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ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
Deadline: March 3, 2014
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The Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. Twenty awards will be made to entering first-year students and may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during each student’s time in law school.

Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. Diversity Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2014
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Each year, AP&S will award a scholarship of $10,000 to a minority student entering his or her first year of law school. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and assist a needy minority student, who has demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to the community, to attend law school and successfully enter the practice of law. Through the AP&S Scholarship and other endeavors, AP&S is making a concerted effort to diversify and enrich the firm and the profession. To be eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

Please see the application form for a listing all the materials needed to complete your application.

Afghan-American Bar Association (“AABarA”)
Created in 2009, AABarA seeks to further the advancement of Afghan-American attorneys, law students and those interested in pursuing a legal career through mentorship and networking, and through its outreach to the public, other legal organizations and government bodies. If you are of Afghan descent, identify as being Afghan, or are generally interested in the advancement of Afghan-American attorneys and would like more information or would like to take part in their mentorship program where they pair practicing Afghan-American attorneys with Afghan-American law students, please email AABarA at AABarA does not charge a membership fee.

ALI-ABA Continuing Professional Education Scholarship
Deadline: Jan. 6, 2012
ALI-ABA Continuing Professional Education has approved a limited number of full-tuition scholarships to allow deserving law students to attend the ALI-ABA Course of Study, Environmental Law, to be held Wednesday thorugh Friday, Feb. 1-3, 2012, at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C. For a PDF file of the announcement describing this course, please click on the following link, click here. More information can also be found here.

All nominations must be received no later than Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. Include the students’ full names, local addresses, phone numbers and email addresses so that acknowledgments may be emailed directly to the student. Please also indicate which student, if any, will attend the course in person. Nominations may be directed to

Allan R. Bloomfield DiversityScholarship
Deadline: May 1, 2014
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Allan R. Bloomfield has established a $1,000 scholarship to assist eligible students with the cost of attending law school. The scholarship program is open to students currently in their 1L or 2L year of law school, and the recipient must be a member of an ethnic or racial minority and contribute to the diversity of the law school student body. For additional information and application, submit a “Contact Us” form on Allan R. Bloomfield’s website, choosing “Scholarship” as a reason for contact.

American Descendants of the House of Burgesses
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2013
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The American Descendants of the House of Burgesses is offering a $400 grant this semester. Applicants must be in their junior or senior year of law and all paperwork must be received by Oct. 15. The award will be announced at the annual banquet on Nov. 2 in Richmond, Va., at the Omni Hotel. When the winner is selected, the check will be sent to the university in the name of the student for credit to his or her account. Return all paperwork, including transcripts to:
Mrs. Robert R. Bockemuehl
4800 N. Harsdale
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302-2411

Appelman Criminal Defense Law Scholarship
Deadline: May 13, 2014
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The Appelman Criminal Defense Law Scholarship awards $1,000 to a student who is entering their 1st or 2nd year attending an accredited law school, who has had faced criminal charges and has changed their ways prior to attending law school. This is a scholarship for second chances and learning from your mistakes. Additionally an essay and considerable academic achievement are also requirements. Please see the website for more details and to apply.

Black Women Lawyers Association Scholarship
Deadline: April 5, 2011
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This year the Black Women Lawyers Association will award scholarship(s) to second and third-year full-time law students, as well as fourth year law students enrolled in night programs, who intend to practice law in California. Recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, community service, academic achievement and legal writing ability. Successful applicants will be recognized at the Black Women Lawyer’s Foundation Luncheon at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California on May 21, 2011. If you have any questions regarding the scholarships and/or the application process, please feel free to contact Mika Hilaire via e-mail at or Karen Pointer at

Eligibility:  Eligibility is limited to second‑year and third‑year law students, and fourth‑year law students enrolled in part-time or evening programs.  Students must be in attendance at an accredited law school.  Successful candidates should expect to practice law in the Southern California area.

The Application and Attachments:  Please provide detailed answers to the application questions and required attachments.  BWL will maintain all information received from applicants in confidence.

Selection Criteria:  BWL awards its scholarship/bar grants on the basis of financial need, community service, academic achievement and legal writing ability.

Instructions:  Please return completed applications along with the required documents to Mika M. Hilaire, Appell | Hilaire | Benardo LLP, 15233 Ventura Blvd., Suite 420, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.  Applications may also be submitted via email to  Applications should be either typed or handwritten in black or dark blue ink. Completed applications and all related documents must be postmarked by April 5, 2011.  Interviews will take place on April 16, 2011.  If you have questions, please contact Mika Hilaire at or Karen Pointer at

The Brett Murphy Law Firm Future Leaders Scholarship
Deadline: July 15, 2014
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The Brett Murphy $2,000 Future Leaders Scholarship 2014 is available to law school students who have an interest in personal injury law and are working towards their Juris Doctorate degree. Please see their website for further details and to apply.

Buckfire & Buckfire P. C. Diversity Scholarship
Deadline: May 31, 2014
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The Michigan personal injury lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. offer an annual Diversity Scholarship for law students. The scholarship has been created as part of Buckfire & Buckfire’s commitment to build on the promise of diversity within the workplace, community and society.

