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External Scholarships

The College of Law provides the following scholarship information as a courtesy to prospective and current students. These are external scholarships that are awarded and administered by outside organizations and are not controlled by the College of Law. Deadlines, scholarship amounts and application requirements can change rapidly and should be verified by directly contacting the scholarship sponsor. Any questions or requests for additional information should also be directed to the scholarship sponsor.

Please note that scholarships reduce the amount of loan funding you are eligible for. If you receive an outside scholarship, you must notify the Office of Financial Aid​.

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  • General

Entering 1L Students

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​​Scholarship Details​​ Deadline​ Amount​
​Albert Pick, Jr. Fund Law Student Scholarship Program: established to assist a first-year law student who is a long-term resident of Chicago studying at one of the selected l​​​aw schools in the Chicago area (including DePaul). Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Financial need as calculated by Scholarship Management Services must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.​ Contact (507) 931-1682.​​​​ June​ $5,000​
Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. Diversity Scholarship​: awarded annually to a minority student entering his/her first year of law school with a d​​​emonstrated commitment to academic excellence and to the community. ​​​​ ​​June​ $10​​,000​
American Bar Association (ABA) Legal Opportunity Scholarship​: is meant to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to and attend law school. Awarded to 20 incoming diverse law students who have overcome adversity, proven themselves through academic success and public servic​​e, and demonstrated the tenacity to excel within the profession. ​March​ ​$15,000
​American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholarship​: intended for students from underrepresented minority groups entering or attending law school in the fall, with a demonstrated commitment to developing a career in intellectual property law. Awards $10,000 per school year (renewable for three years upon re-application by recipient).​​ ​March​ ​​$10,000/year
Chicago Bar Foundation Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship​​​: awarded annually to an incoming student attending one of the nine Illinois law schools who intends to pursue a career in public interest law. May​​ $40,000​​
​​Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc. (CHCI) Scholarship​​: aims to provide critical financial assistance that will increase graduation rates among Latino students in post-secondary education. CHCI scholarship opportunities are afforded to Latino students who have a history of performing public-service oriented activities in their communities and who demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future.​ ​​April ​$5,000​​​
Federal Circuit Bar Association Charitable and Education Fund Scholarship​: open to students (a) pursuing a JD degree, (b) enrolling for the upcoming academic year in any ABA accredited law school, (c) having financial need, and (d) showing a demonstrable interest in one of the many topics that lie within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (e.g., international trade, government contracts, patents, trademarks, certain money claims against the U.S. government, federal personnel, and veterans' benefits).​ ​April ​​​$5,000-$10,000
Grand Rapids Community Foundation Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship​: open to students of color (African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander) accepted to or presently attending an accredited law school within the U.S. with a permanent residence in Michigan. Must demonstrate financial need, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be a citizen of the U.S.​ ​April ​​​$5,000
Grand Rapids Community Foundation Warner Norcross & Judd Law School Scholarship​: open to students of color accepted to or presently attending an accredited law school within the U.S. with a permanent residence in Michigan or attending a Michigan law school.​​ ​April ​$5,000
Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) Academic Scholarship​: Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students. To apply, you must: be Jewish; have been born and raised in the Chicago metropolitan area or one continuous year of full-time employment in the Chicago metro area prior to enrollment; int​​​end to remain in the Chicago metropolitan area after completing school; are entering an accredited graduate program in a helping profession on a full-time basis; demonstrate financial need; demonstrate career promise; and are available for an in-person interview between March and April.​ ​February ​$1,000-$8,000 (renewable)​​
National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) Nelson Mandela Scholarship​: offered exclusively to two Pre-Law Division members to be applied to law school expenses. Scholarship recipients will travel to the NBLSA National Convention to accept their awards.  ​​​ ​​​
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Diversity

