A number of outside organizations, including local bar and community associations, law firms, and other groups sponsor scholarship programs for law students. Many of these scholarships are aimed at women, members of diverse groups, or students from particular regions. The table below contains just a few of these scholarship opportunities.
NEWLY ADMITTED STUDENTS: an expanded listing of outside scholarships is available on the Admissions Office Intranet. Sign in and click on the Financial Planning menu item. On the dropdown menu, choose Scholarships from Outside Organizations.
CURRENT STUDENTS: an expanded listing of outside scholarships is available on the CAAS Intranet. Sign in and click on Scholarships under the Academic Services heading.
Note: Scholarships and fellowships open solely to Mason Law students can be found here. For additional resources for scholarships, you may want to consult the College Resource Network. Additional information on summer scholarships or stipends is available from PSJD.
|Scholarship||Eligible Students||Prospective or Current Students||Scholarship Type||Traditional Deadline|
|AAJ (American Association for Justice): Alia Herrera Memorial Scholarship||
Current law students entering their second or third year or having the equivalent of one year to complete. Must be student member of AAJ or child of an AAJ member.
|AAJ (American Association for Justice): Richard D. Hailey Law Student Scholarship||
Exhibit an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy; express a desire to represent victims; demonstrate a commitment to AAJ; and show financial need.
|AAJ (American Association for Justice): Trial Advocacy Scholarship||
Second- and third-year students who are AAJ law student members who demonstrate commitment to AAJ and financial need.
|AAUW (American Association of University Women) Educational Foundation||
Variety of scholarships for women of color.
|ABA: Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Law||
Will not be offered for summer 2013.
|Current||$5,000 and summer internship||November - March (varies by location)|
|ABA: Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund||
Incoming law students.
|ABA: Scholarship and Opportunities List for Diversity Students||
Incoming and current students from diverse backgrounds.
|ACA (American Counsel Association) Scholarship||
Academically gifted and financially needy third-year students.
|ALI-ABA Continuing Professional Education Scholarships||
Current law students who wish to attend ALI-ABA study courses.
|Current||Tuition cost of ALI-ABA study courses||Varies|
|Abbott & Fenner||
Any student registered in any accredited post-secondary institution who is between the ages of 16 and 30.
|Adler Pollock & Sheehan Diversity Scholarship||
Students of diverse background entering their first year of law school; permanent resident of Massachusetts or Rhode Island.
|Alabama Law Foundation: Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship||
Law students entering their second-year; must be an Alabama resident.
|Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship||
First-year students of diverse background.
|Current||Summer asssociate position and $15,000||January|
|Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program||
Fellowship designed for current law student pursuing field work and research on significant issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas. Work with an NGO or human rights organization. Fellowship must occur between April and September.
|Current||Varies||Opens in October; only the first 50 applications will be reviewed.|
Third-year law students who have obtained a CPA certificate may apply.
|Current||$1,000, $500, or $250 award||Not offered this year|
|BLAC - William A. McClain Scholarship||
Black law students who are residents of Cincinnati attending any ABA-accredited law school and who demonstrate leadership potential, dedication to the community, and a financial need.
|Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship||
Students who have completed their first year of law school (only); meet Baker Donelson's hiring criteria; member of one of the racial/ethnic groups set forth by the EEOC.
|Current||Summer associate position and $10,000||June|
|Baker Hostetler: Diversity Fellowship Program||
Second-year law students of diverse background.
|Current||Summer Associate position and $10,000||October|
|Banner & Witcoff: Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship||
First- or second-year law students; commitment to the pursuit of a career in intellectual property law; strong communication skills; demonstrated leadership qualities and community involvement.
|Black Women Lawyers Association Scholarship||
Black female law students with connection to the Los Angeles, California, area.
|Bruce D. Rasmussen Trial Advocacy Scholarship & The Robert J. MacBeth Jr. Scholarship Fund||
Current law students attending law school in VA, WV, or DC.
|To attend the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention and the Virginia College of Trial Advocacy||January|
|Bryce Harlow Scholarship||
Part-time graduate students pursuing studies that lead to the profession of business-government relations or advocacy and who work full-time.
|Prospective, Current||$6,000 tuition assistance||April|
|Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarships||
Current students who are a member of an ethnic or racial minority or who demonstrate commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.
|Chicago Bar Foundation: Kimball R. Anderson and Karen Gatsis Anderson Public Interest Law Fellowship||
Recent law school graduates who are working in a CBF-funded public interest law organization; demonstrate a commitment to public interest work; academic achievement in law school; outstanding character and integrity.
|Chicago Bar Foundation: Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship||
Recent law school graduates pursuing careers in legal aid or public interest law at qualifying organizations in Illinois.
|Current||Up to $50,000||Summer|
|Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute||
Current Hispanic students who demonstrate public service and contribution to their communities.
|Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLC||
Second-year law students committed to diversity in regions where the Constangy firm has offices.
|Cooley Godward Kronish LLP||
Current first-year law students; personal diversity in terms of ethnicity, gender, physical disability and/or sexual orientation.
