We created a list of scholarships and like opportunities available to law students who identify as members of groups, such as veterans and minorities, offered by a set of organizations. 

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Please contact our Career Development Office for help in sifting through the dozens of scholarships and opportunities offered to law students who identify as members of minority or underserved groups.

Scholarships for Veterans

Barnett Howard & Williams Military Veteran Law Student Scholarship

Barnett Howard & Williams Military Veteran Law Student Scholarship awards a $500 stipend scholarship to one military veteran law student (1L, 2L, or 3L).
Eligibility Restrictions: Must attend a law school in the United States. Applicants must have a 2.5 minimum GPA.
Award: $500
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2021

Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD Law School Scholarship for Veterans

Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD awards an annual $1,500 scholarship to a deserving veteran enrolled in or accepted to a U.S. law school. Veterans of all branches of the U.S. military are eligible to apply (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard).
Eligibility Restrictions: This scholarship is open to veterans enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school or who are accepted to an accredited U.S. law school. Applicants must be pursuing a juris doctorate (JD) degree. The applicant's most recent school transcript must demonstrate a GPA of at least 3.0.
Award: $1,500
Deadline: July 1, 2021

TonaLaw Veteran's Scholarship

The TonaLaw Veteran's Scholarship awards $2,500 to a military veteran.Qualified applicants must be able to provide proof that they have served in the United States military. Eligible veterans must be enrolled or accepted to begin enrollment (within 6 months) to an accredited school.
Eligibility Restrictions: This scholarship is open to all veterans enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school or who are accepted to an accredited U.S. law school within 6 months of application.
Award: $2,500
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2021

List of Military Scholarships for Service Members and Spouses

Please visit the individual websites for most up to date information on the various scholarships, complete eligibility requirements, and deadlines if no link is provided. Also recheck with your college or university to Scholarships Search for other available scholarships.

Scholarships for Latinx

Cuban American Bar Foundation Foundation

The Cuban American Bar Foundation (“CABF”) is dedicated to providing financial assistance to Cuban-American law students and law students interested in activities of importance to the Cuban-American community. Since its inception, CABF has provided scholarships for deserving law students in accredited law schools and has honored the memory of distinguished lawyers and judges by awarding scholarships in their memory.
Eligibility Restrictions: This scholarship is open to applicants who is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S. Applicants must be a law student of Cuban heritage who has distinguished himself/herself academically and/or in service-oriented activities; OR any law student who has distinguished himself/herself in research, writing, community services, and/or other activities of importance to the Cuban-American community. Applicants must be a currently enrolled student in good academic standing at an accredited law school.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: July 30, 2021

Chicana Latina Foundation

The Chicana Latina Foundation awards scholarships to Latina college students, valued at $1,500 each.
Eligibility Restrictions: This scholarship is open to people who have lived at least two (2) years in one of the above Northern California counties at the time of application. Be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or community college in one of the following California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, San Francisco, Sonoma, or Yolo. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 for college coursework.
Awards: $1,500
Deadline: March 21, 2021

Dominican Bar Association Law School Scholarship

The DBA awards scholarships to eligible law students who demonstrate community service involvement, academic commitment and financial need.
Eligibility Restrictions: This scholarship is open to rising first-year, second-year, third-year, and fourth-year part-time students who are matriculated at an ABA accredited law school may apply to receive a scholarship.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: July 19, 2021

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Eligibility Restrictions: This scholarship requires that applicants have a minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for graduate students. Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA and enrolled in an accredited graduate program.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: Feb. 14, 2021

Latina Lawyers Bar Association Scholarship

The Latina Lawyers Bar Association is pleased to present its Scholarship Application. The scholarship program will award scholarships to outstanding law students. The scholarship funds may be used towards the expenses related to a student’s attendance at a California law school. Preference will be given to Latina law students.
Eligibility Restrictions:This scholarship is open to students who are California residents and/or domiciled in California. Preference will be given to Latina law students.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: July 26, 2021

LULAC National Educational Service Center Scholarship

LULAC offers a variety of scholarships for high school seniors, undergraduate & graduate college students through our educational arm, the LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC).
Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)

