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.
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).
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is awarded to a gay or lesbian law student who is beginning his or her final fall semester. This scholarship is awarded based on overall academic achievement and academic performance in the Writing & Research courses. An essay is required with the application.
Criteria: 1. Must show proof of his/her acceptance into a U.S. accredited law school on or before the application deadline. 2. Must demonstrate high academic achievement during his/her undergraduate career. 3. Must demonstrate community service and leadership qualities. 4. Must have an interest in corporate law including working in a corporate law department or law firm. 5. Must have an interest in diversity. 6. Must be financially disadvantaged. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.mcca.com/ for more information and an application form.
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.
Scholarship awards to current Delaware residents, who were born in the state, and who are studying chemistry, engineering, law, medicine, or dentistry and demonstrate financial need. Application form required. Initial approach: Letter
In 2004, the Foundation established the Lim, Ruger & Kim Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 through the generosity of the law firm of Lim, Ruger & Kim in Los Angeles.
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
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.
Criteria: 1. Must be interested to become an attorney. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.straightforwardmedia.com/law-school/ for more information and an application form.
For law students who are in good academic standing.
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.
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.
Criteria: 1. Must demonstrate the intent to practice law and promote the rights of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered community. 2. Must be a student at an accredited law school. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.equityfoundation.org/ for more information and an application form.
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