|Current||Summer Associate position and $15,000||June|
|Cope Law Firm Scholarship||
Eligible students must be financing their entire law school education with student loans and scholarships. U.S. citizen. Minimum 3.3 GPA and at least one semester of classes in accredited U.S. law school. Apply via firm's home page URL - submit "Contact Us" form choosing "Scholarship" as reason for contact.
|Davis Levin Livingston Scholarship||
Available to a law student who intends to practice public interest law. The recipient must be a current law school student or have been accepted to attend law school in the fall of the same year following the application. The recipient must be a U.S. citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States. Academic achievement should be reflected by an undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA.
|Dickstein Shapiro LLP: Diversity Scholarship||
Second-year law students who meet the academic and hiring criteria of Dickstein Shapiro; receive an offer of summer employment; are members of one of the racial/ethnic groups set forth by the EEOC, or have a disability, or are members of the LGBT community.
|Current||Summer associate position and $10,000||October|
|Dinsmore & Shohl LLP||
For first- or second-year student from diverse background.
|Current||Summer Associate position and $10,000||August (second year); December (first year)|
|Dwyer Williams Potter Attorneys LLP Scholarship||
Available to students graduating from an Oregon University, who have been accepted to an accredited law school anywhere in the United States. Applicants do not have to be U.S. citizens, but must be authorized to work in the United States. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in undergraduate coursework is required.
|Elkus, Sisson & Rosenstein, P.C. Academic Scholarship||
Essay contest is open to those who are related to law enforcement officers or who are attending school to become an officer of the law to protect and serve citizens of the U.S.
|Ellen Spring Moore Scholarship||
Current female law students. Preference given to students with ties to SW Virginia.
|FEEA (Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund) Scholarship||
Current civilian federal and postal employees or their children who are currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree.
|Prospective, Current||$500 - $7,500||March|
|Farzad Family Law Scholarship||
This scholarship is available to all pre-law and law students who are currently admitted to and attending an undergraduate degree program in pre-law at an accredited American university or college or are admitted to and attending a state accredited law school.
|Federal Circuit Bar Association||
The FCBA offers Judicial Scholarships, Founders Scholarships, and Need-based Scholarships. Applicants must be current law students who are enrolled for the upcoming academic year, have financial need, and show demonstrable interest in one of the many topics that lie within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. For further information on the five offered scholarships and an application form, visit the FCBA website.
|Current||$5,000 - $10,000||April|
|Federal Communications Bar Association: Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship & Internship Fund||
Provides stipends to law students who accept unpaid summer internships at federal, state, and local communications-related agencies.
|Finnegan Henderson Diversity Scholarship||
Law students completing their first year (or second year part-time) of minority heritage.
|Current||Summer Associate position and $15,000||March|
|Fish & Richardson Diversity Fellowship Program||
First-year minority students.
|Current||Summer Associate position and $5,000||January|
|Fredrikson & Byron Minority Scholarship Program||
First-year students of diverse background.
|Grand Rapids Community Foundation Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Law Scholarships||
Available to students of color with a permanent residence in Michigan pursuing a law degree at any accredited law school in the U.S.
|Greater Richmond Bar Foundation: Oliver W. Hill and Samuel L. Tucker Scholarship Award||
Law students committed to the pro bono community may apply. Will award modest scholarship funds to help students complete their legal education.
|Harter Secrest & Emery Diversity Scholarship||
First-year law student.
|Current||Summer Associate position and $7,500||January|
|Hispanic Scholarship Fund||
Students of Hispanic heritage pursuing their first undergraduate or graduate degree.
|Prospective, Current||$1,000 - $5,000||Varies|
|Holland & Hart||
Current second-year law student.
|Current||Summer Associate position and $10,000||September|
|Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Fund||
Berks County residents entering their second year of law school who demonstrate financial need.
|Howell & Christmas, LLC Visionary Scholarship||
Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; be either a current law student at an accredited law school within the United States or at an accredited undergraduate university planning to attend law school; have a minimum 2.8 GPA; and submit an official copy of their transcript. Applicants will be judged on the content of their application, the essay they provide, and on their academic merits. The award must be applied to the winner’s Spring semester’s tuition.
|Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship||
Must be a resident of Hudson County, New Jersey, and show evidence of financial need.
|Institute for Humane Studies||
Current undergraduate, graduate, law, and professional students demonstrating an interest in exploring principles underlying a free society.
|Prospective, Current||$2,000 - $12,000||December|
|J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association Scholarship Fund||
Current law students; applications will be evaluated on service to community and school; quality of essay; academic achievements; financial need; strength of recommendations.
|Current||Up to $1,500||October|
|Kaire & Heffernan Bicycle Accident Scholarship||
Student who either personally suffered injury in a bicycle accident, or witnessed the post-accident experience of a family member or friend. Recipient must be a current law school student or have been accepted to attend law school, and must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.
|Katz & Phillips Law Scholarship for Veterans||
Applicant must be either active military or retired from military service (any branch); currently enrolled in an accredited law school or accepted to attend law school at an accredited institution within the United States; have a minimum 2.8 GPA; and submit an official copy of their transcript.