MALDEF supports law students who seek to further MALDEF’s mission of advancing the civil rights of the Latino community in the United States. In recent years, MALDEF has annually awarded 5-15 law school scholarships of $2,000 each to deserving law students from throughout the nation.
Eligibility Restrictions: Applicants are evaluated for their academic and extracurricular achievements, for their background and financial need, and, most important, for their demonstrated commitment to advancing Latino civil rights in their careers.
Awards: $2,000
Deadline: Varies

Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Award

Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Fund will award scholarships during its Annual Gala in October. To receive the award, the scholarship recipient must remain in good standing and enrolled full-time at an accredited American Bar Association Law School in New York State, be a resident of the State of New York, or have a confirmed commitment to work in New York State after completing their law school education.
Eligibility Restrictions:
Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies

Middle Eastern Scholarships

AGBU Scholarship Program

AGBU Scholarship Program has championed the higher education of tens of thousands of promising young Armenian university students enrolled at some of the world’s top-ranked universities.
Eligibility Restrictions:
Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies

Armenian Bar Association Scholarships

Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies

Iranian-American Scholarship Fund

The Iranian-American Scholarship Fund (IASF) provides scholarships to full-time students of Iranian heritage attending undergraduate and graduate schools in the United States. IASF seeks to provide financial assistance to students who demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, and a commitment to community service; instill in the applicants a strong sense of pride in the community that supports their academic objectives; and inspire applicants to donate to IASF in the future in order to continue the tradition of assisting deserving candidates.
Eligibility Restrictions: Verifiable Iranian heritage. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent residency with a valid permanent resident card. Applicants must be a Graduate (PhDs not eligible) student in a degree-seeking program at an accredited institution in the U.S. Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies

LGBTQ+ Scholarships

BALIF Foundation Scholarships

Eligibility Restrictions: This scholarship is open to people who identify as LGBTQ+.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies

Horizons Foundation

Horizons is home to a number of scholarships and fellowships supporting the LGBTQ community in higher education and training in the SF Bay Area and beyond. We believe that investing in our community's future leaders will help create the world we envision.
Eligibility Restrictions: This scholarship is open to people who identify as LGBTQ+.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies

LGBTQ+ and Ally Law Students Scholarship

The National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation offers three scholarships of $2,500 each, annually. Students must be accepted or enrolled at least half-time in an ABA-accredited law school to be eligible.
Eligibility Restrictions: This scholarship is open to people who identify as LGBTQ+. Students must be accepted or enrolled at least half-time in an ABA-accredited law school to be eligible.
Awards: $2,500
Deadline: April 1, 2021

Point Scholarship

Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Point’s multifaceted support of its scholarship recipients (“scholars”) extends far beyond direct financial contribution toward the cost of their education. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs and events.
Eligibility Restrictions: This scholarship is open to people who identify as LGBTQ+.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: Jan. 26, 2021

Tang Scholarship

Mr. Edward C. Tang established this award in 2007 to provide financial assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (l/g/b/t) Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) for post-secondary Education. This scholarship is to help LGBT youth proudly achieve educational pursuits and dreams without shame. This scholarship awards up to four outstanding students annually, a combined scholarship totaling up to $60,000, awarded over up to four years. These scholarships are renewable for a maximum of three more years (a total of four years) provided each student annually meets the renewal requirements.
Eligibility Restrictions: Applicant must self-identify as Asian/Pacific Islander and gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender; (at least 25% API ancestry); and involved in the GLBT community. Applicants must be a graduate from a high school in one of the nine Bay Area counties; Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara County, Napa, Sonoma or Solano. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and between the age of 17 and 25.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: April 30, 2021

African American Scholarships

Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship

This scholarship is in honor of the late Agnes Jones Jackson who was a long time NAACP member from the San Francisco branch.
Eligibility Restrictions: This scholarship is open to African-American Students who are a member of NAACP and a U.S. resident. Applicants must be 25 years or younger and possess a grade point average of 3.0.
Awards: $2,000
Deadline: June 18, 2021

Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

In 1992, BWL established the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation (“BWL Foundation”).
Eligibility Restrictions: 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.
Awards: $3,000 to $5,000.
Deadline: June 26, 2021

Charles Houston Bar Association

Charles Houston Bar Association’s (“CHBA”) Annual Scholarship. Law students do not have to be members of CHBA to be awarded the scholarship. All law students who apply will be given free membership to CHBA for the upcoming calendar year and may renew that membership for free during their tenure in law school. While all law students are encouraged to apply, students of African descent attending law school in California are particularly encouraged to submit scholarship materials. Scholarship awards will start at $2,000 dollars. Additional Information (pdf)
Eligibility Restrictions: This scholarship is open to students of African descent attending law school in California.
Awards: $2,000
Deadline: Nov. 3, 2020

Earl Warren Scholarship

LDF’s Earl Warren Scholarship awards are $10,000 per year for three years (as long as scholars remain in good academic standing and continue to meet the scholarship criteria) for a total of $30,000. In addition to financial assistance, Earl Warren scholars are given two unique opportunities: (1) an LDF internship, externship, or guided research project—competitive positions that are sought out by dozens of students every year, and (2) an invitation to LDF’s Civil Rights Training Institute, an invitation-only annual civil rights conference that brings together civil rights advocates, scholars, and attorneys to discuss strategies and to network.
Eligibility Restrictions: This scholarship is open to first year law students who are U.S. citizens.
Awards: $10,000
Deadline: March 1, 2021

Langston Bar Association

The John M. Langston Bar Association is the largest African-American bar association in Los Angeles. Langston’s mission is to provide a source of networks, support, and mentorship for African-American attorneys. Each year, Langston sponsors various workshops to address the needs of African-American attorneys and provides scholarships to qualified law students and bar grants for law school graduates.
Eligibility Restrictions:
Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies

Marshall-Motley Scholars Program

This scholarship is in honor of the legendary civil rights attorney and LDF founder Thurgood Marshall, and iconic civil rights litigator Constance Baker Motley, the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program (MMSP) is a groundbreaking commitment to endow the South with the next generation of civil rights lawyers trained to provide legal advocacy of unparalleled excellence.
Eligibility Restrictions: Scholars will commit to serving as civil rights lawyers based in the South, engaged in a law practice focused on achieving racial justice for 8 years following the conclusion of their fellowship.
Awards: Full tuition, room and board
Deadline: Feb. 23, 2021

Wiley Manuel Law Foundation Scholarship

Wiley William Manuel (1927-1981) was the first African American California Supreme Court Justice. Justice Manuel was deeply concerned about the social, economic, and legal problems facing persons of color. The Foundation awards scholarships to Northern California law students who best exemplify the qualities of the late Justice Wiley.
Eligibility Restrictions: The Foundation awards scholarships to Northern California law students who best exemplify the qualities of the late Justice Wiley.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies

Asian American Scholarships

Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area

This scholarship was established by the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) to recognize deserving law students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to serving the needs of Asian-American communities. Applicants must present proof of enrollment in an accredited Northern California law school and appear before the selection committee.
Eligibility Restrictions: Applicants must present proof of enrollment in an accredited Northern California law school and appear before the selection committee.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley ("APABA Silicon Valley") Charity Foundation is pleased to invite applications for the APABA Silicon Valley Achievement Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize law students in the greater Bay Area who have: (1) Overcome personal hardships or challenges; (2) Shown excellence and achievement in law school; (3) Demonstrated leadership potential and a history of involvement with student, professional, or civic organizations; and (4) Demonstrated leadership and service to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
Eligibility Restrictions: This scholarship is focused on, but not limited to, helping students who are interested in pursuing public interest legal work (e.g. government work, service to under-represented communities, immigration issues, or human trafficking issues related to the AAPI community).
Awards: Two (2) scholarships of $10,000 each OR up to four (4) scholarships of $5,000 each
Deadline: Varies

