UW School of Law > Students > Financial Aid > Scholarships, Awards, and Writing Contests
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
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
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
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
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
Promising Leaders of Tacoma Scholarship We are offering one $1,000 scholarship to help a student interested in the legal field (or a similar field) further his or her aspirations. This scholarship is open to any high school or college student pursuing a higher education. He or she simply must be enrolled at a two-year to four-year institute for the upcoming school year. A minimum GPA is not required. To apply, create a short (30-120 second) video about why you are interested in law, what your dreams and goals are, and how this scholarship will help you achieve your goals. Upload your video to YouTube, then share it. The website says that students should be from Tacoma or in undergrad, however a clairfying email from the scholarship board confirmed that this scholarship is open to our UW Law students. February
Bell Law Group Wheelchari Disability Scholarship At Bell Law Group, we’ve seen first-hand how limited mobility can be a major challenge in workplaces as well as academic settings. We’ve created this scholarship to help raise awareness about mobility issues and help to educate employers and employees alike on the importance of reasonable accommodations. •Applicant is currently enrolled at or accepted to a law school in the U.S. •Applicant is permanently confined to a wheelchair. •Applicant is willing to share his or her story with the general public. If applicant wishes to remain anonymous, all effort will be made to withhold the applicant’s identity and protect his or her anonymity. February
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
American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship grants 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial assistance over the course of their three years in law school. During his term as ABA President, William G. Paul initiated the scholarship to encourage racially and ethnically diverse students to apply to and attend law school. Since its inception, 200 students from across the country have received the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship. These exceptional recipients have overcome adversity, proven themselves through academic success and public service, and demonstrated the tenacity to excel within the profession. March
Bloomberg Law Write-On Competition Submit an original article that analyzes trends or developments in the law. Five winning articles will be selected for publication as BNA Insights in one of the following current awareness publications: Corporate Law & Accountability Report SM; BNA’s Employment Discrimination Report™; BNA’s Health Law Reporter™; BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal ®; or U.S. Law Week ®. REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 25, 2015!Must be a current law school student to participate. Final article submissions must be received no later than March 11, 2015 March
Louis Tertocha Fashion Law Writing Competition Contest opens September 15, 2014. The Fashion Law Writing Competition is open to students in good standing in an ABA-approved law school during the Fall 2014 through Spring 2015 terms. Essays must discuss a legal issue in the Fashion Industry. There will be at most one grand prize winning essay. The author of the grand prize winning entry will be recognized by EASL and have its work published on the EASL website and/or in newsletters, and may receive other prizes TBA. March
American Association of Law Libraries Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition The purpose of the competition is to encourage scholarship in the areas of legal history, rare law books, and legal archives, and to acquaint students with the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and law librarianship. Essays may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives. The competition is open to students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, and related fields. Both full- and part-time students are eligible. Membership in AALL is not required. The winner will receive a $500.00 prize from Gale Cengage Learning and up to $1,000 for expenses associated with attendance at the AALL Annual Meeting.The runner-up will have the opportunity to publish the second-place essay in LHRB's online scholarly journal "Unbound: An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books." March
Babcock Partners Law Student Scholarship The Babcock Partners Law Student Scholarship is part of Babcock Partners commitment to helping those who demonstrate high academic achievement, exceptional leadership qualities and involvement with community service defray the costs of obtaining their legal education. March
New! -
Tillman Scholars program for military members
Founded in 2008, the Tillman Scholars program supports our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses by investing in their higher education. The scholarship covers educational expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living expenses. But scholars receive much more than just funding. Our program unites the best talent and leadership in the military to make a significant impact in the fields of medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts. March
Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Fund For graduates of Berks County, Pennsylvania highschools who are entering their second year at an accredited law school. The Berks County Community Foundation is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to develop, manage and distribute funding to meet existing and emerging community needs. Through permanent endowments created from charitable gifts, the Community Foundation makes grants from the earnings of the endowment. By keeping the principal balance of the funds intact and spending only earnings, the Community Foundation ensures a lasting and stable vehicle for the support and development of Berks County. April
New! -
Abe Osheroff and Gunnel Clark Endowed Human Rights Fund for Students
