Law School Scholarships Guide

Beginning the process of searching for law school scholarships can be overwhelming. Prospective applicants may wonder which opportunities they qualify for, how many they should apply to and whether to focus on scholarships for Juris Doctor (JD) degree programs versus more general ones.

This article can serve as a helpful resource for law students. The following list covers scholarships that are not state- or school-based, which means they are open to more students. In addition to general scholarships, it highlights some that are for diverse populations, women and paralegals.



General Scholarships for Law Students
Diversity Scholarships for Law Students
Law School Scholarships for Women
Scholarships for Paralegal Students
General Scholarships for Law Students
There are a variety of general scholarships available to help cover the costs of law school. The following opportunities are open to incoming and current students.

One Lawyer Can Change the World Scholarship
The One Lawyer Can Change the World ScholarshipExternal link:open_in_new is sponsored by BARBRI, a company that offers law-school prep courses. To enter, applicants must write a 500-word essay. Essays from previous scholarship recipientsExternal link:open_in_new are published on the BARBRI website.

Qualifications: Be a first-year law student at an ABA-approved law school
Awards: 10 awards in descending amounts
Total Amount: One $10,000 award, one $5,000 award, eight $1,000 awards
Rizio Lipinsky Lawyer Scholarship
What inspires you to become a lawyer? How will you help others fight for justice? Those are the questions you must answer in this scholarship sponsored by the Rizio Lipinsky Law FirmExternal link:open_in_new. Judges are also interested in past experience you may have in advocating for others or yourself.



Qualifications: Students must be accepted into, enrolled in or already attending a JD program in a U.S. law school.
Awards: One
Total Amount: $5,000
The Judge John R. Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
2022 will be the 29th awarding of this Judge John R. Brown ScholarshipExternal link:open_in_new, which highlights excellence in legal writing and is sponsored by the Brown Sims law firm. Applicants submit a current legal writing sample and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or other legal professional.



Qualifications: Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school, seeking either a JD or LLB degree.
Awards: Five, in descending amounts
Total Amount: one $10,000 award, one $5,000 awards, one $3,000 award, two $1,000 awards
FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship Program
The Federal Communications Bar Association sponsors the FCBA Foundation Law School ScholarshipExternal link:open_in_new program, which focuses on students who are interested in pursuing communications law in their careers.



Qualifications: Applicants must be second- or third-year students in accredited U.S. law schools.
Awards: Varies
Total Amount: Varies
Answering Legal’s Future Attorneys of America Scholarship (FAAS)
In the 500–1,000-word essay for the Answering Legal Law ScholarshipExternal link:open_in_new, applicants may choose from three questions: how have your life experiences affected your view on the U.S. legal system, what inspires you to pursue a career in law or how do you see yourself making a future impact in the legal community?

Qualifications: Applicants must be currently accepted to or enrolled in an accredited law school and have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
Awards: One
Total Amount: $5,000
AAJ Paul J. Scoptur Trial Advocacy Scholarship
Paul Scoptur was an adjunct professor of law at Marquette University, an American Association of Justice (AAJ) teacher, and a mentor and trial lawyer who died unexpectedly in 2018; this AAJ Trial Advocacy ScholarshipExternal link:open_in_new honors his memory by providing one individual free registration and partial travel costs to attend AAJ Education Trial Advocacy Colleges. Applicants’ essays will demonstrate their commitment to AAJ, skill in trial advocacy and a desire to represent victims and financial need.



Qualifications: Applicants must be members of AAJ for at least one year.
Awards: One
Total Amount: Up to $500 for travel expenses and cost of registration
Diversity Scholarships for Law Students
The following scholarship programs are specifically for applicants with diverse backgrounds or identities.

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
The American Bar Association (ABA) offers the annual Legal Opportunity Scholarship FundExternal link:open_in_new to first-year law students who are racially or ethnically diverse. Since the program began, more than 400 students have received this scholarship.

