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As a Law Student Division member, you are eligible to apply for a variety of law student awards and scholarships sponsored by various ABA specialty entities.

For more information regarding a specific opportunity listed below, please contact the sponsoring entity directly for details. Help finding an entity.

This page is updated as new and/or updated information is received.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at abalsd@americanbar.org (312.988.5125).

Resources for Finding Financial Aid to Attend Law School

Many law schools, local bar associations, firms, businesses, and church groups provide financial assistance and special programs for students seeking higher education. Contact your school’s Financial Aid Office or Career Services Department for options that meet your needs. Information also may be obtained by inquiring at your state department of higher education. Visit the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar’s resource page for student loan payment and forgiveness.

Resources for Law Students with Special Needs

Disability Rights National Directory of Law School Disability Programs
Online national directory allowing potential law students to search for law schools that offer disability-related curriculum. This resource allows students to search ABA-approved law schools to find those that offer courses and clinical programs in disability or mental health law. Includes student organizations for students with disabilities and contact information for those seeking assistance.

Diversity Scholarships

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
Application Deadline: March 2
The fund grants 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial assistance over the course of their three years in law school.

AAHD Fredrick J Krause Scholarship
Application Deadline: November 15
Funds are limited to under $1,000. The AAHD Board of Directors Scholarship Committee will evaluate each of the applicants and make a decision in December of each calendar year.

Arent Fox Annual Diversity Scholarship Program
Application Deadline: August 15
The fund awards a $15,000 scholarship and a spot in the summer associate program.

Auger & Auger Disabled Scholar Award
Application Deadline: July 31 – Fall Semester, November 30 – Spring Semester
$1,000 Scholarship

Inslet & Herman Law Group Scholarship for Law Students with a Disability
Application Deadline: August 15
$1,000 Scholarship

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program
Application Deadline: March 31
30 different scholarships ranging from $3,000-$12,000

Intellectual Property Law Sidney B. Williams Jr. Scholarship
Application Deadline: March 16
The Foundation is awarding $10,000 Scholarships for Minority Scholars as well as arranging internships and mentorships to assist under-represented minority law school students entering intellectual property law.

Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles Foundation
Application Deadline: May
Award: Scholarships typically range from $3,000 to $5,000. Eligibility: Scholarships are limited to 2nd and 3rd year law students (and 4th year law students) enrolled in part-time or evening programs) who attend an accredited law school and intend to practice law in the Southern California area.

Racial and Ethnic Diversity Fellowship & Scholarship Directory
The ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity maintains an online directory of links to job boards and organizations offering scholarships, grants, fellowships and other financial assistance.

Legal Education Opportunities
Contact the Council on Legal Education Opportunities (CLEO) for updated and current information on financial aid programs for students intending to enter law school and those presently enrolled with substantial financial need.

Resources for ABA Programs

ABA Center for Professional Development
Scholarships to defray tuition expense for ABA Center for Professional Development programs are available upon application on a program-by-program, case-by-case basis.

TIPS Scholarship Fund
The Tort Trial and Insurance Practice (TIPS) Section Scholarship Fund has been established to increase participation in TIPS activities among minorities, solo and small firm practitioners, women, plaintiffs, government lawyers and young lawyers who need financial assistance to participate.

Incoming 1L Students

Pipeline to Practice Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadline:
May 1
Founded in 2016 with a mission to provide academic enrichment and career development opportunities to talented young people from underserved and underrepresented communities.

BARBRI Law Preview Diversity Scholarship Program
Application Deadline Specific to Law School
BARBRI Law Preview, together with leading law firms, companies and bar associations, has created an innovative partnership to improve the academic performance of diverse law students.

“One Lawyer Can Change The World” Scholarship
Application Deadline:
April 15
Are you the next great legal mind? In partnership with the Phi Alpha Delta Law  Fraternity, Law Preview will be awarding one hard-working incoming law student $10,000 towards their school costs.

Evans Law Firm Legal Scholarship
Application Deadline: May 1
Award: $1,000 to an incoming 1L; requires a previously published writing sample (print or digital media).

Other scholarship opportunities

Morgan & Morgan “For the People” Scholarship
Application Deadline: 
November 30
Award: $5,000 will be awarded to an individual who is accepted or currently enrolled in law school and is driven to fight for those who need it most. Scholarship applicants will be evaluated primarily on the quality of their answers, but also on their creativity.

Munley Law Scholarship
Application Deadline: 
November 12
Award: Munley Law is offering $2,500 to a currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate, medical, or law school student in good standing with their college, university or law school in the United States.

Leesfield Scholarship
Application Deadline:
May 1
Award: $2,500 to a Law Student Member to subsidize attendance at AAJ’s Annual Convention. This scholarship is available to first-and second-year AAJ Law Student Members.

Mike Eidson Scholarship
Application Deadline:
May 1
Award: $5,000 annually to a female student entering her third year of law school (the student can be enrolled in a three-year day program or four-year night program) who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a trial lawyer.

Richard D. Hailey Scholarship
Application Deadline:
May 1
Award: AAJ’s Minority Caucus will award a $5,000 scholarship to a minority Law Student Member who is entering his or her first, second, or third year of law school.

Staver Law Group Personal Injury Scholarship
Application Deadline:
December 1
Award: $5,000 to a college or graduate student who understands and appreciates the importance of personal injury law. The recipients may have been injured in an accident themselves or impacted when a loved one was hurt. They may also be active in promoting community health and safety.

Trial Advocacy Scholarship
Application Deadline:
May 1
Awards: This $3,000 scholarship is awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates the following: commitment to AAJ and its mission; a desire to represent victims; an interest and skill in trial advocacy; and financial need.