The Osheroff and Clark fund provides financial resources for undergraduate and graduate students to support human rights projects that promote social change through direct action. In 2015, we anticipate having approximately $4000 available to distribute; the entire amount may be issued in a single award or split between multiple awardees. The number of awards and amounts will vary depending on the number and quality of applications. All undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Washington (Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma) are eligible to apply. All hands-on human rights projects aiming to achieve real-world impact — in other words, to improve human rights — are eligible, whether the work is to be carried out in the United States or elsewhere in the world. In keeping with Abe’s and Gunnel’s belief that accountability begins at home, priority will be given to projects that speak to the particular roles and responsibilities of our own institutions (including government, private sector entities, and the university itself) in human rights. April
New! -
Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation Law Scholarship
The FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship application window is now open and available to law students entering their second and third years of study in the fall of 2015. Law students must be attending an accredited law school in the United States. One-time competitive awards are available ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 and are based on the applicant's financial need, demonstration of merit, and interest in communications law practice. Applicant Selection: 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 April
New! -
The DISH® “Best in Class” eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition
For the 2015 competition, submissions must address the following topic: Courts are increasingly expecting "transparency" and "cooperation" among counsel during the discovery phase in civil litigation although we still expect lawyers to be advocates who are bound by strict confidentiality parameters regarding the secrecy of client confidences and work product protected by privilege. Identify the issues that you see impacted by these competing policy interests and provide your analysis and suggestions on how lawyers should navigate the civil discovery process to address these concerns. The judges are looking for creativity and support for arguments as well as excellent writing and reasoning. The grand prize is $3,500 for the winning student. April
New! -
National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Writing Competition
The National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees has established an annual student writing competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning consumer bankruptcy and the law. April
New! -
Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
1899, NAWL has served as an educational forum and active voice for the concerns of women lawyers in this country and abroad. Through its programs and networks, NAWL provides the tools for women in the profession to advance, prosper, and enrich the profession. NAWL has established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law. Cash prize of $500. May 1
Moses and Rooth Legal Scholarship Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law, a Criminal Defense Law Firm located in Orlando, Florida is offering a $1,000 scholarship to one incoming 1L or currently enrolled Law Student. Scholarship is offered for the Fall 2015 Academic Semester. Essay Topic: How do you see social media affecting the practice of law? May
IADC Legal Writing Contest All J.D. candidates currently enrolled in accredited law schools are eligible to participate in the IADC Legal Writing Contest. Entrants must write on subjects in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense, or management of the defense of civil litigation. The contest is judged by a committee of the IADC. $2,000 top prize. May
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition 2014-2015 This competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the US. Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. For further instructions and complete rules, please visit their website. May
Zehl & Associates Accident Survivor Law School Scholarship Amount: $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an applicant exclusively for law school tuition and related expenses. Candidates: For a law student attending (or accepted and planning to attend) an accredited law school and has either personally was the victim of or has a family member who was the victim of a major accident. May
Thompson Law Firm DUI Victim Scholarship Financial Assistance to DUI Victims in the form of two Scholarships - two scholarships for financial assistance to survivors of accidents caused by a DUI driver (driver under the influence of either drugs or alcohol - or both at the same time) - $1,000 financial aid to one Law Student and $1,000 financial aid to one University Student. As part of our commitment to helping those who were injured by a DUI driver (convicted of a DUI for that accident), Thompson Law Firm, LLC is pleased to announce the creation of two new Scholarship offers: one is for law students currently enrolled or accepted to an accredited law school and the other will go to a student currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a private or state university. May
New! -
Cohen, Placitella, Roth Scholarship
This scholarship is intended to help students who are seeking a future career in law. Scholarship is a one-time award of $2,500. Applications judged primarily on basis of need but does not exclude achievement standards. Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters and/or resumes to substantiate their applications. May
Buckfire & Buckfire, PC Law Student Diversity Scholarship $2,000 scholarship for a law student. Eligibility: Recipient is a member of an ethnic, racial or other minority, or any individual who demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.  Recipient is a U.S. citizen currently attending an accredited law school within the United States.  Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited law school. May
Kraut Law Group Aspiring Attorney Scholarship One-time $500 scholarship for students seeking a law-oriented degree. Fill out the application at the link and submit you official college transcript. Resume and LORs are recommended but not required. May
Ladah Law Firm Injury Scholarship This scholarship is a one time award of $2,000 and will be presented in the fall semester of 2015. This Scholarship will be judged & awarded on merit and need. Applicants will be required to demonstrate: 1. How an injury you or someone close to you experienced has impacted your life. 2. How your experience with an injury or an accident has contributed to your desire & motivation to become an attorney. 3. Personal commitment to working with, helping or caring for those affected by injuries and accidents? These personal injuries or accidents can be from (but not limited to) car accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip & falls, dangerous property or work conditions, etc. To be considered, the injuries sustained should not be self inflicted or by injured person’s own fault. May
