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ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
American Bar Association
321 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654

This scholarship fund is intended to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to and attend law school and to provide financial assistance to ensure that these students have the opportunity to attend law school for three years. 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.

Deadline: March 3

Adler Pollock & Sheehan Diversity Scholarship
Diversity Committee Chair
175 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617.482.0600
Fax: 617.482.0604

A scholarship of $10,000 will be awarded to a minority student who will be entering his or her first year of law school. Applicants' permanent residence must be in Massachusetts or Rhode Island. Applicants must also demonstrate strong academic achievement, financial need, a desire to work and reside in Massachusetts or Rhode Island upon graduation, demonstrated commitment to the community and a vision of contributions to the profession and community after graduation.

Deadline: June 1

American Association of Law Libraries
See: Miscellaneous Scholarships 

The AAJ Richard D. Hailey Law Student Scholarships
American Association for Justice
777 6th Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001
800.424.2725, ext. 8302

Up to six $1,000 tuition assistance scholarships will be awarded. These scholarships are open to all incoming first, second and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American and Bi-Racial AAJ Law student Members. Scholarships will be awarded to the applicants who best meet the following criteria:

  1. Exhibit an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy
  2. Express a desire to represent victims
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through involvement in an AAJ student chapter and Minority Caucus activities
  4. Show a financial need for scholarship.

Deadline: May 1

Washington, New York, Los Angeles

The Scholarship Program is part of our effort to increase diversity at the Firm and in the legal profession. Since 2006, we have annually awarded a $15,000 scholarship to first-year law students in our Washington, DC and New York office. In 2008, we started the Scholarship Program in the Los Angeles office. The award includes a position in the Firm’s Summer Program. The Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship includes a $15,000 award and a salaried summer associate position of $3,000 per week. The $15,000 will be awarded at a ceremony in July 2014.

Deadline: January 22

Arnold & Porter Diversity Scholarship
Diversity is a core value at Arnold & Porter LLP.   As part of our commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession generally, we are pleased to accept applications for our 2014 Arnold & Porter LLP Diversity Scholarship.  The Firm will award  $10,000 scholarships to highly qualified first-year students.  Each scholarship will be paid to the recipient’s law school to help finance his or her tuition costs for the second academic year.
Qualified applicants are currently-enrolled first-year law students at an ABA-accredited law school who (a) contribute to the diverse background of their law school’s student body; (b) demonstrate strong academic achievement; and (c) demonstrate an interest in promoting diversity in the legal profession.  The firm also may take into account a student’s need for financial assistance, but such need is not required.
To apply for the Arnold & Porter LLP Diversity Scholarship, please submit a current resume, official law school transcript and a personal statement (limited to 500 words) that describes your personal background and the importance of diversity in your life and the legal profession.  An applicant also may submit a separate statement demonstrating the financial need of a scholarship to help finance his or her law school education, but such statement is not required.  Applications should be submitted to Emilie Lawson, Professional Development Manager.

Deadline: April 15

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C Diversity scholarship
A scholarship of $2,000.00 is open to any law student who is a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. Please visit their website for further information:

Deadline: May 31

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship
1100 13th Street, NW
Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20005-4051

This $5,000 scholarship is open to all students currently enrolled in an American Bar Association accredited law school and pursuing a career in intellectual property law. The applicant must be a member of a historically under represented group (including race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability) and must have exemplary writing and oral communication skills.

Deadline: January 6

Mark T. Banner Scholarship for law students
c/o The Richard Linn American Inn of Court

This $5,000 scholarship is part of The Richard Linn American Inn of Court's commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, and especially those from diverse backgrounds. Law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the US and who will continue in that program through the fall semester of 2014 are eligible to apply.

Deadline: December 6

DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar
Law Student Diversity Scholarship Program
55 W. Monroe, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60603

The Law Student Diversity Scholarship Program is open to incoming second and third 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.

