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 .

Alena Suazo Memorial Scholarship

Alena Suazo fought for the voiceless, the oppressed, and the disenfranchised, and she did it with grace, humor, determination, and an unrelenting spirit. She lived each day to the fullest, and gave of her entire self to the causes and people she cared about. Alena graduated from University of Washington School of Law in June 2010. She was the Co-President of the Latina/o Law Student Association, Vice President of the Minority Law Student Association, and served in the Tribal Defense Clinic for two years. She also volunteered her time to No More Deaths and mentored young people who are in the juvenile system. Following graduation, Alena received the Bonderman Fellowship, an award for graduates of UW to undertake new experiences through travel. Just a few months into her world tour, she passed away in Guatemala. Alena hoped to become a public defender in Southern California and to fight against the racial and economic disparities in the criminal justice system and throughout American society.

The Alena Suazo Memorial Scholarship has been created in her name to go towards the cost of law school. Alena felt that direct and collateral costs associated with attending law school impeded Latinas/os from entering into the legal profession. The donor has a strong interest in providing financial assistance to students who are underrepresented minorities. Given this interest, the donor recognizes that this scholarship will help support the law school’s commitment to a diverse student population, one that includes individuals of varying ages, genders, races, national origins, talents, etc., and those from underrepresented populations and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • Opens: February
  • Restrictions: 1L, 2L, or 3L
  • Award: Award not available for 2023
  • Application: **Not available for 2023. When applications are open, applicants must submit a personal statement, no longer than 3 double-spaced pages, describing your reasons for attending law school and experiences working with marginalized communities and/or fighting injustice and oppression. The scholarship is awarded to a law student with financial need who is committed to social justice work. Applications must be submitted to lawadm@uw.edu by February 28.
  • Deadline: February

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 being accepted, applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter (not to exceed 500 words) describing their demonstrated interest and commitment to pursuing a career in family law; (2) resume; (3) unofficial UW Law transcript; and (4) one letter of recommendation (the recommender may send their recommendation directly to: lawfinaid@uw.edu All application materials must be submitted to: lawfinaid@uw.edu.

  • Opens: February
  • Restrictions: Demonstrated interest to pursue a career in family law
  • Award: $2,000
  • Application: Applications may be submitted to lawfinaid@uw.edu by February 28.
  • Deadline: February

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.

When applications are being accepted, applicants: (1) must be a student of color admitted to the UW School of Law; (2) must have financial need; and (3) must submit a personal statement (not to exceed 500 words) describing the applicant’s demonstrated commitment and ties to the minority community.

All application materials must be submitted to: lawadm@uw.edu by the deadline.

  • Opens: January
  • Restrictions: Open to 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls, however, preference is given to 1Ls
  • Award: $500
  • Application: Applications may be submitted to lawfinaid@uw.edu by February 28.
  • Deadline: February

Hugh Miracle Award

An annual prize for the best opening statement made by a student in trial advocacy, trial practice, or moot trial program.

Submission Process: Students must submit a video of an opening statement. You may use what you did for your Trial Advocacy class. Video submission need to be limited to not more than 10 minutes and must include your full name and UW NetID.

For questions please email trialad.uw.edu.

  • Opens: March 1
  • Restrictions: 2L-3L
  • Award: $1000
  • Application: Applications may be submitted online through the Hugh Miracle Competition Submission form.
    ( Process includes an in-person presentation of opening statement for top 10 video submissions on April 11, 2024. Video submission due March 28, 2024.)
  • Deadline: March 28

James B. McMillan Award

To be awarded to the student in trial advocacy whose performance shows a commitment to the kind of excellence in trial advocacy that Judge McMillan manifested.

Judge McMillan played a vital role in ending the era of Jim Crow laws & practices.  The most famous of his many civil rights cases was Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, the case which in 1971 finally forced the desegregation of school districts throughout the US, fulfilling the promise first made in Brown v. Board of Education.  He lived a life of great courage and integrity and held a deep and abiding commitment to the principal of equal justice for all.

Submission Process:

Submit a paper stating your interest in trial work, activities related to trial work to date, and the importance of, and changes needed to provide equity in our justice system.  

We are looking for students with:

Commitment to build trial advocacy skills. 

  • Interest in working as a trial attorney
  • Curiosity about the elements of persuasion and advocacy
  • Participation in advocacy related activities including but not limited to:
    • An Externship related to trial advocacy
    • Participation in local and national Trial Advocacy and/or Moot Court competitions.

Commitment to excellence.

  • Shows Poise, polish, professionalism, diplomacy, and leadership.
  • Has shown effort in developing and growth in implementing advocacy skills
  • Has provided service to the school Moot Court and Trial Advocacy programs through leadership (ex: serving as an officer, recruiting judges) and/or service (ex: practice rounds, serving as a witness, bailiff etc.)

Commitment to equity in our justice system. 

  • Participation in student associations related to equity.
  • Recognition of the importance of the court system in protecting human rights
  • Understanding of how bias corrupts the fairness of the court system and what should be done to change this.

