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Scholarships and Financial Aid

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).

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 Minority Law Students and Those 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.

Intellectual Property Law Sidney B. Williams Jr. Scholarship
Sponsored by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation
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.

Legal Education Opportunities
A Thurgood Marshall Legal Education Opportunity Program
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.

Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
Application deadline: April 6, 2018
Award: Provides 20 incoming diverse students with $15,000 in aid over the course of their three years in law school.

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.

Console Hallawell Scholarship
Application deadline: June
Award: $1,000.00 This scholarship can be used for educational expenses. 

Racial and Ethnic Diversity Resource 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.

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.

Incoming 1L Students

Pipeline to Practice Foundation Scholarship
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
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” $10k Scholarship
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

Other scholarship opportunities

Evans Law Firm Legal Scholarship
Deadline: May 1, 2018
Award: $1,000 to an incoming 1L; requires a previously published writing sample (print or digital media).

Leesfield Scholarship
Entry deadline: May 1, 2018
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
Entry deadline: May 1, 2018
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
Entry deadline: May 1, 2018
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
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2018
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
Entry deadline: May 1, 2018
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.