Scholarships and Opportunities

1L Diversity Opportunities Program

Various employers such as law firms and in-house departments offer 1L Diversity Scholarships or Fellowships during the summer. Below are brief recorded presentations that provide an overview of these opportunities, as well as some tips and advice on how to draft a diversity statement.

Part I – Overview of Diversity Opportunities

Part II – Overview of Diversity Statements

Part III – Student Panel Q&A


Opportunities by Month:

May 2022

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Armenian General Benevolent Union Scholarship

Due: May 1

For over a century, the AGBU Scholarship Program has championed the higher education of tens of thousands of promising young Armenian university students enrolled at some of the world’s top-ranked universities.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be graduate students of Armenian descent; clearly demonstrate academic excellence and financial need; be enrolled in full-time graduate degree programs (Master’s, Doctoral, Professional) at highly selective colleges and universities in the United States; have achieved a GPA of 3.5 and above, as measured by the American grading system; must submit proof of their financial need in the form of an official school financial aid package.

Award: Varies

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Earl Warren Legal Training Scholarships Program

Due: May 1

In honor of his memory, the Earl Warren Scholarship is awarded annually to rising law students whose commitment to racial justice reveals outstanding potential for training as civil rights and public interest attorneys.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a U. S. Citizen; college graduate; enrolled in the final year of college/university; or first-year law student; have a record of strong academic performance; have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to racial justice and civil rights; and have demonstrated financial need.

Award: $15,000 for 3 years

Chicago Women in IP Scholarship for The Advancement of Women in Law or STEM Graduate Studies

Due: May 15

ChiWIP is excited to announce our First Annual Scholarship for the Advancement of Women in Law or STEM Graduate Studies! This scholarship will support a womxn who has completed their first year of law school or graduate school studies in the fields of law, science, technology, engineering, or math and/or is a recent graduate thereof seeking professional testing/certification for the first time.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must identify as a female; have completed at least their first year of studies in a STEM graduate or law program located in the State of Illinois and/or is a recent graduate thereof seeking professional testing/certification for the first time.

Award: $1,500

Hinshaw 2L Diversity Fellowship

Due: May 15

Each year Hinshaw awards scholarship(s) to diverse law students for their final year of law school. This year, we will award two scholarships to 2L (rising 3L) diverse students graduating in Spring 2023 who have demonstrated academic excellence.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a diverse, full-time law students graduating in Spring 2023; this includes individuals from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups who self-identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and from varied socioeconomic statuses, including candidates who are the first in their families to attend college or pursue an advanced degree, as well as military veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Award: $10,000

National Bar Institute Law Student Fellowship Program

Due: May 15

As more African-Americans have successfully entered the legal profession and their contributions have gained wider recognition, the NBI recognizes the need to support law students in public interest areas, or in those specialties deemed critical and which remain fund underrepresented within the legal profession.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to pursue equality and justice through work in their law schools, their neighborhoods, and community; be pursuing a juris doctor degree; be carrying a full-time class load at an accredited U.S. law school; have at least the equivalent of two years of full-time law student experience and will complete graduation requirements within two semesters; and, intend to return to a community to practice law once their legal training is completed.

Award: $1,000 - $10,000

The Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship

Due: May 31

The Pearce Law Firm in Philadelphia is pleased to offer The Pearce Law Firm – Empowering Women In Law Scholarship. This scholarship opportunity is open to women nationwide who are currently attending a law school in the United States. This scholarship is intended to encourage & support outstanding achievement & leadership by example from women in the field of law.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a current female law student; have successfully completed at least one semester of law school but will not yet have graduated by fall semester of 2022; have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.

Award: $1,500

Will County Legal Opportunity Scholarship Program

Due: May 31

The Will County Bar Association in collaboration with the Black Bar Association of Will County, Latino Bar Association of Will County, Will County Women’s Bar Association and Spesia & Taylor Attorneys at Law is pleased to announce applications are currently being accepted for the Will County Legal Opportunity Scholarship Program. The purpose of this Program is to encourage diversity within the Will County legal community by awarding a scholarship to an incoming first year Black or Latino Law Student.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be Black or Latino; be admitted to an American Bar Association accredited law school for Fall 2021; be an incoming first year law student

Award: $5,000

June 2022

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Illinois Judicial Council Foundation Scholarship

Due: June 1

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled or accepted full time in a juris doctor program at an accredited Illinois law school. Applicants be be evaluated in the following areas: proven ability to overcome obstacles; application; financial need; academic achievement; and community activities. 

