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While law isn't exactly an undergraduate major, it is certainly an educational experience. To become a lawyer requires seven years of full-time education after high school. You'll need a bachelor's degree and then three years of law school before you'll be ready to take the bar exam. Admission to law school can be competitive as can the educational experience itself. But the rewards can be substantial. Continue reading to find out more about law school and law scholarships.

To apply to law school, prospective students need a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. While bachelor's programs such as pre-law and legal studies exist, they are not necessary for law school admission. Any college major that encourages critical thinking, reading and writing skills (mathematics, history, political science, etc.) should be adequate preparation. The law scholarships listed on this page are for law school and not other legal studies undergraduate majors.

In your first year of law school, you will enroll in courses such as federal litigation, legal research and writing, constitutional law and property. In your 2nd and 3rd years, you'll face more advanced courses in subjects such as corporate finance, disability rights, environmental law and policy and international trade law.

Career prospects for lawyers are average with a 10% increase in employment opportunities over the next decade predicted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Demand for legal assistance is expected to increase at a higher than average rate as our society becomes ever more litigious. 

However, the bulk of this assistance will be provided by paralegals and large accounting firms. Thus, full-time employment for lawyers will be quite competitive as the number of law school graduates each year exceeds the number of jobs.

Prospects will be brightest for those willing to relocate and those with bilingual skills.

New York, California and Florida are the states with the highest employment levels for lawyers. The District of Columbia features the highest concentration of lawyers and legal jobs. The annual median salary for lawyers is just over $113,000 as reported by the BLS.

Explore the links below to find out more about law school scholarships.

Law and Social Science Dissertation Fellowship and Mentoring Program

Purpose: The Law and Society Association, in collaboration with the American Bar Foundation and the National Science Foundation, seeks applications for the Law and Social Science Dissertation Fellowship and Mentoring Program (LSS Fellowship). Awards Fellowships are held in residence at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, IL, where Fellows are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the ABF, including participation in a weekly seminar series. LSS Fellows will receive a stipend of $30,000 per year. Fellows will attend LSA annual meetings in both years of the fellowship and the Graduate Student Workshop in the first year of the fellowship. Fellows will receive up to $1,500 for research and travel expenses each year. Relocation expenses up to $2,500 may be reimbursed one time. Eligibility Third-, fourth-, and fifth-year graduate students who specialize in the field of law and social science and whose research interests include law and inequality are invited to apply. Fellowship applicants should be students in a Ph.D. program in a social science department or an interdisciplinary program. Humanities students pursuing empirically-based social science dissertations are welcome to apply. Applicants are also eligible to apply for the American Bar Foundation’s Doctoral Fellowship Program in Law and Social Science. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. Please submit your complete application for the LSS Fellowship online. Direct all questions or concerns relating to your application submission to Amanda Ehrhardt, (312) 988-6517, aehrhardt@abfn.org.

The Joseph R. and June B. Rensch Endowed Scholarship

It is awarded to upper-division students on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, and potential for business leadership.

Bloomsbury Scholarships

Bloomsbury Honor International believes in rewarding its members for their academic, entrepreneurship, and leadership excellence. To do so, scholarships are granted to qualified achievers annually. Upon being accepted into the Bloomsbury Honor International, members are eligible to apply for the scholarships. A selection committee comprised of Senior Officers carefully evaluates each application. Evaluation is based upon numerous factors including academic honours and recognition, current GPA, civil service, leadership experiences, and any accomplishments pertinent to entrepreneurship. All scholarships are only available to current student members of the Bloomsbury Honor International. Categories: - Arts and Humanities - Business and Management - Education - Engineering, Mathematics and Science - Law - Medical and Health - Social Science Eligibility: As an international initiative, we welcome scholarship applications from any country. All students considered for scholarships must be members of Bloomsbury Honor International in good standing. Students must also be enrolled (or plan to enroll) in an undergraduate or graduate program in an accredited institution. Any applications received after the application deadline will not be considered. Criteria: Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of: - Academic achievement relative to specific category - Leadership and entrepreneurship experience - Work experience relative to specific category - Community service - Personal statement of goals and aspirations - Letters of recommendations If selected, necessary information must be received by Bloomsbury Honor International within three weeks of notification date or scholarship will be forfeited.

Elaine Osborne Jacobson Award

Criteria: 1. Must be a woman. 2. Must be enrolled in an accredited North American law school on a full- or part-time basis. Through her law school academic and clinical work and other related activities demonstrates her aptitude for a long-term commitment to a legal career of advocacy on behalf of the health care needs of children, women, the elderly or the disabled. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.roscoepound.org/new/programs/eoj06.htm for more information and an application form.

