who will be offered a salaried summer associate position in one of the firm's three domestic offices and a $15,000 scholarship to be distributed at the beginning of a student's third year of law school. Students who are members of groups traditionally under-represented in large law firms are encouraged to apply. Factors considered in the selection include academic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, excellent writing and interpersonal skills and a sincere interest in Milbank's practice. Applications are available on their website.
Awards: Up to five scholarships
attn: Joanne Dezego, Manager of Recruiting
1 Chase Manhattan Plaza
New York, NY 10005
Sponsor: Mackall, Crounse, and Moore
Description: The firm deposits money into the account of a law school attended by a minority student who accepted the firm's offer of a law clerk position for the summer.
Mackall, Crounse and Moore Law Offices
1600 TCF Tower, 121 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
Morrison & Foerster’s 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
Sponsor: Morrison & Foerster Foundation
Criteria: Applicant must: 1) be currently enrolled in good standing in a full-time JD program; 2) be a U.S. citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the U.S.; 3) demonstrate excellent academic performance throughout all degree programs; 4) be a member of a diverse population that has historically been underrepresented in the legal profession; and 5) demonstrate leadership qualities and community involvement. Applicants must submit a resume, transcripts for all degrees completed and in progress, three professional or academic references, a personal statement, and an application form.
Contact :Ashley Von Glahn, Law School Recruiting Coordinator
Deadline: January 13
NCAA Women's and Ethnic Minority Enhancement Postgraduate Program Award
Description: The recipient.. is expected to enroll as a full-time graduate student in a sports administration program or a related program that will assist the applicant in obtaining a career in athletics.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association
P.O.Box 6222, Indianapolis,
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation - Lena Chang Internship Awards
Must be ethnic minority students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate course work who can demonstrate financial need and academic excellence. Application available online.
Deadline: Summer - April
Award: $2,500 stipend
Contact: Michael Coffey, Youth Outreach Coordinator
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Lena Change Internships, Selection Committee
1187 Coast Village Road, Suite 1
Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794
Phone: 805 965-3443
Fax: 805 568-0466
Paul D. White Scholarship Program
Baker & Hostetler LLP, Counselors at Law
ATTN: Jennifer Pethel, Recruiting Coordinator
3200 National City Center
1900 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44114-3485
The Baker & Hostetler Paul D. White Scholarship is available to men and women minority law students. The scholarship award includes a paid summer associate clerkship ($8,400 per month) and a $6,000 (net) cash award. The summer associate clerkship will commence after the completion of the recipient's first year of law school and the cash award will be paid at the end of the clerkship. In appropriate cases, a summer associate clerkship may also be offered again at the end of the student's second year of law school. The considers the following criteria: law school performance; demonstrated leadership abilities (as evidenced by community and collegiate involvement); collegiate academic record; extracurricular activities; work experience; and a written personal statement. Please visit the Firm's website or contact Jennifer Pethel, Recruiting Coordinator, for more information.
Perkins Coie Student Fellowship
Sponsor: Perkins Coie Law Firm
Description: The individual must be a first-year law student in good standing for the degree of Juris Doctor at an ABA accredited school showing great promise for a successful career and who contributes meaningfully to the diversity of the law school student body
The Point Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Point Foundation
Description: Criteria includes marginalization, financial need, academic achievement, personal merit, leadership, involvement in the LGBTQ community, professional experiences, and personal and future goals. Applicants from all levels of higher education may apply for Point’s scholarship award. It is not required that you identify within the LGBT community to apply. Point’s scholarship awards are limited only to scholars who are enrolled within the United States of America. Point’s application process is open to all college students regardless of citizenship.
Apply online at: http://www.pointfoundation.org/scholarships.html
Deadline: February 10
Preston Gates & Ellis LLP
Preston Gates Ellis LLP Minority Fellowship
ATTN: Bethany Ellison, Recruiting Coordinator
925 4th Avenue, Suite 2900
Seattle, WA 98104
This Fellowship program will provide a first year minority student with a paid first-year summer associate clerkship with the firm and a scholarship (previous scholarship amount has been $6,000).
Richard V. Cruz Memorial Foundation Scholarships
The Richard V. Cruz Memorial Foundation exists to promote educational opportunities in the legal profession among underserved populations in California and to address issues of equal access to law schools. The Foundation is particularly searching for law students who intend to dedicate their professional lives towards the legal challenges faced by the underserved residents in the barrios and rural areas of California.
Award: several scholarships for $2,000
Contact: Richard V. Cruz Memorial Foundation
1605 Hope Street, Suite 210
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law School Scholarship
Sponsor: American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation
Description: The $10,000 Law Scholarship will be awarded to minority students developing a career in intellectual property law or holding a past or present position in an area related to intellectual property law with financial need and high academic performance.
Contact: The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
ATTN: AIPLEF Scholarship
90 William Street, Suite 1203
New York, NY 10038
Stoel Rives LLP
First-Year Student Diversity Fellowship
ATTN: Michael R. Gotham, Manager, Lawyer Recruiting and Professional Development
600 University Street, Suite 3600
Seattle, WA 98101
First-year students who are memhttp://eerie.acc.com/chapterleaders/cpd.cfm?kw=20&action=bers of racial or ethnic minority groups are encouraged to apply. This Fellowship program will provide a summer associate position in the Firm's Seattle office and a $7,500 scholarship.
Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP Diversity Scholarship Program
This law firm provides scholarships for minorities and women law students at selected schools who are committed to pursuing a career in patent law. Scholarship recipients are not required to work at Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP, although the firm may extend to the recipient an offer of employment as a summer associate or associate, if it chooses.
Financial need is not a consideration for this scholarship.
Contact: Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP
Attn: Lindy Yurich
Two Embarcadero Center, Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA) Corporate Scholars Program
Open to 1D/E, 2 D/E, and 3E students from underrepresented populations.
Contact: Ilene G. Reid, WMACCA Executive Director