Award: Varies

Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship

Due: June 1

As part of our commitment to diversity, Michigan Auto Law is pleased to sponsor an annual Diversity Scholarship Program to provide financial support to students who contribute to the diversity of the law school student body as they pursue their legal career.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be in their first or second year of law school or entering law school in the fall of 2022; be a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career; be recipient is a U.S. citizen accepted to or currently attending an accredited law school within the United States; show academic achievement as reflected by an undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA.

Award: $2,000

Weil 2L Diversity Fellowship

Due: June 1

The Weil Diversity Fellowship Program supports the firm’s overall commitment to diversity and is designed to increase the number of diverse attorneys who want to pursue careers at one of our U.S. offices.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school; intend to practice law in a major city of the United States in which Weil has an office; have successfully completed their first year of a full-time JD program, with an exxpected graduation date of spring 2024; not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

Award: Up to $30,000

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship 

Due: June 10

Baker Donelson will award three scholarships to three diverse rising 2L law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2022.

Eligibility Criteria: Not listed. 

Award: $10,000

ChapmanAlbin Incoming 1L Scholarship

Due: June 15

Since 2015, ChapmanAlbin has sponsored a yearly scholarship for incoming and current law students. To apply, a U.S. law student must write a 300-500 word essay on a specific topic and meet a few other criteria for consideration.

Eliigibility Criteria: Applicants must be a law student planning on attending, accepted to attend, or currently attending an accredited law school in the U.S.; be a U.S. citizen 18 years or older; may not be current or past employees of ChapmanAlbin or be directly related to a current employee.

Award: $1,000

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

Due: June 30

DRI’s annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program is open to rising (2022-2023) second-and third-year law students who come from historically marginalized groups.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must identify as African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, LGBTQIA+, Multiracial, Second- and third-year female law students, regardless of race or ethnicity, or any other second-and third-year law student who comes from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender.

Award: $10,000

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association SAIL Scholarship

Due: June 30

The SAIL Scholarship is a scholarship awarded to an individual who will be a 2L student starting in the 2022 Fall Semester (current 1L students should apply) who has outstanding professional promise and leadership potential.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a 2L law student in the Fall 2022 semester; will be evaluated for (a) academic excellence in their undergraduate school years and first year of law school, (b) leadership experience, (c) volunteerism or service in the public interest, (d) knowledge of social and cultural issues of any one or more AAPI communities or commitment to making a significant impact on issues affecting one or more AAPI communities, or both, and (e) commitment to “pay it forward.”

Award: $7,500

July 2022

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Milestone Trial LawHER Scholarship

Due: July 3

Milestone has established the Trial LawHER Scholarship to help a rising 3L female law student achieve her goal of becoming a plaintiff trial lawyer. This scholarship intends to elevate a rising woman leader in the plaintiff trial lawyer space and educate future trial lawyers around the importance and impact of settlement planning.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a female U.S citizen or permanent resident; be enrolled in a 3L law school program for the fall 2022 semester; be in good academic staning; and plan to become a plaintiff trial lawyer. 

Award: $10,000

Helsell Fetterman: Richard S. White Fellowship

Due: July 6

As part of our commitment to diversity, Michigan Auto Law is pleased to sponsor an annual Diversity Scholarship Program to provide financial support to students who contribute to the diversity of the law school student body as they pursue their legal career.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must; be a second year law student* in good standing pursuing a law degree at an ABA-accredited law school; (*third year if pursuing a LL.M.; possess an academic record, leadership abilities, and a commitment to personal and professional initiatives that indicate promise for a successful legal career; demonstrate an interest in furthering diversity within the community and the profession; and communicate an interest and commitment to both the practice areas represented at Helsell Fetterman and to building a practice in the Seattle area.