Deadline: April 27

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
DWT 1L Diversity Scholarship Program
Suite 2200
1201 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101-3045

DWT will award two scholarships, which will consist of a paid Summer Clerkship and $7,500 for second year tuition and expenses. All first-year law students of color, or others of diverse background may apply. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement and participation in community and civic activities that promote diversity within the legal profession. Applicants must also be willing to commit to working as a Summer Associate in Davis Wright Tremaine's Seattle or Portland office between the first and second years of law school.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted from December 1 - January 19.

Dykema Scholarship
Dykema Gossett, PLLC
400 Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48243

Dykema will select a minority first year law student at the University of Michigan to receive a $7,500 scholarship to be used for law school tuition and fees in the second year. This scholarship is automatically renewable for the student's third year if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and presents proof of continued enrollment. Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office starting mid-August.

Applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office, 2200 South Hall

Deadline: January 25

Foley & Lardner Minority Scholarship
Foley & Lardner, Attorneys at Law
U.S. Bank Center
777 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 3800
Milwaukee, WI 53202-5306

The Foley & Lardner Minority Scholarship Program provides eight scholarships each year to first year minority law students. Minority students in their first year of law school at the following schools are eligible for the Program: Berkeley, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Michigan, Northwestern, UCLA and Wisconsin. One scholarship will be awarded at each school. First year law students include both summer starters and fall starters. Each scholarship, in the amount of $5,000, will be paid at the beginning of the student's second semester of law school.

Deadline: February 28 

Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship Program
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
200 South Sixth Street, Suite 4000
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1425

The Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship Program sponsors educational opportunities for currently enrolled, first-year law students of diverse backgrounds. The foundation offers one award of $10,000. Selection is based on academic performance and potential. Financial need is not considered. To apply or simply learn more about Fredrikson's Minority Scholarship, please go to:

Deadline: March 31

K & L Gates 1L Minority Fellowship
ATTN: Dana Mills, Recruiting Administrator
925 4th Avenue, Suite 2900
Seattle, WA 98104

This Fellowship program will provide a first year minority student with a paid first-year summer associate position with the firm and a $10,000 scholarship.

Deadline: January 14

Godfrey & Kahn Diversity Scholars Program
780 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

The firm offers a $2,500 non-renewable scholarship to first-year law students at the University of Michigan, the University of Iowa, and Northwestern University for use during his or her first year of law school. One scholarship is awarded at each school. Students who are African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, Native American or GLBT are eligible to apply.

Deadline: December 29

Goodwin Diversity Fellowships
Goodwin Procter LLP
Exchange Place
Boston, MA 02109

Goodwin Proctor annually awards stipends of $15,000 each to up to three minority law students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance, outstanding leadership, a commitment to community service, interest in the private practice of law, and other special achievements and honors. Students should apply for a Fellowship during the summer before their second year of law school, in connection with signing up to interview with Goodwin Proctor for a summer associate position the following year. While candidates applying to be Goodwin Diversity Fellows must express interest in joining their Summer Program, they neither need receive nor accept an offer of summer employment to be eligible for a Fellowship.

Deadline: September 30

Grand Rapids Community Foundation
185 Oakes Street SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4219
Phone: 616.454.1751
Fax: 616.454.6455

  • Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Scholarship: A $5,000 scholarship is available to a minority student currently residing in Michigan (with preference given to West Michigan residents) pursuing a law degree at any accredited law school in the United States.
  • Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Scholarship: A $5,000 scholarship is awarded each year to a minority law student. Applicants must be accepted to law school or currently enrolled as 1L's or 2L's. Applicants must also be former or current residents of Michigan or attend a Michigan law school.

    Deadline: April 1

The Jenner & Block Minority Scholarship
353 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Jenner & Block will award a $5,000 scholarship to a first-year minority law student attending the University of Michigan Law School. Eligibility criteria for the scholarship will be determined based upon academic merit and a demonstrated commitment to community service. In order to be eligible, an applicant must have earned at least a 3.3 grade point average (on a 4.0-point scale) during his/her first semester of law school.