Filipino Bar Association of Northern California

Applicants must be current law students in good academic standing or admitted law students for the 2021-2022 academic year. They must also have a demonstrated interest in serving the Filipino-American community and a desire to provide legal services to the Filipino-American community as an attorney. Scholarship(s) will be awarded at FBANC’s Anniversary Dinner.
Eligibility Restrictions: Applicants must also have a demonstrated interest in serving the Filipino-American community and a desire to provide legal services to the Filipino-American community as an attorney.
Awards: $2,000
Deadline: March 21, 2021

Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation

The Japanese American Bar Association Foundation offers one or more scholarships each year to law students. The criteria for each scholarship are: 1) service in the Asian Pacific American community; 2) financial need; 3) overcoming adversity; 4) academic achievement; and 5) desire to practice law in the Southern California area.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: Feb. 28, 2021

Japanese American Citizens League Scholarships

The league offers three separate scholarships: the Thomas T. Hayashi Memorial Scholarship, the Sho Sato Memorial Scholarship, and the Abe and Esther Hagiwara Student Aid Award, which provides financial assistance to a student who otherwise would have to delay or terminate his or her education because of a lack of financing.
Eligibility Restrictions: Applicants must be active JACL members who are planning to attend law school in the fall.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: April 1, 2021

The National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association

These scholarships are awarded each fall to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve the Asian Pacific American community.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies

Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California

Applicants must be current law students in good academic standing and must submit a resume, one or two letters of recommendation or three references, and an essay on one of the listed topics along with the application form.
Eligibility Restrictions:Open to all law students, the scholarship is intended to assist recipients who are in pursuit of public interest or social justice goals. The award recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the Vietnamese-American community in Northern California and who will be using the scholarship award to further their public interest or social justice work, either by pursuing post-graduate work or for a summer position.
Awards: Two scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000.
Deadline: Aug. 15, 2021

Scholarships for Women

AAUW — Selected Professions Fellowships

The AAUW Educational Foundation provides funds to advance education, research and self-development for women, and to foster equity and positive societal change. The Selected Professions Fellowships offered by AAUW are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study during the fellowship year in a degree program where women’s participation traditionally has been low. Fellowships awarded to women in a Law program (JD) are restricted to women of color. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Eligibility Restrictions: Fellowships awarded to women in a Law program (JD) are restricted to women of color. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Awards: $5,000 to $18,000
Deadline: Dec 1, 2021

Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys, Inc. Scholarships

The Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys (LIWOCA) offers annual scholarships to women of color law students. Successful applicants should have completed at least one year of law school at an accredited U.S. law school, and should demonstrate a commitment to the Profession and be active in their community and law school.
Eligibility Restrictions: This scholarship is open to women of color who have completed their first year of law school. Applicants must have at least a 2.8 cumulative grade point average.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: May 9, 2021

Mrs. J.D.

Each summer, Ms. JD funds summer stipends for female law students dedicated to public interest work. Applicants should be in their second or third year of law school and working at a government agency or nonprofit organization during the coming summer.
Eligibility Restrictions: Applicants should be in their second or third year of law school and working at a government agency or nonprofit organization during the coming summer.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: June 12, 2020

Mike Eidson Law Student Scholarship

Each year, the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus awards a $5,000 scholarship 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, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. Additionally, the winner receives a registration and travel stipend to attend the AAJ Annual Convention.
Eligibility Restrictions: Applicants must be an AAJ Law Student member, be enrolled in an ABA-approved law school, and a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiff lawyer or criminal defense lawyer and a dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.
Awards: $5,000
Deadline: Varies

The Pearce Law Firm, P.C Empowering Women in Law Scholarship

This scholarship opportunity is open to women nationwide who are currently attending a law school in the United States. This scholarship is intended to encourage & support outstanding achievement & leadership by example from women in the field of law.
Eligibility Restrictions: Applicants must be a current female law student and must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
Awards: $1,500
Deadline: May 31, 2021

