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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.

Scholarship Details Deadline Amount Website
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. April 17, 2021 $15,000 Visit Website
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. April 1, 2021 $10,000/year Visit Website
BARBRI Law Preview One Lawyer Can Change the World Scholarship: each year, honors 10 future change agents who are heading to law school. All ten finalists will be rewarded with scholarships to help pay for the first year of law school. The award will be paid directly to his or her law school. You must be an incoming 1L student starting in the Fall of 2020 to apply. June 1, 2021 Varies Visit Website
BARBRI joined with leading law schools, law firms, and bar associations to help students succeed in their first year. These sponsoring organizations will fund full scholarships for first year students to attend a summer BARBRI Law Preview workshop. The sessions are meant to provide information on how to prepare and what to expect in law school, with mentoring opportunities as well.  May 15, 2021 Funds to Attend BARBRI Preview Summer Workshop Visit Website
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 Visit Website
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. May 31, 2021 $5,000-$10,000 Visit Website
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. March 1, 2021 $5,000 Visit Website
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. March 1, 2021 $5,000 Visit Website
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) Visit Website
Joshua and Dorothy Williams Memorial Legal Education Scholarship (JTBF): This scholarship was launched by the parents of the Honorable Ann Claire Williams, who believed in the power of education and the doors it opens for those who follow behind. This scholarship is open to deserving future 1Ls in their final semester of college and who are enrolled in one of the 6 Chicago are law schools for Fall 2020. Must submit undergraduate transcripts and an essay on the reason for applying to law school. Closed $5,000 Visit Website
The Mann Law Firm Legal Scholarship is designed to encourage and award creative authorship. Informing various audiences is part of the legal profession. The ability to clearly and accurately relay a message is crucial, whether it is addressed to a person inquiring about legal services, a client, a judge, or a jury. Scholarship applicants must submit a sample of their writing which has previously been published in a newspaper, magazine, professional blog or academic publication. It is not necessary that the subject matter be related to the law; its primary purpose should be to inform readers. May 1, 2021 $1,000 Visit Website
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 Visit Website
The Stoddard Firm scholarship for first-year law students is designed to encourage and award creative authorship. Informing various audiences is part of the legal profession. The ability to clearly and accurately relay a message is crucial, whether it is addressed to a person inquiring about legal services, a client, a judge, or a jury. May 3, 2021 $2,000 Visit Website
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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. Closed $5,000 Visit Website
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 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. April 17, 2021 $15,000/year Visit Website
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 Visit Website
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. April 1, 2021 $10,000/year Visit Website
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. May 31, 2021 Varies Visit Website
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 Visit Website
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, 2021 Varies Visit Website
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 Visit Website
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 Visit Website
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. Closed $2,500 Visit Website
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 Visit Website
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. Closed Varies Visit Website
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). March 1, 2021 $5,000 Visit Website
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. March 1, 2021 $5,000 Visit Website
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.

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$5,000 Visit Website
Hellenic Bar Association Scholarship: Each 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. Closed $25,000 Visit Website
HLAI (Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois) Charities Scholarship Closed Varies Visit Website
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 Visit Website
Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization Law School Scholarship: Just the Beginning Foundation encourages underrepresented students to pursue careers and leadership in law. This scholarship is in honor of 6 judges who worked towards diversity on the bench and looking to support students pursuing a similar mission. This scholarship is open to current 1L or 2Ls enrolled in one of the 6 Chicago area law schools. Must submit current transcript, letters of recommendation, and an essay discussing the importance of diversity on the bar and bench. Closed $5,000 Visit Website
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 Visit Website
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. Closed Varies Visit Website
Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund: The American Bar Association (ABA) awards an annual Legal Opportunity Scholarship to first-year law students. The mission of the program is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to attend and complete law school. April 1, 2021 $5,000 Visit Website
MCCA Diversity Scholarships, Fellowships and Internships. The included organizations offer law school scholarships and fellowships to diverse students. Please see the included links for application information. Varies Varies Visit Website
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. February 26, 2021 $5,000 Visit Website
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 Visit Website
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 Visit Website
