Law School Scholarships

Please note that while the application deadlines for some of the below scholarships have passed, we recommend checking back periodically, as the programs listed are active and new opportunities will become available in the future.

  • 7Sage 7K Law School Scholarship — $7,000 scholarship opportunity for pre-law and incoming 1L students. Winner is selected based on response to two short essay prompts. The deadline for applying is July 1, 2022.
  • Attorney Ken Nugent Legal Scholarship — $5,000 tuition scholarship opportunity for current law students. Application form includes several short answers along with two essay questions.
  • Bader Scott “Future Lawyers of America” Scholarship — $2,500 scholarship for undergraduate law school applicants and current law school students who come from financially disadvantaged families. Application includes a 500-word essay. The deadline for applying is June 21, 2022.
  • BARBRI Law Preview’s “One Lawyer Can Change the World” Scholarship — $10,000 scholarship opportunity for incoming 1L students. Winner is selected based on response to an essay prompt. The deadline for applying is June 1, 2022.
  • Blueprint LSAT Law School Scholarship — $20,000 scholarship for undergraduate students planning to take the LSAT between April 2023-December 2023 and begin law school in 2024. No essay or purchase required. One winner will randomly be selected from eligible entrants and announced in May 2023. The deadline for applying is April 30, 2023.
  • Harness & Dickey Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship — This opportunity provides diverse, first year law students with career mentoring and financial assistance as they explore their interest in intellectual property law, gain a better understanding of working in an intellectual property law firm, and continue to excel in law school. Candidates chosen for a Fellowship will work in a Harness Dickey office location of their choice. Participants may be eligible to renew the Fellowship following the completion of their first summer clerkship. 
  • LGBT Public Interest Scholarship Program — Scholarship of up to $5,000 for law students and/or law school graduates studying for the bar exam who either identify as LGBTQ+ or plan to pursue public interest work in the LGBTQ+ space. Sponsored by the ABA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Commission. The deadline for applying is April 29, 2022.
  • The LSAT Nerds Scholarship — Provides recipients with one-on-one LSAT tutoring, access to The LSAT Nerds’ comprehensive curriculum, several small group workshops each week, and a wide array of application resources covering every aspect of the admissions process.
  • Marshall-Motley Scholars Program (MMSP) — Named for civil rights pioneers Thurgood Marshall and Constance Baker Motley, this program provides full financial support for all law school expenses and long-term career and leadership opportunities to 50 aspiring civil rights lawyers over the next five years. You can learn more about the program in LSAC’s MMSP webinar.
  • Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation — Awards $5,000 scholarships to African-American female law students who have committed to careers as prosecutors. For these future prosecutors, the scholarship program covers the cost of the bar application and preparation up to $5,000. The scholarship program also offers a $5,000 incentive for scholarship recipients who secure employment as prosecutors.
  • Weil Legal Innovators (WLI) Program — Engages rising law school students in addressing some of today's most pressing social and legal challenges. Innovators defer their first year of law school to work at a WLI partner nonprofit organization for a paid public service fellowship, receiving $50,000 in compensation for the fellowship year, plus full health benefits coverage, a $10,000 law school scholarship, and more.

Law School Scholarships for Diverse Applicants

  • ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund — Grants 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial assistance over the course of their three years in law school.
  • Marshall-Motley Scholars Program (MMSP) — Named for civil rights pioneers Thurgood Marshall and Constance Baker Motley, this program provides full financial support for all law school expenses and long-term career and leadership opportunities to 50 aspiring civil rights lawyers over the next five years. You can learn more about the program in LSAC’s MMSP webinar.
  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) — Supports law students who seek to further MALDEF’s mission of advancing the civil rights of the Latino community in the United States through the legal profession. In recent years, MALDEF has annually awarded 5–10 law school scholarships of $5,000 each to deserving law students from throughout the nation.
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. — Has provided over $19 million in financial support to undergraduates and law students, making it possible for hundreds of highly qualified students to attend the nation’s most competitive colleges, universities, and law schools.
  • The Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholar Program — The Scholar Program of the Foundation for the Advancement of Diversity in IP Law provides financial and other support for racially and ethnically diverse, STEM-education students interested in exploring a career patent law. Scholars are eligible for consideration to receive a three-year tuition grant award of $10,000/year. Also, all selected Scholars receive up to $5,000 in assistance to offset law school admissions-related expenses (e.g., LSAT test prep, LSAC fees, law school application fees, and seat deposit), student IP bar association memberships, summer associate placement assistance, patent bar prep support, and mentoring and other engagement and opportunities with patent law professionals. The deadline for applying is April 1 of the calendar year in which the applicant plans to enroll in law school.
  • The Snell & Wilmer Fellowship for Advancement and Resources (FAR) — Annually, Snell & Wilmer will name up to two FAR Fellows to receive an LSAT preparation course of the Fellow’s choosing, a stipend equal to the most current cost to both sit for the LSAT and register for the Credential Assembly Service, a 1L law school prep course, money for books for all three years of law school, a technology stipend (if needed), and mentorship from an assigned Snell & Wilmer attorney over the course of the fellowship. The deadline for applying is June 1, 2022.
  • Zelle Diversity In Law Scholarship — Created for law students who either (1) are a member of a diverse group (broadly defined to include race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical disability or economic/educational disadvantage) that is historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship.

Other Higher Education Scholarships and Opportunities for Diverse Applicants

  • American Indian College Fund — Provides Native students with scholarships and provides financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities, which incorporate American Indian culture and language into their curriculum to honor our students’ heritage and Native identity. The deadline for applying is May 31, 2022.
  • BARBRI Law Preview’s Diversity Scholarship Program — An innovative partnership between BigLaw firms, Fortune 500 companies, law schools, and bar associations that provides scholarships to incoming law students to attend a law school prep course at no cost. The deadline for applying is May 15, 2022.
  • The Gates Scholarship — A highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional Pell-eligible minority high school seniors; awarded to 300 top student leaders each year.
  • Pipeline to Practice Foundation — The Pipeline to Practice Foundation is committed to enhancing diversity in the legal profession by supporting diverse law students and early career attorneys at key stages of their academic and professional development. The Foundation seeks to remove financial barriers to opportunity and success by offering entering law students free access to programming, mentors, and resources throughout their academic and professional careers. The deadline for applying is May 1, 2022.
  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF) — For more than 67 years, UNCF has raised more than $3.3 billion to help more than 400,000 students attend college and graduate from college. UNCF has distributed more funds to help minorities attend school than any entity outside of the US government.