  • Opens: March 1
  • Restrictions: 3L and clear demonstration of trial advocacy work including current or past enrollment in Trial Advocacy courses, Moot Court Honor Board, and/or work in the Clinics.
  • Award: $2000
  • Application: Applications (details above) may be submitted to trialad@uw.edu with subject line: McMillan Award Submission.  If not submitted via your UW email, include full name and NetID in email (not on the paper)
    • No more than 2 pages
    • Not smaller than 12-point font with at least 1-inch margins on all sides
    • Provided in .doc or .pdf format

  • Deadline: April 12

John C. Coughenour Award

Annual cash award for the Best Oral Advocate to a student in the Trial Advocacy Program at the University of Washington School of Law. Submission Process: Qualification for this award is based on participation in the Hugh Miracle Award. The top 4 vote getters from that award shall be eligible to participate in the mock trial competition hosted by Judge Coughenour. Judge Coughenour hosts and judges a mock trial put on with 2 teams of 2.

  • Opens: March 1
  • Restrictions: 2L-3L who are in the top 4 finalists of the Miracle Opening Statement competition
  • Award: $3000
  • Application: Must participate in the Miracle Award competition
  • Competition: Mock Trial in Judge Coughenour’s courtroom - May 3, 2024
  • Deadline: See Hugh Miracle Opening Statement Award

John D. MacGillivray Award

The John D. MacGillivray Memorial Scholarship is awarded to third year Trial Advocacy students who demonstrate excellence, leadership, commitment and impact in their coursework and activities.

Submission Process:

Submit a paper stating your interest in trial work, activities related to trial work to date, and your commitment to provide ongoing community support through legal advocacy. 

We are looking for students with:

Commitment to build trial advocacy skills. 

  • Interest in working as a trial attorney
  • Curiosity about the elements of persuasion and advocacy
  • Participation in advocacy related activities including but not limited to:
    • An Externship related to trial advocacy
    • Participation in local and national Trial Advocacy and/or Moot Court competitions.

Commitment to excellence.

  • Shows Poise, polish, professionalism, diplomacy, and leadership.
  • Has shown effort in developing and growth in implementing advocacy skills
  • Has provided service to the school Moot Court and Trial Advocacy programs through leadership (ex: serving as an officer, recruiting judges) and/or service (ex: practice rounds, serving as a witness, bailiff etc.)

Commitment to equity in our justice system. 

  • Participation in the Clinics offered at the law school and/or other pro bono work.
  • Participation in student association related to support for legal needs in the community.
  • Providing volunteer support to the community through legal advocacy.

  • Opens: March 1
  • Restrictions: 3L and clear demonstration of trial advocacy work including current or past enrollment in Trial Advocacy courses, Moot Court Honor Board, and/or work in the Clinics.
  • Award: $3000
  • Application: Applications (details above) may be submitted to trialad@uw.edu with subject line: MacGillivray Award Submission. If not submitted via your UW email, include full name and NetID in email (not on the paper)
    • No more than 2 pages
    • Not smaller than 12-point font with at least 1-inch margins on all sides
    • Provided in .doc or .pdf format

  • Deadline: April 12

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. The award will be made to the 3L student or students who have a demonstrated excellence in the fields of labor and employment law, through their academic studies as well as labor/employment related activities outside of the classroom. The selection committee also considers an applicant’s plans to practice in this specialty area.

When applications are open, applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter explaining the applicant's experience, qualifications and reasons for interest in labor and employment law; this cover letter/personal statement may be up to 4 or 5 pages long; (2) a resume; (3) an unofficial transcript; and (4) two letters of recommendation (preferably faculty members). All application materials (including the letters of recommendation) must be submitted to: spangler@uw.edu no later than the application deadline.

  • Opens: March 7
  • Restrictions: 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls
  • Award: Approximately $5,000
  • Application: Deadline to submit applications is April 11, 2024.
  • Deadline: April 11

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 family law firm in the Pacific Northwest. McKinley Irvin has protected the rights and responsibilities of families since 1991—handling all family law practice areas, as well as complex cases including high asset divorce, child custody and international family law matters. To apply, applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter explaining the applicant's interest in the practice of family law and (2) their resume via email to: lawadm@uw.edu.

  • Opens: February 3
  • Restrictions: 2L, 3L
  • Award: Award not available for 2023
  • Application: **Award not available for 2023.
  • Deadline: February 28

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.

When applications are being accepted, applicants must submit: (1) documentation of your tribal affiliation and/or descent; (2) a personal statement (not to exceed 500 words) describing your commitment and ties to the Native American community; and (3) one letter of recommendation (the recommender may send their recommendation directly via email to lawadm@uw.edu) describing and appraising your involvement in the Native American community and dedication to principles that further the interests of the community.

All application materials (including the letter of recommendation) must be submitted to: lawadm@uw.edu by the deadline.

