Scholarships from Outside Organizations

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. Additional information on summer scholarships or stipends is available from PSLawNet.

Scholarship Eligible Students Prospective or Current Students Scholarship Type Traditional Deadline
AAJ (American Association for Justice): Alia Herrera Memorial Scholarship External Link

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.

Current $3,000 June
AAJ (American Association for Justice): Richard D. Hailey Law Student Scholarship External Link

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.

Prospective, Current $1,000 May
AAJ (American Association for Justice): Trial Advocacy Scholarship External Link

Second- and third-year students who are AAJ law student members who demonstrate commitment to AAJ and financial need.

Current $2,500 May
AAUW (American Association of University Women) Educational Foundation External Link

Variety of scholarships for women of color.

Prospective, Current Varies Varies
ABA: Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Law External Link

Will not be offered for summer 2013.

Current $5,000 and summer internship November - March (varies by location)
ABA: Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund External Link

Incoming law students.

Prospective Tuition assistance March
ABA: Scholarship and Opportunities List for Diversity Students External Link

Incoming and current students from diverse backgrounds.

Current Varies Varies
ACA (American Counsel Association) Scholarship External Link

Academically gifted and financially needy third-year students.

Current    
ALI-ABA Continuing Professional Education Scholarships External Link

Current law students who wish to attend ALI-ABA study courses

Current Tuition cost of ALI-ABA study courses Varies
Abbott & Fenner External Link

Any student registered in any accredited post-secondary institution who is between the ages of 16 and 30.

Prospective, Current $1,000 June
Adler Pollock & Sheehan Diversity Scholarship External Link

Students of diverse background entering their first year of law school; permanent resident of Massachusetts or Rhode Island.

Prospective $10,000 June
Alabama Law Foundation: Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship External Link

Law students entering their second-year; must be an Alabama resident.

Current $5,000 Summer
Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship External Link

First-year students of diverse background.

Current Summer asssociate position and $15,000 January
Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program External Link

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.
Attorney-CPA Foundation External Link

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 External Link

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.

Current $2,000 February
Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship External Link

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 External Link

Second-year law students of diverse background.

Current Summer Associate position and $10,000 October
Banner & Witcoff: Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship  External Link

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.

Current $5,000 November
Black Women Lawyers Association Scholarship External Link

Black female law students with connection to the Los Angeles, California, area.

Current Varies March
Bruce D. Rasmussen Trial Advocacy Scholarship & The Robert J. MacBeth Jr. Scholarship Fund External Link

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 External Link

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 External Link

Current students who are a member of an ethnic or racial minority or who demonstrate commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.

Current $2,000 May
Chicago Bar Foundation: Kimball R. Anderson and Karen Gatsis Anderson Public Interest Law Fellowship External Link

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.

Current $50,000 May
Chicago Bar Foundation: Sun-Times Public Interest Law Fellowship External Link

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 External Link

Current Hispanic students who demonstrate public service and contribution to their communities.

Prospective, Current $5,000 April
Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLC External Link

Second-year law students committed to diversity in regions where the Constangy firm has offices.

Current $3,000 November
Cooley Godward Kronish LLP External Link

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 External Link

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.

Current $2,000 December
Davis Levin Livingston Scholarship External Link

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.

Prospective, Current $3,000 July
Dickstein Shapiro LLP: Diversity Scholarship External Link

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 External Link

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 External Link

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.

Prospective $1,000 July
Elkus, Sisson & Rosenstein, P.C. Academic Scholarship External Link

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. 

Prospective, Current $1,000 July
Ellen Spring Moore Scholarship External Link

Current female law students. Preference given to students with ties to SW Virginia.

Current $1,000 May
FEEA (Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund) Scholarship External Link

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 External Link

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.

Prospective, Current $3,000 December
Federal Circuit Bar Association  External Link

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 External Link

Provides stipends to law students who accept unpaid summer internships at federal, state, and local communications-related agencies.

Current $7,000 March
Finnegan Henderson Diversity Scholarship External Link

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 External Link

First-year minority students.

Current Summer Associate position and $5,000 January
Fredrikson & Byron Minority Scholarship Program External Link

First-year students of diverse background.

Current $10,000 March
Grand Rapids Community Foundation Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Law Scholarships External Link

Available to students of color with a permanent residence in Michigan pursuing a law degree at any accredited law school in the U.S.

Current $5,000 April
Greater Richmond Bar Foundation: Oliver W. Hill and Samuel L. Tucker Scholarship Award External Link

Law students committed to the pro bono community may apply. Will award modest scholarship funds to help students complete their legal education.

Current   March
Harter Secrest & Emery Diversity Scholarship External Link

First-year law student.

Current Summer Associate position and $7,500 January
Hispanic Scholarship Fund External Link

Students of Hispanic heritage pursuing their first undergraduate or graduate degree.

Prospective, Current $1,000 - $5,000 Varies
Holland & Hart External Link

Current second-year law student.

Current Summer Associate position and $10,000 September
Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Fund External Link

Berks County residents entering their second year of law school who demonstrate financial need.

Current $3,000 April
Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship External Link

Must be a resident of Hudson County, New Jersey, and show evidence of financial need .

Current $2,000 scholarship April
Institute for Humane Studies External Link

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 External Link

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
Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program External Link

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
LeClair Ryan--Oliver W. Hill Scholarship External Link

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.

Current $5,000 April
MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program External Link

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 External Link

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 External Link

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
Ms. JD Summer Scholarship External Link

Current law students doing summer unpaid, public interest work may apply for a summer stipend.

Current $500 Spring
NAPABA (National Asian Pacific American Bar Association) Law Foundation Scholarships External Link

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 External Link

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 External Link

Second-year law students planning to practice law public service/public interest sector in the South Hampton Roads area.

Current $2,500 March
PSLawNet Summer Funding External Link

Current law students seeking funding for unpaid summer internships.

Current   Varies
Perkins Coie: Diversity Fellowship External Link

First-year law students of diverse background.

Current $7,500 and Summer Associate position January
Perkins Coie: Patent Fellowship External Link

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 External Link

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 External Link

Incoming full-time students who are Rhode Island residents and who will be entering their first year of law school.

Prospective $20,000 March
Roanoke Law Foundation: James N. Kincanon and Jane S. Glenn Scholarships External Link

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).

Prospective Varies March
Robert A. Shuker Scholarship Fund External Link

Legal resident of Greater Metropolitan Area of DC and attending ABA accredited law school full time.

Current $12,500 April
Serbian Bar Association of America Scholarship External Link

Current law students of Serbian birth, ancestry, or connubial relationship.

Current $500 - $2,000 October
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans External Link

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 External Link

Minority college students in their junior or senior year; Michigan resident or currently enrolled in a college or university in Michigan.

Prospective, Current $1,500 April
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP: Minority Scholarship Program External Link

Former or current Michigan resident attending any U.S. accredited law school; ethnic minority; minimum 2.5 GPA on 4.0 scale; financial need.

Prospective, Current $5,000 April

Questions concerning these fellowships and additional sources of scholarship funding should be directed to the Office of Admissions.