Outside Scholarships

The following scholarships are administered and awarded by outside organizations. Please note that the organizations may change their deadlines and/or requirements, so you should consult the organizations' website for the most up-to-date informationThere may also be additional opportunities for outside scholarships available. Please see our External Resources webpage for more information.

If you receive any outside scholarship, you must notify the Chicago Office of Financial Aid, as the scholarship will reduce the amount of loan funding for which you are eligible. 


Outside scholarships have been organized into four different categories and may be posted in more than one category:

  • Diversity Scholarships: These scholarships are open to diverse or underrepresented students such as students of color, students of a specific nationality, LGBTQ students, and students with disabilities. 
  • General Scholarships: These scholarships are open to anyone but may have specific writing prompts.
  • Location Specific Scholarships: These scholarships are open to students from a particular area or who attend law school in Illinois. 
  • Practice Area Scholarships: These scholarships are open to students who plan to practice law in a specific area or who have previous degrees in a specific field.

Diversity Scholarships

American Association for Justice: Richard D. Hailey AAJ Law Student Scholarships | Application forms and guidelines
AAJ’s Minority Caucus will award $5,000 scholarships 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.

American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship | Application forms and guidelines
The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school. 

American Indian Graduate Center Cobell Scholars Program Application forms and guidelines
The Cobell Scholars Program is 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.

Association on American Indian Affairs | Application forms and guidelines
In order to thrive, Native families and youth need to be healthy, have a good education, and be part of a strong and supportive community and culture. For 93 years, AAIA has been working to promote these goals and provide the critical elements that Native American Indian children and families need to live happy, healthy and productive lives.

Bohemian Lawyers Association of Chicago | Application forms and guidelines
The Bohemian Lawyers Association of Chicago awards scholarships to students in their second and third year of school. 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 (BLAC) annual scholarship.

Buckfire & Buckfire, PC Law Student Diversity Scholarship | Application forms and guidelines 
The Diversity Scholarship is $2,000 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited law school, who is either a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority, or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. 

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, INC | Application forms and guidelines
CHCI's scholarship opportunities are afforded to Latino students in the United States who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. 

DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar | Application forms and guidelines
The Law Student Diversity Scholarship Program is open to second year minority and women law students. Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each are awarded annually. Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence and service to the profession, community, and to the cause of diversity.

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students Application forms and guidelines
The Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff's commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds. Current law students at accredited schools are eligible to apply. 

DuPage Association of Women Lawyers: Judge Helen C. Kinney Scholarship Application forms and guidelines
The Judge Helen C. Kinney Scholarship is open to all first, second, and third year women law students who have a DuPage County connection and are enrolled in an accredited law school in Illinois.

Iranian American Bar Association | Application forms and guidelines
IABA issues one or more scholarship each year to law students in good standing enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States. The scholarships are designed to recognize the commitment of law students to the advancement of the Iranian American community. 

Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation | Application forms and guidelines
The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation (JEF) was created in 2006 to facilitate the awarding of scholarships to deserving law students and/or recent law school graduates. 

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Academic Scholarship Program | Application forms and guidelines
Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students.

LSAC Diversity Committee Writing Competition | Application forms and guidelines
The LSAC Diversity Committee Writing Competition will award one student from each of three qualifying categories $5,000 for their writing piece on best practices for recruitment and retention of students of color and students from underrepresented groups in law schools.

Lionel Murphy Foundation: Postgraduate Scholarships Application forms and guidelines
A number of Australian and overseas postgraduate scholarships are awarded annually by the Trustees of the Lionel Murphy Foundation. These scholarships are known as the Lionel Murphy Postgraduate Scholarships.

Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship | Application forms and guidelines

A scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded to a law student who contributes to the diversity of the law school student body as they pursue their legal career. The scholarship program is open to students currently in their first or second year of law school and the recipient must be a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrate a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. 

Minority Corporate Counsel Association: Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program | Application forms and guidelines
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is excited to announce the establishment of the Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program. Successful applicants to the scholarship program, who are reviewed by its Selection Committee, will be outstanding individuals who have been accepted to an accredited U.S. law school, and have demonstrated leadership and an interest in and commitment to diversity. 

NAACP Application forms and guidelines
Each year the NAACP, through generous donations, is able to provide scholarships to outstanding students. It is the duty of their dedicated Scholarship Committee to determine the most outstanding individuals to receive these awards. 