The Diversity Scholarship is $2,000 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited law school, who is either a member of an ethical or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. All information can be found by visiting their website,

Console & Hollawell Legal Leaders Scholarship
Deadline: July 15, 2014
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The Console & Hollawell $1,000 Legal Leaders Scholarship is available to students who are pursuing a career in law. All applicants must complete the Legal Leaders Application and submit a 500-word essay on how they intend to make the world a better place through their work in the law. All applicants must also include a valid transcript reflecting his or her current standing with a 3.0 GPA and proof of acceptance and enrollment. Failure to include all required materials will result in immediate rejection of the application. See their website for more details and to download the application form.

Constangy, Brooks & Smith Diversity Scholars Award
Deadline: Dec. 11, 2013
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To be eligible for the Diversity Scholars Award, you must be a second-year enrolled at an accredited law school. Selection criteria includes your academic achievement (minimum GPA of 2.7), commitment to diversity in the community or in your school or work environment, and personal achievement in overcoming challenges to reach your goals. Award recipients will be notified in early January and scholarship awards will be presented in early 2014. The students selected for this award will receive a $2,000 scholarship. For more information about Constangy, Brooks & Smith, please visit their website at

Crosner Legal Scholarship
Deadline: Dec. 17, 2013
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To apply for the Crosner Legal Lawyers Scholarship, go to and submit an essay of no less than 700 words about the importance of criminal defense law in America. They are looking for creativity, background research and most of all, passion.
The winner will be notified on Jan. 5, 2014. The scholarship will be applied for the 2014-2015 school year. For further information, please contact:

Zachary Crosner, Esq.
Crosner Legal
815 Moraga Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 439-5565

Davis Levin Livingston Public Interest Law Scholarship
Deadline: July 1, 2014
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Davis Levin Livingston, a Hawaii law firm, is offering a $3,000 scholarship for the upcoming fall semester to a law student who intends to practice public interest law. Please see their website for further information and the application form.

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship
Deadline: Applications will be accepted September 23, 2013 through January 6, 2014.
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Banner & Witcoff is offering the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students as part of its commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds. Eligible applicants must be currently enrolled at an American Bar Association-accredited law school and pursuing a career in intellectual property law, must be a member of a historically underrepresented group in I.P. Law (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability), and must have exemplary written and oral communication skills. Applicants may not be a current or past employee of Banner & Witcoff, or directly related to a current employee of Banner & Witcoff. The recipient will receive a $5,000 scholarship, payable for the fall semester of the second or third year of law school. Awards will be announced in April 2014. Applicants must submit the following documents for consideration:

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DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship
Deadline: April 19, 2013
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DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program open to incoming second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American students. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle. Incoming second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Incoming second- and third-year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender are eligible to apply. To qualify for this scholarship, candidates must be full-time students. Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria:

Scholarship winners will be notified in advance and will be officially announced at the DRI Diversity for Success Seminar, May 30-31, 2013 in Chicago.

Dwyer Williams Potter Attorneys, LLP Scholarship
Deadline: July 1, 2014
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Oregon-based personal injury law firm Dwyer Williams Potter Attorneys, LLP is offering a $1,000 scholarship for law students attending their first year of law school in the fall of 2014. Applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree from an undergraduate college in Oregon. For more information and the application form, please go to their website.

Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013
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Epsilon Sigma Alpha is a non-profit service organization. The ESA Foundation offers numerous scholarships and grants each year. In 2012 they awarded 200 scholarships/grants for a total of $217,000. There were three Virginia students awarded scholarships in 2012, several of whom earned more than one. There are currently 41 scholarships/grants available to Virginia residents. Select Virginia from the dropdown list to research various scholarship or grant opportunities and their qualifications.

Frank H. Lang Merit Scholarship
Deadline: Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2014.
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Lang, Richert & Patch is happy to announce the establishment of the Frank H. Lang
Merit Scholarship. Awarded annually, the Scholarship is a grant of $1,000.00 towards
payment of law school tuition. Application for the Scholarship is open to a person
who is in his or her first year at a law school or who is applying to law school. The
Scholarship will be awarded only to persons who graduated from a high school in the
Central Valley of California. Application terms and an application form are set forth

Eligibility: Open to persons presently in first year at law school or applying for
admission to law school. The successful applicant must have graduated from a
high school in one of the following California counties: Kern, Tulare, Fresno, Kings,
Madera, Merced, Mariposa, Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Tuolumne, or Calaveras.

Application Documentation: The applicant should complete the application
form, a copy of which accompanies this announcement. The application form
should be submitted along with the following documents:

  1. A resume of the applicant’s accomplishments;
  2. A college transcript;
  3. The applicant’s LSAT scores (supplies by the testing agency, transcript, or
    contained in a copy of the law school application).
  4. A statement explaining why the applicant has decided to attend law school;
  5. A list of three references, including names, addresses, and telephone
    numbers, the firm can contact to discuss the applicant’s qualifications for the

Applicants are encouraged to provide other documents in support of their
application. Examples might include a copy of the applicant’s law school
application, any publications of the applicant, or other materials demonstrating
merit for the Scholarship. Mail application documentation to Lang, Richert &
Patch, Attention Ashley N. Emerzian, P.O. Box 40012, Fresno California 93755-0012.