To be considered, please send your resume, undergraduate and law school transcripts, and a short synopsis of your community involvement to Jami de Lou, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, at

Application materials must include:
-Undergraduate transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)
-Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)
-Short synopsis of your community involvement
Deadline: April 30

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
300 North LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60654
Fax: 312.862.2000
To be considered, the candidate must be a second-year law student, demonstrate academic excellence, demonstrate that they will contribute meaningfully to the diversity goals of Kirkland, receive an offer to join the Kirkland summer program in one of their domestic offices, have a sincere interest and commitment to private practice, and be likely to practice after graduation at one of Kirkland's offices. The Fellowship consists of a salaried summer associate position in one of Kirkland's domestic offices after the recipient's second year of law school and a $15,000 stipend during the recipient's third year of law school.

Deadline: September 3


latham diversity scholars program

Latham Diversity Scholars Program
Diversity Scholars Program Selection Panel


To become a Latham Diversity Scholar, you must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and 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 2016, and you may not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm.
Latham Diversity Scholars will receive a gift of $10,000 non-renewable scholarship for their second year of law school. This scholarship is not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham & Watkins.

Deadline: September 26


LeClairRyan 1L Diversity Scholarship
Riverfront Plaza, East Tower
951 East Byrd Street, 8th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

One award, in the amount of $5,000, will be given to a diverse first-year law student who most exemplifies the late Oliver W. Hill's qualities of legal excellence and selfless dedication to the fight for justice. The applicant must be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school in any state in which LeClairRyan has an office, have one semester of law school completed with a GPA of at least 3.0, and identify as a member of one of the racial/ethnic groups as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or identify as LGBT.

Deadline: April 20

LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Client Review Fellowship
Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
MCCA/LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Fellows Program
1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

MCCA and LNMH will choose two recipients who will each receive a $15,000 fellowship. The Fellowship is open to all third-year law students. The selection criteria include academic achievement, demonstrated leadership potential, participation in community service, and commitment to advancing diversity.

Deadline: October 9

Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program
Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
MCCA LMJ Scholarship Program
United Negro College Fund, Inc.
ATTN: Alice Sykes
8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
P.O. Box 10444
Fairfax, VA 22031

The Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program promotes academic excellence and diversity in law schools by awarding newly accepted law students with scholarships to help defray their educational expenses. The LMJ Scholarships will provide students with $10,000 a year for three years. In addition, several runner-ups will also receive a one-time gift of $10,000 in support of their law school education.

Deadline: The application process is usually open from mid-January - May 31.

LSAC Writing Competition

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is committed to fostering diversity in law schools and the legal profession. Currently, through its Diversity Committee, LSAC is operating at least eight diversity initiatives. These initiatives include organizing national and regional pipeline workshops that promote the development of outreach and early educational programs for students from diverse backgrounds; offering grants to support diversity initiatives at LSACmember law schools; maintaining databases and websites such as with information, resources and programs that encourage students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students to pursue a legal career and to equip them with the tools for successful admission and graduation from law school; and engaging in ongoing collaborative programs and projects with prelaw advisors and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

For decades, studies consistently have shown that students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students are underrepresented in most law schools. As a consequence, smaller percentages of persons who represent these groups are graduating from law school and entering the legal profession. This writing competition is designed to reinvigorate the dialogue about the recruitment and retention strategies that law schools should deploy to yield a more diverse class of graduates that will enter the legal profession.

Deadline: May 1st, 5:00 PM

McDermott Minority Scholarship
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
227 West Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60606

McDermott will award a $15,000 scholarship and a position in a McDermott Summer Program to two second-year minority law students from ABA-accredited law schools. Students who meet McDermott's hiring criteria and demonstrate leadership, community involvement, and a commitment to improving diversity in the legal community should consider applying.

Deadline: December 31

McGuireWoods Diversity Scholarship
McGuireWoods LLP
77 West Wacker Dr., Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601

Scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded to diverse first-year law students who are committed to contributing to and supporting diversity within the legal profession. For McGuireWoods, diversity encompasses age, sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, as well as educational, economic and professional backgrounds.