Qualifications: Applicants must be entering their first year of law school, they must be a member of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group and they must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
Awards: 10–20
Total Amount: $15,000 over three years in law school
ArentFox Schiff Diversity Scholarship
ArentFox Schiff’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s goal is to support, recruit and promote attorneys that represent society’s diversity. Its Diversity ScholarshipExternal link:open_in_new program is part of this commitment.

Qualifications: Applicants must be second-year law students at an ABA-approved law school and members of a population historically underrepresented in law.
Awards: Five
Total Amount: $20,000 and a salaried summer associate position in one of the firm’s five nationwide offices (Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.)
Zelle Diversity in Law Scholarships
Zelle is a national law firm whose Zelle Diversity in Law ScholarshipsExternal link:open_in_new and “pipeline program” aim to support diverse students at all levels of their law education.

Qualifications: Applicants must be law students who are members of a diverse group (race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical disability or economic/educational disadvantage) or who can show a commitment over time to diversity issues.
Awards: One
Total Amount: $20,000 and a possible paid summer clerkship
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Earl Warren Scholarship
The LDF scholarshipsExternal link:open_in_new began in 1964, originating in the organization’s dedication to end segregation in education. It has supported nearly 2,000 students with more than $5.5 million in that time. The Earl Warren ScholarshipExternal link:open_in_new honors the 14th chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Qualifications: Applicants must be U.S. citizens, dedicated to racial justice and civil rights, and entering their first or second year at an ABA-approved law school.
Awards: Varies
Total Amount: $15,000 per year for three years
The Point Foundation Scholarship
The Point Foundation Scholarship touts itself as the largest LGBTQ education scholarship organization nationwide, awarding and investing more than $35 million in its Point Scholars since 2002. The Point ScholarshipExternal link:open_in_new aims to support LGBTQ law students who are working for the betterment of their community.

Qualifications: Applicants must identify as LGBTQ; be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate program full time; have experience in community involvement and leadership; and be committed to improving LGBTQ issues.
Awards: Varies
Total Amount: Awards vary according to financial need
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Scholarships
The NAPABA Law Foundation (NLF) works to advance the interests of the Asian Pacific American community, awarding multiple NLF scholarshipsExternal link:open_in_new to law students who can be future leaders in the community.

Qualifications: For the Han C. Choi Scholarship, applicants must be first- or second-year law students who have shown leadership and academic achievement; for the SAIL Scholarship, applicants must be second-year students who have shown the same attributes.


Awards: One for each scholarship
Total Amount: $5,000 for the Han C. Choi Scholarship; $7,500 split over two years for the SAIL Scholarship
George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing sponsors this scholarship for law school students with hearing lossExternal link:open_in_new who are attending a full-time accredited mainstream law school or are studying public policy or public administration.

Qualifications: Applicants must have pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss in the moderately-severe to profound range, communicate primarily by listening and using spoken language, and be accepted to or enrolled in an accredited law school or master’s/doctoral program in policy or public administration.
Awards: Up to three
Total Amount: $5,000
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Dedicated to furthering the education of students of Hispanic heritage, the HSF ScholarshipExternal link:open_in_new awards scholarships to high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students.

Qualifications: Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage; have a 2.5 or higher GPA in their undergraduate studies; be planning to enroll in an accredited university or school full time; and be a U.S. citizen, a permanent legal resident, a DACA student or an eligible non-citizen.
Awards: Varies
Total Amount: $500 to $5,000 based on relative need
Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF)
The ISF’s mission is to increase representation of American Muslims in the professions that make public policy and influence public opinion; their programs include ISF scholarshipsExternal link:open_in_new, film grants and congressional internships.



