Scholarships

Detroit Mercy Law Scholarships

Detroit Mercy Law awards a variety of scholarships to students each year, including Dean's Scholarships for academic excellence, leadership scholarships, and endowed scholarships.

Dean's Scholarships 
Current students are notified in August - September regarding the renewal of merit scholarships, which do not require any application process. The requirements of the scholarship renewal are listed on the scholarship award letters that students received at the time of admission or at the time of last year's renewal.

Detroit Mercy Law Named & Endowed Internal Scholarships 
The School of Law has several named and endowed scholarships available to students after their first year of law school. These scholarships have been made available by generous alumni and friends of Detroit Mercy. 
To apply for additional Detroit Mercy Law scholarships, upper-level students must complete the Detroit Mercy general application and the Detroit Mercy School of Law scholarship application found on the Detroit Mercy Opportunities page. Recipients of the awards will be notified by the end of Fall term and scholarships will apply to tuition.

2021-22 Application Dates: TBD

External Scholarships & Writing Competitions

Funding your law degree is not limited to scholarships from Detroit Mercy and loans. A great source of additional financing to help reduce your total borrowing and the cost of law school is available through scholarship awards offered by philanthropic organizations. These awards are usually limited to particular populations of students based on geography, class year, area of interest in law, or ethnic background.

Students are encouraged to research external scholarships and funding by looking closely at organizations with which you and/or your family are already connected. This may include religious or community organizations, local law firms, parents' employers, greek life, and high school and undergraduate alma maters. Many organizations award merit and need-based scholarships to affiliated students.

It does take time and effort to seek outside funding but not trying to secure the funds assures you won't receive them

Detroit Mercy Law is contacted by outside organizations seeking applications from our students. We post these scholarships as we are notified. Additionally, we do our best to find scholarships that are available to our law students. While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information on our external scholarship listings, we encourage students to confirm the details with the sponsoring organization. If you receive notice that the information we have is incorrect, please email the Law Financial Aid Office so that we can update the information.

Scholarship opportunities are listed for informational purposes only. The listing of scholarships does not represent an endorsement of any organization. 

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    Bar Study

    Name

    Deadline

    Amount

    Eligibility Criteria

    American Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Bar Study Scholarship  January 25, 2021 $500 - $1,500

    Applicants must be an enrolled 3L student or a recent graduate of a Michigan law school. Applicants must submit a Letter of Interest, which outlines a commitment to Indian Country and/or Native American communities, and also submit a current resume and a recent law school transcript. 

    BARBRI 2020 - 2021 Public Interest Scholarship October 15 for February or July 2021 exam 2020 BARBRI Bar Review course at a $1,995 scholarship tuition rate. Applicants must be: 
    1. Graduating law school in Winter 2020 or Spring 2021
    2. Siting for the bar exam in 2021, immediately following graduation
    3. Employed or committed to be employed in the public interest sector with a salary of <$75,000
    Themis 2020-21 Pubic Interest Scholarship February 15 2020 Themis Bar Review Course at $1,495 scholarship tuition rate.

    Eligible students must

    1. Graduate in Winter 2020 or Spring 2021
    2. Sit for the bar exam immediately following graduation; and
    3. Provide adequate employment verification. If not employed, students must provide documentation of a commitment to work in the public interest sector after graduation.
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    General

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt
    Attorney Ken Nugent Legal Scholarship August 15 $5,000

    Applicants must be: a legal US resident, and a current law student and submit a 500-word essay explaining why they have chosen to enter the legal field.

    Please explain why you have chosen to enter the Legal Field in 500 words.

    Ben Crump Law - Community Leadership Scholarship July 15, 2021 $2,500

    Must be currently enrolled at an accredited post-secondary school, have a cumulative 3.5 GPA or better, and have financial need.

    Applicants must submit a 1500 to 2000 word essay on one of the following topics: "How are you a leader in your community" or "Who is a community leader you look up to and why?"

    Changing the Law Scholarship June 15, 2021 $2,500

    Current or incoming undergraduate or law student at an accredited college, university or law school.