Qualification for the Scholarship: The Scholarship is awarded solely on merit
and not on need. The firm’s published philosophy, adopted over ten years ago,
states, “We place the interests of our clients before our own, represent clients
within the law, and avoid even the appearance of impropriety in every
engagement.” The firm’s training of new attorneys always includes a segment on
ethics, and the firm pays for attendance at courses on ethics. The staff is
frequently reminded of ethical obligations, and attorneys are encouraged to
consult with others in the firm as well as with the State Bar on any matters
involving ethical concerns. Frank H. Lang, in whose name the Scholarship is made,
embodied this philosophy and added significant luster to the practice of law in the
Central Valley.

The firm will review the applications. The Scholarship will be awarded to the
applicant most likely to achieve the same high standards of the Scholarship’s

Fredrikson & Byron Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2014
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Fredrikson & Byron’s scholarship program is part of the Fredrikson & Byron Foundation’s commitment to promoting diversity amongst incoming law professionals. The purpose of the program is to encourage diverse individuals to join and excel in the private practice of law within larger corporate law firms in the Upper Midwest. The scholarship is awarded based on law school performance, professional references, work and other activities, writing samples, and personal interviews. The foundation offers one award of $10,000 each year. First year law students are encouraged to visit for more information and to apply. Questions can be directed to Greta Larson by email at

George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy (for Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing)
Deadline: April 10, 2014
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The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) offers the George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy. Three scholarships of $5,000 each are available each year for full-time graduate students with a moderately severe to profound hearing loss who use listening and spoken language and who are attending an accredited law school or a masters or doctoral program in public policy or public administration at an accredited university or college. Visit the AG Bell website to learn more.

Glenn D. Peters Trust Law School Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2014
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The Glenn D. Peters Trust was established in 1970 to provide scholarship funds for law students attending an accredited law school who are residents of counties within the Northern District of Indiana. Although need is considered, awards are based on past academic accomplishments and activities. The application includes a list of the counties that comprise the Northern District and a brief history behind the scholarship. If you have any questions, contact Misty Schwartz at or (219) 853-3533.

Goodwin & Scieszka Innovation Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2014
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With a grand prize of $1,000 and two runners-up receiving $500 each, the Goodwin & Scieszka Innovation Scholarship will accept applications from students enrolled in accredited law schools and universities. Applications will be judged on academic merits and the content of application essays students provide.

GovLoop and NASPAA Public Service Scholarship Essay Contest
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2011
NASPAA has partnered with GovLoop, the premier social networking site for government, to sponsor a public service scholarship essay contest. The contest is open to current graduate students interested in pursuing a career in government (at any level) who submit a short (300-500 words) essay that answers: "What if the U.S. government had only $100 million left in its budget. Where should that money go and why? Should it be allocated on the local, state or federal level? Which agency or department should receive funding, and for what project?”

GovLoop is funding three awards of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. The 15 highest-scored essays will become finalists. The finalist entries will be posted on GovLoop, to be reviewed and voted on by its members. The three students whose essays receive the most votes will be awarded the scholarships (to be paid directly to their school’s financial aid office).

Eligible participants must be currently pursuing a graduate degree in the fields of public administration, public policy, public affairs, law or a related field, or be a student in a program that is a member of NASPAA (though NASPAA institutional membership is not a requirement).

Graduate and Medical Students Scholarship
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2012
Scholarships are available to applicants who fit the following criteria:

Call (805) 687-6065 or email with any questions.

Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship
Deadline: April 1, 2014
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In 1978, the Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Fund was established by Helen and Richard Fox and Friends to honor the memory of their son who, as a proud member of the Berks County Bar Association, served as a young attorney in the Public Defender’s Office. The Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Award of $3,000 is presented annually at the Berks County Bar Association Law Day Event. It is given to help fund a deserving Berks County, Pennsylvania, resident embarking on his or her second year at an accredited Law School. In June 2000, the Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Fund was transferred to the Berks County Community Foundation to manage and administer. The Berks County Community Foundation is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to develop, manage and distribute funding to meet existing and emerging community needs. Please go to their web site at for an on-line application for the Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship. Complete applications must be submitted to Berks County Community Foundation between January 15th and April 1st.

The Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: April 30, 2014
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The Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Fund is one of the oldest providers of financial assistance to Hudson County law students. Esteemed members and families of the Hudson County legal community will fund 12 scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each this year. Applicants must be able to provide proof of Hudson County, N.J. residency. See the application for further instructions.

Humane Studies Fellowships and Internships
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2011 and January 31, 2012
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The following programs are offered by the Institute for Humane Studies, an organization founded in 1961 that supports students who value individual liberty:

Humane Studies Fellowships:
IHS is offering awards of up to $15,000 for graduate students and outstanding undergraduates pursuing academic careers whose work advances a free society. Recent award winners are studying topics such as the relationship between utopianism and liberalism and the concept of civility in 17th Century Anglo-American political thought. The deadline is December 31.

Public Policy Internships:
Paid summer internships are available at more than 100 think tanks and policy organizations across the U.S. This is a comprehensive program that includes two career workshops in Washington, D.C., and weekly lectures by academics and policy professionals. The program also includes professional guidance on writing policy pieces and interviewing. A stipend plus housing and travel assistance are provided. The deadline is January 31.