Deadline: May 30

Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship
30101 Northwestern Highway
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Phone: 248.353.7575
Fax: 248.353.4504

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.

Deadline: April 1

Milbank Diversity Scholars Program
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
One Chase Manhattan Plaza
New York, NY 10005

Each year Milbank selects law students who will receive a salaried summer associate position and a $50,000 scholarship. ($25,000 is distributed during each student's third year of law school; payment of the additional $25,000 is contingent upon receipt and acceptance of a Milbank permanent offer.) Students who are members of groups traditionally under-represented in large firms are encouraged to apply. Candidates must have completed their first year of a full-time JD program, and may not be the recipient of a similar scholarship award from another law firm.

Deadline: September 1

Perkins Coie
131 South Dearborn Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60603

Perkins Coie is offering fellowships to diverse first-year law students. The 1L Diversity Fellowship program is designed to increase the number of attorneys who may eventually begin employment with the firm. For them, diversity includes race, gender, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, as well as differing social, religious, or economic backgrounds, or those who may be underrepresented within the law school community or the legal profession. Fellowships provide a $7,500 academic scholarship and a paid position as a summer associate with Perkins Coie. Applicants may apply to one office only.

Deadline: Varies by office 

Sidley Austin LLP
Sidley Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship
One South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60603

Sidley will grant a $15,000 Sidley Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship to a small number of deserving second-year law students who also have an offer to join Sidley's summer program. Applicants must apply separately for a summer associate position. Applicants must be of diverse background, demonstrate academic achievement and leadership, and show promise to contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the law school and legal profession.

Deadline: September 30

Stoel Rives LLP
Law Student Diversity Fellowship
600 University Street, Suite 3600
Seattle, WA 98101

Stoel Rives is offering Law Student Diversity Fellowships to First Year law students. To Stoel Rives, diversity means differing life experiences and backgrounds and may include gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age. This Fellowship program will provide a salaried summer associate position and a $7,500 scholarship.

Deadline: The application process is open from December 1 - January 20.

D. Augustus Straker Bar Foundation Scholarship
27777 Franklin Road, Suite 2500
Southfield, MI 48034

One or more scholarships in the amount of at least $2500 will be awarded to minority law students in need of financial assistance. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited law school program within the State of Michigan.

Deadline: May 4


Terry Eaton Attorney at Law College/Law School Scholarship

Attn: Firm Administrator
409 7th St NW
Suite 218
Washington, DC 20004
Fax: (202) 664-1331

Terry Eaton is a White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney in Washington, DC.  Prior to practicing as a criminal defense attorney, Terry worked for almost 6 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, DC.  Terry has now dedicated his career to helping the accused overcome adversity and fighting to protect and defend the innocent from the consequences of unwarranted criminal convictions. He understands the downward spiral that can result when individuals get caught up in the criminal justice system and believe that there is no way out.  He has seen it up close on both sides of the criminal justice system.  One of the main goals of criminal defense attorneys is to protect individuals in vulnerable situations and ensure that they have access to the same fair treatment and opportunities as everyone else. As someone who believes in supporting those less fortunate and who is dedicated to helping single mothers and their families in particular, Terry Eaton regularly makes charitable donations  to Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care in Washington, DC along with a variety of other non-profit organizations in the Washington Metro Area. In an effort to further assist minorities facing adverse conditions, such as growing up in poverty and in single-parent families, and to help provide them with access to best possible educational opportunities, we are pleased to announce the Terry Eaton Attorney at Law College/Law School Scholarship.
Terry Eaton is offering this annual $500 scholarship to African American and Hispanic students from single-mother homes who are committed to pursuing a quality education and who have a demonstrated ability for overcoming adversity and challenges related to their backgrounds.

Deadline: January 5

Varnum Diversity Scholarship Program
Varnum LLP
P.O. Box 352
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0352
Phone: 616.336.6620
Fax: 616.336.7000  

Two scholarships in the amount of $4,000 each will be awarded to minority law students in their first year of law school. Applicants must be a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrate a significant commitment to issues of diversity and inclusion. Applicants must also demonstrate academic achievement, be enrolled in a Michigan law school or be Michigan residents attending an accredited law school within the United States.