    What sort of laws do you envision changing, so they better fit the 21st Century? (500 - 1000 words)

    Drew Lewis Scholarship April 30 (each year) $1,000

    All students enrolled in an accredited law school with a GPA of 3.5 are eligible to apply

    Describe an experience where you were confronted with taking an unpopular position by helping a vulnerable, helpless, or powerless person (750 - 1000 words).

    Emery Reddy, PLLC Legal Studies Scholarship November 30 $2,500

    All students enrolled in an accredited law school are eligible to apply.

    Applicants must demonstrate their dedication to the study of law with the submission of an essay of no more than 500 words.

    Excellence in Ethics Scholarship July 1, 2021 $1,000

    Applicants must be U.S. permanent resident or legal non-citizen, currently enrolled in or accepted to a US law school.

    The essay should focus on the importance of providing free legal services to those who cannot afford it, and why this is beneficial to the community at large and to the legal system as a whole.

    Fob James Law School Scholarship December 15, 2021 $1,000

    Students must be enrolled in an accredited law school through the fall semester of 2021.

    300-400 word essay on how you plan on giving back to your community once you become a lawyer.

    Federal Circuit Bar Association Scholarships April 15

    The Federal Circuit Bar Association has a number of writing competitions and scholarships.

    Judge Howard T. Markey Memorial Scholarship - $10,000

    Judge Helen W. Niles Memorial Scholarship - $10,000

    Judge Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Scholarship - $10,000

    Board Scholarship - $10,000

    Association William S. Bullinger Scholarship - $5,000

    Association Need-Based Scholarships - amount dependent on available funds

    Students

    1. pursuing a juris doctor degree
    2. enrolling for the upcoming academic year (i.e., 2021/2022) in any law school accredited by the American Bar Association
    3. having financial need,
    4. showing a demonstrable interest in one of the many topics that lie within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    Students with interests solely in such areas as family, public interest, bankruptcy, or criminal law, for example, need not apply. 

    Applicants should only submit one application. The essay is limited to no more than 450 words, on one page, and should address the applicant’s financial need, any interests in particular areas of the law, and any specific qualifications for a particular scholarship considered relevant by the applicant (i.e., please highlight which scholarship you feel you are best qualified to receive).

    Focus on the Family Scholarship December 15, 2021

    $2,500

    Applicants should be enrolled in an accredited college, university or law school and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

    1000 word essay answering the following question: What does family mean to you and how has it helped you understand differences that exist in the world today and empower you to be an active participant in changing your community for the better?

    Gladiator Law Marketing Scholarship June 6

    $1500

    Enrolled in an accredited law school.

    A minimum of 750 words on "Why I am pursuing a career in law and how this scholarship will help me achieve my educational goals."

    Harry Klein and Shirley Klein Legal Scholarship April 4, 2021

    $2,500

    All students enrolled at a Law School in the State of Michigan are eligible to apply.

    Submit an essay (no more than 500 words) indicating how your background and qualifications align with the history and philosophy of Harry Klein.

    I'm A Survivor Scholarship June 30, 2021

    $2,500

    All individuals enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution (including law school) who has experienced a catastrophic accident or helped a loved one who did (essay required).

    Submit an essay (1000 words maximum) about how you overcame a catastrophic event (or helped someone close to you overcome one).

    Law Offices of Daniel Kim Scholarship December 21, 2021

    $5,000

    Enrolled in an accredited graduate or law school.

    3.0 cumulative GPA.

    In good academic standing.

    US citizen.

    1200 word essay evaluated on originality and quality answering: Why a college degree is important to me and how I will us it?

    Legal Leaders Scholarship December 31

    $500

    Applicant must be: legal US resident, and a current law student studying in the United States with a GPA of at least 3.0. Additionally, applicants must submit all law school transcripts and a short letter of introduction.

     

     N/A

    Melmed Law Group February 15

    $5,000

    Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled in law school.

    Students must submit a 500-1,000 word essay on the topic of how they were impacted by an issue of workplace fairness; this can be a reaction to a news story, a personal anecdote, or anything else. What does workplace fairness mean to you in the context of a larger social and economic structure?

    Organic's Best Super Parent Scholarship September 10, 2021

    $2000

    Any single-parent student enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program.

    1200+ word essay on "Why are organic foods a big part of our future?"