Qualifications: Applicants must be Muslim or active in the Muslim community; be enrolled as a senior undergraduate or incoming first-year, second-year or third-year law student; have a 3.0 GPA; and be a U.S. citizen, permanent U.S. resident or DACA recipient.
Awards: Varies
Total Amount: $5,000–$10,000
National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) Bar Review Scholarship
The NNABA Foundation is a nonprofit organization established by the National Native American Bar Association. The NNABA scholarshipsExternal link:open_in_new are awarded on a nationwide basis to law students to assist them in their bar exam preparation.



Qualifications: Applicants must be Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander; active members of NNABA, a regional American Indian Bar Association or NNALSA; be a graduate of or a current third-year law student attending an ABA-accredited law school in the United States; and be registered to take a state bar examination in the upcoming year.
Awards: Varies
Total Amount: Varies
Law School Scholarships for Women
The following is a list of law school scholarships available to women applicants.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Selected Professions Fellowship
This AAUW fellowshipExternal link:open_in_new was established in 1970 and provides for a year of study in programs in which women have been traditionally underrepresented, including law.



Qualifications: For fellowships in law, the applicants must be women of color. To be eligible, they must also be enrolled full time as a third-year law student. Women who do not already have another master’s or professional degree are given priority.
Awards: Varies
Total Amount: $5,000–$18,000
Mike Eidson Law Student Scholarship American Association for Justice
The AAJ’s Women Trial Lawyers Caucus established the Mike Eidson ScholarshipExternal link:open_in_new in 1998, honoring past president Mike Eidson. It is awarded to applicants who plan to be trial lawyers.

Qualifications: The scholarship is open to female students entering their third year of law school. Applicants must also be an AAJ Law Student member and enrolled in an ABA-approved program.
Awards: One
Total Amount: $5,000
Scholarships for Paralegal Students
There are several scholarship opportunities available for individuals who aspire to become a paralegal.

Ehline Law Firm Paralegal Student Scholarship
This paralegal student scholarshipExternal link:open_in_new is for those who are attending an accredited or state-recognized paralegal program or who currently work in a law office. The application essay should be 400–700 words and communicate how the applicant hopes to positively influence the public’s perception of legal professionals.

Qualifications: If enrolled in a paralegal program, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, show proof of enrollment and be a U.S. citizen.
Awards: One
Total Amount: $750
Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Paralegal Scholarship Program
The Buckfire Law Firm sponsors this paralegal scholarshipExternal link:open_in_new to support individuals who need financial assistance to pursue becoming a paralegal. Applicants must submit a 500–750-word essay describing their education and career goals.



Qualifications: Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are enrolled in and have completed at least one semester of a paralegal education program.
Awards: One
Total Amount: $1,000
Education Accessibility Scholarship
This Education Accessibility ScholarshipExternal link:open_in_new from Connecticut Trial Firm is awarded to a student who is the first in their family to go to college and who is enrolled in a two-year or four-year paralegal or graduate program. Applicants must submit a 750-word essay on how America’s education system could be improved to give more students the opportunity for higher education.

Qualifications: In addition to being the first college attendee in the family, students must be enrolled at an accredited institution and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Awards: One
Total Amount: $1,000
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FAQ on Law School Scholarships
How many types of scholarships are there for law students?
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.

What are the law school scholarships for women?

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.

Are there scholarships available to LLM students?

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.

Are there scholarships available for part-time law students?

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.

Am I eligible to apply for scholarships if I am enrolled in an online degree program?
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.


Can I apply for multiple scholarships at the same time?

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.


When should I start preparing for law school scholarships?

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.

When can I expect feedback after submitting law school scholarship applications?
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.

Law degrees can be expensive, and many students may need a combination of grants, loans and scholarships to afford their education. Scholarships help ease that financial burden and may enable students to pursue a law degree despite economic limitations.

Check out our list of JD degree programs to learn more and find the right program for you. If you love the law but don’t want to be a lawyer, read more about what you can do with a law degree. Additionally, there are more than 30 online Master of Legal Studies programs available for prospective students who want to expand their legal knowledge but don’t want to practice law.

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