Award: $7,500

Sutliff & Stout Diversity in Law Scholarship Contest

Due: July 29

Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm is proud to sponsor a nationwide scholarship contest for minorities pursuing a legal career. According to ABA’s National Lawyer Population Survey, only 12 percent of active attorneys identify as Hispanic or Latino, African American, or Asian. To do our part towards promoting diversity within the legal profession, we are offering an annual minority scholarship to be put towards legal education costs. This year's scholarship essay question is: How will your law degree help your community?

Eligibility Criteria: Candidates must be accepted to or currently enrolled in an accredited law school or paralegal program.

Award: $1,500

Lane Powell George V. Powell Diversity Scholarship

Due: July 30

Lane Powell has more than 145 years of commitment to our communities. As part of our continued commitment to diversity, we proudly announce the opening of our George V. Powell Diversity Scholarship. The George V. Powell Scholar will be a 2023 Summer Associate in the firm’s Seattle or Portland office.

Elgibility Criteria: Applicants must contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the legal community; have a demonstrated desire to work, live, and eventually practice law in Seattle or Portland; be second-year law students in good standing at an ABA accredited law school. The candidates’ academic achievements and record of leadership abilities, community service, and involvement in community issues will be taken into consideration. Candidates in four-year joint degree programs will be considered after their third-year.

Award: $7,500

August 2022

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Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC Military Veteran Law Student Scholarship

Due: August 1

Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC is now accepting applications for the firm’s Military Veteran Law Student Scholarship. The award will be paid directly to the student, and can be used for any expenses related to legal education, including but not limited to tuition, room, board, books, bar review courses, or commuting expenses.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a military veteran law student (1L, 2L, or 3L) attending law school in the US.

Award: $500

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP George Corey Memorial Scholarship

Due: August 12

Vorys Diversity & Inclusion Committee has established scholarships for diverse law students whose spirit, drive and commitment leads them to pursue a career at Vorys while also demonstrating leadership and being “difference makers” in their communities and/or schools.

Elgibility Criteria: Applicants must be currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school and be a member of (a) one of the underrepresented racial or ethnic minority groups, and/or (b) the LGBTQ community.

Award: Up to $10,000

 

Other Opportunities

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Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program

The 1L LCLD Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding
opportunities for diverse first-year law students. Program participants are offered the unique chance to work side by side with attorneys from LCLD Member organizations. The programalso provides LCLD Member law firms and corporations with an opportunity to form 1L Scholars Partnerships and share their summer interns, giving Scholars the benefit of both perspectives.

1L LCLD Scholars Virtual Summit. This three-day professional development conference features an innovative curriculum developed exclusively for LCLD 1L Scholars. With a focus on relationship building and career development strategies, the summit includes panel and guest speaker presentations, group discussions, and mock interviews. Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, the summit will be held virtually, June 7-9, 2022.

Eligibility Criteria: 1L LCLD Scholar candidates must be enrolled as first-year law students and in good standing at an ABA-approved law school; must self identify as a diverse/underrepresented or disabled first-year law student.

Visit www.lcldnet.org/1lscholars for more information, including the list of participating LCLD Member law firms and corporations, and each of their application dates.

National LGBT Bar Association Lavendar Law Conference and Career Fair

Are you LGBTQ+ or an ally? The National LGBT Bar Association is hosting its annual Lavender Law® Conference and Career Fair, July 28 - 30th. With over 1700 annual attendees and more than 180 recruiters, it is the largest LGBTQ+ legal career fair in the world! This year the conference will host more than 50 programs, including a number geared specially to law students about career planning, student activism, and more. Additionally, top law firms and organizations from across the country will be recruiting students at the Career Fair.

Practice Pro 1L Diversity Scholar Program

The Diversity Scholar Program is a coaching, training, and recruiting program designed to help law students secure their dream employment while simultaneously preparing them with the skills, knowledge, confidence, and savvy to flourish in their legal positions and climb the corporate leadership.

Eligibility Criteria: First-year law student (Class of 2024) enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school; and a member of a racial, ethnic, or gender group which has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession, a member of the LGBTQ community, or those with a disability.