Indigo Productions Scholarship
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2010
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Indigo Productions, a New York City video production company, is sponsoring a nationwide contest with a $1,000 scholarship prize to the student or group of students who create the most original and effective video PSA (public service announcement). Second prize is a $500 scholarship. Contestants must be students attending an accredited college or university in the continental U.S. at any point during 2010. The video can be up to two minutes long and must deal with any health or safety issue that is of importance to the public (e.g. obesity, addictions, STDs, school bullying). To enter, upload your finished PSA video to YouTube and fill out the form on their website. Videos will be judged by a panel of professionals based on five criteria: concept, creativity, execution, artistic merit, and viral potential. The winner will be announced on Oct. 15, 2010. To learn more about Indigo Productions, visit

Iranian American Bar Association Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2013
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IABA grants one or more scholarships each year to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Iranian-American community. Applicants must be of Iranian heritage and be accepted or enrolled in a full time accredited law school in the United States (3Ls and LL.M.s are eligible).

Applications may be found by visiting the link above. The application must be received no later than March 31, 2013. Winner(s) for the 2013 IABA scholarship will be announced in late May/early June 2013.

J.L Turner Legal Association – 2012 Minority Scholarship
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2012 at 5 p.m.
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J.L. Turner Legal Association (JLTLA) established its scholarships to provide financial assistance to minority law students who have a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. There are two types of JLTLA Minority Law Student Scholarships — merit and financial need. To be eligible, an applicant must (1) be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, (2) have a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, (3) be enrolled at an accredited U.S. law school, and (4) be in good academic standing (proof of academic standing is required). A completed application, a certified copy of law school transcript, and other required materials should be sent to:

J.L. Turner Legal Association,
c/o Oluwande Elam,
Pronske & Patel, P.C.
2200 Ross Avenue, Suite 5350
Dallas, Texas 75201

Several scholarships in the amount of at least $2,000 will be awarded at JLTLA Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Gala on Oct. 27, 2012. Recipients will be notified by email and/or telephone shortly after the selection process is completed in early October. Recipients will receive an invitation and two complimentary tickets to the Gala in Dallas. Attendance at the gala, though strongly encouraged, is not required in order to receive a scholarship.

Any further questions should be directed to the Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs, Oluwande Elam (214-658-6515 or or Staci Glenn (972-820-9595 or

Jenkins & Clayman Student Loan Scholarship
Deadline: Dec. 20, 2013
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In order to ease some of the burden on students who are paying their own way through law school with loans, Jenkins & Clayman has created this $2,250 scholarship.

See the Jenkins & Clayman website for further instructions and to submit your application.

King & Spalding Diversity Fellowship Program
Deadline: Sept. 7, 2012
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King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 800 lawyers in 17 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm has handled matters in more than 160 countries on six continents. You can learn more about them by visiting their website Achieving a workplace environment that encompasses diversity is a fundamental core value at King & Spalding. The King & Spalding Diversity Fellowship Program furthers their commitment to recruit, retain, and promote talented lawyers who will contribute to the advancement of diversity within the firm and in the legal profession.

Once again, King & Spalding are proud to award up to four fellowships to qualified second-year law students who show promise of contributing meaningfully to the diversity of the legal community. Each recipient receives $10,000 and a summer clerkship at King & Spalding's Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley or Washington, D.C., offices the summer following the completion of the student's second year of law school. The program is available to any student with an ethnically or culturally diverse background.

Latham & Watkins 2011 Diversity Scholars Program
Deadline: September 30, 2010
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The Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program is designed to increase the number of diverse law students studying at ABA-accredited law schools who want to pursue a career in a global law firm. They will award four second-year law students a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for use during their third year of law school. To become a Diversity Scholar, you must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and intend to practice law in a major city in the United States. You must have successfully completed your first year of a full-time JD program, with an expected graduation date of spring 2012, and you may not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm. To apply, submit an application form, resume, unofficial or official law school transcript and personal statement to Latham & Watkins. If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Krichmar, Manager of Attorney Recruting and Development, at

Law Preview Scholarships Sponsored by Clifford Chance and McGuireWoods
Deadline: May 28, 2013
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Top law firms understand that their lawyers must be diverse in order to best serve their clients. That is why many top 100 law firms have invested heavily to improve diversity among practicing attorneys and the legal community in general. These law firms understand that improving diversity in the legal profession requires more than just hiring and promoting diverse attorneys within their firms. It also requires a sustained commitment to increase the pipeline of diverse students who earn strong grades in law school and are, therefore, positioned to compete for the most sought-after jobs and become the profession's next generation of leaders and decision-makers.  Law Preview (the nation's largest law school prep course) has teamed up with Clifford Chance and McGuireWoods to provide Law Preview Scholarships to select members of our entering class. These firms have generously agreed to help entering students prepare for the unique challenges they will face during their 1L year at Virginia Law by paying the cost of tuition for a law school prep course. Visit the following url to see if you meet the scholarship criteria:

LeClair Ryan-Oliver W. Hill Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2010
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This $5,000 scholarship will be given to a student of color at a Virginia or Washington, D.C., law school who most exemplifies the late Oliver W. Hill’s qualities of legal excellence and selfless dedication to the fight for justice. LeClairRyan will select the scholarship recipient based on the following criteria:

  1. Enrolled in good standing at a Virginia or Washington, D.C., law school
  2. At least one semester of law school completed
  3. Law school GPA of at least 2.5
  4. Plans to practice in Virginia after graduation

For more information please contact George P. Braxton at or (804) 783-7597 or go to

Along with the application, send a resume, law school transcript, one letter of recommendation from a professor or member of the Bar, and an essay on pursuing social justice through the law (2,000 word maximum). Each year the scholarship recipient will be announced on May 17, in recognition of the decision of Brown v. Board of Education.

