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.

Alaska Bar Association Law School Scholarships
The Alaska Bar Association offers law school scholarships to current 1st or 2nd year law students who demonstrate ties to Alaska, and an intent to return to Alaska within two years of graduation.

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. Additionally, applicants are evaluated based on documented financial need, demonstrated community service, academic achievement, and a writing sample.

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.

Han C. Choi Scholarship
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Law Foundation has partnered with the Choi Family to create the Han C. Choi Scholarship, to honor a NAPABA Trailblazer, mentor and leader, who embodies grit and courage in the face of great adversity.  The Scholarship Fund will benefit a 1L or 2L law student who exhibits academic excellence, leadership, volunteerism, mentorship experience, and demonstrates an interest in AAPI civic issues.

Goodwin Diversity Fellowship L1
The Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowships provide first-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with awards to help cover expenses while working in a public interest law position during the summer after their first year of law school.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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