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​​​​Scholarship Details​​ Deadline​ Amount​​​​​
​​Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. Diversity Scholarship​: ​awarded annually to a minority student entering his/her first year of law school with a demonstrated commitment to academic excellence and to the community.​​​ ​June $10,000​​​
​American Association for Justice (AAJ) Minority Caucus Richard D. Hailey Scholarship​​​: open to African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, and Biracial law student members who are entering their first, second, or third year of law school. Applicants must exhibit an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy; express a desire to represent victims; demonstrate a commitment to AAJ and dedica​​​tion to its mission through involvement in an AAJ student chapter and Minority Caucus activities; and show a financial need for the scholarship.​​ ​May $5,000​
​American Bar Association (ABA) Legal Opportunity Scholarship​​​: is meant to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to and attend law s​​chool. Awarded to 20 incoming diverse law students who have overcome adversity, proven themselves through academic success and public service, and demonstrated the tenacity to excel within the profession.​ March​ $15,000​
American Indian Graduate Center Cobell Scholars Program​: intended to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students to defray the cost of attendance at both post-secondary vocational schools and institutions of higher education, including graduate and professional schools. Must be enrolled full-time at an accredited, non-profit institution in the U.S. and be able to demonstrate financial need. June​ ​Varies
​​American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholarship​​: intended for students from underrepresented minority groups entering or attending law school in the fall, with a demonstrated commitment to developing a career in intellectual property law. Awards $10,000 per school year (ren​​ewable for three years upon re-application by recipient).​​​​ March​ $10,000/year​
​Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) Scholarship Program​: assists students of Armenian descent with great potential but limited resources. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist such students to engage in specialized fields of education, including law, and later establish s​​uccessful careers. For further information, email scholarship@agbu.org.  Varies​ Varies​​​
​Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarship​: awarded to a student enrolled in a tribe from the Continental U.S. or Alaska who is enrolled full-time at an accredited institution of higher learning. March-June​ Varies (renewable)​
Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. Scholarships​: ​​BWLA recognizes the critical significance of ensuring the success of students of color and women during their legal education, throughout bar exam study, and in the competitive job market today. BWLA provides scholarships to deserving law students twice per year: once in the Fall in the form of book scholarships, and once in the Spring during the annual spring fundraiser. ​​ Varies​ Varies​
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc. (CHCI) Scholarship​​​: aims to provide critical financial assistance that will increase graduation rates among Latino students in post-secondary education. CHCI scholarship opportunities are afforded to Latino students who have a history of performing public-service oriented activities in their communities and who demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. April​ ​$5,000
Defense Research Institute (DRI) Law Student Diversity Scholarship​: open to rising second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students. All rising second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other rising second- and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply. Candidates muse be full-time students, but evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant's law school. Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence, service to the profession, service to the community, and service to the cause of diversity.​​ April​​ $10,000​​
Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship​: aims to promote the legal training of minority law school students and to encourage them to join and excel in the private practice of law within larger corporate law firms in the Upper Midwest.  ​March ​$10,000
​​​Grand Rapids Community Foundation Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship​: open to students of color (African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander) accepted to or presently attending an accredited law school within the U.S. wit​​​h a permanent residence in Michigan. Must demonstrate financial need, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be a citizen of the U.S.​ ​April ​$5,000
Grand Rapids Community Foundation Warner Norcross & Judd Law School Scholarship​: open to students of color accepted to or presently attending an accredited law school within the U.S. with a permanent residence in Michigan or attending a Michigan law school.​ April​ $5,000​​​
