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The following awards require separate application materials. Restrictions, award amounts and application requirements are listed below. Unless otherwise indicated, applications open on the 1st of the month specified and close on the last day of the month. Application materials can be submitted by email to .

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is to encourage and enable students who would not otherwise have the financial ability to attend law school. Recipients are selected based on their qualifications for the scholarship. Twenty awards will be made to entering first-year students and may be renewable for two additional years. The application can be downloaded at: http://www.ambar.org/DiversityScholarship. Completed scholarship applications must be received not postmarked no later than March 2.

  • Restrictions: Incoming 1Ls
  • Award: $5,000
  • Application: Applications are now being accepted.
  • Deadline: March

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)

The mission of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) is to provide the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law. One or more scholarships will be awarded to UW law student(s) that have a demonstrated interest and commitment to pursue a career in family law. When applications are open, applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter describing their demonstrated interest and commitment to pursuing a career in family law; (2) resume; and (3) an unofficial transcript to William H. Gates Hall Room 231 (Office of Admissions & Financial Aid) or via email to: lawadm@uw.edu.

  • Opens: December
  • Restrictions: Demonstrated interest to pursue a career in family law
  • Award: $2,000
  • Application: Applications are now closed.
  • Deadline: January

Charles Z. Smith Scholarship

The Charles Z. Smith Scholarship honors Washington State Supreme Court Justice Charles Z. Smith for his commitment to promoting diversity for all people of color in the legal profession. Establishment of this scholarship recognizes that people of color, particularly African-Americans, are underrepresented in the legal profession and recognizes the pivotal role that effective legal advocacy plays in protecting the rights of minorities both individually and collectively. The recipient(s) will receive $500 to be applied towards their next quarter’s tuition and fees.

  • Opens: December
  • Restrictions: Incoming 1Ls
  • Award: $500
  • Application: To apply, applicants: (1) must be a student of color admitted to the UW School of Law; (2) must submit 2 letters of recommendation reflecting the applicant’s demonstrated involvement with and commitment to servicing one or more of the ethnic specific communities. The letters of recommendation must disclose the applicant’s relationship to the recommending party and include an appraisal of the applicant’s commitment to the goal of the scholarship; (3) must have financial ned (as determined by OSFA) (4) must submit a personal statement describing the applicant’s demonstrated commitment and ties to the minority community. This personal statement should not exceed 2 type-written double-spaced pages.
  • Deadline: February

Mary Ellen Krug Labor and Employment Law Scholarship

The Mary Ellen Krug Scholarship honors the memory of one of our most outstanding graduates. Ms. Krug’s character and success are indicated by her selection in 1984 as a Distinguished Alumna of the School of Law, her election as chair of the Labor Law Section of the American Bar Association and the inclusion of her name in her firm’s title: Schweppe, Krug and Tausend. An award will be made to the student or students who have demonstrated both an interest and proficiency in the fields of labor and employment law and related subjects. When applications are open, applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter explaining the applicant's qualifications; (2) resume; and (3) two letters of recommendation (preferably faculty members) to William H. Gates Hall Room 231 (Office of Admissions & Financial Aid) or in the alternative to: lawadm@uw.edu no later than the deadline date.

  • Opens: March
  • Restrictions: 3Ls
  • Award: $5,000-$8,000
  • Application: Applications are now closed.
  • Deadline: April

McKinley Irvin Family Law Scholarship

The McKinley Irvin Family Law Scholarship will be awarded each year to a UW law student with an interest in the field of family law. McKinley Irvin is the largest law firm in the Pacific Northwest focusing exclusively on divorce and family law. McKinley Irvin has protected the rights and responsibilities of families since 1991—handling all family attorney practice areas, as well as complex cases including high asset divorce, child custody and international family law matters.

  • Opens: October
  • Restrictions: Current 2L or 3L students only
  • Award: $2,500
  • Application: To apply, applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter explaining the applicant's interest in the practice of family law and (2) their resume to William H. Gates Hall Room 231 (Office of Admissions & Financial Aid) or via email to: lawadm@uw.edu by February 1, 2015 at 5PM PST.
  • Deadline: February

Ralph W. Johnson American Indian Law Scholarship

The Law School’s Native American Law Center was founded to carry on and expand the work of Professor Ralph W. Johnson. For forty-four years, Professor Johnson taught thousands of students at the UW Law School and provided direct assistance to the tribes in Washington State and across the nation. Professor Johnson's scholarly work in the field of Indian Law is nationally known, his writings have been cited more than 300 times by the United States Supreme Court as well as by lower federal and state court judges. He was the first professor in the United States to teach a class in federal Indian law. It was in honor for Professor Johnson that his wife, Anne Johnson, established this scholarship for students with a demonstrated interest in studying and practicing American Indian law.

  • Opens: October
  • Restrictions: Current students
  • Award: $2,500
  • Application: To apply, applicants must submit the following: (1) Documentation of your tribal affiliation and/or descent; (2) A personal statement (no more than 700 words) describing your commitment and ties to the Native American community; and (3) One letter of recommendation describing and appraising your involvement in the Native American community and dedication to principles that further the interests of the community. The letter must be in a sealed envelope and can be delivered to the Office of Admissions & Financial, Room 231 by February 1, 2015 at 5PM PST.
  • Deadline: February

Seed IP Law Group Founders Scholarship

Each year since 2002, the Seattle firm of Seed Intellectual Property Law has made an annual award to a promising student concentrating in IP law. In 2007, the firm made a new five-year commitment to provide $6,000 annually. This fund commemorates the contribution of the firm's founders, Richard Seed and Ben Berry, to excellence in Intellectual Property legal work.

  • Opens: November
  • Restrictions: Applicant must be enrolled at the UW School of Law in the IP concentration track; demonstrated excellence in the IP legal program. The student must be a 2L, 3L, or LL.M. student
  • Award: $6,000
  • Application: To apply, applicants must submit the following: (1) Statement of Interest (limited to no more than 500 words); (2) UW School of Law transcript; (3) Résumé; and (4) 1 sealed letter of recommendation (to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid, Room 231) by February 1, 2015 at 5PM PST.
  • Deadline: February

Stokes Lawrence 1L Diversity Scholarship

One scholarship in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded to each of the three law schools in the State of Washington. The Scholarship is open to all first-year law students of diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated promise for a successful career in law and are committed to community involvement. When applications are open, applicants must submit: (1) a current resume; and (2) a personal essay, of no more than 1000 words, providing a description of his/her thoughts on diversity and/or how diversity has played a role so far in his/her life, and a description of his/her community involvement. All submissions must be received by the deadline date in Room 231, Office of Admissions & Financial Aid, or via e-mail at lawadm@uw.edu.

  • Opens: March
  • Restrictions: 1Ls
  • Award: $1,500
  • Application: Applications are now closed.
  • Deadline: April

Washington Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (WACC) Diversity Scholarship

The WACC Diversity Scholarship provides financial assistance to law students who promote diversity in the legal profession in Washington State. The scholarship helps increase diversity in the legal profession; reflects the diverse communities in which we live; and ultimately benefits the legal community in general and the Washington ACC chapter. When applications are open, applicants must submit: (1) a resume; (2) a one-page statement describing your professional goals (including, if applicable, interest in business and/or corporate legal practice) and provide examples of their commitment to increase diversity within the legal profession; and (3) the scholarship form which may be requested by emailing lawadm@uw.edu.

  • Opens: September
  • Restrictions: Demonstrated interest in business/corporate legal practice
  • Award: $2,500
  • Application: Applications are now closed.
  • Deadline: October