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Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund The MALDEF Scholarship Program awards scholarships to Latino law school students based upon: demonstrated involvement in and commitment to serve the Latino community through the legal profession; academic and professional achievement; and financial need. January
Pride Foundation Pride Foundation provides educational scholarships to current and future lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight-ally leaders and role models from Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington. January
Davis Wright Tremaine Diversity Scholarships A paid summer clerkship and $7,500 for the student’s second-year tuition and expenses. January
American Indian Law Review Writing Competition The AILR is pleased to announce its annual writing competition for 2013-14. AILR has proudly served the Native community for over forty years, and encourages your students to participate in its prestigious writing competition. For additional details, please visit their website at: www.ailr.net/writecomp. Submission deadline is January 31, 2014 at 6:00PM ET. January
Arc of Washington The Arc of Washington State has two programs offering financial support, one for students seeking to enter the field of developmental disabilities and the other is for researchers. February
Hawai‘i Community Foundation Hawai‘i Community Foundation's scholarship program consists of over 150 different scholarship funds established by generous individuals, families, businesses or organizations to assist Hawai‘i's residents in obtaining a college education. March
American Foundation for the Blind Most of AFB's scholarships are designated for specific fields of study. March
National Federation of the Blind To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty merit-based, national-level scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. All scholarships awarded are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. March
DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program open to incoming second and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students. Incoming second and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Incoming second and third-year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender are eligible to apply. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Law School or Law Student members of AAJ or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships. To qualify for this scholarship, candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration who have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant’s law school. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement in Principle. Two (2) scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to successful applicants. Recipients’ of the scholarships are announced at the DRI Diversity for Success Seminar. March
Iranian American Bar Association Law Student Scholarship If you would like to apply for the IABA Scholarship, please submit the following materials to scholarship@iabafoundation.org by the application deadline: (1) a resume detailing your education and work and community experience; (2) official law school and college transcripts; (3) a brief statement articulating why you chose to attend law school, why you would like to become an attorney, and how you believe you will make a difference as an attorney on issues of concern and interest to the Iranian-American community; and (4) this application. March
Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS: The Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Award is presented annually at the Berks County Bar Association Law Day Event. It is given to help fund a deserving Berks County, Pennsylvania, resident embarking on his or her second year at an accredited Law School. April
Federal Circuit Bar Association The Association offers two different categories of scholarships: “Judicial” and “Founders.” April
Environmental Law Institute - Student Writing Competition The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) would like to remind you about the April 7, 2014 deadline for the 2013-14 Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition. The winner will receive a $2000 cash prize, an offer of publication in ELI’s flagship journal, the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR), and a one-year individual membership to ELI. April
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) CHCI's scholarship opportunities are afforded to Latino students in the United States who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. April
Little People of America (LPA) (Medical grants, College and post-graduate educational and vocational grants, First time national conference attendance assistance grants, Adoption assistance grants.) April
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WSBA Tax Section Scholarship
Each year, the Tax Section awards a scholarship to an individual planning to attend a tax LL.M. program who appears likely to become an active member of the Washington State Tax Bar. April
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South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW) - Public Interest Scholarships and Law Student Stipends
Public Interest Scholarships for Summer/Fall 2014 offered by SABAW A $4,000 scholarship will be awarded to a law student working on a discrete public interest project or doing a summer/fall 2014 public interest internship. Applicants must show either that they have contributed to the South Asian community, or that the project is connected to South Asia or the South Asian community in Washington. All applications will require an essay of no more than 500 words to show suitability to criterion, resume, and any other materials the applicant deems relevant. Applications should be sent electronically to Mudit Kakar (kakar.mudit@dorsey.com) and received by April 30, 2014. The scholarship recipient will be expected to attend the annual SABAW reception, to be held in the fall. Scholarship recipients at the banquet will be a guest of SABAW. Additional banquet tickets can be purchased from SABAW directly. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Law Student Stipend offered by SABAW Awarded to a current law student based on a totality of factors, including but not limited to: contribution to the South Asia community in Washington, need, academic excellence and community involvement - $1,000. All applications will require an essay of no more than 300 words to show suitability to criterion, resume, and any other materials the applicant deems relevant. Applications should be sent electronically to Mudit Kakar (kakar.mudit@dorsey.com) and received by April 30, 2014. Scholarship recipient is expected to attend the annual SABAW banquet, to be held in the fall. Scholarship recipient at the banquet will be a guest of SABAW. Additional banquet tickets can be purchased from SABAW directly. April