LVNBA Scholarship
Deadline: Oct. 25, 2011
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The LVNBA Foundation in conjunction with the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association is accepting scholarship applications from students who have a connection to the Greater Las Vegas area, are enrolled at an accredited law school and are in good academic standing. The LVNBA encourages diversity in the legal field by providing scholarships to minority and low-income law students. Questions about this scholarship should be directed to Cybill L. Dotson, Esq. at (702) 474-6677 or Doreen Spears Hartwell, Esq. at (702) 383-8888. Additional information can be found on the website.

M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship
Deadline: April 1, 2013
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The M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship Fund was named in memory of the late M. Katherine Baird Darmer, an activist, law professor and champion of change for the LGBT community in Orange County and beyond. The Fund, which is sponsored by the Orange County Lavender Bar Association (OCLBA) and the Orange County Equality Coalition (OCEC), will award one or more scholarships of up to $5,000 each year to academically qualified law students who have demonstrated commitment to advancing equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Orange County. Determinations regarding the amount and number of awards are at the sole discretion of the scholarship committee jointly appointed by OCLBA and OCEC and the Liberty Hill Foundation.

To be considered for the Darmer Equality Scholarship, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

See the application or website for complete information about how to apply.

Mary Blackwell Barnes Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: May 31, 2014
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Virginia Women in Public Finance offers a scholarship program that provides, annually, up to five recipients with a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to $5,000. The scholarship is named in honor of Mary Blackwell Barnes, a dedicated servant of public finance.
To qualify and apply for The Mary Blackwell Barnes Memorial Scholarship, the applicant must, at a minimum:
1) Be a female student returning to a Virginia or District of Columbia college or university in the fall of 2014;
2) Exhibit leadership skills through extracurricular activities, volunteer positions, and/or work experiences;
3) Have an interest in pursuing a career in finance, government, nonprofits or public law; and
4) Complete and submit the 2014 Mary Blackwell Barnes Memorial Scholarship application form including the required essays along with a photocopy of your most recent official or unofficial college transcript via e-mail or mail

Medical and Graduate Student Scholarships from the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2013
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Scholarships are available to applicants who fit the following criteria: Applicant must have attended at least four of the six secondary grade school years and graduated from a high school in Santa Barbara County, California. Applicant must be a full-time medical student or graduate student in the 2013-2014 academic year at an approved U.S. college or university. Areas of study include medicine, law, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, business, education, and a variety of Master’s and Ph.D. programs. The Foundation assists students studying in standard academic programs on a traditional academic calendar. The Foundation does not offer aid for summer sessions, research, special projects, part-time studies, distance learning or executive MBA-type programs. Applicant must complete a Scholarship Foundation application online and submit all supporting materials by Jan. 31, 2013. A personal interview in Santa Barbara, Calif., is required in March 2013. Scholarship Foundation eligibility requirements are not flexible. Please do not apply if you do not meet all of the criteria listed above. If you have questions, call (805) 687-6065 or email

Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship
Deadline: May 1, 2013
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A scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded to a law student who contributes to the diversity of the law school student body while pursuing a legal career. The scholarship program is open to students currently in their first or second year of law school and the recipient must be a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrate a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.

Ms. JD Summer Public Interest Scholarship and Fellowship Program
Scholarship Deadline: March 15, 2013
Fellowship Deadline: March 8, 2013
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Ms. JD is offering $500 scholarships for law students working in public interest law this summer. Questions can be directed to Ms. JD annually supports women pursuing public interest careers as part of their ongoing efforts to support mentoring and career development at home and abroad.  They also will feature blog posts from the winners throughout the summer.

In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development. Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second-year law students as fellowship winners. In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each fellowship winner is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award Winners and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners. Questions may be directed to

My Recipe – My Heritage Scholarship Essay Contest
Deadline: Contest will close once the first 200 entries are received.
Download Application:, a non-commercial online culinary arts journal, is currently holding an essay contest in which $4,500 worth of scholarship prizes will be awarded. Both U.S. and foreign students currently attending a U.S. college, university or another institution of higher education are eligible to participate. The essay should be 300 to 700 words and should explore the place culinary traditions hold in one’s cultural/ethnic identity, including a favorite recipe that is of great personal significance. Entries should be submitted via the online submission form. More information can be found on the website.

Nadrich & Cohen, L.L.P. Emergency Fund
Deadline: June 30, 2013
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Nadrich & Cohen, is proud to announce the Nadrich & Cohen Emergency Scholarship Fund. The scholarship consists of $1,500, payable through the law school for the student's behalf. To apply for the Nadrich & Cohen Scholarship Fund, please submit a 500 to 1,000 word essay on the importance of jury trials in our society. Submissions will be judged according to creativity, passion and knowledge of the subject. The winner will be notified on August 15. Please see the website for additional information and to submit your application.

