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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.

Justice Stephen K. Tamura Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must have a participation in the Asian Pacific American Community 2. Must have a desire to practice law in the southern California area. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.jabaonline.org/ for more information and an application form.

Katz & Phillips, P.A. Ashley Rose Honorary Diabetes Law Student Scholarship Award

Applicant Essay Topics Please choose one of the three questions provided for your essay. Essays must be between 500 and 1000 words. How has living with type 1 diabetes affected your education? How have you overcome a particular challenge associated with having type 1 diabetes How has a famous individual with type 1 diabetes inspired you to succeed? All applicants should also include a separate statement of how the scholarship will help them. This should be only one paragraph long included at the end of the essay. This paragraph will not count toward the word count of the essay. Applicant Requirements Applicant must be either a current law student at an accredited law school or a student entering law school (having already been accepted to an accredited law school) this year. Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 GPA. Applicants must submit an official copy of their transcript, application and essay to c/o David Katz 509 West Colonial Drive, Orlando FL, 32804 How to Apply To apply for the Katz & Phillips, P.A. 2014 Ashley Rose Honorary Diabetes Law Student Scholarship Award, please complete the online application.

Merit Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be enrolled in a California law school. 2. Must have completed at least one year of study at a California law school. 3. Must demonstrate a strong commitment toward public/community service. 4. Must have a 2.5 GPA. Contact Information: Students interest in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.foundationstatebarcal.org/programs/ for more information and an application form.

ISF-SBIA Scholarship

ISF supports Islamic organizations and mosques by planning and managing joint scholarships. ISF is honored to host the ISF-SBIA scholarship of the South Bay Islamic Association, SBIA. The ISF-SBIA Scholarship program is only open to members and individuals affiliated with this center. 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.

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.

Andrew K. Ruotolo, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Each scholarship is a one year grant in the amount of $2,500.00 paid directly to the recipient. Persons may reapply for succeeding years. To be eligible, an applicant must be a New Jersey resident accepted for admission to a law school or graduate school. The applicant must exhibit an interest in, and commitment to, enhancing the rights and well-being of children through child advocacy programs. The applicant must also exhibit financial need. Applications must be postmarked by June 15th of each year. Personal interviews of finalists will be conducted. Applicants will be notified of the Trustees' decision in August of each year. Applications should be sent to: Andrew K. Ruotolo, Jr. Memorial Scholarship c/o Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow Union County Prosecutor’s Office 32 Rahway Avenue Elizabeth, NJ 07202 Sponsor: The County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey Foundation

The Low Family Scholarship

In recognition of the NAPABA Law Foundation’s 20th Anniversary in 2014, NLF Board Member Ronald Low, one of the original founders of NAPABA, and his wife Wanda Denson-Low, retired Senior Vice President for the Boeing Company and former recipient of the NAPABA 2004 Women’s Leadership Award, have generously donated $50,000 to the NLF to fund this scholarship in perpetuity. One $2500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a law student who has a history of demonstrated leadership and/or community service to the Asian Pacific American Community. 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.

Empowering Women In Law Scholarship

The Pearce Law Firm in Philadelphia is pleased to offer The Pearce Law Firm – Empowering Women In Law Scholarship. This scholarship opportunity is open to women nationwide who are currently attending a law school in the United States. This scholarship is intended to encourage & support outstanding achievement & leadership by example from women in the field of law. This award will be presented to a current female law student for the following academic year in the amount of $2,000.00 & will be paid at the beginning of the fall semester (2015). Requirements: This scholarship is judged & awarded primarily on academic achievement, school & community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities & financial need. The scholarship must be submitted, in full, by December 31, 2014. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. The applicant must be a current female law student. Applicant will have successfully completed at least one semester of law school but will not yet have graduated by fall semester of 2015. Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0. A transcript must be attached for application to be considered. An unopened copy of transcripts, sent from the applicant’s most recent law school will be required from finalists before award is presented. This scholarship is a one-time award worth $2,000. Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters and/or resumes to substantiate their application.

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.

Merit Scholarships

To attract highly qualified students, the School of Law gives entering students a number of full-tuition and partial-tuition scholarships based on academic merit. Criteria include past academic achievement and LSAT results. There is no formal application for merit scholarships. All admitted students are automatically considered for merit scholarships.

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