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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.

NLF Scholarships

NLF will award $2,000 scholarships with reference to the quality of the applicant pool. In recent years, eight to ten such additional scholarships have been awarded each year. 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. 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.

Beck-Pfann Memorial Scholarship

For second-year students who had completed their first year at Pepperdine University School of Law and were engaged to be married at the time of their death in an automobile wreck. This fund assists qualified students through a tuition credit. Community service, academic achievement, financial need, and extracurricular activities will be considered.

Warner Norcross & Judd Law School Scholarship

Student is of ethnic minority status accepted to or presently attending an accredited law school within the U.S. and has a permanent residence in Michigan or will be attending a Michigan Law School.

Ruth Floyd Internship for Human Rights & Int'l Law

The Foundation offers this internship to a select student to perform work in issues related to human rights and international law. This is a unique opportunity to receive hands-on experience in the field of peace and security. Candidates from anywhere in the world are encouraged to apply, provided that they are students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university working in the fields of human rights of international law. The time commitment is 400 hours, or approximately ten weeks working full-time.

Katz & Phillips Single-Parent Scholarship

Awarded to one high-achieving, bright student intending to pursue a career in law who is also a single parent. To qualify for our Single-Parent Scholarship you do not need to be enrolled in a law school; however, if you are not you must either be declared as a pre-law major or actively plan to attend law school. We encourage all eligible candidates to apply and look forward to awarding this first-ever scholarship. Applicants will be judged on their academic merits as well as the content of the application essay they provide. Applicant Essay Topics Please choose one of the three questions provided for your essay. Essays must be between 500 and 1000 words. How has being a single parent affected your education? How have you overcome a particularly difficult obstacle in pursuing your legal education? How will this scholarship help you and your family while you pursue your legal education? Applicant Requirements Applicant must be either a current law student at an accredited law school or at an accredited undergraduate university planning to attend and accepted into law school for the following academic year. Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 GPA. Applicants must submit an official copy of their transcript. How to Apply To apply for the Katz & Phillips Single-Parent Scholarship, please complete the online application or email directly at dkatz@kplegalteam.com.

JD/MBA Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is restricted to students who are enrolled in the joint JD/MBA program at the School of Law and the Graziadio School of Business and Management. Students must be in good standing with the university.

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"

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 Joseph and Ruth Zukor Memorial Scholarship

This was endowed by Ruth Zukor in memory of her husband, who graduated from the School of Law in 1956. This scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated financial need and are in good academic standing.

Nadrich & Cohen Emergency Scholarship Fund

Legal education is the key to the Rule of Law based on The Constitution and our hallowed Bill of Rights. Without a legal education producing thoughtful lawyers, there would be no one to uphold our Constitution or Bill of Rights. The partners at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP are passionate about promoting our civil justice system. We also understand firsthand the challenges of meeting the academic and financial demands of attending law school. We know how rewarding the experience can be. Now more than ever, America needs qualified attorneys who are committed to the civil justice system, and who stand ready to make a real difference on behalf of consumers. In that spirit, we are proud to announce the Nadrich & Cohen Emergency Scholarship Fund. This award is to be awarded to a deserving law school student for the 2013-2014 academic year. The scholarship consists of $1,500, payable through the law school for the student's behalf. For years, the attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen have tirelessly dedicated themselves to defending the rights of personal injury victims, defective medical products victims, and consumers to have their day in court. We have taken on the largest insurance companies and the largest manufacturers of defective drugs and medical devices. We have brought much-needed relief to financially-devastated victims of auto collisions, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical product, defective prescription drugs, dog bites and so much more. We regularly visit our clients in their homes or hospital rooms across the country. We fight tirelessly on behalf of individuals and families facing some of the most devastating conditions imaginable. In our pursuit of justice, we will leave no stone unturned in uncovering negligence, misleading drug labels, defective products and corporate malfeasance. We understand that the legal profession is not about winning cases. It's about helping those who are unable to help themselves. Do you share this passion? Do you have what it takes to lead the next generation of committed legal professionals? If so, we want to learn more about you. To apply for the Nadrich & Cohen Scholarship Fund, please submit a 500 to 1000 word essay on the importance of jury trials in our society. Submissions will be judged according to creativity, passion, and knowledge of the subject. You have from February 2 at 11:59pm PST to June 30th to submit your essay. The winner will be notified on August 15th.

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