Outside Scholarships

March & April Deadlines

The outside scholarships listed below are intended for students pursuing legal studies; however, they are not affiliated with American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL). Although the information below is reviewed quarterly for accuracy, it is subject to change at any time by the scholarship organization(s). All outside scholarships received by AUWCL students must be reported to the AUWCL Financial Aid Office and are subject to the cost of attendance guidelines.

The Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey (ABWL-NJ) Scholarship
The applicant must be a first, second, or third year African-American female law student currently studying at an accredited law school. Applicants must have permanent New Jersey residency status. Additionally, applicants are evaluated based on documented financial need, demonstrated community service, and a writing sample.

Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Awarded by the Rhode Island Bar Foundation, this program is open to full-time students who are residents of Rhode Island and entering their first year of laws school.

Nicholas Braswell Strong Roots Scholarship and Essay Contest
This essay contest and the associated scholarship is open to individuals throughout the country who are enrolled in any accredited post-secondary institution during 2017-2018 school year.

DuPage County Bar Association Scholarships
Applicants must be residents of or have an established connection to DuPage County, IL.

Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Scholarships
This program is open to law students studying energy, environmental, natural resource or mineral law at schools holding membership in EMLF. The following criteria will be used to determine the recipients of the scholarships: (a) potential to make a significant contribution in the field of energy, mineral and natural resources law; (b) academic ability; (c) leadership ability; and (d) financial need.

Benjamin and Cherie Gubin Scholarship
Awarded by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation; this scholarship is open to graduate school students who were Kalamazoo county residents during high school or who graduated from a Kalamazoo County high school.

Iranian-American Bar Association Scholarship
IABA grants one or more scholarships each year to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Iranian-American community. Applicants must be of Iranian heritage and full-time students at an accredited law school in the United States who are not otherwise receiving full educational funding from another organization.

Islamic Scholarship Fund
Scholarships ranging from $2,000-$10,000 awarded to Muslims or active members of the Muslim community who have a minimum 3.0 GPA and are a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

James N. Kincanon Merit Scholarship
Awarded by the Roanoke Bar Association, this program is open to residents of the city of Roanoke, the city of Salem, or the county of Roanoke, VA, or a graduate of a high school located in those jurisdictions.

The Law Offices of George Salinas Annual Scholarship
Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or law school in the United States for the Spring of 2018. This includes high school seniors, freshman, sophomores, juniors, college seniors, and law students (L1, L2, L3).

Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law School Scholarship
Sponsor: American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation
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.

American Bar Association (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.

John D. Ashcroft Scholarship
The applicant must be entering his or her second or third year of law school.
Factors that will be favorably considered include:
1. Domicile in the Southwest Missouri region,
2. Ties to the Southwest Missouri region (including previous residence in Southwest Missouri), family ties to Southwest Missouri, and/or
3. An interest to reside in Southwest Missouri.

Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Scholarships
This program is open to law students entering their second or third year. Applicants must be attending an accredited law school or have passed the California first-year student's examination. They must intend to practice law in southern California.

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship
In order to be considered for the scholarship, the student must be a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority, or demonstrate commitment to issues of diversity within their community.

Federal Circuit Bar Association Scholarship Program
These programs are open to law students who are currently enrolled in an accredited law school who have financial need and show demonstrable interest in one of the many topics that lie within the procedure, substance or scope of the jurisdiction of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Students with interest solely in areas such as family, bankruptcy, or criminal law, for example, need not apply.

Howard T. Markey Memorial Scholarship: In addition to the above requirements, this award emphasizes a commitment to public service.
Helen W. Nies Memorial Scholarship: Special considerations for this award include encouraging participation of women lawyers in the legal profession; recognizing the contributions of women lawyers to society in general; highlighting academic excellence; addressing need; and advancing the interest of women law students in intellectual property.
Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Scholarship: Applicants should consistently show dedication to the law, the rule of law, and our court system.
Douglas B. Henderson Leadership Scholarship: This award seeks to encourage law students showing financial need and demonstrating outstanding leadership.
William S. Bullinger Scholarship: This award is based primarily on economic need, though academic promise and an interest in Federal Circuit’s subject matter are considered.
Need-Based Scholarships: Depending on available funds and other factors, the Association may also consider awarding additional scholarships based primarily on need.

Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation Law School Scholarship Program
This is both a merit and needs-based scholarship. Applicants must demonstrate strength of character, superior academic achievement, and a strong interest in pursuing a career in communications law. Applicants will be selected on the basis of: (1) a demonstrated interest in the communications law field; (2) dependence on financial assistance in order to attend law school; and (3) their law school record.

The Gainsberg Law Annual Scholarship
To be eligible for the award, applicants must submit the following:
1. Proof of enrollment for the upcoming academic year
2. 2 recommendations from a member of the faculty or staff at the university or school, or from a teacher from the previous year (for incoming students only)
3. One essay up to 1,000 words on why you are interested in the law
4. Academic Transcripts from the current academic year

Karen Goldenberg Law Scholarship
This scholarship is judged primarily on applicant’s commitment to indigent defense work and financial need, but does not exclude achievement standards.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage, be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), have completed 12 units at a U.S. accredited institution, and be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at a U.S. accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam.

Thomas T. Hayashi Memorial Scholarships
Sponsor: Japanese American Citizens League
This program is open to JACL members who are currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited law school, submitting a statement describing their current involvement in the JACL or Asian Pacific community and how they will continue involvement.

Howard Fox Memorial Scholarship
Awarded by the Berks County Community Foundation, this program is open to Berks County residents entering their second year of law school.

Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarships
Awarded to law students with Hudson County, NJ residency who demonstrate financial need.

Kane County Bar Foundation Scholarship
This program is open to residents of Kane County, IL who are attending or planning to attend law school.

Law Preview's One Lawyer Can Change The World $10k Scholarship
Are you the next great legal mind? In partnership with the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Law Preview will be awarding one hard-working incoming law student $10,000 towards their 1L year. 

Robert Masur Fellowship
Sponsor: The Nation Institute
The fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties.

National Council on International Trade Development (NCITD) Scholarship Program
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students currently pursuing a degree related to international trade studies.

The New Jersey Hispanic Bar Association
This program is open to Hispanic Americans (at least one parent must be of Hispanic descent) who are or have been residents of the State of New Jersey and who are currently enrolled in and attending an American Bar Association approved law school in the United States.

Pride Law Fund Summer Fellowship
The Pride Law Fund Summer Fellowship supports work of concern to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the public sector, on public policy or of a public service nature, work in the area of civil rights and education, and direct legal services. The PLF Fellowship Program is open to law students working under the supervision of an attorney at a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization anywhere in the country.

Sho Sato Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: Japanese American Citizens League
This program is open to JACL members who are currently enrolled or planning to enroll in law school. Applicants must submit a statement describing their present level of involvement in the JACL or Asian Pacific community and continuing involvement.

The Robert A. Shuker Scholarship Fund
The scholarship is awarded each year to two qualified students, who are resident of the Greater Metropolitan Area of Washington, D.C. and have been admitted to and will be attending a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

Christopher Simmons Attorney at Law Scholarship
This scholarship is offered for the Fall 2018 academic semester.

Effie Solomon Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: American Association of University Women, Beaver Valley Branch

This program is open to female residents from Beaver County, PA who are enrolled in an accredited law school. Those who have completed at least one year of law school in good standing shall be given preference.

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.

Taylor & Ring’s Annual Victim Advocate Scholarship
This annual award will be given to a student interested in pursuing the study of law with a specific goal of helping survivors of sexual assault, rape, child abuse, or sexual harassment in the workplace. The successful candidate needs to be currently enrolled in, or will be enrolled in, an accredited college or university or law school for the upcoming academic year.

Torgenson Law Renee Torgenson Memorial Scholarship
Torgenson Law is a Phoenix, Arizona injury law firm dedicated to the advancement of equality, impartiality, and access to justice for everyone, regardless of their economic situation.

WNJ Scholarship for Minority Students
Sponsor: Warner, Norcross, & Judd, LLP
Candidates must be accepted to or attending a Michigan law school or be a Michigan resident attending an accredited law school in the United States.


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