Diversity Law Student Scholarships (Miscellaneous)

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school.  An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school. In addition to whether the applicant is a member of a racial and/or ethnic minority that has been underrepresented in the legal profession, the applicant’s financial need; personal, family and educational background; personal statement; and participation in community service activities will be considered in selecting the recipients for the scholarship.
Deadline: March
Email: legalosf@americanbar.org  
Application available at: http://www.ambar.org/DiversityScholarship

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Each year the NAACP, through generous donations, is able to provide scholarships to outstanding students. It is the duty of our dedicated Scholarship Committee to determine the most outstanding individuals to receive these awards.

Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship Program
Arent Fox, LLP
Ms. Libby Tracy
Attorney Recruitment & Development Manager
1717 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Arent Fox will award $15,000 to three first-year law students. The students will also be offered positions in the firm’s summer associate program.
Deadline: January

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarships
Sponsor: Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Description: Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC will award three (3) scholarships to diverse law students this year. Each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid during the student's third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses. Additionally, recipients will be awarded a salaried 2L Summer Associate position in one of our following offices: Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL; Baton Rouge, New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, TN; or Houston, TX.
Contact: Rebecca Simon
Deadline: June

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.
Contact: 800/368-5606
Deadline: October

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, chummel@bannerwitcoff.com
Deadline: January

Buckfire & Buckfire Diversity Scholarship
Sponsor: Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.
Contact: Kathryn Kunst
Marketing Director
Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.
25800 Northwestern Hwy, Ste. 890
Southfield, MI 48075
(248) 569-4646
Fax: (248) 569-6737
Email: kathryn@buckfirelaw.com
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.
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: May
Website: http://www.buckfirelaw.com/library/2014-buckfire-buckfire-p-c-law-school-diversity-scholarship-and-application.cfm

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
Email: mzabijaka@constangy.com
Deadline: December
Amount: $2,000

DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar
Law Diversity Scholarship
Criteria: This scholarship is open to 1) all rising second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American law students; 2) all second- and third-year female law students, regardless of race or ethnicity; 3) any other rising second- and third-year students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender.
Deadline: March

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP 1L Diversity Scholarship Program
Description: The Diversity Scholarships are open to all first-year law students of color, or others of diverse backgrounds, who:
1) Have a record of academic achievement in both undergraduate school and the first year of law school that demonstrates promise for a successful career in law
2)Are committed to civic involvement that promotes diversity and will continue that commitment upon entering the legal profession
Deadline: January

Finnegan Henderson Diversity Scholarship
Description: Provides financial support to qualified diverse students who demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in intellectual property law.
Amount: $15,000
Contact: Timothy M. Henderson, Director, Professional Recruitment and Development
Deadline: February

The Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
Description: The Fish & Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is comprised of four components:
1) Mentoring
2) A $5,000 scholarship
3) A paid summer associate position in the domestic office of the student’s choice
4) Participation in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program
Candidates must be in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school; demonstrate a record of academic and professional achievement; contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community; and have a sincere interest in Fish & Richardson’s practice areas.
Deadline: January

Foley & Lardner Diversity Fellowship Program
Awarded to rising second-year J.D. students who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and the broader community.

Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship Program
Criteria: This program is open to currently enrolled first year law students from diverse backgrounds.
Amount: $15,000
Deadline: March

George A. Strait Minority Scholarship Endowment
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.
Deadline: April
Chair, Scholarships Committee
American Association of Law Libraries
105 W. Adams Street, Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Email: scholarships@aall.org

Goodwin Diversity Fellowships
Goodwin Procter LLP
Description: These fellowships offer financial awards to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school. Selected fellows are guaranteed a "straight-to-callback" interview with a Goodwin Procter office of their choice in the fall interviewing season during their second year of law school. Fellows are also invited to participate in some of our summer associate program events during their summer at the public interest organization.
Deadline: September

International Franchise Association Educational Foundation
Franchise Law Diversity Scholarship Award
To be eligible for the scholarship award, students must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school. Applicants must have 2L or 3L status during the period of the scholarship, and they must be enrolled in at least one course oriented towards franchise law (e.g., Torts, Unfair Trade Practices, Trade Secrets, Antitrust, Trademarks, Contracts, Agency, Securities). Applicants must be considered a member of a diverse group (African American, American Indian, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Gay/Lesbian).
Deadline: December

Latham Diversity Scholars Program
To be eligible you must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and intend to practice law in a major city of the United States. You must have successfully completed your first year of a full-time JD program by the application deadline and you may not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm.
Deadline: December
Contact: Elizabeth Krichmar

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.
Contact: 504/581-2233
Wilkerson, Tate and Williams
1515 Poydras Street, suite 2222,
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
Description: The LMJ Scholarship is open to students who have been accepted to an ABA accredited law school for a full-time Juris Doctorate degree. The scholarship is available to diverse individuals who: have overcome obstacles, are outstanding and promising scholars, have an interest in corporate law, and possess a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The LMJ Scholarship is a national program that annually grants 15 scholarships of $10,000 to students for their first year of law school. If funds are available, and the selected student remains in good academic standing, they may also qualify for additional financial support in years two and three.
Deadline: June
Contact: Aracely Muñoz Petrich
Phone: 202-739-5841
Email: aracelymunozpetrich@mcca.com

