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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.

The d’Oliveira & Associates College Scholarship

The d’Oliveira & Associates College Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship opportunity available to students pursuing college degrees or certifications in law school, paralegal studies‚ legal assistant studies‚ court reporting, or any other law-related field from community colleges‚ technical schools, or business schools in the United States. Applicant Eligibility Requirements: Must be a U.S. citizen Must hold a high school diploma or GED equivalent Must either attend or plan to enroll at a college or university, community college, technical school, or business school Must be either pursuing a college degree, law school degree, certification in paralegal studies, legal assistant studies, court reporting, or another law-related field. About the Award: The d’Oliveira & Associates College Student Scholarship is to be used solely for school tuition and related expenses. A check for $1,000 will be written payable directly to the award recipient’s college or school to cover these expenses.

ISF-MPAC Scholarship

The Islamic Scholarship Fund offers a wide range of scholarships based on the fields and majors it supports. ISF also offers many joint scholarships with partner organization that share its common mission and vision. ISF is honored to work with the Muslim Public Service Network, MPAC and to host the ISF-MPAC Scholarship. ISF encourages its scholarship recipients to fulfill a volunteer service obligation with MPAC within one year of receiving this scholarship. 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.

Carlson Caspers 1L Diversity Scholarship Program

Carlson Caspers' Diversity Scholarship Program annually provides up to two $5,000 scholarships to prospective law students who are pursuing or who have obtained a degree in chemistry, physics, life sciences, pharmacy, engineering, or computer science and who are committed to practicing intellectual property law in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Scholarship recipients will be considered for a paid internship at Carlson Caspers during the summer prior to entering law school and will be considered for a paid clerkship during the summers after their first and second years of law school.

Italian American Lawyers Association Annual Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be second and third year law school students. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.niaba.org/ for more information and an application form.

Provost's Law Scholarship

Merit-based scholarships to first year students

The Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship

The Marovitz Scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming student attending one of the nine Illinois law schools (Chicago-Kent College of Law, University of Chicago Law School, DePaul University College of Law, University of Illinois College of Law, John Marshall Law School, Loyola University School of Law, Northern Illinois University Law School, Northwestern University School of Law and Southern Illinois University School of Law). These funds, payable over a three-year period, enable an incoming student who intends to pursue a career in public interest law to have a significant portion of his or her tuition and related expenses covered by Scholarship funding.

Athalie Clarke Endowed Scholarship

To qualified law students.

Fredrikson & Bryon Foundation-Minority Scholarship Program

Requirements: *Applicants must be minority first-year law students. *Visit website for further details.

Law & Justice Scholarship Program

Davis Law Group, P.S. is proud to announce the 2015-16 Law & Justice Scholarship Contest, which will award a total of $2,000 in scholarships to three (3) individual aspiring students in the Law & Justice field. We will begin accepting submissions on Friday, June 26th, 2015. Applicants must be currently enrolled or have been accepted to an accredited college or university by the Fall Term of 2015, and be pursuing higher education in one of the following areas of the Law & Justice field: • Lawyer; • Paralegal; • Law Enforcement; • and other related careers in the Law & Justice field.

C. Bainbridge Smith Scholarship

The C. Bainbridge Smith Scholarship Committee provides scholarships to second and third year inner-city law students who have spent a significant portion of their lives in New York City, demonstrate character, intelligence and promising aptitude for the law, and face a special economic disadvantage (including lack of funds, or physical or cultural handicaps).

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