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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.

These scholarships are not offered by LSAC, but rather by third-party organizations. 

  • 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.
  • ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund — Grants 10 to 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial assistance over the course of their three years in law school.
  • American Indian College Fund — Hundreds of scholarships are available for all areas of study under the Full Circle Scholarship Program. Students attending tribal colleges and universities can receive additional scholarship support with the program. Any Native American U.S. citizen who is an enrolled member or a descendant of an enrolled member of a state or federally recognized tribe may apply.
  • Attorney Ken Nugent Legal Scholarship — $5,000 tuition scholarship opportunity for current law students. Application form includes several short answers along with an essay question.
  • 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 an essay.
  • BARBRI Law Preview’s Course Scholarships — Full-tuition scholarships funded by BigLaw firms and Fortune 500 companies that enable entering 1Ls to attend Law Preview's law school prep course.
  • 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.
  • Blueprint LSAT Law School Scholarship — $20,000 scholarship for undergraduate students planning to take the LSAT. No essay or purchase required.
  • The Gates Scholarship — A highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional minority high school seniors from low-income households.
  • Harness IP’s Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship — Provides diverse, first- and second-year law students with career mentoring and financial assistance as they explore their interest in intellectual property law.
  • 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 LSAT Nerds Scholarship Fund — 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 admission 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.
  • 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 to 15 scholarships of $2,000 to $10,000 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 in patent law. Scholars are eligible for consideration to receive a three-year tuition grant award of $10,000 per year.
  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF) — For more than seven decades, UNCF has raised more than $5 billion to help more than 500,000 students attend college, graduate, and become leaders.
  • 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.
  • Zelle Diversity In Law Scholarship — Created for law students who either (1) are a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are 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.