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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.

Alfred Chisholm/BASF Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Value: $5,000 Classifications: Open Minimum GPA: 2.7 Eligible Majors: Engineering, Accounting, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Law, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Pulp and Paper Engineering, Systems Engineering, Construction Engineering Eligible Schools: HBCU Schools Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: This scholarship was created in 1997 in memory of Alfred Chisholm, a leader in his community. With the support of the BASF African-American Employees Group (AAEG), one deserving student will receive $5,000 toward college assistance. Candidates must also have a relative employed with BASF.

Associated Women for Pepperdine (AWP) Scholarship

To assist deserving members of the Church of Christ attend Pepperdine University's Seaver College, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, and School of Law. Recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, merit, character, and church membership.

Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest, The

Criteria: 1. Must be enrolled in an accredited American law school. 2. Must fill out an intent to enter form. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.roscoepound.org/new/programs/hogan06.htm for more information and an application form.

Pace Law School Environmental Consortium Merit Scholarship

Pace Law School is pleased to partner with the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities to announce the 2011 scholarship for incoming first year students. Pace University, through the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, was instrumental in organizing the Environmental Consortium that now includes 55 institutions of higher education in the Hudson Valley region. The mission of the Consortium is to harness higher education’s intellectual and physical resources to advance regional, ecosystem-based environmental research, teaching, and learning through interdisciplinary, collaborative programs and information sharing.In support of the Consortium’s mission, Pace Law School is offering a “Merit Scholarship” award to a fall 2011 entering student who is either currently enrolled in or has earned his or her bachelors or masters degree from one of the Consortium’s member institutions and has demonstrated an interest in environmental issues affecting the Hudson River watershed region.Scholarship benefits consist of a merit scholarship ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 towards law school tuition, depending upon the student’s qualifications and Pace’s financial resources. The award is renewable each year based on continued academic excellence. The scholarship recipient will be expected to complete at least one written work related to a regional environmental issue(s) while at Pace Law School.

Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Repayment Program (LARP)

Who may apply: Maryland residents who provide public service in Maryland State or local government or nonprofit agencies in Maryland to low income or underserved residents.How to apply: Complete and file a LARP General application. Third-year law students must file a Pre-Graduation Law Application and LARP General application.When to apply: LARP General applications become available in June. The application deadline is September 30. Pre-Graduation Law Applications become available in September of your third year of law school. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTSYou must have earned a degree from a college in Maryland, or from any law school, or a resident teacher certificate from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). You must be employed full-time (35+ hours per week) in state or local government or in a nonprofit organization in Maryland. Your employer must help low income, underserved residents or underserved areas in the state. You must have educational loans from a university, government, or commercial source that you used to pay college expenses. You may not be in default on a loan. Your annual gross salary cannot exceed $60,000. If married, your annual gross salary cannot exceed $60,000, and your combined salaries cannot exceed $130,000. If employed as a nurse faculty member, your annual gross salary cannot exceed $75,000. If married, your annual gross salary cannot exceed $75,000, and your combined salaries cannot exceed $160,000. This is a service-based program. Prior service obligations from other State of Maryland scholarships must be completed by July 1. One position cannot fulfill two service obligations simultaneously.PRE-GRADUATION LAW STUDENT REQUIREMENTSYou must be a law student attending University of Maryland, Baltimore or University of Baltimore and in your third and final year of school. You must submit a Pre-Graduation Law Application before graduation in May, together with verification of an employment offer. You must submit a LARP General application by September 30 and meet all eligibility requirements listed above.

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.

The Expert Institute Legal Blog Post Writing Contest

Contest Overview You love the law, but your friends think it’s boring. Show them that legal topics can be interesting, and even entertaining, while still providing substantive legal insights by entering The Expert Institute’s Legal Blog Writing Contest. To participate, submit a 1,000 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation through our online submission portal at the bottom of this page by December 31, 2014. If your article wins, you will receive a $500 cash prize, and your article will be published on The Expert Institute’s blog and distributed in our weekly newsletter, where it will be read by thousands of practicing attorneys. Official Guidelines To win, your article not only has to be logically rigorous and substantive, it also needs to be engaging, entertaining, and eye-catching. Ideally, lay people should be able to understand and enjoy the article, while lawyers should find it useful and insightful. Eligibility and Topic: J.D. Students – Any topic in litigation involving expert witnesses Parameters: Specific case references are required, and the article must contain specific examples Must be an unpublished, original submission. The Expert Institute reserves the right to publish in print and digital all or part of the essay or abstract at its discretion Citations should be inline – no footnotes or endnotes. Links to electronic sources are encouraged 1,500 – 2,500 words, written in a blog post format Submission must include: Full name of author (First, Middle, and Last) Contact information for author, including e-mail address and phone number Author photo (recommended) in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format with a maximum file size of 1 MB. Image size must be at least 150 x 200 pixels. School name and mailing address. A .doc or .docx file of your article A valid .edu email Judging: The Expert Institute editorial staff, as well as a panel of practicing trial lawyers will judge the contest. Factors that will be considered during judgment include: Clarity, style, and poise of writing Originality of topic Thoroughness of research and quality of analysis Comprehensibility by lay and professional audiences.

Mark and Michelle Hiepler Endowed Scholarship Fund

Provides $1,000 to be divided between the writers of the Best Respondent's Brief and Best Petitioner's Brief in the yearly Vincent S. Dalsimer Moot Court Competition. Other scholarships will be awarded looking at need, academic study, community involvement, and health care law interest or health care background.

The Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarships

The Herbert Lehman Scholarship is a national scholarship program that makes annual awards to qualified, outstanding undergraduate and law students. The scholarship was established in 1963 and is named after the former Governor and United States Senator from New York State. LDF chose to honor Senator Lehman in recognition of his integrity, persistence, and valor on behalf of numerous civil rights causes.Today, the Lehman Scholarships are awarded to students of outstanding character who are entering college for the first time and who will be attending an accredited four-year college or university as a full-time student.ELIGIBILITYLehman Scholarship candidates must be of excellent character and be able to present strong academic records, test scores, and personal essays. A candidate must have a demonstrable record of community and school involvement that reveals exceptional leadership potential with a capacity to work well in diverse settings. Moreover, s/he must provide strong recommendations from teachers, community representatives, or employers.

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.

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