Women Lawyers of Sacramento Scholarships

The Women Lawyers of Sacramento (“WLS”) scholarship is awarded to a financially needy student who will be a first or second year law student in the Fall of 2019. The successful candidate will possess achievements that are consistent with WLS’s goals of advancing the position of women in law and society.
Eligibility Restrictions: This scholarship will be awarded to a financially needy student who is currently a first or second year law student (or third year in a four-year program) and whose achievements are consistent with WLS’s goals of advancing the position of women in law and society.
Awards: up to $2,500
Deadline: March 19, 2021

Native American Scholarships

Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarships

The Association's Scholarships are provided to students twice per year until they graduate, as long as they maintain a 2.5 GPA and attend full-time. Our mission is to support students who are connected to their Tribal Nation and Indian Country and wish to utilize their degree to serve their Nations.
Eligibility Restrictions: Applicants must be enrolled with your respective Tribe, either federally recognized or non-federally recognized Tribe, from the continental US or Alaska.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies

American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships

These awards are granted to assist Native American and Alaskan Native students from federally recognized tribes pursuing Master’s, Doctorate, and professional degrees in all fields. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Fellowships are awarded to applicants to the extent that funds are available. You may print out an application online or request one in the mail via the website.
Eligibility Restrictions: Applicants must be from a federally recognized tribe.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: June 1, 2021

Daughters Of the American Revolution Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to help Native Americans students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education at the undergraduate or graduate levels.
Eligibility Restrictions:Applicants must be Native Americans with financial need who have a GPA of at least 3.25.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: Jan. 21, 2022

General Diversity Scholarships

AccessLex

AccessLex specializes in providing free comprehensive educational and financial resources catered specifically to law students.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies

American Association for Justice-Richard D. Hailey Law Student Scholarship

These scholarships are open to all first- and second-year African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American, Native American, and Bi-Racial law student members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). A 500-word essay about how you meet the criteria as well as up to three recommendations from a faculty adviser, trial advocacy professor, dean, AAJ member and/or trial lawyer are required.
Eligibility Restrictions: This scholarship is awarded to a minority Law Student member entering their first, second, or third year of law school. Applicants must exhibit an interest and proficiency in trial advocacy skills.
Awards: $5,000
Deadline: May 1, 2022

American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

The American Bar Association (ABA) awards an annual Legal Opportunity Scholarship to first-year law students. The mission of the program is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to attend and complete law school. The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship grants 10 - 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial aid over their three years in law school. Since its inception, more than 400 students from across the country have received the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship.
Eligibility Restrictions: Applicants must be a member of a racial and/or ethnic minority that has been underrepresented in the legal profession.
Awards: $15,000 over three years
Deadline: April 17, 2021

Arthur Lockwood Beneventi Law Scholarship

The Arthur Lockwood Beneventi Law Scholarship is a one-time preferred amount $2,000 scholarship awarded to a student who is either enrolled in or attends an accredited law school and has a minimum GPA of 3.25. The scholarship is not automatically renewable; however, recipients may reapply for consideration each year.
Eligibility Restrictions: Applicants must be enrolled in or attend an accredited law school and have a minimum GPA of 3.2.
Awards: $2,000
Deadline: Varies

BARBRI Law Preview-One Lawyer Can Change the World Scholarship

In partnership with the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Law Preview will be awarding one hard-working incoming law student $10,000 towards their 1L year.
Eligibility Restrictions: Applicants must be an incoming first year student. Applicants must (i) be a member of a racial or ethnic group that has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, (ii) a member of the LGBTQ community, (iii) differently-abled students or (iii) a woman.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: June 1, 2022

ChangeLawyers Scholarship

The California ChangeLawyers Scholarship 1L Diversity Scholarship supports diverse 1Ls who will be leaders in the profession.
Eligibility Restrictions: Applicants must be a diverse student starting their first year of law school at an ABA or CA accredited law school.
Awards: $7,500
Deadline: July 16, 2021

ChapmanAlbin Law Student Scholarship

Eligibility Restrictions: To apply, a U.S. law student must write a 300-500 word essay on a specific topic and meet a few other criteria for consideration.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies

First Generation Law Student Scholarship

The First Generation Law Student Scholarship seeks to help students by “Remembering the Past, Building the Future.”
Eligibility Restrictions: Applicants must be the first in their family to attend law school. Applicants must be second year law student and currently attending an accredited law school in the U.S. Applicants must have a first year law school GPA of 3.0 (or better) and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Awards: $1,500
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2021

LMJ Scholarship Program

The LMJ Scholarship is a diversity pipeline program that seeks to nurture the academic and professional careers of outstanding law students. The scholarship is open to women and diverse students who have: been accepted to an ABA-accredited law school on a full-time basis; an outstanding or promising academic record; an interest in corporate law; demonstrated community service and leadership qualities; a financial need; and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity. The LMJ Scholarship grants scholarships of $10,000 to students for their first year of law school. In addition to financial support, LMJ scholars are connected with peers, alumni, and mentors, who are available to provide professional support, such as guidance on addressing academic or personal obstacles that arise over the course of their legal career.
Eligibility Restrictions:The scholarship is open to women and diverse students who have: been accepted to an ABA-accredited law school on a full-time basis; an outstanding or promising academic record; an interest in corporate law; demonstrated community service and leadership qualities; a financial need; and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity.
Awards: $10,000
Deadline: June 15, 2021

Mpower

MPOWER and La Unidad Latina Foundation are looking to fund students with high potential as a leader and advocate.
Eligibility Restrictions:
Awards: $5,000
Deadline: July 20, 2021

National Italian American Bar Association (Niaba) & Sons Of Italy Foundation Scholarship

Eligibility Restrictions: Applicant must be a U.S. citizen of Italian descent enrolled in a law school program at an accredited academic institution for the Fall 2021 term. Applicants must be a rising first, second or third year law student.
Awards: Varies
Deadline: February 28, 2021

Sacramento Bar Foundation Scholarship

Awards: Varies
Deadline: Varies

Summer Diversity Fellowships For 1L Students

1L LCLD Scholars Program

1L LCLD Scholar candidates must be enrolled as first-year law students and in good standing at an ABA-approved law school. Candidates must apply directly to their desired LCLD Member firms and corporations; each Member organization will independently identify, select, and hire its 1L LCLD Scholar(s).

1L Diversity Scholar Program

Must be a first-year law student (Class of 2024) enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school; and a member of a racial, ethnic, or gender group which has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, a member of the LGBTQ community, or those with a disability.

ABA Diversity Fellowships

An ABA created a list of diversity scholarships and fellowships.

ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

This is a full-time, six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first-or second-year minority and/or financially disadvantaged law students.

Akin Gump 1L Scholar Programs

Applicants must be enrolled and in good standing at an ABA accredited law school, and have an anticipated graduation date of 2024.

Arent Fox LLP 1L Diversity Scholarship

$15,000 scholarship to first-year law students.

BakerHostetler Diversity Fellowship Program

Open to any second-year law student, successful applicants to the program will receive up to a $25,000 award as well as a position in the BakerHostetler summer associate program.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

The Law Department summer internship program at Bristol Myers Squibb offers law students valuable career development opportunities by providing client- and customer-focused assignments under the supervision of various members of their Law Department. Additional information (pdf)

Cooley LLP Diversity Summer Program

Award recipients will receive a paid 1L Summer Associate position and an award of up to $30,000 to assist with law school tuition. The award will be paid in three installments: $10,000 upon completion of the 1L summer with the firm; $10,000 upon completion of the 2L summer with the firm; and the remaining $10,000 upon joining the firm as a full-time associate.

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

1L Diversity Scholarship recipient, you will receive a paid position in our Summer Associate Program and $15,000 for your second year tuition and expenses.

Donald W. Banner Diversity Fellowship

Created to strengthen diversity and inclusion in the field of intellectual property law, the fellowship provides 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to participate in the firm’s summer associate program and $5,000 for law school tuition or other school-related expenses. Recipients who accept full-time positions with Banner Witcoff receive an additional $5,000 financial award.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Awards law school student applicants $15,000 per year for tuition and law school fees, as well as an offer to join the firm’s summer associate program.