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Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship - PDF
HCBF is offering their annual Bar Foundation Scholarship. To be eligible, applicants must submit: (1) scholarship application; (2) proof of Hudson County residency; (3) official transcript(s); (4) personal statement; (5) financial aid confirmation letter; (6) 1040 tax form; and (7) letter of recommendation. The website includes last year's application (same as this year's), or you can download it here or email lawadm@uw.edu and request an electronic copy. April
Mike Eidson Scholarship - PDF The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it. The Scholarship, traditionally given in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. The application deadline is May 1, 2014 and the Scholarship will be awarded at the AAJ Annual Convention, which will take place this year on July 27, 2014 in Baltimore. May
National Association of Women Lawyers - Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law. Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2013-14 school year. The essays must be the law student author's own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the Summer, Fall or Spring semesters are eligible for submission. Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project. FORMAT: Essays must be double-spaced in 12-point font, Times New Roman font type. All margins must be at least one inch. Entries must not exceed fifteen (15) pages of text, excluding notes, with footnotes placed as endnotes. Citation style should conform to The Bluebook - A Uniform System of Citation. Essays longer than 15 pages of text, excluding notes, or which are not in the required format may not be read. Email questions to Professor Jennifer Martin at jmartin@stu.eduEntries must be received by May 1, 2014. Entries received after the deadline will be considered only at the discretion of NAWL. Entries must provide a cover letter providing the title of your essay, school affiliation, email address, phone number and mailing address. Entries must be submitted in the following format: email an electronic version (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) to jmartin@stu.edu. AWARD: The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in NAWL's Women Lawyers Journal in Fall 2014. May
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American Society for Pharmacy Law - Fink Family Scholarship
The American Society for Pharmacy Law (“ASPL”) is pleased to announce the Fink Family Scholarship established by Joseph L. Fink III and his family. The purpose of the Scholarship is to support a pharmacist who: (1) is attending law school; (2) demonstrates academic, professional, or service-related achievement; and (3) is most likely to use a law degree to further such achievement and to contribute to the benefit of society. The $5,000 scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable award and will be administered by ASPL. The scholarship award will be payable to the institution where the student is enrolled. The recipient will also receive a one year complimentary student membership in ASPL. Eligibility • The applicant must be a graduate of an ACPE-accredited entry level pharmacy degree program in the U.S. and licensed as a pharmacist in a U.S. jurisdiction. • The applicant must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school to pursue the JD degree. • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen who successfully completed the first year and the first semester of the second year of law school. • If chosen as a recipient of the Scholarship, the individual must be enrolled in the third year of law school as a condition for the funds to be paid to the law school. Selection Criteria The selection process includes review of: • Academic transcripts from pharmacy and law school. • LSAT scores. • A legal writing sample of the applicant’s choice. • Letter of reference from a law school professor. • A brief essay (maximum two, double-spaced pages) describing how the applicant intends to apply the dual background and preparation being pursued. • ASPL may require additional information as part of the application process as it deems necessary to select a recipient who best meets the purposes of the Scholarship. • Preference is given to students who have made the commitment to full-time study by being enrolled on a full-time basis in a “day” program requiring three years for completion of the degree. Those in “evening” programs requiring four years for completion may apply but will not enjoy the same preference. • Financial need is not a criterion. Deadline for submission of an application is May 1, 2014. The recipient of the Scholarship will be notified no later than July 15, 2014. All required information is to be submitted to: American Society for Pharmacy Law Education and Scholarship Committee 3085 Stevenson Drive, Suite 200 Springfield, IL 62703 Or by email to info@aspl.org May
LSAC Diversity Committee Writing Competition The three winners (1L, 2L and 3-4L) will be eligible for cash prizes of $5000.00. Submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Please see the attached flyer for all details. May
Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship Michigan Auto Law is pleased to sponsor an annual Scholarship Program to provide financial support to students who contribute to the diversity of the law school student body as they pursue their legal career. Our annual scholarship is $2,000 and will be awarded in 2014. May