National Council on International Trade Development Scholarship
Deadline: May 1, 2014
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The National Council on Trade Development (NCITD) is seeking students studying international trade, especially in the realms of law or public policy, to apply for their scholarship program. Please visit their website at  and click on the “Recent Developments” tab at the top for more information and to apply for this scholarship.

National Pro-Life Legal Writing Award
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2012
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The Pro-life Legal Scholarship Competition recognizes outstanding legal scholarship published by students in law journals through a cash award of $750 provided to the author(s) of the winning entry. The Competition rewards innovative writing and legal research that focuses on issues relevant to the pro-life movement or future judicial decision making on abortion or life related issues.

Entry Requirements: Any student-authored paper on a pro-life topic that is published, scheduled, or accepted for publication in a law journal between Jan. 1, 2012, and Nov. 30, 2013, may be submitted. For the purposes of this competition, a law journal includes any official law review or journal at an ABA-accredited law school or publication of the American Bar Association that is available on the Westlaw and LexisNexis legal research databases.

Eligibility: Any law student or graduate student enrolled in law school at the time of entry is eligible. If an entry involves multiple authors, all authors must be eligible and join the entry.

Deadline and submission requirements: Only electronic copies of entries are accepted. Entries must be emailed by Nov. 30, 2012, to Entries must include a MS Word or PDF version of the paper along with a cover letter (which may be in the body of the email) detailing the author’s school, expected date of graduation, and when and where the paper was published or will be published. Entries that have not yet been published should include documentation reflecting that the author has received an offer of publication.

Copyright and Publicity: Neither the Competition nor MCFL claims any rights in the entries or final published papers. The winner agrees to provide a short biographical entry and photo to be used by the competition.

Announcement of Winner: The winner will be announced on or before Jan. 15, 2013. If the winning entry has multiple authors, the award will be distributed pro rata to the authors. The competition and MCFL, however, reserve the right not to make an award.

Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: March 28, 2014
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The Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association Foundation has announced the establishment of the Elizabeth Barrett Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to eligible second-year law students. See the cover letter and application for more details.

Oliver W. Hill and Samuel W. Tucker Scholarship
Deadline: March 8, 2011
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The Oliver W. Hill – Samuel W. Tucker Scholarship Committee will award a generous scholarship to an outstanding law student enrolled at a Virginia law school or Howard University School of Law. Each scholarship recipient is required to attend the 11th Annual Oliver W. Hill/Samuel W. Tucker Scholarship Awards Dinner on April 8, 2011, at the Ramada Plaza West Hotel. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Applicant must be a United States citizen enrolled full-time in a Virginia Law School or Howard University School of Law during the spring term of the 2010 academic year.
  2. Applicant must complete the attached application form.
  3. Applicant must submit an original essay on the following prompt: "With great power comes great responsibility. With your law degree, you will have great power to bring about positive changes in your community. Civil rights activists Oliver Hill and Samuel Tucker used their power to fight social, racial, educational and economic injustices. What is one injustice that you see in today’s society and how do you believe that you will be able to help make a difference with respect to this injustice with the power that your law degree will afford you?"
  4. Applicant must provide a letter of recommendation or a certification of attendance from the dean/assistant dean or a faculty member from your law school.
Please note that all students, even if eligible, are not guaranteed to receive a scholarship. The application form, along with the student essay, must be completed and submitted by email to Angela T. Isabell at or by United States postal mail to: Angela T. Isabell Gavin Law Offices 2500 Gaskins Road, Suite B Richmond, VA 23231. Any questions may be directed to Angela T. Isabell at (804) 658-1354.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2011
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The Soros Fellowships for New Americans support 30 individuals a year for up to two years of graduate study in any subject anywhere in the United States. Students already in graduate study are eligible, though not past their second year. Candidates must be either holders of Green Cards, naturalized citizens, or a child of at least one naturalized citizen parent (the other parent may not be a native-born U.S. citizen). The fellowship provides $25,000 per year maintenance and half tuition (up to a maximum of $20,000 per annum) wherever the fellow attends. See the website for the application and more details.

Porzio, Bromberg & Newman P.C. Diversity Scholarship
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012
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The recipient will receive a one-year $5000 scholarship.  Eligible applicants must: 1) be a student in her/his first year of law school in Fall 2012 2) have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 at her/his undergraduate institution; 3) be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America and a New Jersey resident; and 4) not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm. Students who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in law schools and law firms are encouraged to apply. In addition to submitting a completed scholarship application, candidates must also submit an undergraduate transcript, a law school transcript, a current resume, and a typed essay of 750 words or less. The essay should outline the candidate’s plans and goals upon graduation from law school and illustrate how this scholarship will assist in furthering those goals. The essay should also address the candidate’s views on diversity and how he/she will contribute to advancing diversity in the legal profession. The application deadline is Dec. 31, 2012.

Finalists for the scholarship will be selected and notified by Jan. 7, 2013. Interviews with the finalists will take place Jan. 7-18, 2013. The scholarship award recipient will be selected and notified by Jan. 25, 2013.