    Morgan & Morgan "For The People" Scholarship December 1

    $5,000

    All students currently enrolled in a law degree program. The essay must be between 700 - 800 words.

    What does “For The People” mean to you and how would you apply that in your legal career?

    Reiff Law Firm Legal Scholarship July 1

    $1,000

    Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0

    A 650-word essay on what goals you hope to accomplish through eventual employment in the legal field.

    Scott Jay Senft Scholarship Fund November 15

    $1,500

    Applicants must be US residents or citizens enrolled or admitted to a US Law school without a full academic scholarship.

    Submit an essay outlining your future goals and what you plan on doing with your law degree. The essay is limited to 850 - 1,150 words

    Smith & Eulo Legal Scholarship May 31, 2021

    $2,500

    Applicants must be US residents or citizens enrolled or admitted to a US Law school with full-time enrollment.

    In 400 - 600 words, explain what you plan to do with your law degree and how society will benefit.

    Tobin Injury Law Scholarship Contest July 1, 2021

    $1,188

    Any student enrolled at an accredited undergraduate, graduate, or professional program in the United States. 

    Write an essay between 600 to 1,000 words explaining what you are studying and what you are planning on doing with your education that will help others. As part of your essay, explain what the Hebrew word “CHAI” means to you.

    The Vaughn S. Clauson Public Interest Scholarship April 1, 2021

    $2,000

    Must be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution (can include law school as well as other graduate schools).

    250 words explaining intended post-graduation plan to help people and improve the community.

    The Warren E. Burger Prize July 1

    $5,000

     The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in the competition.

     

    Please submit an original, unpublished, essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.

    The West Coast Trial Lawyers Scholarship April 4, 2021

    $1000

    - Enrollment at an accredited post-secondary institution (including law schools)

    - A resume

    - Official transcript

    - 3-5 minute video on why you deserve the scholarship (creativity counts).

     

     N/A

    Wolverine Bar Scholarships March 21, 2021

     Varies Per Scholarship- Damon J. Keith Scholarship was established in 1995 by the Wolverine Bar Foundation to commemorate Judge Damon J. Keith taking senior status on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Damon J. Keith Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that is awarded to law students who emulate the type of commitment to social equality and combating racism that was been demonstrated by Judge Keith throughout his career.

    - Victoria A. Roberts Scholarship was established in 2020 by the Wolverine Bar Foundation in honor of Judge Victoria A. Robert’s contributions to the legal community and Southeast Michigan. The Victoria A. Roberts Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that is awarded to law students who have ties to Detroit and have demonstrated a commitment to community service and overcoming obstacles.

    - The Wolverine Bar Foundation Scholarship is awarded to law students who have exhibited leadership and dedication to the community.

    Law students of all ages, ethnicities, gender, and racial backgrounds are encouraged to submit applications for these prestigious scholarships. Applications are considered by the Wolverine Bar Foundation’s Scholarship Committee (“Scholarship Committee”) from any law student in good standing, currently enrolled in law school in the state of Michigan, or from any Michigan resident currently enrolled and in good standing in a law school out-of-state.

    Applicants must submit the online application and upload the following documents:

    • Resume
    • Official Law School Transcript and Letter of Good Standing (if not indicated on transcript)
    • Personal Statement
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation (to be submitted separately by the individual by the recommended)

     N/A

     

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    Diversity

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt
    Arnold & Porter Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship March 15, 2021 $10,000 Qualified applicants are currently enrolled, first-year law students at ABA-accredited law schools who:
    • Contribute to the diverse background of a law school's student body
    • Demonstrate strong academic achievement
    • Demonstrate an interest in promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession

     

    Applicants must submit a current resume, official law school transcript, and a personal statement (limited to 500 words) that describes the role of diversity in their personal background; their views on the intersections of diversity, inclusion, and equity; and/or how they have demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

    Association on American Indian Affairs May 31, 2021 $500 - $800

    Applicants must be enrolled with their respective Tribe and be enrolled as a full-time student with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

     

     

    Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez, and Leonard (DSFL) Scholarship January 31 $1,000

    Applicants must submit a 2-minute video answering the question, "What are the greatest barriers in our legal system to justice for all? How can you work to change this? Must be an immigrant or first-generation Hispanic Law student with at least a 2.75 GPA

    N/A
    GLM's Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship April 30, 2021 $1,500

    Graduating 3L Michigan or Indiana student at an accredited law school, and plan to sit for the Bar Examination July 2021.

