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: $500
  • Application: 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, 2020.
  • 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: lawadm@uw.edu).

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

  • Opens: January
  • Restrictions: Demonstrated interest to pursue a career in family law
  • Award: $2,000
  • Application: Applications may be submitted to lawadm@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 lawadm@uw.edu by February 28.
  • 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. 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: February
  • Restrictions: 3Ls
  • Award: Approximately $12,000
  • Application: Deadline to submit applications is March 31,2020.
  • Deadline: March

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
  • Restrictions: 2L, 3L
  • Award: $2,500
  • Application: Applications must be received by February 28.
  • 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.

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: January
  • Restrictions: 1L, 2L or 3L
  • Award: $500-$2,500
  • Application: Applications may be submitted to lawadm@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. In 2013, the firm made a new five-year commitment to provide $6,000 annually. 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
  • 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 Friday, Febuary 14, 2020.
  • 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. Applicants must submit: (1) a current resume; and (2) 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 to diversity@stokeslaw.com.

  • Opens: March
  • Restrictions: 1Ls
  • Application: All submissions and application materials must be submitted to lawadm@uw.edu by April 30, 2020.
  • Deadline: April

WA Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel

The Association of Corporate Counsel is a global bar association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other private or public sector organizations and do not hold themselves out to the public for the practice of law. The WACC connects local members and provides valuable resources through its resource library on the website, continuing legal education, networking opportunities, and advocacy initiatives. With approximately 665 members statewide, the WACC Board of Directors is comprised of committees focused on the particular interests of our members, including pro bono work, educational programs, fostering relationships with the law schools, and promoting diversity and inclusion efforts, which includes these scholarships.

Following are the current guidelines and application instructions. For any questions regarding the scholarship application or process, please contact Elida Moran at elida.moran@t-mobile.com

  • Opens: March
  • Restrictions: 1L or 2L
  • Award: $3,000
  • Application: A complete application must be postmarked or emailed by April 3, 2020 to: Washington Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel Diversity Scholarship Committee c/o Elida Moran, Managing Corporate Counsel T-Mobile USA, Inc. 12920 SE 38th Street Bellevue, WA 98006
  • Deadline: April

William L. Dwyer Jury Project Award

Established in 2004, the William L. Dwyer Jury Project Award Competition recognizes the late Judge William L. Dwyer. The purpose of this award is to honor Judge Dwyer's 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. To enter, submit a paper on the American jury system. Polish a paper you are already writing for a class, or write a paper specifically for the competition. The paper can be a traditional law review-style 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. Please contact Professor Bill Bailey with any questions (bailew2@uw.edu).

  • Opens: March
  • Restrictions: 2L, 3L, LL.M.
  • Award: $3000
  • Application: Entries must be submitted electronically as an email attachment to lawadm@uw.edu (Subject Line: Dwyer Competition Submission). The email must specify the author’s name, address, the law school(s) the author has attended and the years of study completed at each law school, and the author’s expected date of graduation from the University of Washington School of Law. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the work being submitted, in whatever form. Entries must be between 2000 and 4000 words in length (including footnotes). The word count must be included with the entry. Entries must be typed and double-spaced (except for footnotes) and submitted in .doc or .pdf format. Font must not be smaller than 12 point and margins should be at least one inch all around. Pages must be numbered. All citations must be in accordance with the rules of The Bluebook: A Uniform System Of Citation (latest edition). Citations should be in footnotes rather than endnotes. All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. Seattle time on Monday, April 13, 2020. Competition entrants should save a copy of the submission email for proof of delivery time and date.
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  • Deadline: April
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WSBA IP Section

The Washington State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section is proud to offer a $2,500 scholarship to a deserving UW Law student. Selection of the candidate(s) will be based on merit-based criteria, e.g., grade point, extracurricular activities) in addition to a demonstrated interest in IP law.

The selected recipient(s) will be presented the scholarship following the annual IP Institute during the Meet and Greet.

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: March
  • Restrictions: 1L, 2L, 3L, LL.M.
  • Award: $2,500
  • Application: Applications are closed.
  • Deadline: April

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