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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.

Justinian Society of Lawyers Scholarship

The Justinian Society of Lawyers provides annual scholarships to needy Italian-American law students attending area law schools. The criteria for scholarship are: 1. Italian ancestry 2. Scholarship 3. Need This organization is primarily concerned with providing awards to qualified applicants demonstrating need. Applicants must submit evidence of Italian ancestry and individuals who are awarded scholarships must give some assurance that they will complete their legal studies. The scholarship committee prefers, and strongly encourages electronic submission of application with all supporting material in one single .pdf to be sent to Anthony M. Farace at amf@amari-locallo.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before the filing deadline. The attachment should be named “20XX (Year) Justinian Scholarship Application – applicant’s last name.pdf"

Bowles, McDavid, Graff and Love Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY:•College/University: West Virginia University College of Law•Financial Need: Yes•Renewable: Yes•Specific preferences:(1) Have a strong academic record(2) Must be entering 1st year of study at WVU College of LawGeneral Criteria:·must be a resident of West Virginia·must be a full time student (minimum of 12 Credit Hours)·minimum score of 20 on the ACT ·must demonstrate good moral character

Hiepler Pre-Law Scholarship

Awarded to students who demonstrate a commitment to a law career. For students in pre-law majors.

J.L. Weigand, Jr. Notre Dame Legal Education Trust - Private Scholarships for Kansas Residents

Application Requirements/Description:The J.L. Weigand, Jr. Notre Dame Legal Education Trust has been established to provide assistance to students from the state of Kansas. The scholarships provide for tuition, room and board for selected students who have been legal residents of Kansas for ten (10) years prior to their admission.The scholarships will be awarded without regard to means, race, religion, or gender to selected full-time students attending the University of Notre Dame Law School. If there are not enough qualifying candidates, scholarships may be provided to students attending a qualifying law school in Kansas, or a University of Notre Dame undergraduate program, provided the students have resided in Kansas for at least ten (10) years prior to admission. (Proof of residence is required.)

Garcia, Artigliere & Medby Scholarship Program

Garcia, Artigliere & Medby endows a scholarship for law school or nursing students who demonstrate the highest level of acumen. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a single student to help support their efforts in joining the legal or nursing workforce. Any law school or nursing student attending a four-year accredited university is eligible to apply. Please submit an essay of up to 1,000 words (maximum) answering the following question: “What is your industry’s most pressing need and how do you plan on improving it?” Scholarship details: One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded. Applications will be reviewed by the Garcia, Artigliere & Medby team. Criteria for selection is originality and quality of submission. The deadline is January 15 by 5pm PT. There are no extensions. Winners will be notified via email and phone by February 15. Scholarship requirements: College student in the legal or nursing field. You must be in good standing at a four-year accredited public or private university. Please email your essay to ecord@lawgarcia.com. The subject line should read, “Garcia, Artigliere & Medby 2015 Scholarship Program”. Please include first and last name, email address and phone number, as well as a copy of your transcript.

Anheuser-Busch/NLF Presidential Scholarships

Each year, two Anheuser-Busch/NLF Presidential Scholarships of $7,500 are awarded to the law students who demonstrate particularly outstanding leadership potential to serve the Asian Pacific American community, as selected from all of the scholarship applicants by the Foundation in consultation with the President of NAPABA. These scholarships are made possible through the generous support of Anheuser-Busch. How To Apply Only law students pursuing a Juris Doctor (non LL.M) degree in an accredited law school in the U.S. at least half time as determined by the school is eligible for a NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship. The law school must be accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) or the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). Each applicant must submit a completed and signed NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship Application form. (A single application is needed to be considered for all scholarships.) Each applicant must submit with the application form (a) an official copy of the applicant's most recent law school transcript (or for first-year law students, a statement from their law school certifying that they are law degree candidates enrolled at least half-time); (b) a resume; and (c) two letters of recommendation from persons not related to the applicant. Applicants who wish to demonstrate financial need may also submit a copy of their law school application for financial assistance. One or more members of the Scholarship selection committee may interview finalists. Scholarship Criteria The Foundation considers all of the materials submitted by the applicant, with particular weight given to the applicant's essay. Letters of recommendation should be furnished by individuals who can provide relevant information and who can be contacted by the Foundation. The applicant must be in good standing at his or her law school. The Foundation considers factors including, but not limited to, the applicant's: demonstrated commitment to and interest in pro bono, public interest and/or public service legal work financial need leadership potential maturity and responsibility commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American community It is the policy of The NAPABA Law Foundation not to discriminate on the basis of age, gender, disability, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, veteran status, or sexual orientation. Officers and directors of NAPABA, The NAPABA Law Foundation, members of the Scholarship selection committee, and their immediate families are ineligible for the Scholarships. All application materials submitted will become property of the Foundation.

StraightForward Medias Law School Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be interested to become an attorney. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.straightforwardmedia.com/law-school/ for more information and an application form.

A. Glenn Braswell Scholarship

For law students with interest/experience in the health care, pharmaceutical, or nutritional supplements industry, and a strong record of character and high ethics.

Appelman Law Firm Criminal Defense Law Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY Applicants must meet the following criteria: Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident Have a criminal record (this information will be held in confidence) Be enrolled or accepted to an accredited law school within the United States Have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher REQUIREMENTS The following documents must be provided for consideration: A completed application An official copy of a current academic transcript Copy of a police report regarding your criminal record (this information will be held in confidence) An essay of not more than three pages describing your crime, punishment, and how you have changed or overcame your past and what you intend to do in the future as an attorney

American Association of Law Libraries Type I Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a career as a law librarian. 2. Must be a law school graduate. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.aallnet.org/services/sch_edu.asp for more information and an application form.

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