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

Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship Program
Arent Fox will award $15,000 to three first-year law students. All scholarship recipients are expected to participate in the 2015 Summer Program, as well as attend the “Leadership Council on Legal Diversity” Conference for 1L Scholars in Dallas, TX.
Deadline: January

Arnold & Porter Diversity Scholarship
Eligibility: Qualified applicants are currently-enrolled first-year law students at an ABA-accredited law school who (a) contribute to the diverse background of their law school's student body; (b) demonstrate strong academic achievement; and (c) demonstrate an interest in promoting diversity in the legal profession. The firm also may take into account a student's need for financial assistance, but such need is not required.
Amount: $10,000
Deadline: March

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarships
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 offices.
Deadline: June

Balfour Phi Delta Phi Minority Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity
Description: All 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.
Deadline: January

Buckfire & Buckfire Diversity Scholarship
Sponsor: Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.
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.
Deadline: December
Amount: $2,500

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.
Amount: $10,000
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
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 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

Goodwin Diversity Fellowships
Sponsor: 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: March

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: September

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.

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 Will & Emery LLP  - First-Year Law Student Diversity Fellowship Program
Description: McDermott, Will & Emery is seeking racially or ethnically diverse first-year law students to join our Intellectual Property Practice Group resident in the Boston, Chicago or Washington, D.C. office as summer associates in 2015. Interested students must be in the top 25% ofthe law school class and preferably will have a computer science/engineering, electrical engineering or graduate life sciencebackground. First-year summer associates will be paired with a mentor to provide guidance during the summer and throughout the school year, and given the opportunity to return the following summer after successful completion of the program.

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
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.
Award: $15,000
Deadline: January

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.

NCAA Women's and Ethnic Minority Enhancement Postgraduate Program Award
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: February

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 1L Diversity Fellowship
Description: Our firm is committed to the growth and development of legal communities that accurately reflect the rich diversity of our communities. Since 1991 we have been pleased to offer fellowships to first year law students from a diversity of backgrounds. The fellowships provide students a $7,500 academic scholarship and a paid summer associate position immediately following the completion of their first year of law school.
Deadline: January

The Point Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Point Foundation
Description: Point supports scholars who have demonstrated, and will further demonstrate: The capacity and passion for visibly and actively inspiring others while significantly impacting society through achievement in their professions and communities; a commitment to living intellectually and creatively vibrant, ethical and integrated lives, through service to others within Point, the LGBTQ community, and broader society; and a belief that sharing their stories of challenges overcome, accomplishments delivered and the role that Point has had in their development as leaders will change minds and lives.
Deadline: January

Richard D. Hailey AAJ Law Student Scholarships
This scholarship is open to all first- and second-year African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American, Native America, and biracial 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: February

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.
Deadline: March