The Public Justice Foundation’s Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest
Deadline: Must express intent to enter by Jan. 31, 2013, essay submission by March 31, 2013
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This year’s topic is “Is Democracy for Sale? Have Citizens United’s holdings run amok? Legal challenges left to Super Pacs? Can funding disclosure be required?” The winner of the essay contest will receive $5,000, a free 2013 Public Justice Foundation Student Membership, and the essay will be featured on the Public Justice website and in the nationally disseminated Public Justice newsletter. The contest is open to all law students that are currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited law school. For questions, contact Outreach Coordinator Cassandra Goings at or at (202) 797-8600.

The Reeves Law Group Scholarship Contest
Deadline: July 1, 2014
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The Reeves Law Group is offering a $1,000 scholarship. Reeves is interested in hearing from students about a time that they stood up for someone who was not able to stand up for themselves, and how that experience has impacted their lives and those they helped. Submissions can be made in the form of a Powerpoint or Prezi presentation, a video via YouTube, a blog post, a social media post or any other creative way in addition to the traditional essay format. The contest will be judged based on quality of writing, creativity of presentation, "sharability" and emotion. See the Reeves website for more details.

Reiff and Bily Legal Scholarship
Deadline: July 1, 2014
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The Philadelphia law firm of Reiff and Bily is pleased to announce that they are currently offering law students the 2014 Reiff and Bily Legal Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is open to any student studying for a career in the legal field. Please see their website for more details and to apply.

Rhode Island Bar Foundation’s Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund
Deadline: March 18, 2013
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This scholarship is a one year, nonrenewable award for full-time students who are Rhode Island residents who will be entering their first year of law school in September 2013. This year the Foundation intends to make two awards of $20,000 each.  Each scholarship award will be made on the basis of demonstrated financial need, superior academic performance, community and public service, and demonstrated contacts with and commitment to the State of Rhode Island. For more information, contact Ginny Caldwell at (401) 421-6541 or e-mail

Richard S. White Fellowship
Deadline: Oct. 9, 2012
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Helsell Fetterman LLP is seeking diverse law students interested in applying for the firm’s Richard S. White Fellowship. The fellowship includes both a paid 12-week summer associate position and a $7,500 academic scholarship. Founded in 1890, Helsell Fetterman offers law students the opportunity for hands-on experience through its commitment to providing businesses, organizations and individuals exceptional solutions to legal problems.

The Richard Linn American Inn of Court Mark T. Banner Scholarship for Law Students
Deadline: Dec. 6, 2013

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The Mark T. Banner Scholarship is part of the Richard Linn Inn’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, and especially those from diverse backgrounds. Eligible applicants are law students in a J.D. program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States who will continue that program through fall 2014 semester. Recipients of the Mark T. Banner Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable during the fall semester of their second or third year of law school. Awards will be announced in April 2014. Applications must include the following:

    The completed application and accompanying materials should be submitted by email to See for more information.

Roanoke Law Foundation’s James N. Kincanon and Jane S. Glenn Scholarships
Deadline: March 31, 2014
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Applicants must be a resident of the City of Roanoke, the City of Salem, or the County of Roanoke, or be a graduate of a high school located in those jurisdictions; must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 during high school (and college or law school if applicable); and must be pursuing education in the law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In June 2013, the foundation awarded $6,000 in scholarships. Applications will be accepted from Feb. 1 to March 31, 2014. For further information, review the website or call the Roanoke Law Foundation at (540) 342-4905.

The Robert Masur Fellowship for Civil Liberties
Deadline: April 5, 2013
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Offered annually by The Nation Institute, the Robert Masur Fellowship consists of a $1000 honorarium for students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties.

Applicants should send a proposal, no more than two pages, describing his or her intended summer project, along with a resume, a brief letter of recommendation, and the name of their faculty or organizational sponsor to:

   Robert Masur Fellowship
   The Nation Institute
   116 East 16th Street, 8th floor
   New York, NY 10003

All applications must be postmarked by April 5, 2013.

More Information About the Fellowship

For specific inquiries, please contact Jayati Vora at the Nation Institute at or call (212) 822-0269.

Salvi, Schostok, & Pritchard P.C. Law School Essay Contest
Deadline: March 15, 2013
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The law firm of Salvi, Schostok, & Pritchard P.C. is offering eight scholarships in their Law School Scholarship Essay Contest. There will be $5,000 total in awards and first place is $2,500. Awards can be used for tuition, supplies or other school-related expenses. A short essay is required and must be submitted by March 15, 2013, for students to be eligible. Essay contest winners will be notified on April 10, 2013. See their website for more details and to apply.

Serbian Bar Association of America Scholarship Foundation
Deadline: September 15, 2011
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The SBAA is an organization of Serbian American attorneys, judges, paralegals and law students that has been in existence for nearly twenty years. The SBAA is hosting a scholarship gala on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at the Park Ridge Country Club in Park Ridge, Illinois. Four scholarships will be awarded; two in the amount of $2,000, one in the amount of $1,000 and one in the amount of $500.

All persons of Serbian birth, ancestry or connubial relationship who are enrolled in an accredited law school in any state of the United States of America are eligible to apply for the scholarships.

Submission Deadline
The deadline for receipt of applications is September 15, 2011.

Scholarship recipients will be notified in advance of October 8, 2011 and the scholarships will be awarded at the scholarship gala.

