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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
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
The Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship 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 (2015). December
Avvo Scholarship JD Law Students will have the opportunity to win a $10,000 scholarship and be admitted to the newly-created Avvo Scholars Circle, Class of 2015. The JD Law Student Scholarship is open to students enrolled in any accredited JD law program in the US during the Fall 2014 / Spring 2015 school year. January
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Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration
Outstanding paper by a Law Student: $250 Contest Question: "The Affordable Care Act (ACA) enacted into law in 2010 attempts to improve the access of Americans to improved quality health care, while controlling the nation’s escalating health care expenditures. As the ACA gets further implemented in 2014, discuss opportunities and challenges this law presents for constructive, innovative collaboration between the legal and medical professions in contributing to the quest for a more affordable and accessible high quality health care system." Paper is to be b/t 1,200 and 5,000 words and not previously published. See flyer for details January 2
Dolores Zohrab Liebman Fellowship The "Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund" supports graduate students who show "outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study." The University of Washington is one of the institutions selected to submit three nominees for this national fellowship. Award In 2015-16 the fellowship provides an $18,000 stipend plus tuition. It is an annual award that may be renewed for a total of three years. Qualifications To apply, a student must: be a UW doctoral or professional student currently enrolled in a field of study that may include any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture, or other formal professional training). The selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors; have received a baccalaureate degree and have an outstanding undergraduate record; show financial need (i.e., must have a FAFSA on file with the University of Washington Office of Student Financial Aid--if you don't already have one on file for this year you should file one immediately); be a citizen of the United States; must conduct studies and research in the United States. January
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Grammy Foundation 17th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
ELI writing competition with one (1) $5,000 and four (4) $1,500 scholarships awarded. The writing contest challenges students to identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry. A national panel of music law experts will judge the papers in a blind process and select five finalists. The scholarship is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association (ABA). The winning essays will be published by the GRAMMY Foundation, the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and a major law review or journal. Winners also receive a Grammy Awards Show ticket and are flown to LA for the ELI Luncheon with top entertainment attorneys. January
Asian Heritage Law School Scholarship The Asian Heritage Law Scholarship is open to any student who will be attending law school this spring. Candidates are asked to write a short essay describing how their background and experiences in the Asian American community influenced their choice to go to law school and how they plan to use their law degree. January
ABA Forum on Construction Law Law Student Writing Competition The ABA Forum on Construction Law is accepting articles for its Law Student Writing Competition. The deadline for the writing submission is January 15. This competition is open to all law students in good standing and attending an ABA-accredited law school during 2014. Students may submit articles on a wide array of topics related to construction law. Articles should reflect the style of articles published in either the forum’s The Construction Lawyer magazine or the Under Construction newsletter. The forum has presented these awards annually since 2010. Senior ABA Forum on Construction Law members will judge the submissions, which will be selected based on creativity, clarity and precision of writing, strength of argument, novelty and timeliness of subject, and quality of research. Winners will receive $2,000, travel expenses and registration for the forum’s 2015 Annual Meeting, plaque, a one-year membership in the forum and recognition in the forum’s newsletter, Under Construction and on the website; in addition to the opportunity to be published in one of the forum’s two publications, Under Construction or The Construction Lawyer. Other finalists will be recognized with a plaque and in forum publications. Winners will be announced and notified in March. Forum Chair Steven Lesser will present the awards at its 2015 Annual Meeting, April 16-18 in Boca Raton, Fla. January
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Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law
The Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law is an annual law student writing competition that honors the memory of Louis Jackson, a founding partner in Jackson Lewis LLP. The Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition honors the memory of Louis Jackson, who provided inspiration, guidance, friendship and good humor for 39 years to all associated with Jackson Lewis. The competition is administered by IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Workplace, a national center for research, training dialogue and reflection on the law that governs the workplace. January
Russell & Lazarus Safety Scholarship This $2,000 safety scholarship will be awarded to a law student submitting the best 750+ word essay on "How Lawyers Make the World a Safer Place". The sum will be awarded in March 2015. February
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AVMA Animal Law Writing Contest
The American Veterinary Medical Association, American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers' Association and Animal Health Institute offer law students an opportunity to engage in a scholarly discussion and debate of legal issues related to animals and animal law. Entries must contain original work done exclusively by a single author. No paper that has been previously published in any form shall be considered. One $2500 cash prize and one $1000 cash prize. February
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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
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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
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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
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
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William L. Dwyer Jury Project Award writing competition
Open to UW Law 2L/3L only. First prize this year is $2,500. A second prize of $500 may also be awarded. The winning paper may also be published in the Federal Bar News. To enter, write a paper on the American jury system. Polish and submit a paper you are already writing for a class, or write a paper specifically for the competition. The paper can be a traditional law-reviewstyle article, an essay or magazine-style article, an empirical analysis (e.g., of jury composition or awards in one or more jurisdictions or types of cases), etc. Deadline for submissions: April 20, 2015 April
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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
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
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
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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

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