The decision to attend law school cannot be separated from a conversation about how to fund your education. When are able to eliminate student loan debts, you can more efficiently use the valuable resources of time and money to build your own law firm, or work in a field that may initially pay less, but can offer strong personal reward as you build experience and career fulfillment.
The scholarship opportunities below vary in their eligibility—some are for first year students, some for those further along in their education, and some even include opportunities for internships and mentorships. What they all have in common is giving assistance to those students and scholars passionate about law and public service.
Here are a handful of 2018 law school scholarship programs now accepting applications. Pay close attention to fast-approaching deadlines.
Who Is Eligible: Twenty awards for incoming law school students
Deadline: March 2, 2018
The American Bar Association (ABA) promotes this scholarship to encourage ethnic and racial minority students to apply, attend, and complete law school. Over 350 students have received this award since the program began. This scholarship will be awarded to twenty first-year law students to be used over a three year program.
Who Is Eligible: One award to a student currently attending Southwestern Law School
Deadline: February 7. 2018
This scholarship offered by The Law Offices of David Azizi is intended to help law students who are currently attending Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, CA.
The award can be used for any purpose to help assist students during their education. The program also gives recipients a no-obligation opportunity to intern and pursue a position as a law clerk in the competitive Los Angeles legal environment.
Who Is Eligible: One incoming first year law school student
Deadline: April 15, 2018
The BARBRI Law Preview and Phi Alpha Delta offer this scholarship opportunity to one first year student with the belief that one lawyer can indeed change the world. The application contains an essay with a prompt asking how the winner would use the award to change the world.
Amount: Full academic scholarship covering costs to attend Harvard Law School
Who Is Eligible: Multiple awards available to Native students
Deadline: January 31, 2018
This scholarship was established by an anonymous donor who gave $1 million for the purposes of enabling Native students to have all costs covered at Harvard Law School. Eligibility requirements are very specific, and preference is given to tribal college and university graduates.
Amount: Full tuition scholarship for a 3 year program
Who Is Eligible: 20 awards without regard to financial need
Deadline: January 1, 2018
The Root-Tilden-Kern scholarship program will award 20 scholars a full tuition scholarship to students pursuing a very broadly defined public service education and career. The program also gives recipients access to mentoring and networking opportunities to nurture their experience and access to public service leaders.
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