    How do you plan to encourage and advance the principles of diversity and inclusion in the legal community, and what do you see as your responsibility to do so, as you enter the legal field and the actual practice of law? (5-page maximum)

    Han C Choi Scholarship March 1, 2021 $5,000

    The Scholarship Fund will benefit a 1L or 2L law student who exhibits academic excellence, leadership, volunteerism, mentorship experience, and demonstrates an interest in Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) civic issues.

    Special consideration will also be given to applicants who have been adversely affected by cancer (as a survivor, or family member of a victim or survivor). 

     

    A personal statement of no more than 500 words, explaining:

    • Your past or present activities showing commitment to the public interest or the AAPI community.
    • If the applicant has been adversely affected by cancer (as a survivor, or family member of a victim or survivor).
    Islamic Scholarship Foundation Law Scholarship Program The application is open from November to March 

     

    $3,000 - $10,000

    • Muslim or active member of the Muslim community
    • Enrolled at an accredited university in the U.S. by Fall semester
    • Maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA
    • A U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
    Essay prompt changes yearly.
    Korean American Scholarship Foundation June 30

     

    $5,000

     

    • Must be of Korean heritage (i.e., have a Korean parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent, or be adopted from Korea).
    • Applicants must be enrolled in the 2021-22 academic year and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    N/A
    La Unidad Latina Foundation, Inc. October 15

    up to $2,000

    • Must have a minimum of 2.8 GPA
    • Be currently enrolled and have completed at least one full semester of Law school
    • Must reside in the United States
    N/A
    Lavent Law, P.A. Immigrant Scholarship November 1 $3,500
    • Enrolled as a full-time law student.
    • Must be a US Citizen or permanent resident who is an immigrant to the United States.
    N/A
    LGBT Public Interest Scholarship April 31, 2021 up to $5,000 To be eligible, the applicant must:
    • be either a first, second or third-year law student in good standing in an ABA-accredited law school, or a recent law graduate from an ABA-accredited law school still studying for the Bar Exam.
    • have secured an internship or job for Summer 2021 (which can extend beyond the Summer) and/or the Fall of 2021 with a public interest organization engaged in legal or policy work with a direct impact on LGBTQ individuals

     

     N/A

    Living With Autism Scholarship June 15, 2021 $2,500

    Students must be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution (including law school), have autism, and agree to their terms and conditions (see website).

    Submit an essay (1000 words or less) about how you have overcome the challenges associated with living with autism.

    McDowell South American Heritage Scholarship June 10 $1,000

    To apply for this scholarship you must satisfy these requirements:

    • Be accepted or enrolled in an accredited law school.
    • Be of South American Heritage
    • Maintain a minimum 2.9 GPA
    All applicants have to write an essay of at least 900 words about how their experience studying law in the United States impacted the way they think about legal systems in South America
    Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship March 1 $5,000

    This scholarship is awarded to law students of color currently residing in Michigan, with preference to those with West Michigan residence. Minimum 3.0 GPA requirement.

    N/A
    National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation Scholarship April 1, 2021 $2,500

    Enrolled in an ABA accredited law school by the fall of 2021.

    A personal statement, of not more than 500 words, describing your personal commitment to advancing LGBTQ+ equality in the legal system.

    Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans October 29 $25,000 1L or 2L first-generation American or immigrant under the age of 30. To be considered a first-generation American, both of your parents must have born outside of the US as non-US citizens, and both parents must not have been eligible for US citizenship at the time of their respective births*

     

     N/A

    Sharon & Ivan Leadership (SAIL) Scholarship June 30, 2021 $5,000

    Must be a 2L student in Fall 2021

    Applicants 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 Asian American and Pacific Islander (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.”

    N/A
    Steinger, Greene & Feiner Hispanic Heritage Law Student Scholarship June 31 $1,000

    Must be currently enrolled at an accredited law school or intend to be enrolled for Fall 2021 and have a cumulative 2.8 GPA or better.

    Please choose one of the questions below and write an essay of 500-1000 words.

