Law School Scholarships Guide
General Scholarships for Law Students
One Lawyer Can Change the World Scholarship
Rizio Lipinsky Lawyer Scholarship
The Judge John R. Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship Program
Answering Legal’s Future Attorneys of America Scholarship (FAAS)
AAJ Paul J. Scoptur Trial Advocacy Scholarship
Diversity Scholarships for Law Students
ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
ArentFox Schiff Diversity Scholarship
Zelle Diversity in Law Scholarships
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Earl Warren Scholarship
The Point Foundation Scholarship
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Scholarships
George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF)
National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) Bar Review Scholarship
Law School Scholarships for Women
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Selected Professions Fellowship
Mike Eidson Law Student Scholarship American Association for Justice
Scholarships for Paralegal Students
Ehline Law Firm Paralegal Student Scholarship
Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Paralegal Scholarship Program
Education Accessibility Scholarship
FAQ on Law School Scholarships
There are many types of scholarships for law students. These scholarships are often funded and awarded by law associations, legal education foundations and law schools themselves. Other sources include law firms (sometimes in honor of a former member of that firm), alumni groups, diversity organizations or companies, disability support organizations, states, legal defense funds, private companies and nonprofit organizations.
While any student can apply for nearly any scholarship, there are many scholarships specifically for women. Those listed above include the American Association of University Women fellowship and the American Association for Justice’s Mike Eidson Law Student Scholarship.
Yes. There are fewer than those for JD students, but students in online LLM programs can indeed find scholarships. In addition to checking with your school, you can search by specialization, residence, school location and gender eligibility for scholarships in the United States and globally.
While there are fewer scholarships available for part-time law students, they do exist. Many are awarded by law schools themselves. Some are geared toward women or BIPOC students, who often are balancing work and/or family while pursuing a law degree. Some scholarships specify that the student can be enrolled in a three-year day program or four-year night program, for instance.
It depends on the school and the scholarship, but, in general, students in online programs can be eligible. What is usually specified in scholarship application requirements is that a student must be enrolled in a law school approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), and many accredited law schools have online programs.
Yes. In fact, some law schools—in addition to offering scholarships themselves—have portals on their own websites where outside scholarships can be listed for their students to browse and apply for. A limiting factor might be how many scholarship applications, copies of your transcripts and personal essays you can keep up with.
In general, applicants should start the scholarship process as early as possible. Law school scholarships are generally offered on an annual basis, though some are awarded in spring and fall, and application deadlines occur at various times of year. Because applications require you to fill out forms, order transcripts and write personal essays, it’s not out of the question to begin planning a year in advance.
The feedback process for scholarship programs will vary. Some scholarship websites give you a general idea of when the announcement will be made while others don’t. It depends on the awarding organization, the number of applicants and the judging process. Some schools suggest waiting until a couple weeks after the deadline for entries closes and then emailing or calling the scholarship administrator.