Harris Personal Injury Lawyers Scholarship Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. understands the difficult process of recovery after you’ve been seriously injured. We are offering a scholarship for college students who have suffered a serious injury, and are committed to demonstrating a determination to rebuild their lives by attending college. The scholarship deadline is May 31, 2015, and $1,000 will be awarded to the winning applicant for the 2015 Fall semester. Please apply below and attach a letter about your injury experience, including such things as: 1.How has your injury or accident affected your education? 2.How has overcoming your injury or accident prepared you to meet the challenges of higher learning? 3.How will college attendance demonstrate your determination to rebuild your life, following your injury? May
2015 Michigan Workers Comp Law Scholarship Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers are pleased to offer our first annual scholarship for law school students who are actively pursuing a law degree. The law offices of Alex Berman PC are proud to support future lawyers with the launch of our first annual scholarship to assist students with law school expenses. Workers’ compensation is an important benefit for employees injured on the job, yet each state’s laws vary significantly on levels of coverage. Our attorneys continually champion to protect employee rights and encourage law students to learn more about the field of workers’ compensation law. Our scholarship is open to all 1L, 2L and 3L law students. Our annual scholarship of $500 will be awarded to one applicant in 2015. June
The American College of Employee Benefits Council Employee Benefits Writing Prize OPEN TO: Any J.D. and graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D.) law students enrolled at any time between August 14, 2014 and August 15, 2015. SUBMIT BY: June 30, 2015 UP TO TWO PRIZES: ACEBC Award $1,500 Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award $1,500 Winners will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner on September 19, 2015 in Chicago, IL. They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by Bloomberg BNA Books. If deemed suitable by the editors, one or more of the winning papers will be published by the Bloomberg BNA Pension and Benefits Reporter, the Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal or another employee benefits publication. The winning papers will also be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, experienced attorneys who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field in a wide range of practice settings including law and consulting firms, universities, labor unions, advocacy organizations and government agencies throughout the United States. For information concerning the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, contact Brian Dougherty at bdougherty@morganlewis.com or consult the website at www.acebc.com. June 30
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
Law Office of Steven Fritsch Scholarship The $1,000 scholarship will partially defray first-year expenses for a student who has been accepted into an accredited law school in California or anywhere in the United States for enrollment in the fall of 2015. “Many of our clients are focused on pursuing their education, when re-establishing themselves after a divorce or custody case,” said Steven Fritsch, founder, Law Office of Steven Fritsch. “Our scholarship is designed to support a student who has experienced the impact of marital dissolution and is inspired to secure a brighter future for her or his clients,” added Fritsch, who is a family law attorney in practice for more than 12 years. July
John J. Sheehan: Vision Zero Auto Accident Prevention Scholarship for Law Students To be eligible for the scholarship an applicant needs to be in good academic standing, write a short essay, complete the application, submit a safe driving record and be attending (or planning to attend) an accredited law school. The selected applicant will receive a $1000 check made out to their law school for use for tuition, books, or other educational expenses. July
Law Firm Marketing Ideas Scholarship This scholarship is open to all students attending an ABA accredited program in the United States. Write a 1-3 page essay that responds to the prompt: what is your great law firm marketing challenge? See the website for details and instructions July
Yanez & Associates Annual Family Law Scholarship Essay The essay contest is open to all current law students and prospective law students awaiting admission. There will be two winners. First place: $2,000.00 and second place: $1,000.00. The goal of the scholarship is to motivate students to pursue a career in family law. For details on how to submit your essay, please visit our website. August
Baumgartner Law Firm – Law Student Scholarship In order to apply, applicant must be enrolled at an accredited law school in (If you have applied to law school and have not yet been accepted, you may apply but the scholarship will only be awarded to someone accepted and enrolled at an accredited Law School at the time of scholarship selection.) This scholarship will be awarded based on need and commitment to helping others. AMOUNT: A one time award of $3,000.00 will be awarded to one winner to be used for tuition, books and law school expenses. August
Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship Application The Pearce Law Firm in Philadelphia is pleased to offer The Pearce Law Firm – Empowering Women In Law Scholarship. This scholarship opportunity is open to women nationwide who are currently attending a law school in the United States. This scholarship is intended to encourage & support outstanding achievement & leadership by example from women in the field of law. This award will be presented to a current female law student for the following academic year in the amount of $2,000.00 & will be paid at the beginning of the fall semester (2016). - See more at: http://thepearcelawfirm.com/empowering-scholarship-2015#sthash.ZzwjLp2L.dpuf December
New! -
The Expert Institute Legal Blog Post Writing Contest
To participate, submit a 1,000 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation through our online submission portal at the bottom of this page by December 31, 2015. If your article wins, you will receive a $1000 cash prize, and your article will be published on The Expert Institute’s blog and distributed in our weekly newsletter, where it will be read by thousands of practicing attorneys. December

Free Scholarship Search Engines