Marathon Petroleum Scholarship
Sponsor: Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Open to first-year law students
Amount: $7,500

McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship
Description: Candidate must (a) be a first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school with a diverse background that, in the firm’s view, would help to improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law; (b) have a degree in science or engineering; and (c) intend to practice patent law in Chicago, Illinois. The firm intends to award a paid summer associate (clerkship) position for a period of 10 to 12 weeks following the recipient’s completion of his/her first year of law school. The position is part of McAndrews’ Summer Clerkship program, which annually attracts some of the most promising IP-focused law students in the nation.
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: January

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.
Deadline: October

Milbank Diversity Scholarships
Description: Milbank Diversity Scholars receive a $25,000 scholarship and a salaried summer associate position in one of the firm’s domestic offices.  Factors considered in the selection of Milbank Diversity Scholars include academic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, excellent writing and interpersonal skills, and a sincere interest in our practice. To be named a Milbank Diversity Scholar, candidates must be in good standing at an ABA accredited law school and have successfully completed their first year of a full-time JD program. Students who are members of groups traditionally under-represented at large law firms are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: August

Morrison & Foerster’s 1L Diversity Fellowship Program
Sponsor: Morrison & Foerster
Criteria: Applicant must: 1) be currently enrolled in good standing in a full-time JD program at an ABA-accredited law school; 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.
Award: $15,000
Contact: Natalie Kernisant, Attorney Recruiting Diversity Manager
Email: diversityfellowship@mofo.com
Deadline: January

NCAA Women's and Ethnic Minority Enhancement Postgraduate Program Award
Sponsor: NCAA
Description: The NCAA awards $7,500 to 13 scholarships to ethnic minorities and 13 scholarships to female college graduates who will be entering their initial year of postgraduate studies. The applicant must be seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports administration or other program that will help the applicant obtain a career in intercollegiate athletics, such as athletics administrator, coach, athletic trainer or other career that provides a direct service to intercollegiate athletics.
Deadline: December
More information can be found here.

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation - Lena Chang Internship Awards
Applicants must demonstrate superior academic achievement and an interest in gaining hands-on experience working with a non-profit educational and advocacy organization.
Deadline: March
Award: The stipend for full-time summer interns is $3,200 for a 10-week internship.
Contact: Rick Wayman
Email: rwayman@napf.org

Paul D. White Scholarship Program
Sponsor: BakerHostetler
Awarded annually to law students of Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native descent, the scholarship includes a paid summer clerkship and a $7,500 cash award.
Deadline: January

Perkins Coie Student Fellowship
Sponsor: Perkins Coie Law Firm

The Point Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Point Foundation
Description: Very strong academic performance is one characteristic that Point seeks in all its applicants and subsequent scholars. Additionally, proven leadership skills and the desire to make a difference in the world are highly valued. Each person who applies for a Point Scholarship is evaluated on the totality of their situation. Academic achievement, personal merit, leadership, involvement in the LGBTQ community, professional experiences, financial need, marginalization, personal and future goals are all taken into consideration.
Apply online at: http://www.pointfoundation.org/OnlineApplicationInfo
Deadline: January/February

Richard D. Hailey AAJ Law Student Scholarships
These scholarships are open to all first- and second-year African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American, Native America, and Bi-Racial AAJ Law Student Members. 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, AAJ member, or trial lawyer are required. Applications are available on the AAJ 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 AAJ and dedication to its mission through involvement in an AAJ student chapter and Minority Caucus activities;
  • Show a financial need for the scholarship.

Deadline: May
Awards: Up to six $1,000 scholarships
American Association for Justice
Attn: The Richard D. Hailey AAJ Law Student Scholarships
777 6th Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001
800.424.2725, ext. 8612

Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law School Scholarship
Sponsor: American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation
Description: This scholarship is open to entering or continuing law students who show a demonstrated commitment to developing a career in intellectual property law. Evaluation criteria include 1) High academic performance; 2) Demonstrated financial need; and 3) General factors such as leadership skills, community activities, or special accomplishments.
Contact: Deshuandra Walker, Manager, Student Support Programs, Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Email: deshuandra.walker@tmcfund.org
Deadline: March

Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA) Corporate Scholars Program
Description: The Corporate Scholars program provides promising and high-achieving students at law schools in the WMACCA service area with scholarship awards and summer internships in the legal departments of prestigious local companies and organizations. The program seeks students who have good grades, strong writing skills, previous work experience, and some professional maturity.
Contact: Ilene G. Reid, WMACCA Executive Director
Email: Ilene.Reid@WMACCA.com
Deadline: January