  • Opens: February
  • Restrictions: 1L, 2L or 3L
  • Award: $500-$2,500
  • Application: Applications may be submitted to lawfinaid@uw.edu. Deadline is February 28.
  • Deadline: February

Seed IP Law Group Founders Scholarship

Each year since 2002, the Seattle firm of Seed Intellectual Property Law Group has made an annual award to a promising student concentrating in IP law. This fund commemorates the contributions of the firm's founders, Richard W. Seed and Benjamin F. Berry, to excellence in intellectual property legal work.

When applications are being accepted, applicants must submit: (1) statement of interest expressing your demonstrated commitment to intellectual property (not to exceed 500 words); (2) unofficial UW Law transcript; (3) resume; and (4) one letter of recommendation (the recommender may send the recommendation directly to: lawadm@uw.edu).

All application materials (including the letter of recommendation) must be submitted to: lawadm@uw.edu by the deadline.

  • Opens: January 4
  • Restrictions: Applicant must be enrolled at the UW School of Law as a 1L, 2L, 3L, or LL.M. student. Preference for students in the IP Concentration track and demonstrated excellence in IP law.
  • Award: $6,000
  • Application: Applications are due by March 15.
  • Deadline: March 15

Stokes Lawrence 1L Diversity Scholarship

Stokes Lawrence is pleased to offer a scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to a UW student. The Diversity 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. Applicants must submit a current resume and a personal essay, of no more than 1000 words, with the following content: (1) a description of their thoughts on diversity and/or how diversity has played a role so far in their life, and (2) a description of their community involvement. Please direct any questions about the scholarship to diversity@stokeslaw.com.

  • Opens: April
  • Restrictions: 1Ls
  • Application: All submissions and application materials must be submitted to lawfinaid@uw.edu by June 16, 2023.
  • Deadline: June

WA Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel

To support traditionally underrepresented minority and/or diverse future lawyers. The scholarship provides incentives for law students to increase diversity in the legal profession; reflects the diverse communities in which we live; and ultimately benefits the community at-large.

  • Opens: March 2
  • Restrictions: 1L or 2L (Note: Applicants do not need to demonstrate any future commitment to work in-house.)
  • Award: $3,000
  • Application: A complete application must be postmarked or emailed by April 17, 2023 to: Washington Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel Diversity Scholarship Committee c/o Sandra Palmer, 22414 13th Place E, Bothell, WA 98021. Email: sandra.palmer@becu.org

    Download Application Materials

  • Deadline: April 17
  • Download Application Materials

William L. Dwyer Jury Project Award

Established in 2004, the William L. Dwyer Jury Project recognizes the late U.S. District Judge William L. Dwyer and honors his memory by promoting two important public causes that he worked for in his life: the education of young lawyers and the maintenance and support of the American jury system.

  • Opens: March 1
  • Restrictions: Open to all UW Law students
  • Award: $3,000
  • Application:

    Submission Process:  Submit a paper stating your interest in trial work, activities related to trial work to date, and the importance of the preservation of individual rights and the American jury system.  We are looking for students with:

    Commitment to build trial advocacy skills. 

    • Interest in working as a trial attorney
    • Curiosity about the elements of persuasion and advocacy
    • Participation in advocacy related activities including but not limited to:
      • An Externship related to trial advocacy
      • Participation in local and national Trial Advocacy and/or Moot Court competitions.

    Commitment to excellence.

    • Shows Poise, polish, professionalism, diplomacy, and leadership.
    • Has shown effort in developing and growth in implementing advocacy skills
    • Has provided service to the school Moot Court and Trial Advocacy programs through leadership (ex: serving as an officer, recruiting judges) and/or service (ex: practice rounds, serving as a witness, bailiff etc.)

    Commitment to equity in our justice system. 

    • Participation in the Clinics offered at the law school and/or other pro bono work.
    • Participation in student association related to support for legal needs in the community.
    • Providing volunteer support to the community through legal advocacy.

    Application:  Applications (details above) may be submitted to trialad@uw.edu with subject line: Dwyer Award Submission. If not submitted via your UW email, include full name and NetID in email (not on the paper).

    • No more than 2 pages
    • Not smaller than 12-point font with at least 1-inch margins on all sides
    • Provided in .doc or .pdf format

  • Deadline: April 19

WSBA IP Section

The Intellectual Property Section of the Washington State Bar Association is proud to offer a scholarship up to $5,000 to one or more UW Law students. The scholarship is open to J.D. as well as LL.M. students. The following factors will be considered: GPA, extracurricular activities, and demonstrated interest in IP law. The selected recipient(s) will be presented with the scholarship following the annual WSBA IP Institute on April 26, 2024. All application materials must be submitted to iplaw@uw.edu no later than March 20, 2024.

  • Opens: March 4
  • Restrictions: 1L, 2L, 3L, LL.M.
  • Award: up to $5,000
  • Application: .Applicants must submit: (1) a statement of interest expressing their demonstrated commitment to intellectual property (not to exceed 500 words); (2) an unofficial UW Law transcript; and (3) a resume.
  • Deadline: March 20

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