Law Scholarships

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,

Edward C. Corwin Award

The Edward S. Corwin prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation in the field of public law. It carries a prize of $750. The Corwin award is for the best doctoral dissertation completed and accepted during that year or the previous year in the field of public law, broadly defined to include the judicial process, judicial behavior, judicial biography, courts, law, legal systems, the American constitutional system, civil liberties, or any other substantial area, or any work which deals in a significant fashion with a topic related to or having substantial impact on the American Constitution. Edward S. Corwin was a former Association president who is nationally-known and widely published. He consulted with many other academics as well as politicians involved with constitutional issues, most notably when he publicly supported Franklin D. Roosevelt's Supreme Court reorganization (court packing) plan. student in the field of public law.

C. Bainbridge Smith Scholarship

The C. Bainbridge Smith Scholarship Committee provides scholarships to second and third year inner-city law students who have spent a significant portion of their lives in New York City, demonstrate character, intelligence and promising aptitude for the law, and face a special economic disadvantage (including lack of funds, or physical or cultural handicaps).

The Frederick W. Bradley Endowed Scholarship

Named for a 1966 graduate of the School of Law, is awarded solely on the basis of financial need.

David and Camille Boatwright Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is for students pursuing a Law degree that are in good standing in all areas of the University.

American Association of Law Libraries Type III Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a career as a law librarian. 2. Must be a degree candidate in an accredited library school. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)

Eligibility: First, Second, Third year Latino Law Student. Please look on web site for more information:

Leesfield/ATLA Law Student Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is granted to a law student with financial need to allow him/her to attend the ATLAs annual convention. Applicants must be first- or second-year ATLA law student members.

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.)

Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness/Law School Scholarship

Eligibility for Law School Scholarship: Applicants must meet the following criteria: · Be a current or incoming law student at an accredited U.S. law school who has been affected by or dealing with issues related to lymphoma or leukemia (either himself/herself or a family member). · Be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen. · Be able to show proof of academic achievement with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 from undergraduate or current law school work. · Essay and application (available to download online). · Official copy of undergraduate and/or law school transcripts with GPA of at least 3.0. Proof of academic achievement may come from an undergraduate transcript or a current law school transcript. Rules: Applicants must abide by the following contest rules: · Winners will provide personal information as needed to the Law Office of Renkin & Associates where appropriate. · Any taxes on scholarship are the sole responsibility of the contestant. Recipient is expected to submit receipts in accordance with IRS regulations. · By accepting a scholarship, the applicant will agree to allow the Law Office of Renkin & Associates to use his or her name, law school, and photograph to announce the scholarship award. · Scholarship is to be used exclusively for law school tuition and/or books.

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.

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