Please note that while the application deadlines for some of the below scholarships have passed, we recommend checking back periodically, as the programs listed are active and new opportunities will become available in the future.
Law school graduates tend to have little trouble securing a respectable salary once they graduate, but most enter the workforce saddled with student debt. According to a recent American Bar Association (ABA) survey, 90% of respondents left law school with student loans, owing an average of $130,000.
To reduce the amount you have to borrow for your education, consider alternative funding options like scholarships and grants. These awards don’t have to be repaid, so they’re essentially free money for your education. Here are 10 scholarships for law school you can apply for.
1. 7Sage 7K Law School Scholarship — $7,000 scholarship opportunity for pre-law and incoming 1L students. Winner is selected based on response to two short essay prompts. The deadline for applying is July 1, 2022.
2. BARBRI Law Preview’s “One Lawyer Can Change the World” Scholarship — $10,000 scholarship opportunity for incoming 1L students. Winner is selected based on response to an essay prompt. The deadline for applying is June 1, 2022.
3. The One Lawyer Can Change the World Scholarship is sponsored by BARBRI, a company that offers law-school prep courses. To enter, applicants must write a 500-word essay. Essays from previous scholarship recipients are published on the BARBRI website.
- Qualifications: Be a first-year law student at an ABA-approved law school
- Awards: 10 awards in descending amounts
- Total Amount: One $10,000 award, one $5,000 award, eight $1,000 awards
4. Blueprint LSAT Law School Scholarship — $20,000 scholarship for undergraduate students planning to take the LSAT between April 2022 to December 2022 and begin law school in 2023. No essay or purchase required. One winner will be randomly selected from eligible entrants and announced in May 2022. The deadline for applying is April 30, 2022.
5. Rizio Lipinsky Lawyer Scholarship. What inspires you to become a lawyer? How will you help others fight for justice? Those are the questions you must answer in this scholarship sponsored by the Rizio Lipinsky Law Firm. Judges are also interested in past experience you may have in advocating for others or yourself.
- Qualifications: Students must be accepted into, enrolled in or already attending a JD program in a U.S. law school.
- Awards: One
- Total Amount: $5,000
6. LGBT Public Interest Scholarship Program — Scholarship of up to $5,000 for law students and/or law school graduates studying for the bar exam who either identify as LGBTQ+ or plan to pursue public interest work in the LGBTQ+ space. Sponsored by the ABA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Commission. The deadline for applying is April 29, 2022.
7. FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship Program. The Federal Communications Bar Association sponsors the FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship program, which focuses on students who are interested in pursuing communications law in their careers.
- Qualifications: Applicants must be second- or third-year students in accredited U.S. law schools.
- Awards: Varies
- Total Amount: Varies
8. Attorney Ken Nugent Legal Scholarship. The Attorney Ken Nugent Legal Scholarship offers $5,000 to one or two winners annually. You must submit a 500-word essay on why you’ve entered the legal field, as well as proof of your enrollment in law school. Students must be a U.S. resident and have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible.
9. The LSAT Nerds Scholarship — Provides recipients with one-on-one LSAT tutoring, access to The LSAT Nerds’ comprehensive curriculum, several small group workshops each week, and a wide array of application resources covering every aspect of the admissions process.
10. ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund — Grants 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial assistance over the course of their three years in law school.
11. Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) — Supports law students who seek to further MALDEF’s mission of advancing the civil rights of the Latino community in the United States through the legal profession. In recent years, MALDEF has annually awarded 5–10 law school scholarships of $5,000 each to deserving law students from throughout the nation.
12. Answering Legal’s Future Attorneys of America Scholarship (FAAS). In the 500–1,000-word essay for the Answering Legal Law Scholarship, applicants may choose from three questions: how have your life experiences affected your view on the U.S. legal system, what inspires you to pursue a career in law or how do you see yourself making a future impact in the legal community?
- Qualifications: Applicants must be currently accepted to or enrolled in an accredited law school and have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
- Awards: One
- Total Amount: $5,000
13. The Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholar Program — The Scholar Program of the Foundation for the Advancement of Diversity in IP Law provides financial and other support for racially and ethnically diverse, STEM-education students interested in exploring a career patent law. Scholars are eligible for consideration to receive a three-year tuition grant award of $10,000/year. Also, all selected Scholars receive up to $5,000 in assistance to offset law school admissions-related expenses (e.g., LSAT test prep, LSAC fees, law school application fees, and seat deposit), student IP bar association memberships, summer associate placement assistance, patent bar prep support, and mentoring and other engagement and opportunities with patent law professionals. The deadline for applying is April 1 of the calendar year in which the applicant plans to enroll in law school.
14. ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund . The American Bar Association (ABA) offers the annual Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund to first-year law students who are racially or ethnically diverse. Since the program began, more than 400 students have received this scholarship.
- Qualifications: Applicants must be entering their first year of law school, they must be a member of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group and they must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
- Awards: 10–20
- Total Amount: $15,000 over three years in law school
15. Zelle Diversity in Law Scholarships. Zelle is a national law firm whose Zelle Diversity in Law Scholarships and “pipeline program” aim to support diverse students at all levels of their law education.
- Qualifications: Applicants must be law students who are members of a diverse group (race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical disability or economic/educational disadvantage) or who can show a commitment over time to diversity issues.
- Awards: One
- Total Amount: $20,000 and a possible paid summer clerkship
16. The Snell & Wilmer Fellowship for Advancement and Resources (FAR) — Annually, Snell & Wilmer will name up to two FAR Fellows to receive an LSAT preparation course of the Fellow’s choosing, a stipend equal to the most current cost to both sit for the LSAT and register for the Credential Assembly Service, a 1L law school prep course, money for books for all three years of law school, a technology stipend (if needed), and mentorship from an assigned Snell & Wilmer attorney over the course of the fellowship. The deadline for applying is June 1, 2022.
17. National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Scholarships. The NAPABA Law Foundation (NLF) works to advance the interests of the Asian Pacific American community, awarding multiple NLF scholarships to law students who can be future leaders in the community.
- Qualifications: For the Han C. Choi Scholarship, applicants must be first- or second-year law students who have shown leadership and academic achievement; for the SAIL Scholarship, applicants must be second-year students who have shown the same attributes.
- Awards: One for each scholarship
- Total Amount: $5,000 for the Han C. Choi Scholarship; $7,500 split over two years for the SAIL Scholarship
18. BARBRI Law Preview’s Diversity Scholarship Program — An innovative partnership between BigLaw firms, Fortune 500 companies, law schools, and bar associations that provides scholarships to incoming law students to attend a law school prep course at no cost. The deadline for applying is May 15, 2022.
19. George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy. The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing sponsors this scholarship for law school students with hearing loss who are attending a full-time accredited mainstream law school or are studying public policy or public administration.
- Qualifications: Applicants must have pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss in the moderately-severe to profound range, communicate primarily by listening and using spoken language, and be accepted to or enrolled in an accredited law school or master’s/doctoral program in policy or public administration.
- Awards: Up to three
- Total Amount: $5,000
20. United Negro College Fund (UNCF) — For more than 67 years, UNCF has raised more than $3.3 billion to help more than 400,000 students attend college and graduate from college. UNCF has distributed more funds to help minorities attend school than any entity outside of the US government.