Illinois Judicial Council Foundation Scholarships​: The Illinois Judicial Council is an organization comprosed primarily, but not exclusively, of African American state and federal judges, administrative judges and hearing officers. The Illinois Judicial Council Foundation has funded numerous scholarships to minority and other deserving law students throughout Illinois and beyond. The Foundation committee will use the following criteria in awarding the sc​​​holarships: need, community involvement, academic acheivement, communication skills and ability to overcome obstacles. For more information and the application form, contact Judge Dominique Ross at (312) 603-4844 or via email at ijc.scholarship@gmail.com. ​​​ ​April ​Varies​​
Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) Scholarship​​​: IABA grants one or more scholarships each year to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Iranian-American community. Applicants must be of Iranian heritage and full-time students at an accredited law school in the United States who are not otherwise receiving full educational funding from another organization. March​ $2,500​
Jeremy D. Protas LGBT Patent Law Scholarship​: in furtherance of the goal of increasing the number of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in the field of patent law, this scholarship awards $1,000 to a well-qualified LGBT candidate interested in pursuing a career in patent law. Applicants must: be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school; be eligible to sit for the Patent Bar Exam; and be interested in pursuing a career in patent law. The ideal candidate will​​ demonstrate strong academic achievement throughout his/her academic career.​ July​ ​$1,000​​
KattenMuchinRosenman LLP Minority Scholarship​: minority students who have completed their first year of law school are eligible to apply for Katten's Minority Scholarship Program. Two $15,000 scholarships will be awarded to students participating in Katten's Summer Associate Program-one in the Chicago office and one in the New York office. The recipients will be selected on several criteria, including superior academic achievement, leadership experience and personal qualities that reflect the potential for outstanding contributions to Katten and to the legal profession. October​ ​$15,000​​
​Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellowship Program​: Kirkland awarded Diversity Fellowships to 10 law students in 2015. The Fellowship consists of a $25,000 stipend payable during the recipient's third year of law school. Fellowship applicants submit a personal statement that details how their employment by​​​​ the firm would enhance the firm's diversity mission. Applicants must also apply to and receive an offer to join the summer program at one of the firm's offices. Fellowship offers are extended on a rolling basis during the 2L recruiting seasons, so candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. $25,000​
​​​​Latham & Watkins LLP Diversity Scholars Program​: Latham's Diversity Scholars Program is designed to increase the number of diverse law students studying at ABA-accredited law schools who want to pursue a career in a global law firm, and intend to practice law in the United States. factors considered ​​in choosing the Diversity Scholars include academic and leadership achievements, life experiences and challenges that have shaped values, and a desire to practice at a global law firm and contribute to its diversity objectives.​​ ​July $10,000​
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) Law School Scholarship​​​: open to all students who are enrolled at an accredited U.S. law school. Applicants are evaluated based on three main factors: (1) personal background and financial need; (2) academic and extracurricular achievement; and (3) demonstrated commitment to serving the Latino community, shown through record of service to the Latino community and future plans for service. January​ $5,000​
​​​​National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Law Foundation Scholarships​​​: made available, on a competitive basis, to students who are enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The NAPABA Law Foundation strongly encourages applications from applicants reflecting diverse cultural and experiential backgrounds, people with disabilities and or diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds, work experiences, national origins, sexual orientations and ages. The scholarships are generally awarded on the bases of academic achievement, eadership potential and commitment to/interest in serving the Asian Pacific American community. September​ $2,000-$7,500​
National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) Scholarships​: NBLSA offers multiple scholarship opportunities including: (1) Rodney Pulliam Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a third or fourth year law student; (2) Sandy Brown Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a first or seco​​nd year law student; and (3) NBLSA Outstanding Student Leader Scholarship, awarded to a law student and NBLSA member who has excelled academically, in addition to being active in their BLSA chapter and community. ​January ​Varies
​Puerto Rican Bar Foundation Scholarship​: Each fall, the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois awards scholarships to qualified law students who have completed at least one year of law school. In awarding scholarships, PRBA considers financial need, academic achievement, and involvement in the Latino community/institutions of higher learning. Applications are posted in the summer. Contact prbalawscholarship@gmail.com with questions in the meantime.​​ September​ Varies​
 

