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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 check back for updates.

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.

Entering 1L Students

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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 law schools in the Chicago area (including DePaul). Contact (507) 931-1682. Closed $5,000 Visit Website
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 service, and demonstrated the tenacity to excel within the profession. Closed $15,000

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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. Closed $10,000/year

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Central Illinois Women's Bar Association Scholarship: awarded each year to a current or aspiring female law student from the central Illinois area.  Closed $2,000

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Federal Circuit Bar Association Charitable and Education Fund Scholarships: 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.

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$5,000-$10,000

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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. Closed $5,000

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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. Closed $5,000

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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. Closed $1,000-$8,000 (renewable)

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Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship: The scholarship is available to diverse individuals who have overcome obstacles, are outstanding and promising scholars, have an interest in corporate law, and possess a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Closed $10,000

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Diversity

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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.

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$5,000

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American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) LGBT Public Interest Scholarship Program will provide financial support to a first, second or third year law student, or recent law graduate to enable the student or recent law graduate to work in the LGBT public interest arena for the Summer and/or fall of 2019. Closed $5,000

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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 service, and demonstrated the tenacity to excel within the profession. Closed $15,000

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American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships: 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.  Varies Varies

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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. Closed $10,000/year

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Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarships: several scholarship opportunities available to students enrolled in a tribe from the Continental U.S. or Alaska who are enrolled full-time at an accredited institution of higher learning. Closed Varies

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Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship will award three (3) scholarships to diverse law students. Each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid during the student's third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses. Additionally, recipients will be awarded a salaried 2L Summer Associate position in one of our offices. Closed $10,000

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Barbri Law Preview - Diversity Scholarship: five scholarships available for incoming 1L students from DePaul College of Law to attend Barbri's Law Preview program. Closed Varies

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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.  Closed Up to $3,000

Chapman and Cutler LLP Maynard H. Jackson Jr. Diversity Scholarship will be awarded to a student from a diverse background, including areas of racial or ethnic diversity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or other areas of underrepresentation or otherwise important diversity in the legal profession; who is currently enrolled and in good academic standing at an ABA-accredited law school; and with an expected graduation date no later than spring 2021. Closed $10,000

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Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) EDGE Pre-Law Scholarship: open to US citizens or permanent residents who plan to attend law school in the fall of 2019, have a minimum GPA of 2.7, are able to attend an ABA-approved law school at completion of program, and demonstrate financial need.

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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. Closed $10,000

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The Diversity Scholarship Foundation, NFP supports students in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana seeking a career in the legal profession who have maintained a high GPA and are actively participating or supporting diversity related programs. September 15 Varies

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Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship: awarded to a 1L or 2L student who is a member of a historically underrepresented group in intellectual property law (including race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability). Closed $5,000

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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. Closed $5,000

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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. Closed $5,000

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Hellenic Bar Association ScholarshipEach year the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois (HBA) provides scholarships worth thousands of dollars to second and third-year law students of Hellenic descent. Applicants must be Illinois residents or be attending an Illinois law school. September 30​ Varies

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Illinois Judicial Council Foundation ScholarshipsThe Illinois Judicial Council Foundation has funded numerous scholarships to minority and other deserving law students throughout Illinois and beyond. Varies Varies
Kirkland & Ellis LLP Diversity Fellowship Programs: Kirkland offers a 1L Diversity Scholars Program and a 2L Diversity Fellowship Program to diverse law students. Closed Varies

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Latham & Watkins LLP Diversity Scholars Programs: 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. They offer a 1L Fellowship Program, a 2L Diversity Scholars Program, and other opportunities.  Varies Varies

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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 and have a demonstrated commitment to serving the Latino community. Closed $5,000

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Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship: The scholarship is available to diverse individuals who have overcome obstacles, are outstanding and promising scholars, have an interest in corporate law, and possess a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Closed $10,000

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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Law Foundation Scholarships: 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. Varies $2,000-$7,500

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Specialized Practice Area

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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. Closed $5,000

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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.

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$3,000

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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. Closed $10,000/year

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The American Society of International Law’s (ASIL) International Refugee Law Interest Group announces its sixth annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition, co-sponsored by Global Migration Centre, the International Journal of Refugee Law, the International Law Students Association, and Oxford University Press. Papers must address any topic related to international law and refugees, stateless persons, internally displaced persons, and forced migrants. The winner will receive a $100 cash award, as well as a complimentary admission t the 114th ASIL Annual Meeting, to be held in Washington, D.C., April 1-4, 2020; a complimentary one-year student membership to ASIL; and books from Oxford University Press. January 15th $100

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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. Varies $2,500


Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship: awarded to a 1L or 2L student who is a member of a historically underrepresented group in intellectual property law (including race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability). Closed $5,000

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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. Closed $5,000-$10,000
Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarships: The Illinois Government Bar Association serves public interest attorneys throughout the state of Illinois. Closed $1,000

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Regional

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Bohemian Lawyers Association of Chicago Scholarship: all persons of Czech, Moravian, Ruthenian, Silesian or Slovak ancestry enrolled in an accredited law school in the greater Chicagoland area are eligible for a Bohemian Lawyers' Association of Chicago annual scholarship. Closed $2,500 - $5,000

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Central Illinois Women's Bar Association Scholarship: awarded each year to a current or aspiring female law student from the central Illinois area.  Closed $2,000

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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. Closed Varies (renewable each year)

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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. Closed Varies

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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.  Closed $15,000


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. Closed $5,000

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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. Closed $5,000

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Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarship: The Illinois Government Bar Association serves public interest attorneys throughout the state of Illinois. Closed $1,000

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Illinois Judicial Council Foundation Scholarships: The Illinois Judicial Council Foundation has funded numerous scholarships to minority and other deserving law students throughout Illinois and beyond. Closed Varies

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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. Closed $1,000-$8,000 (renewable)
Kane County Bar Foundation Scholarships: 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. Closed $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). Closed Varies

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General

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AGBU Scholarship Program: awards scholarships to promising young Armenian students pursuing their undergraduate and graduate degrees in nearly 40 coutnries across 6 continents.  Varies Varies

Illinois Judicial Council 2019-2020 Scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled or accepted full time in a juris doctor program at an accredited Illinois law school. Closed Varies

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Illinois Judges Foundation Harold Sullivan Scholarship will be awarded to one or more law students who do not have a family member who is a judge; are first or second year law students at an Illinois law school; have community service or pro bono experience; and have financial need. Closed $5,000

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The Jewish Judges Association of Illinois Foundation, Inc. is inviting applications for the Justice Robert E. Gordon Scholarship in the sum of $3,600. The Scholarship is available to law students who have been accepted or are attending an Illinois accredited law school, reside in Illinois and who have demonstrated accomplishment in academic studies, commitment to public service and financial need. Applications should be sent to Jewish Judges Association of Illinois Foundation, Inc. 234 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1430, Chicago, Il. 60602. The Scholarship recipient will be recognized at the Jewish Judges Association annual dinner. Closed
$3,600
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. Closed $2,000-$12,000

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2019 Reeves Law Group Scholarship: the Reeves Law Group is offering an increased scholarship award of $5000. The firm asks current law students to write about their genuine desire and goal of using the legal system to fix problems or improve conditions in our society. December 15 $5,000

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Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC’ Annual Single Mother Scholarship will be awarded to two single mothers who are going back to school by offering two $1,000 scholarships (one awarded to a single mother in an undergraduate program or community college and one to a single mother enrolled in an accredited law school) December 5 $1,000

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