Many scholarship opportunities are available for students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.
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.
Summer Prelaw Programs for Diverse Applicants
- Catalyst by SEO Law — Provides free resources to underrepresented students applying to law school, including a four-month Spring LSAT Program, a five-month Summer/Fall Admissions Consulting Program (including workshops and customized review and guidance in the preparation of application materials), discussions with law school admission officers, and attorney mentorship. There is no cost to apply or participate in the program. The program is entirely virtual; students may participate no matter where they are located.
- CLEO ASAP – Achieving Success in the Application Process — A two-day summer seminar designed to help prospective law school applicants understand the importance of factors in the admission process that are often overlooked or undervalued.
- CLEO Pre-Law Summer Institute and CLEO EDGE Pre-Law Summer Institute Scholarship — A multiweek online and residential program designed to prepare graduating seniors — or graduates who plan to attend law school in the fall — to be more competitive law school students. Those who successfully complete the program become CLEO or CLIC Fellows. The $2,500 cost includes room, board, and instructional materials. Applicants to CLEO’s Pre-Law Summer Institute may apply for the $2,500 Pre-Law Summer Institute Scholarship to cover these costs.
- LSAC Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Programs — Four-week programs targeted, but not restricted, to college students from racial and ethnic minority groups that have been underrepresented in the legal profession. The programs are designed for students in the first two years of college and there is no cost to attend. Participants receive a $1,000 stipend and will focus on the skills required to succeed in law school, the law school admission process, and a legal career.
- SEO Law Fellowship Program — Provides a paid 10-week summer experience to underrepresented students the summer before law school, including a 2-week academic and career development training program followed by an 8-week internship at a corporate law firm to help Fellows excel in law school and jumpstart their legal careers. Fellows are placed at firms located in the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, D.C., and Wilmington (DE). Once in law school, Fellows receive complementary tutoring sessions during their first year of law school and ongoing career and mentorship support. There is no cost to apply or participate in the program.
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.