Specialized Practice Area

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​​​​Scholarship Details Deadline​ Amount​
​​​American Association for Justice (AAJ) Mike Eidson Scholarship​​​: awarded annually to a female student entering​​ her third year of law school (or fourth year in an evening program) who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a trial lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the priniples of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. May​​ $5,000​​
American Association for Justice (AAJ) Trial Advocacy Scholarship​​​: open to all AAJ law student members who are entering their second and third year of law school. Awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates: commitment to AAJ and its mission; a desire to represent victims; interest and skill in trial advocacy; and financial need. ​M​ay $3,0​00​
​​​American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholarship​​​: intended for students from underrepresented minority groups entering or attending law school in the fall, with a demonstrated commitment to developing a career in intellectual property law. Awards $10,000 per school year (renewable for three years upon re-application by recipient).​​ ​March​ $10,000/year​​​​
​​Chicago Bar Foundation Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship​​​​: awarded annually to an incoming student attending one of the nine Illinois law schools who intends to pursue a career in public interest law.​ ​May​ ​$40,000​
Cook County Public Defenders Association Jack Carey Memorial Scholarship​​​: intended for law students who clerk at the Cook County Public Defender. $2500 is awarded three times a year. ​multiple deadlines $2,500​
The Federal Circuit Bar Association Charitable and Education Fund Scholarship​: open to students (a) pursuing a JD degree, (b) enrolling for the upcoming academic year in any ABA accredited law school, (c) having financial need, and (d) showing a demonstrable interest in one of the many topics that lie within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (e.g., international trade, government contracts, patents, trademarks, certain money claims against the U.S. government, federal personnel, and veterans' benefits).​​ ​April ​$5,000-$10,000
Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarship​: The Illinois Government Bar Association serves public interest attorneys throughout the state of Illinois. The annual scholarship is designed to recognize outstanding commitment and achievement in public interest law. For more information and the application form, contact Michael Delcomyn at (217) 524-6372 or via email at michael.delcomyn@illinois.gov.​​​​ ​April ​$1,00​​0
Jeremy D. Protas LGBT Patent Law Scholarship​: in furtherance of the goal of increasing the number of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in the field of patent law, this scholarship awards $1,000 to a well-qualified LGBT candidate interested in pursuing a career in patent law. Applicants must: be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school; be eligible to sit for the Patent Bar Exam; and be interested in pursuing a career in patent law. The ideal candidate wil demonstrate strong academic achievement throughout his/her academic career.​​​​ ​July ​$1,000
 