Minority Corporate Counsel Association Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program 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. MCCA, on an annual basis and at its discretion, may award additional monies to scholarship recipients for their second and third year of law school. Eligibility requirements and awards are at the sole discretion of MCCA and are not guaranteed. May
Frank H. Lang Merit Scholarship - PDF Lang, Richert & Patch is happy to announce the Frank H. Lang Merit Scholarship. Awarded annually, the Scholarship is a grant of $1,000.00 toward tuition and based on merit. Contact scholarshp@lrplaw.net with questions. May
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Philip L. Burton Memorial Scholarship - PDF
The Loren Miller Bar Foundation provides the Philip L. Burton Memorial Scholarship to deserving third-year law students of African/African-American descent and/or law students who possess a demonstrated commitment to improving the African-American community. The scholarship funds are provided expressly to offset the recipient’s Washington State Bar Exam preparation course expenses. May
Trusp Young Lawyers Scholarship $1000 awarded. To apply for the Trusp Legal Young Lawyers Scholarship, please submit an essay no less than 500 words about the importance of employment law in America. We are looking for creativity, background research and most of all, passion. July 1 –May 15 2014 The winner will be notified on July 1, 2014 May
Appelman Law Firm 2014 Criminal Defense Law Scholarship $1000 scholarship award! Student must have a criminal record. Application materials include: A completed application An official copy of a current academic transcript Copy of a police report regarding your criminal record (this information will be held in confidence) An essay of not more than three pages describing your crime, punishment, and how you have changed or overcame your past and what you intend to do in the future as an attorney May
The GP LSAT Prep - Scholarship Unrestricted merit and need based grants of up to $1,000 availble to students currently enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian Law School (1L, 2L, or 3L). More information is available on their website; under the MORE tab, select 'Scholarships.' June
Dwyer Williams Potter Attorneys LLP Scholarship for Oregon University grads Dwyer Williams Potter Attorneys LLP is pleased to offer a $1,000 scholarship to students entering law school in the fall of 2014. The scholarship is available to students graduating from an Oregon University, who have been accepted to an accredited law school anywhere in the United States. The funding is intended to help defray first-year expenses. July
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Davis Levin Livingston Firm Law School Scholarship
$3,000 scholarship to be used for law school tuition and expenses. Eligibility: US Citizen or authorized to work in the US; recipient will be attending law school in the fall of the same year following application; undergraduate minimum 3.0 GPA. July
The Theodore Tannenwald Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers. The Competition is open to (i) law students, undergraduate (J.D.) or graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D.), enrolled full or part-time in a U.S. law school during the 2013 14 academic year; and (ii) other students enrolled during such academic year in a U.S. law school tax course as part of an MBA or other non-law degree program. Submitted papers must focus primarily upon technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed U.S. federal or state tax or U.S. federal or state taxation system (including topics relating to tax practice ethical and professional responsibility matters). July
The Future Leaders Scholarship 2014 from the Brett Murphy Law Firm Scholarship applicants should go to our website at http://www.washingtoninjury.com/library/future-leaders-scholarship to learn more about this scholarship and its requirements, and to access the scholarship application form. Brett Murphy will be accepting applications until July 15, 2014, and will notify the recipient on or about August 15, 2014. July
The Brett Murphy Law Firm Fiture Leaders Scholarship The Brett Murphy Law Firm is offering an annual $2000 scholarship, called The Future Leaders Scholarship 2014, for law students who are working towards a Juris Doctorate Degree and who have an interest in personal injury law. July
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Appel Law Firm LLP Auto Accident Survivor Scholarship
$1,000 scholarship to a student affected by an auto accident. Appel Law Firm, LLP is a Bay Area personal injury and workers compensation firm. To be eligible for the scholarship an applicant needs to be in good academic standing, a U.S. Citizen and submit a 1-3 page essay about how an auto accident affected their life. July
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US Court of Federal Claims Bar Association Law Student Writing Competition
Any law student in good standing currently enrolled at an ABA accredited law school may enter the competition. Students are permitted to use as their entries (i) papers that they prepared specifically for the competition, or (ii) papers that they prepared for law school courses and seminars during the 2013-2014 academic year. One prize of $2,000 will be awarded. July
Console & Hollawell $1,000 Legal Leaders Scholarship The Console & Hollawell $1,000 Legal Leaders Scholarship is open to high school seniors, college students, and law students. Deadline is 8/15/2014 August
George V. Powell Diversity Scholarship program The George V. Powell Scholar will be a summer associate in the Firm’s Seattle or Portland office and receive a $7,500 scholarship toward tuition and expenses during the student’s third year of law school. October
Oregon Student Assistance Commission Several scholarship opportunities. November
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) Sealaska Heritage Institute provides scholarships to Alaska Natives who are Sealaska Shareholders and Descendants for college, university, and vocational and technical schools. March

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