Puerto Rican Bar Foundation Scholarship: The PRBA 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. March 31, 2021 $1,250 Visit Website
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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 Visit Website
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. Closed $3,000 Visit Website
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. April 1, 2021 $10,000/year Visit Website
Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship: Charles E. Joseph has dedicated his career to fighting for workers’ rights as a plaintiff’s employment lawyer. His work has protected victims of discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage theft. Charles E. Joseph founded Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP, a New York firm that has recovered more than $140 million for workers. He also created Working Now and Then, a resource on employment law and worker’s rights. In order to encourage future employment lawyers, the Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship awards $1,000 annually to a law student who plans to work in plaintiff’s employment law. May 1, 2021 $1,000 Visit Website
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 Visit Website
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 Visit Website
Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarships: The Illinois Government Bar Association serves public interest attorneys throughout the state of Illinois. Closed $1,000 Visit Website
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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. March 26, 2021 $2,500 - $5,000 Visit Website
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 Visit Website
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) Visit Website
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, 2021 Varies Visit Website
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. March 1, 2021 $5,000 Visit Website
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. March 1, 2021 $5,000 Visit Website
Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarship: The Illinois Government Bar Association serves public interest attorneys throughout the state of Illinois. Closed $1,000 Visit Website
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 Visit Website
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) Visit Website
Joshua and Dorothy Williams Memorial Legal Education Scholarship (JTBF): This scholarship was launched by the parents of the Honorable Ann Claire Williams, who believed in the power of education and the doors it opens for those who follow behind. This scholarship is open to deserving future 1Ls in their final semester of college and who are enrolled in one of the 6 Chicago are law schools for Fall 2021. Must submit undergraduate transcripts and an essay on the reason for applying to law school. Closed $5,000 Visit Website
Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization Law School Scholarship: Just the Beginning Foundation encourages underrepresented students to pursue careers and leadership in law. This scholarship is in honor of 6 judges who worked towards diversity on the bench and looking to support students pursuing a similar mission. This scholarship is open to current 1L or 2Ls enrolled in one of the 6 Chicago area law schools. Must submit current transcript, letters of recommendation, and an essay discussing the importance of diversity on the bar and bench. Closed $5,000 Visit Website
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 Visit Website
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The Accident and Injury Law Office of Terry Bryant Scholarship will be awarded to a future or current law student who can effectively and creatively tell us why they strive to become an attorney. We want to know what motivates candidates to practice law and what they plan to accomplish in their careers as attorneys. June 1, 2021 $2,500 Visit Website
AGBU Scholarship Program: Awards scholarships to promising young Armenian students pursuing their undergraduate and graduate degrees in nearly 40 coutnries across 6 continents. April 30, 2021 Varies Visit Website
For the People Scholarship: For more than 30 years, Morgan & Morgan attorneys have joined us to work “For The People,” and it’s been a commitment that has long extended beyond the courtroom. Our core philosophy is that we don’t shy away from a challenge. We do what’s necessary, whether that means winning large jury verdicts against big corporations and insurance companies, fighting unscrupulous employers, or advocating for civil rights, among other things. Closed $5,000 Visit Website
Fighting Injustice Scholarship: Finz & Finz, P.C. is dedicated to fighting for justice on behalf of the clients that it so proudly represents. The next generation of lawyers stands at the threshold of a new world that will be built with innovative ideas and fresh perspectives. Accordingly, we want to hear from you – current and prospective law students – to spotlight the fight against injustice and uplift those who face unfair disadvantages. May 1, 2021 $1000 (first place) Visit Website
Illinois Judicial Council 2021-2022 Scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled or accepted full time in a juris doctor program at an accredited Illinois law school. Closed Varies Visit Website
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/year Visit Website
Joshua and Dorothy Williams Memorial Legal Education Scholarship (JTBF): This scholarship was launched by the parents of the Honorable Ann Claire Williams, who believed in the power of education and the doors it opens for those who follow behind. This scholarship is open to deserving future 1Ls in their final semester of college and who are enrolled in one of the 6 Chicago are law schools for Fall 2020. Must submit undergraduate transcripts and an essay on the reason for applying to law school. Closed $5,000 Visit Website
Kryder Law Group’s First-Generation Student Scholarship June 15, 2021 $1,000 Visit Website
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 1, 2021 $2,000-$12,000 Visit Website
2021 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, 2021 $5,000 Visit Website
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) Closed $1,000 Visit Website
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