Fisher and Phillips LCLD 1L Scholars Program

The summer program at Fisher Phillips is designed to give first year students a realistic view of what it is like to practice as a first-year attorney at our firm.

Fish & Richardson P.C. 1L Diversity Fellowship

Fish will award $5,000 to all 1L Diversity Fellowship recipients upon completion of their 1L summer clerkship with the firm; $10,000 to those returning as a 2L summer associate at Fish for the full summer program; and $15,000 to those who join the firm as an associate after law school graduation.

Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law

$10,000 per year law school tuition grant awards awarded to select Scholars.

Fox Rothschild LLP

An award of $15,000, conditioned on the following:

  • $7,500 will be awarded after acceptance of a 2L summer associate position; and,
  • $7,500 will be awarded after acceptance of an entry-level associate position.

Goodwin Diversity Fellowship

Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowships provide first-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with awards of $10,000 each to help cover expenses while working in a public interest law position during the summer after their first year of law school.

Google Legal Summer Institute (LSI)

LSI is a paid opportunity and we request that all participating partner firms pay Scholars the same weekly rate as their other summer associates, for one week at Google and the full summer program with the participating law firm.

Groom Law Group 1L Summer Mentorship Program

Groom Law Group hosts its 1L Summer Mentorship Program for rising 2L law students who are working in DC for the summer.

Just The Beginning — A Pipeline Organization

Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions on a variety of substantive matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP 1L Scholar

Selected 1L law students are invited to join Kirkland attorneys, clients, and alumni for our two-day program.

Latham & Watkins LLP – 1L Diversity Scholars Program

A 10-week program to students who have just finished their first year of law school.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP 1L Diversity Fellowship

$35,000 fellowship stipend made in three payments conditioned on satisfactory completion of the 2L summer and subsequently joining the firm as an entry-level associate.

Perkins Coie — 1L Diversity Scholarship

The fellowships provide students a $15,000 academic scholarship and a paid summer associate position immediately following the completion of their first year of law school.

Sacramento County Bar Association Summer Diversity Fellowship

The Sacramento County Bar Association (“SCBA”) is committed to promoting and increasing diversity in area law firms. The Summer Fellowship Program demonstrates that commitment by providing diverse students an opportunity to work in a law firm between the first and second years of law school.

Vedder Price 1L Diversity Scholarship

$10,000 monetary award for law school-related expenses and a guaranteed summer associate position in their Summer Associate Program after the scholarship recipient’s first year of law school.

Winston & Strawn 1L Diversity Scholarship

Eligible to receive a $25,000 scholarship to offset legal education expenses.

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP 1L Diversity Program

Scholarship recipients are awarded up to $40,000 over the course of their participation in the Program, with $30,000 payable over the recipient’s law school career and an additional $10,000 payable upon joining Womble Bond Dickinson as an Entry-Level Associate.

Other Opportunities

ABA Writing Competitions for all students

Must be an ABA Law Student Division member.

Michael Greenberg Writing Competition

Awards $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000. First-place winner will also receive registration, airfare and lodging to attend Lavender Law and publication in the Journal of Law and Sexuality.

LSAC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Writing Competition

This biennial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion writing competition for law students is designed to advance the dialogue about recruitment and retention strategies that can attract a more diverse class of law students, thus bringing attention to LSAC’s goal of increasing diversity in the legal profession.

American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition

A legal article on indigenous people.

National Law Review 2020-2021 Law Student Writing Competition

A legal article on practice-oriented legal analysis.

The Human Rights Essay Award

A legal article on international human rights law.

ABA Judicial Clerkship Program

This clerkship brings Judges and minority law students together through structured networking activities.

Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair

Are you LGBTQ+ or an ally? The National LGBT Bar Association is hosting its annual Lavender Law® Conference and Career Fair, July 28 to July 30. With more than 1,700 annual attendees and more than 180 recruiters, it is the largest LGBTQ+ legal career fair in the world! This year the conference will host more than 50 programs, including a number geared specially to law students about career planning, student activism, and more. Additionally, top law firms and organizations from across the country will be recruiting students at the Career Fair.