Deadline: February 1

Vinson & Elkins Diversity Fellowships
V&E Diversity Fellowship
c/o Catherine Grady, Attorney Initiatives Assistant
Vinson & Elkins, LLP
1001 Fannin Street, Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002-6760

The fellowship provides $7,000 to four first-year law students from historically underrepresented groups in the legal profession. In addition, the Diversity Fellows will be considered for the V&E summer associate program in the Austin, Dallas, or Houston office during the summer after the recipients' first year of law school. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, excellent writing skills and interest in working in a law firm setting.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted from December 1 - January 31.

Weil Diversity Fellowships
ATTN: Maryann Wou
Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP
767 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10153
Phone: 212.833.3533
Fax: 212.310.8007

Weil, Gotschal & Manges is offering diversity fellowships to first- and second-year law students who are enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school and intend to practice law in a major city of the United States. Fellows will receive a $10,000 scholarship. The award is contingent upon accepting an offer of summer employment at Weil. 

Deadline: January 15 for the 1L Diversity Fellowship and July 15 for the 2L Diversity Fellowship 

Paul D. White Scholarship Program
Baker Hostetler LLP
PNC Center
1900 East 9th Street, Suite 3200
Cleveland, OH 44114-3482
Phone: 216.621.0200
Fax: 216.696.0740

This scholarship has been established to facilitate the recruitment and employment of minority attorneys by providing law students with valuable experience early in their careers. Applicants must be first-year minority law students. The scholarship award will include a paid summer clerkship and a $7,500 cash award.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted from December 1 - January 31.

Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Minority Law Student Scholarship Program
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
ATTN: Sophia Rogers
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 2204
New York, NY 10038

The $10,000 Law Scholarship will be awarded to minority students developing a career in intellectual property law. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and outstanding academic performance. General factors such as leadership skills, community activities or special accomplishments will also be taken into consideration.

Deadline: March 15

Wolverine Bar Association
The Scholarship Committee
645 Griswold, Suite 961
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: 313.962.0250
Fax: 313.962.5906


  • Wolverine Bar Foundation Scholarship: The scholarships are awarded annually to minority law students, in good standing, who are either enrolled in Michigan law schools, or who are Michigan residents enrolled in out-of-state law schools. First year, first semester students are not eligible to apply. The applicant cannot be a former recipient of the Wolverine Bar Foundation Scholarship. Selection is based on financial need and merit of the applicant. The amount of the scholarship is at least $500.

    Deadline: March 25

  • Damon J. Keith Scholarship: This scholarship is based on merit and is awarded annually to a law student who demonstrates a commitment to social equality and combating racism. Applications are considered from any law student in good standing, attending law school in Michigan, or any Michigan resident attending law school out-of-state. First year, first semester students are not eligible to apply. Former recipients of the Damon J. Keith Scholarship are not eligible to apply. The amount of the scholarship is at least $500.

    Deadline: March 25 

  • Ford Motor Company Law School Leadership Award: This $5,000 award is given to assist in the development of future leaders within the legal community. Law students who have completed their first or second year and maintain a 3.0 GPA may apply.

    Deadline: January 21

Zelle Hofmann Diversity in Law Scholarship
Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP
ATTN: Sandy Ellingson, Diversity in Law Scholarship Administrator
500 Washington Ave. South, Suite 4000
Minneapolis, MN 55415

The scholarship awards the selected recipient a total of $30,000. Applicants must be first-year law students enrolled full-time at an ABA-accredited law school and must either 1) be a member of a diverse group (broadly defined to include race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical disability or economic/educational disadvantage) that is historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or 2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship. Selection considerations will include but no be limited to: academic performance, writing skills, demonstrated leadership skills, an interest in litigation (including antitrust and insurance litigation), financial need, and a desire to practice in one of the cities where Zelle Hofmann maintains an office.

Deadline: April 1

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