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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
The National Academy of Social Insurance Writing Award Competition The First Annual Law Student Writing Award will be given to the best paper or article in the social insurance field completed between January 1, 2013, and September 14, 2014. The award will be presented at NASI’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., in January 28-29, 2015. The winner will receive a $2,500 honorarium and the opportunity to participate in the conference with expenses paid. September
Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington public interest scholarship - PDF The MELAW will award a $1,000 public interest scholarship to a WA student who has, is, or is planning on pursuing a public interest project that benefits the Middle Eastern community of Washington. Please use the attached form to apply. September
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Asian Bar Association of Washington Student Scholarship Foundation - PDF
ABAWSSF will award 4 scholarships with a fifth scholarship on behalf of the NW Minority Job Fair. $6000 Yamashita Scholarship; $4000 Sakamoto President's Scholarship; $2000 general scholarship; $2000 general scholarship; $500 NW Minority Job Fair Scholarship. See the attached .pdf for details, please. September
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
WSSHA Kristin Miles Memorial Student Scholarship Scholarship hnoring Kristen's dedication to making sure the WSSHA is open to all law students. Any 2L or 3L enrolled in a WA State law school is eligible. Scholarship includes all conference fees to the WSSHA annual mid-year conference, one night lodging at the conference hotel, and $50 per diem for 2 days. Application: provide a resume and brief statement (1 page or less) about why you are interested in health care law. Email materials to Nancy Ricci at nancy.ricci@seattlechildrens.org. October
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1-800-Law-Firm Writing Contest
Describe, in at least 1000 words, the innovative and highly impactful way in which you could aid in re-engineering the way the legal system operates and/or making it more accessible to the public. Contest is open to US citizens who are enrolled in an accredited US law school for the 2014-2015 year. Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Prize is $10,000; should you win, you must allow us to publish your name and essay in all media formats. October
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Washington Women Lawyers, King County Chapter, UWSoL Scholarship
The KCWWL is pleased to provide a scholarship in the amount of $1500 to one second-year female law student at the UW School of Law. The scholarship is intended to promote individualism and courage within the profession and to recognize women who have made a significant contribution to the community or have overcome great obstacles, including financial, in their lives. October
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Center for Alcohol Policy
The topic for this year’s contest is: “As states contemplate the legalization of prohibited products, like marijuana, what are some lessons policymakers and regulators can learn from the movement to end alcohol Prohibition in the 1930s?” Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively. Essays may be emailed to essay@centerforalcoholpolicy.org or mailed as a hard copy to: Center for Alcohol Policy; Attn: Essay Contest; 1101 King St., Suite 600-A; Alexandria, VA 22314. Essays must be accompanied by an entry form. November
Fisher & Talwar Legal Inspiration Scholarship To apply, applicants must submit: 1.Completed application. 2.A 500 word essay on the following topic: Who or what is your inspiration for pursuing a career in law? 3.A valid transcript reflecting current standing and minimum required GPA of 3.0. 4.Proof of acceptance and enrollment. $1,000 award will be made payable directly to the university/college and used soley for tuition/related expenses December
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Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Single Mothers’ Scholarship
$1,000 scholarship to a single mother enrolled in an accredited law school. To apply for a scholarship from RIL, write a 500+ word essay on the advantages of going back to school while caring for your children as a mother. How do you believe motherhood has helped prepare you for the challenges that you will face as a student? Examples may include the ability to succeed in time management skills, ability to listen carefully to others and ability to effectively manage multiple priorities. Craft your essay and explain your answer. December
Farzad Family Law Annual Scholarship Farzad Family Law, APC is offering an annual scholarship to all law and pre-law students. This scholarship is merit based and the winning applicant will receive $3,000 dollars towards their costs of education. All of the application details and the 2014 essay question are available on our website at http://farzadlaw.com/farzad-family-law-scholarship/. December
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
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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