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ABA Scholarships

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 (312.988.5125).

ABA Scholarships

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
Application Deadline: May 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.

This scholarship is not administered by the Law Student Division. Please send emails to this address for questions about this opportunity.

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 decide in December of each calendar year.

Scholarships for ABA Events

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
Application Deadline: 30 days before event
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.

Diversity Scholarships

Point Foundation – The National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund
Application Deadline:
 January 27
Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit. Point promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training.

Intellectual Property Law Sidney B. Williams Jr. Scholarship
Application Deadline: 
April 6
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.

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

Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles Foundation
Application Deadline: 
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.

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

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.

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.

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

“One Lawyer Can Change The World” Scholarship
Application Deadline: 
June 1
Each year, BARBRI honors 10 future change agents who are heading to law school. All ten finalists will be rewarded with scholarships to help pay for the first year of law school.

Leesfield Scholarship
Application Deadline: 
May 15
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 15
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 15
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.

Trial Advocacy Scholarship
Application Deadline: 
May 15
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.

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.

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.

Other Financial Aid Resources

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.