|Katz & Phillips Single-Parent Scholarship||
Applicant must be either a current law student at an accredited law school or at an accredited undergraduate university planning to attend and accepted into law school for the following academic year; have a minimum 2.8 GPA; and submit an official copy of their transcript. Applicants will be judged on their academic merits as well as the content of the application essay they provide.
|Katz & Phillips, P.A. Ashley Rose Honorary Diabetes Law Student Scholarship Award||
Applicant must be either a current law student at an accredited law school or a student entering law school (having already been accepted to an accredited law school) this year; have a minimum 2.8 GPA; and submit an official copy of their transcript.
|Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program||
Current law students who intend to practice law in a major city of the United States. You must have successfully completed your first year of a full-time JD program by the application deadline, with an expected graduation date of spring 2014.
|Current||$10,000 non-renewable scholarship for second year of law school||September|
|Laubacher & Co. Domestic Violence Law Firm Scholarship||
Applicant must either be a current student or have been accepted to attend school; be a U.S. citizen; and have a cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA.
|LeClair Ryan--Oliver W. Hill Scholarship||
Current law students who are enrolled at an ABA-accredited U.S. law school in any state in which LeClairRyan has an office; law school GPA of at least 3.0; identifies as a member of one of the racial/ethnic groups as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or identifies as LGBT.
|Luvera Law Firm Scholarship||
Student attending an accredited law school in the United States.
|MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program||
Current law students. Demonstrated involvement in and commitment to serve the Latino community through the legal profession; academic and professional achievement; financial need.
|Prospective, Current||up to $7,000||January|
|MCCA (Minority Corporate Counsel Association): Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program||
Incoming law students of diverse background. Must be U.S. citizen and have interest in working in corporate law field in business or in law firm.
|Prospective||$10,000 (renewable up to 3 times)||January (opens)|
|McAndrews, Held & Malloy Diversity Fellowship||
First-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school who has a diverse background, possesses a degree in science or engineering, and is committed to pursuing a career in patent law in Chicago.
|Current||Paid summer clerkship and $5,000||Check with firm|
|Meinhart Smith & Manning PLLC Scholarship||
Incoming first-year student who has been accepted into an accredited law school in Kentucky or anywhere in the United States for enrollment in the fall.
|Ms. JD Summer Scholarship||
Current law students doing summer unpaid, public interest work may apply for a summer stipend.
|NAPABA (National Asian Pacific American Bar Association) Law Foundation Scholarships||
Current law student demonstrating commitment to and interest in pro bono, public interest, or public service legal work; financial need; leadership potential; maturity and responsibility; commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American community.
|Current||$2,500 - $7,500||September|
|National Contract Management Association||
Current students in a recognized academic program related to the field of acquisition leading to a degree from a Washington metropolitan area accredited institution of higher learning.
|Current||up to $1,500||March|
|Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association Foundation: Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship||
Second-year law students planning to practice law public service/public interest sector in the South Hampton Roads area.
|PSLawNet Summer Funding||
Current law students seeking funding for unpaid summer internships.
|Perkins Coie: Diversity Fellowship||
First-year law students of diverse background.
|Current||$7,500 and Summer Associate position||January|
|Perkins Coie: Patent Fellowship||
Second-year law students who have a technical background and an interest in a patent procurement practice.
|Current||$7,500 academic scholarship and Summer Associate position||Application released in December|
|Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund: Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Award||
Latino law students permanently residing in, and/or attending law school, in New York State are eligible to apply. Applicant must be a first- or second-year law student or a third-year evening student.
|Current||$2,000 (may vary)||April|
|Rhode Island Bar Foundation: Thomas J. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund||
Incoming full-time students who are Rhode Island residents and who will be entering their first year of law school.
|Roanoke Law Foundation: James N. Kincanon and Jane S. Glenn Scholarships||
Incoming or current law students. Demonstrate academic excellence and interest in pursuit of law; must be a resident of the city or county of Roanoke, the city of Salem, or a graduate of a high school located in those jurisdictions. GPA of at least 3.0 during high school (and college or law school, if applicable).
|Robert A. Shuker Scholarship Fund||
Legal resident of Greater Metropolitan Area of DC and attending ABA accredited law school full time.
|Serbian Bar Association of America Scholarship||
Current law students of Serbian birth, ancestry, or connubial relationship.
|Current||$500 - $2,000||October|
|The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans||
Senior in bachelor's program or no more than two years into a graduate program; must be a resident alien, naturalized U.S. Citizen, or the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens; must not be over 30 years of age.
|Prospective, Current||Up to two years: half-tuition (up to $20,000 per academic year) and $25,000 annually in maintenance||November|
|Warner Norcross & Judd LLP: LSAT Preparation Course Scholarship||
Minority college students in their junior or senior year; Michigan resident or currently enrolled in a college or university in Michigan.
|Warner Norcross & Judd LLP: Minority Scholarship Program||
Former or current Michigan resident attending any U.S. accredited law school; ethnic minority; minimum 2.5 GPA on 4.0 scale; financial need.
Questions concerning these fellowships and additional sources of scholarship funding should be directed to the Office of Admissions.