Sidney B. Williams Jr. Scholarship

The Sidney B. Williams Scholarship is open to students entering or attending Law School for the Fall. Selected scholars will receive a merit scholarship of $10,000 per school year, which can be applied to verifiable costs associated with normal tuition and usual fees. Students must meet the following minimum criteria to apply for the award: SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA: All students applying to this program must meet the following minimum criteria to qualify for a scholarship: A demonstrated commitment to developing a career in intellectual property law Academic performance at the undergraduate, graduate and law school levels (if applicable) Financial Need General factors such as leadership skills, community activities or special accomplishments APPLICATION PROCESS The scholarship application and selection process is competitive. To apply, students must complete the following: Completed scholarship application form 15-16 FAFSA form (or similar form) and any supporting documentation required thereby. The FAFSA is available in paper and electronic formats. You can get the paper version from the financial aid office at any college or university, the public library, or by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID. If you prefer, you can fill out a web-based version of the FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov (step-by-step instructions are provided on this site) Undergraduate transcript and graduate and law transcripts (if applicable) Two letters of recommendation from, but not limited to, former teachers, college administrators, community leaders or other similar persons concerning the academic ability, character, reputation or professional aptitude of the applicant Membership in an underrepresented minority group Currently enrolled in or have been accepted to an ABA accredited law school. The devotion of the law school to intellectual property curricula shall not be considered in awarding scholarships Demonstrated intent to engage in the full-time practice of intellectual property law US citizenship A personal or telephonic interview Note that any student who receives a scholarship is required to attend law school, day or evening, on a either a full-time or part-time enrollment basis, and to maintain a grade point average of "C" (2.00) or better Also note that scholarship recipients are required to join and maintain membership in AIPLA Applicants related to a trustee of AIPLEF, a council member of the ABA-IPL Section, Officer or member of the Board of Directors of the AIPLA, or a member of the AIPLEF Scholarship Committee are ineligible to receive a scholarship Applicants resume

Imelda Rosenthal Memorial Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be taking the California State Bar Exam for their first time. 2. Must be pursuing a legal career in public/community service. 3. Must have graduated from a California Law School. 4. Must have at least a 2.5 GPA. 5. Must have been nominated by his/her Law School. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.foundationstatebarcal.org/programs/ for more information and an application form.

Special Law School Scholarship

This scholarship is for law students with special financial needs.

Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship

The $5000 Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship’s aim is to recognize and assist academically outstanding second-year law students who are also Alabama residents, and, further, to help promising law students become lawyers who will make a positive impact on society. A runner-up scholarship of $1000 may be awarded at the selection committee’s discretion.The Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship was endowed in 1987 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal of Birmingham and Mobile. The scholarship is named in honor and memory of the law firms founding partners, Edward Harmon Cabaniss and Forney Johnston. The Alabama Law Foundation administers the scholarship.The scholarship is awarded annually to a law student who is an Alabama resident attending an ABA accredited law school in the second year of study. Beyond those requirements, academic achievement is the key factor in determining eligibility for the scholarship. However, conscientiousness, dependability, civic involvement, financial need and dedication to the highest standards are taken into consideration.The recipients of the Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship have attended prestigious institutions such as Alabama, Vanderbilt, Harvard, Yale and Columbia. They are representatives of the next generation of legal professionals who will become leaders in their profession and their communities. The scholarship is awarded annually. The application deadline is the first Friday of June.

The Michael A. Zamperini/W. Clay Burchell Endowed Scholarship

It is awarded to a gay or lesbian law student who is beginning his or her final fall semester. This scholarship is awarded based on overall academic achievement and academic performance in the Writing & Research courses. An essay is required with the application.

Legal Leaders Scholarship

The Console & Hollawell $1,000 Legal Leaders Scholarship is available to students who are pursuing a career in law. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in the following areas: pre-law, paralegal studies, or working towards their juris doctorate in any concentration of the law. Eligibility Applicants must meet the following criteria: - Must be a U.S. citizen. - Must be a full-time student attending (or planning to attend on a full-time basis) an accredited institution of higher education. - Must demonstrate admission and plans to enroll, or proof of current enrollment in an accredited institution of higher education. *If you have not yet received your acceptance into college or law school, you may still apply, but the scholarship will not be released without proof of acceptance and enrollment. - Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA. The award recipient shall provide the following documentation to obtain the scholarship: - A transcript reflecting the student’s current standing with a 3.0 GPA. - Proof of admission and enrollment in an accredited institution of higher education. - The Console & Hollawell Legal Leaders Scholarship is to be used exclusively for school tuition and related expenses. A check for $1,000 will be made payable to the award recipient’s university or college to cover these expenses.

Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must demonstrate a commitment to developing a career in intellectual property law. 2. Must demonstrate financial need. Contact Information: Students interest in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.aiplef.org/scholarships/sidney_b_williams/ for more information and an application form.

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