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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 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. [Tell me more]

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 [Tell me more]

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. Tell me more

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

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. Tell me more

The Zogby Legal Scholarship
Application deadline: June
Award: $3,000.00 This scholarship can be used for educational expenses. We will not be verifying how the money was spent. Students who apply must have a GPA of 3.3, or higher. Students must send an unofficial transcript. Students who apply, must write a minimum of 500 words, answering the topic: What does innovation mean to you? Tell me more

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.