College of Law > Admission & Aid > Tuition, Scholarships & Aid > External Scholarships

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.

Entering 1L Students

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 law schools in the Chicago area (including DePaul). Contact (507) 931-1682. June $5,000
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 service, and demonstrated the tenacity to excel within the profession. April 6 $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. March 16 $10,000/year
Central Illinois Women's Bar Association Scholarship: awarded each year to a current or aspiring female law student from the central Illinois area.  March 23 $2,000
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
Federal Circuit Bar Association Charitable and Education Fund Scholarshi​ps: 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.

April 1-

April 15

$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. 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
​Holliday Karatinos Scholarship​: The personal injury law firm Holliday Karatinos, PLLC Scholarship Program is designed to help college students who are interested in pursuing and institution of higher education. Applicants must submit an essay with the focus on: Personal Injury - Concussions in Sports. June 8 $500-$2,500
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. February 1 $1,000-$8,000 (renewable)
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. ​August 31, 2018 $10,000​
National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) Scholarships: The NBLSA offers several scholarship opportunities for its members.  Varies Varies

Diversity

Scholarship Details Deadline Amount
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.

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 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. March $15,000
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
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. March 16 $10,000/year
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. Varies Varies
Barbri Law Preview - Diversity Scholarship​: five scholarships available for incoming 1L students from DePaul College of Law to attend Barbri's Law Preview program. May 15​ Varies
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.  February 4 Up to $3,000
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. March /April $10,000
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). November $5,000
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 $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. 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 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. January 24 Varies
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
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. December $5,000
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. September $2,000-$7,500
National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) Scholarships: NBLSA offers multiple scholarship opportunities to its student members. Varies Varies

Specialized Practice Area

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. Opens February $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.

Opens

February 1

$3,000
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. March 16 $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 Scholars​hip: intended for law students who clerk at the Cook County Public Defender. $2500 is awarded three times a year. multiple deadlines $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). January $5,000
The Federal Circuit Bar Association Charitable and Education Fund Scholarsh​ip: 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. April $5,000-$10,000
Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarships: The Illinois Government Bar Association serves public interest attorneys throughout the state of Illinois. April $1,000

Regional

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 school in the greater Chicagoland area are eligible for a Bohemian Lawyers' Association of Chicago annual scholarship. April $2,500 - $5,000
Central Illinois Women's Bar Association Scholarship: awarded each year to a current or aspiring female law student from the central Illinois area.  March 23 $2,000
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. June 15 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. April 15 Varies
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 $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. 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 Government Bar Association Scholarship: The Illinois Government Bar Association serves public interest attorneys throughout the state of Illinois. April $1,000
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. March Varies
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. February 1 $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. April 27 $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). March 23 Varies
Will County Women's Bar Association Scholarship: available to law students who live, work, intern, or extern in Will County, Illinois.  August $500

General

​​​​​​​
​​Scholarship Details Deadline​ Amount​​​
​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​
National It​alian 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​ 1 ​$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. Varies​ ​Varies