Regional

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​​​​Scholarship Details Deadline​ Amount​
​​​​Bohemian Lawyers Association of Chicago Scholarship​​: all persons of Czech, Moravian, Ruthenian, Silesian or Slovak ancestry enrolled in an accredited law sch​​​ool in the greater Chicagoland area are eligible for a Bohemian Lawyers' Association of Chicago annual scholarship.​​​ April​​ Varies​​​​
​Chicago Bar Foundation Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship​​​: awarded annually to an incoming student attending one of the nine Illinois law schools who intends to pursue a career in public interest law. May​​ $40,000​​
Darleen J. and Robert L. Walker Scholarship Fund​: provides financial assistance to current students and those beginning law school anywhere in Illinois, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, or St. Louis, Missouri. While scholarships are open to all, applicants from Masonic families, who are former residents of the Masonic Children's Home in LaGrange, IL, or who are Masons themselves are especially encouraged to apply. In addition to the application, students are asked to submit a Student Aid Report or FAFSA documentation so that financial need may be evaluated. ​June ​Varies (renewable each year)​​
​DuPage Association of Women Lawyers Judge Helen C. Kinney Scholarship​: open to all first, second and third year women law students, with a DuPage County connection, enrolled in an accredited law school in Illinois. The Foundation anticipates awarding scholarships of at least $​​​500 to one or more recipients each year. ​March-April ​$500
​DuPage County Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers: awards a scholarship to a student of Italian extraction who has completed at least one semester of law school. The scholarship program​​ is primarily for students attending law schools in Illinois. Contact (630) 961-0225 or celluccilaw@live.com.  ​May $1,000-$2,500​
Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship​: aims to promote the legal training of minority law school students and to encourage them to join and excel in the private practice of law within larger corporate law firms in the Upper Midwest. ​ ​March ​$10,000
Grand Rapids Community Foundation Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship​: open to students of color (African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander) accepted to or presently attending an accredited law school within the U.S. with a permanent residence in Michigan. Must demonstrate financial need, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be a citizen of the U.S. ​April ​$5,000
Grand Rapids Community Foundation Warner Norcross & Judd Law School Scholarship​: open to students of color accepted to or presently attending an accredited law school within the U.S. with a permanent residence in Michigan or attending a Michigan law school.​ ​April ​$5,000
​Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois Scholarship​: awarded to deserving law students on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, and community service. Applicant must be enrolled as a second or third year student at an accredited law school, must be an Illinois resident or attending law school in Illinois, and must be eligible for student membership in the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois.​​ ​October ​$1,000-$2,500
Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarship​: The Illinois Government Bar Association serves public interest attorneys throughout the state of Illinois. The annual scholarship is designed to recognize outstanding commitment and achievement in public interest law. For more information and the application form, contact Michael Delcomyn at (217) 524-6372 or via email at michael.delcomyn@illinois.gov. ​April ​$1,00​​0
Illinois Judicial Council Foundation Scholarships​: The Illinois Judicial Council is an organization comprosed primarily, but not exclusively, of African American state and federal judges, administrative judges and hearing officers. The Illinois Judicial Council Foundation has funded numerous scholarships to minority and other deserving law students throughout Illinois and beyond. The Foundation committee will use the following criteria in awarding the scholarships: need, community involvement, academic acheivement, communication skills and ability to overcome obstacles. For more information and the application form, contact Judge Dominique Ross at (312) 603-4844 or via email at ijc.scholarship@gmail.com. ​​ ​March​​​ ​Varies
Polish-American ​​Advocates Scholarship Foundation Scholarship​: The Knights of Dabrowski Crusade for Education Scholarship is​available to full or part-time law students of ​​​Polish descent or demonstrated affinity with a documented financial need and in good​​ academic standin​​​g. M​​​ust ​​​be​​​ a Chicag​​​o Met​​​rop​​​o​​​lita​​​n area resident (and have been such for at least four years). Contact Regina Rathnau at (3​​​12) 659-2953 or reg​​​ina@rethaulaw​​.com; Ann Melichar at annmelichar@hotmail.com; Kevin​​ Ochalla at ​​kjochalla@comcast.net; Chet Wajda at (773) 792-1800 or kofd@sbcglobal.net; or advocatesscholarship@gmail.com. ​​​​​
​Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) Academic Scholarship​: Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students. To apply, you must: be Jewish; have been born and raised in the Chicago metropolitan area or one continuous year of full-time employment in the Chicago metro area prior to enrollment; intend to remain in the Chicago metropolitan area after completing school; are entering an accredited graduate program in a helping profession on a full-time basis; demonstrate financial need; demonstrate career promise; and are available for an in-person interview between March and April. ​February ​$1,000-$8,000 (renewable)
​​​Justinian Society of Lawyers' Endowment Fund Scholarship​​​: annual scholarships awarded to Italian-American students attending area law schools. The Fund is primarily concerned with providing awards to qualified applicants demonstrating financial need. ​September ​Varies
Kane County Bar Foundation Scholarships​: Historically, the Foundation has awarded at least two $1,500 scholarships a year, as well as the Honorable Patrick Dixon Memorial Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to deserving law students including those whose permanent address, or the permanent address of at least one of their parent/guardians, is in Kane County. Although the Foundation may take into consideration whether the applicant intends to practice law in the 16th Judicial Circuit, this is not a requirement for eligibility. ​April ​$1,500
​​​Northwest Suburban Bar Association Timothy C. Evans Scholarship​: available to law students currently attending an accredited Illinois law school who reside in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (includes Lake, Kane, DuPage, Cook, Will, Kendall, Grundy and LaSalle counties) and who have expressed a commitment to the highest scholastic standards. Factors that are considered when awarding scholarships include: scholastic achievement; leadership skills; involvement in school activities; involvement in community service; extracurricular activities; and financial need. ​April ​Varies
Polish Women's Civic Club, Inc. Scholarship​: applicants must: (1) be a U.S. citizen; (2) be a resident of Illinois; (3) have one parent of Polish descent; (4) be enrolled full-time at a Chicago-area accredited university; and (5) demonstrate financial need. ​July ​Varies (renewable)​​
 

General

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​​Scholarship Details Deadline​ Amount​​​
National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Scholarship Program​: awards scholarships and grants to outstanding ​​​​​students on the basis of academic merit. Students must either be members of NIAF or have a parent or guardian who is a member of NIAF. March​ ​$2,000-$12,000
​Serbian Bar Association of America (SBAA) Scholarship​: The SBAA awards scholarships to law students every year at its scholarship gala. All persons of Serbian birth or ancestry and/or their spouses who are enrolled in an accredited law schoo​​l in the U.S. are eligible. The SBAA typically awards two $2,000 scholarships, one $1,000 scholarship and one $500 scholarship. ​March ​Varies
 


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