Law School Scholarships

  • 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.
  • 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. The deadline for applying is November 15, 2021.
  • 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 August 15, 2021.
  • 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 in 2021 or 2022 and begin law school in fall 2022 or fall 2023. No essay required. One winner will be randomly selected from eligible entrants. Application includes a 500-word essay.
  • 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 2021 application cycle is closed.
  • 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. The deadline for applying is February 23, 2021
  • 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. Application deadline: March 28, 2022.
  • 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. Applications for the 2022/2023 cycle will open in Fall/Winter 2021.

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.
  • Lloyd M. Johnson Jr. Scholarship Program — Provides scholarship support for newly entering first-year law students pursuing a Juris Doctor (non-LLM) degree. The Scholarship Program will provide scholarships at $10,000 per year for up to three years.
  • 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 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Scholarships — Awarded each fall to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders.
  • The Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholar Program — The Scholar Program provides financial and other support for students interested in pursuing patent law. Scholars receive test prep and fee reimbursements (LSAT and Patent Bar), bar association membership, engagement opportunities, mentoring, and networking opportunities. Scholars are also eligible to apply for a three-year tuition grant award of $10,000/year.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Accredited Schools Online — Provides information about college scholarships available for minority students.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.