NAACP Earl Warren Scholarship | Application forms and guidelines 
In honor of his memory, the Earl Warren Scholarship is awarded annually to rising law students whose commitment to social justice reveals outstanding potential for training as civil rights and public interest attorneys. Preference is generally given to law students entering their first year of full-time legal study at an accredited law school.

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Foundation Scholarships Application forms and guidelines
The NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarships are awarded each fall to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders. 

National Hispanic Scholarship Fund | Application forms and guidelines
As the nation’s largest provider of college financial aid to Latino students, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers a diverse range of scholarship programs, including Gates Millennium Scholars. 

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans | Application forms and guidelines
Thirty Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans will be awarded in March 2015 on the basis of a single national competition. Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree granting program in the United States. 

The Point Foundation | Application forms and guidelines
The application process is open to all LGBT students nationwide and a Point Scholarship covers tuition, books, supplies, room and board, transportation, and living expenses, and is set up with the individual college to meet the needs of the Point Scholar. 

The Serbian Bar Association of America | Application forms and guidelines
The Serbian Bar Association of America (SBAA) provides scholarships every year to persons of Serbian birth or ancestry and/or their spouses who are enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States.

Warner Norcross & Judd Minority Scholarship Program | Application forms and guidelines
Warner Norcross & Judd sponsors an annual Minority Scholarship Program that awards $5,000 to a law school student, $2,000 to a paralegal/legal assistant student, and $1,000 to a legal secretarial student. Candidates for the law school scholarship must be accepted to or attending a Michigan law school or be a Michigan resident attending an accredited law school in the United States. 

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General Scholarships 

Avvo Law Student Scholarship | Application forms and guidelines
This year marks the first annual Avvo Scholars Circle and Scholarship Program. Avvo has created this program to help inspire future generations of lawyers to innovate and impact change in the industry and local communities.

Howell & Christmas, LLC Visionary Scholarship | Application forms and guidelines
The law offices of Howell & Christmas, LLC is pleased to support the future lawyers of America with its Visionary Scholarship; $1000 will be awarded to a high-achieving, bright student who intends to pursue a career in law. 

The Baumgartner Law Student Scholarship | Application forms and guidelines
The Baumgartner Law Firm is offering a scholarship for current or incoming law students based on need and commitment to helping others. 

The Gilmer Law Firm, PLLC Scholarship Application forms and guidelines
Please see their website for more information.

Farzad Family Law Scholarship Application forms and guidelines
Farzad Family Law is offering an annual scholarship to all law and pre-law students. This scholarship is merit based and the winning applicant will receive $3,000 towards their costs of education.

FASPE | Application forms and guidelines
Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE), in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week summer program on contemporary legal ethics. 

Illinois Judicial Council Foundation Scholarship Application forms and guidelines
The Illinois Judicial Council Foundation is pleased to extend an invitation to Illinois second and third year law students to apply for its 2015-2016 scholarship. 

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Location Specific Scholarships

Alabama Law Foundation | Application forms and guidelines
The Alabama Law Foundation offers three scholarship for academically outstanding Alabama law students. 

Berks County Community Foundation: The Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship | Application forms and guidelines
This scholarship is limited to Berks County, Pennsylvania residents entering their second year of law school.

Chicago Bar Foundation: Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship | Application forms and guidelines
The CBF's Marovitz Scholarship is intended to support a needy law student who is deeply committed to public interest work so that upon graduation financial need will not prevent the student from pursuing a public interest legal career. The Scholarship provides funds for needy public interest-minded students so they may complete law school with as little debt as possible.

Darleen J. and Robert L. Walker Scholarship Fund | Application forms and guidelines
The Darleen J. and Robert L. Walker Scholarship Fund is established to provide financial assistance to students studying law or about to enter law school in Illinois or the areas of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, or St. Louis, Missouri. 

Honorable Timothy C. Evans Scholarship | Application forms and guidelines
Students currently enrolled in an accredited Illinois law school who are living in the Northern District, Eastern Division of Illinois are eligible for the Honorable Timothy C. Evans Scholarship, named for the chief judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County and sponsored by the Northwest Suburban Bar Association Foundation. 

Illinois Government Bar Association | Application forms and guidelines
The Illinois Government Bar Association will award a $1,000 scholarship to a qualifying Illinois law student. The scholarship is open to current law students who intend to pursue a career in government in Illinois and who have had a job or internship in Illinois in the public sector.

Illinois Judges Foundation Harold Sullivan ScholarshipApplication forms and guidelines
The Illinois Judges Foundation will award the Harold Sullivan Scholarship to one or more students attending an Illinois law school. The scholarship will range from $1,000 to $5,000. 

Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Application forms and guidelines
The Rhode Island Bar Foundation awards the Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship to Rhode Island residents entering their first year of law school in the fall. Recipients are determined based on financial need, academic performance, community service, and contacts with the state of Rhode Island. 

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Practice Area Scholarships

American Association for Justice: Mike Eidson Scholarship Application forms and guidelines
The Mike Eidson Scholarship awards $5,000 annually to a female student entering her third year of law school who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a trial lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles 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.

American Association for Justice: Trial Advocacy Scholarship | Application forms and guidelines
The Trial Advocacy Scholarship is open to all AAJ Law Student Members who are entering their second and third year of law school. 

American Bar Association John J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship | Application forms and guidelines
The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. 

American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation: The Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarships | Application forms and guidelines
The Foundation awards $10,000 scholarships for minority scholars as well as arranging internships and mentorships to assist under-represented minority law school students entering intellectual property law.

American Society of International Law: Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program | Application forms and guidelines
Established in honor of Arthur C. Helton's remarkable career advocating for refugees and his many contributions to international law, this program will assist students and young lawyers in need of modest sums, up to $1,000, to pursue their first opportunities to engage in human rights work and research.

ASECA Scholarship | Application forms and guidelines
The Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni (ASECA) will award a $5,000 scholarship to a second or third year law student at Northwestern University School of law who has demonstrated an interest in seeking employment with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The scholarship may be split between several students.

Chicago Bar Foundation: Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship | Application forms and guidelines
The CBF's Marovitz Scholarship is intended to support a needy law student who is deeply committed to public interest work so that upon graduation financial need will not prevent the student from pursuing a public interest legal career. The Scholarship provides funds for needy public interest-minded students so they may complete law school with as little debt as possible.

Davis Levin Livingston Scholarship Application forms and guidelines
The Honolulu law firm of Davis Levin Livingston has announced their second Public Interest Law Scholarship. The scholarship intends to support law students intending to pursue public interest law and add to the ranks of motivated young attorneys willing to consider a career as a public interest lawyer..

Davis-Putter Scholarship | Application forms and guidelines
The first and most important qualification for a Davis-Putter Scholarship is active participation in struggles for civil rights, economic justice, international solidarity or other progressive issues. The applicant's financial need and ability to perform academically are evaluated. Davis-Putter scholars are both graduate and undergraduate students and must be enrolled in an accredited school and receiving college credit for the time period covered by their grant.

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship Application forms and guidelines
The Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff's commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds. Current law students at accredited schools are eligible to apply. 

Foundation for Community Association Research: Byron Hanke Fellowship | Application forms and guidelines
The Byron Hanke Fellowship is available to graduate students working on topics related to community associations. Community associations govern common-interest communities of any kind: condominiums, cooperatives, townhouse developments, planned unit developments, and other developments where homeowners support an association with mandatory financial assessments, and are subject to use and aesthetic restrictions.

Humane Studies Fellowships | Application forms and guidelines
The Humane Studies Fellowships, begun in 1983 as the Claude R. Lambe Fellowships, are awarded by IHS to support the work of outstanding students who are interested in exploring the principles, practices, and institutions necessary for a free society through their academic work.

Ladas Memorial Award: International Trademark Association | Application Deadline
The competition is open to all students, practitioners, and academics interested in trademarks and trademark law. To be eligible to compete in the student category, authors must be enrolled as either full- or part-time law or graduate students. 

Mark T. Banner Scholarship | Application forms and guidelines
The Richard Linn American Inn of Court offers the Mark T. Banner Scholarship to foster the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility, and professionalism, and especially those from diverse backgrounds.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund: Law School Scholarship | Application forms and guidelines
The MALDEF Law School Scholarship offers financial assistance to qualified individuals in pursuit of higher education. The MALDEF scholarships will be awarded to candidates who have outstanding academic records, including participation and leadership in extracurricular activities.

Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies Application forms and guidelines
Major League baseball players are honoring the life of former MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner through the creation of the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies. Awarded by the Major League Baseball Players Trust, this scholarship seeks to recognize and support the efforts of graduate and/or law school students dedicated to improving the lives of workers. 

RHDT Equity and Inclusion Scholarship | Application forms and guidelines
The Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall (RHDT) Equity and Inclusion Scholarship is awarded annually to a second year law student who presents solid academic credentials, personal achievement outside the school environment, significant participation in community service, and an interest in employment law. 

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