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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 Annual Make Us Proud Scholarship

We are pleased to announce a scholarship! Award: $1,000 scholarship, to be paid directly to an accredited college or university in the U.S., to be applied to the winner’s student account. For more information, please see our scholarship page!

Alia Herrera Memorial ATLA Auxiliary Scholarship

This $3,000 scholarship is available to students entering their second or third year of law school and to law students who have the equivalent of one year to complete their studies. Only law students who are student members of the law school student section of ATLA, law students attending law schools in the San Francisco area and law students who are children of ATLA members may apply. Recipients are selected based on a 500-word essay.

The Catherine Sherburne-Thompson Endowed Scholarship Fund

It is named in memory of a 1956 School of Law graduate and its first female faculty member. This fund provides assistance to a part-time woman student in her third or fourth year.

Political Leadership Scholarship

For students studying law, political science, public policy or public administration with the goal of improving rights for LGBT people.

The Martin S. Cohen Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Named for a former student, is awarded to a Jewish student with demonstrated financial need and good academic standing.

The Wallin & Klarich Scholarship

The Wallin & Klarich Schoalrship will be available to college seniors in California who will be attending their first year at an accredited California law school in the fall of 2015 and are interested in pursuing a career in criminal law. The applicant who is selected to receive the scholarship will be announced no later than June 30, 2015, and a $3,000.00 check will be issued to his or her prospective law school to be applied toward law school tuition, books and/or other course required materials for the student. The last day to apply is April 30, 2015.

ISF-MCA Scholarship

ISF supports Islamic organizations and mosques by planning and managing joint scholarships. ISF is honored to host the ISF-MCA Scholarship of the Muslim Community Association of the Bay Area, MCA. The ISF-MCA Scholarship program is only open to members and individuals affiliated with the MCA. Description and Eligibility: ISF accepts online applications once a year starting in December for a period of three months. Each Eligible Applicant Must Be: Muslim and active member of the Muslim Community; Attending an accredited university in the U.S.; Majoring in an ISF supported field of study; Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average; A Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.; An undergraduate (junior/senior) or of graduate standing.

Vision Zero Auto Accident Prevention Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must meet the following criteria: Recipient is currently in their first or second year of law school, or entering law school in the fall. Recipient is a U.S. citizen accepted to or currently attending an ABA accredited law school or program within United States. Academic achievement as reflected by an undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must submit by July 31st: A completed Scholarship Application Form One-page typed essay An official copy of a law school or undergrad college transcript An official copy of a driving record since being eligible to drive If entering a law school program or school in the fall, an acceptance letter from an accredited law school. The award recipient shall provide the following documentation to obtain the scholarship: Proof of Legal Residency in U.S. (i.e. birth certificate, passport, permanent resident card, etc.) Vision Zero Car Auto Accident Prevention Scholarship for law Students is to be used exclusively for law school school tuition and related expenses. A check for $1,000 will be made payable to the award recipient’s education institution to cover these expenses and he or she is expected to submit receipts in accordance with IRS regulations

The Kathryn E. Ringgold Endowed Scholarship

It is awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need and solid academic standing, with preference given to women or African Americans.

Robert and Frances Fullerton Scholarship

Provides an award to a student pursuing a paralegal or law degree upon graduation. The most recent award was $1,900.

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