Applications are enclosed herewith and available online at:
Applications may be submitted by mail or e-mail (e-mail is preferred) to:

Serbian Bar Association of America
Attention: Marnie N. Bozic
Walker Wilcox Matousek LLP
225 W. Washington Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60601

The Thomas Edward Ryals Scholarship Fund
Deadline: June 1, 2013
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The Thomas Edward Ryals Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to residents of the state of Georgia who are graduates of accredited colleges and who wish to attend accredited schools of law.
Student Requirements:

All Documentation should be forwarded at the same time. Incomplete applications will be returned.

Forward to:
U.S. Trust
100 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Attn: Brenton P. Thurston

TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship
Deadline: May 6, 2014
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Citizens Bank is offering the TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship program to students who demonstrate good citizenship through community volunteerism and leadership. A total of 10 $5,000 scholarships will be awarded this summer for the 2014-2015 academic year. The application period starts on April 15, 2014. For full details on how to apply, go to their website.

Trusp Young Lawyers Scholarship
Deadline: July 1, 2013 to May 15, 2014
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The Trusp Young Lawyers Scholarship is to be awarded to a deserving law student for the 2013-2014 academic year and consists of $1,000, payable through the Law School for the student’s behalf. To apply for the Trusp Legal Young Lawyers Scholarship, submit an essay of no less than 500 words about the importance of employment law in America. They are looking for creativity, background research and most of all, passion. The winner will be notified on July 1, 2013.

Varnum Fellowship for 2L Students
Deadline: Oct. 11, 2013
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Varnum created its Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program to provide encouragement and financial assistance to law students who embody a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within the legal profession and/or their community. During 2013, up to two awards of $7,500 each will be made to second-year law students who will also participate in Varnum's 2014 summer associate program.

Vietnamese American Bar Association of the Greater Washington DC Area (VABA-DC) Scholarship
Deadline: Feb. 18, 2014
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VABA-DC was established, in part, to contribute to the public interest by serving as a voice for the local Vietnamese American community and assisting community members with legal concerns. In furtherance of that mission, they are proud to sponsor two $1,500 scholarships for law students who have shown a commitment to serving their Vietnamese American communities or have overcome significant adversity in achieving their academic goals. 

Please attach the following documents to the application form and send your package either by regular mail to Hansel T. Pham; White & Case LLP; 701 Thirteenth Street, N.W.; Washington, D.C. 20005, or by e-mail to, postmarked no later than February 15, 2013:
  1. Résumé (please include any honors and awards)
  2. Law school transcript
  3. One or two references
  4. An essay (not to exceed 750 words) addressing one of the following questions:

Virginia Federation of Republican Women Scholarship
Deadline: March 22, 2012
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The Virginia Federation of Republican Women awards three $1,000 scholarships annually to young women who are undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in an accredited Virginia college or university, studying government, political science or law. The purpose of the scholarship is to reflect on the cause of good government and to promote political activism and savvy. Scholarships will be paid directly to the school. To apply:

Virginia Wine Law Article Scholarship
Deadline: Aug. 31, 2012
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The contest is open to all students enrolled in an accredited law school for the fall semester of 2012. Submissions should be on a topic relevant to the Virginia wine industry and must be between 2,000 and 5,000 words. First prize will include a $500 scholarship (see link for more). All submissions become property of Strother Law Offices PLC, and may be used for any purpose.


Vision Zero Auto Accident Prevention Scholarship
Deadline: July 31, 2014
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The Law Office of John J. Sheehan is accepting applications for the Vision Zero Auto Accident Prevention Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Applicants must be prospective first or second year law students (class of 2017-2018) with a clean driving record, at least a 3.0 GPA, and a fall 2013 or 2014 law school entry date. For more details and to apply, please see the website.

Waechter Medical-Legal Scholarship
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2014
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The Waechter Medical-Legal scholarship offers two $1,000 scholarships. One is available to a student of a legal college, university or program and the other is available to a student of a medical college, university or program. There is no GPA requirement. Applicants must submit a 150-word essay in which creativity is most important.
Sponsor Jason Waechter loves both the medical profession and the legal profession. He believes the best of each field have something in common—they solve problems in creative and original ways. These scholarships embrace this idea. For application & details see

Waterbury Bar Association Scholarships
Deadline: May 27, 2013
Download Application: or contact Attorney Petrokaitis at (203) 756-6955
The Waterbury Bar Association offers three scholarships:

  1. $1,500 Waterbury Bar Association Scholarship
  2. $1,000 Bar President’s Scholarship
  3. $1,000 Edward Traurig Scholarship

A single application is adequate to be considered for all three scholarships. In order to be considered for the Association and Bar President’s Scholarships, applicants must be residents of the Waterbury Judicial District (Middlebury, Naugatuck, Prospect, Southbury, Watertown, Wolcott, Woodbury or Waterbury) and be in or entering their final year of study in the fall of 2013 at an accredited law school. Applicants for the Traurig Scholarship must also be residents of the Waterbury Judicial District, but can be entering their second or final year of study in fall 2013 at an accredited institution. A certified transcript from your registrar must be received by the Association’s Scholarship Committee for an application to be considered. The completed application with all available transcripts should be mailed to:

Attorney Gina M. Petrokaitis
678 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708

Presentation of the awards will take place in early July of 2013.