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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.

Chris Nakamura Scholarships

In 2003, the Foundation named one of these scholarships in memory of Chris Nakamura, a leader of the Asian Pacific American legal community of Arizona. The Chris Nakamura NAPABA Law Foundation Scholar will be awarded $2,500. 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.

Steinger, Iscoe & Greene Law Scholarship for Child Advocates

The Steinger, Iscoe & Greene Law Scholarship for Child Advocates is open to dedicated students who meet either of the following criteria: You have personally worked to protect children's rights or stop abuse either as a volunteer, as a counselor, in your professional work or by legal means. You are an abuse survivor who wishes to use your own experiences to help others. Additionally, all applicants must either be currently enrolled in or accepted to an accredited law school, or a current undergraduate student with the intention to go to law school. Applicant Essay Topics Please choose one of the questions provided for your essay. Essays must be between 500 and 1000 words. How has being a child advocate inspired you to pursue a career in law? How has your personal childhood experiences affected your outlook on the legal system? How did you become a child advocate? Applicant Requirements Applicant must be either a current law student at an accredited law school or at an accredited undergraduate university planning to attend 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 Steinger, Iscoe & Greene Law Scholarship for Child Advocates, please complete the online application.

The Environmental Law Scholarship

It is awarded to a student who has completed his or her second year of law school and has a demonstrated commitment to, and record of achievement in environmental law. An essay is required with the application.

George A. Strait Minority Stipend

Criteria: 1. Must be a college graduate who is a degree candidate in accredited library or law schools. 2. Must have financial need. 3. Must have law experience or interest. 4. Must be a minority. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.allnet.org/services/sch_strait.asp for more information and an application form.

Makia & Ann Malo Scholarship Fund

Requirements: Be a graduate student. Major in Law at a school located in the state of Hawaii. Preference given to students of Hawaiian ancestry who demonstrate a desire to contribute to the Hawaiian community after earning their graduate degree. Supplemental Materials Required:Applicants must submit a copy of their birth certificate to verify ancestry.Required Essay- write about your Hawaiian identity and plans of contributing back to the community.

Public Interest Scholarships

Awarded on the basis of financial need, demonstrated commitment to public interest law, and professional promise. Each year, five $5,000 awards are given to entering students. Awards are renewable at that amount for three years depending on financial need and continued commitment to public interest law. Accepted students who wish to be considered for one of these scholarships will be asked to submit a written statement reflecting their experience in serving the community.

Howard Brown Rickard Scholarship

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. The winner must be studying or planning to study in the fields of law, medicine, engineering, architecture or the natural sciences. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.

NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarships

Criteria: 1. Must demonstrate commitment to and interest in pro bono, public interest and/or public service legal work. 2. Must demonstrate financial need. 3. Must show commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American community. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.napaba.org/napaba/showpage.asp?code=scholarships for more information and an application form.

Buder Schp for American Indian Law Students

Must be a Native American studying law. 1. Applicant must be enrolled in a federally recognized Indian tribe or possessing one-eighth degree of Indian blood. 2. Applicant must be accepted to Washington University's School of Law. 3. Applicants must register with the Law School Data Admissions Service and request that a copy of the applicant's LSDAS report be sent to the School of Law. The Buder Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the demonstrated potential for success in law school as evidenced by undergraduate academic performance, performance on the Law School Aptitude Test and other relevant factors.

Albert J. and Mae Lee Memorial Scholarship

To students with above average scholastic ability who are in need of financial assistance at the School of Law.

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