    • How has your Hispanic heritage shaped your career goals?
    • What are the most important issues the Hispanic community are facing today?
    • Describe how your experiences have shaped your view on immigration.
    Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Diversity Law Scholarship March 1 $5,000

    This scholarship is awarded to students of color pursuing a law degree at any accredited law school in the United States. Applicants must be current or former residents of Michigan.

     N/A

     

     

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    International Students

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt
    AAUW Educational Foundation: International Fellowship November 15 $18,000

    Women pursuing full-time graduate or professional study in the US who are not US citizens or permanent residents.

    N/A
    MPower Global Citizen Scholarship July 20, 2021

    Grand Prize: $5,000; Honorable Mentions (2): $1,000

    Recipients must be enrolled in a full-time degree program in the US or Canada

    • For study in the US, the recipient must meet one of these criteria: Be an international student (US permanent resident, protected under DACA, have a valid visa to study in the US) enrolled as a full-time student.
    • For study in Canada, the recipient must meet one of these criteria: Be a Canadian permanent resident, have a valid Canadian study permit

     N/A

     

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    Location

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt
    John S. Beagle Scholarship May 1

     Varies

     

    Residents of Genesee County (MI) who are either admitted to law school or who have successfully completed one year of law school are eligible to apply. Preference is to students studying at one of Michigan's law schools.

    Not to exceed 1500 words, 12 size font. It must include reasons for requesting the scholarship, but can also include personal
    strengths, community service work, extracurricular activities including non-academic sports (high school
    and/or college), employment history, financial need, and academic grades and achievements.

    Judge Philip J. Glennie Law Scholarship March 1 $1,000

    Applicants must be a graduate of a high school in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, Presque Isle, or was a resident of Montmorency County when graduating from Johannesburg-Lewiston High School. 

     

     N/A

    Macomb County Bar Foundation Scholarships May 1, 2021

    $3,000 (each scholarship)

    The early leaders of the Macomb County Bar Foundation had a vision to one day provide law school scholarships to deserving students. The vision became a reality in 2007. Through the generosity of its Trustees and legacy partners, the Foundation has awarded over $125,000 in scholarships.

    Scholarships:

    1. Macomb County Bar Foundation Trustees Law Scholarship is awarded to a second or third-year law student who demonstrates a commitment to serve or contribute to the Macomb County legal community, a need for financial assistance, and high scholastic achievement

    2. Kimberly M. Cahill Memorial Scholarship - is to be awarded to a second or third-year law student. The recipient should demonstrate outstanding qualities of leadership and the ability to inspire and effectively lead others to a defined objective. The recipient must also demonstrate a need for financial assistance and an academic standing (3.0 GPA or above).

    3. Philip F. Greco Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a second or third-year law student who demonstrates a commitment to serve or contribute to the Macomb County legal community, a need for financial assistance, good academic standing (2.5 GPA or better). Special consideration is given to non-traditional law students.

     N/A

     

    Peggy (Kommer) Novosad Scholarship

    Application opens December 1, 2021

     

    Varies

    The student is a resident of Kent County currently completing or possessing an undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University or Michigan State University and will be pursuing a full-time law or business degree at any accredited university in Michigan with a minimum GPA of 3.5

     

     N/A

     

     

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    Subject/Concentration

    Business Law

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt
    Curley Law Firm Law School Scholarship

     

     

    June 30

     

    $1,000 To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled or accepted into an ABA-accredited law school in the US as of the Fall 2021 term. What is business law to you and why is it important in today's society? (500 words)

    Children's Law

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt
    The State Bar of Michigan Children's Law Section John H. McKaig II Scholarship Fund

     

     

    March 30, 2021

     

     

     

    Any 2L or 3L student who is enrolled in any Michigan accredited law school.

    Interest in practicing in the area of child protective proceedings and/or juvenile justice.

    Must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.8.

     

     N/A

    Steinger, Greene & Feiner Law Scholarship for Child Advocates

    July 31

    $1,000

    Applicant must be either a current law student at an accredited law school with a minimum 2.8 GPA. Applicants must submit an unofficial copy of their transcript.

    Please choose one of the questions provided for your essay. Essays must be between 500 and 1000 words. 
    • How has being a child advocate inspired you to pursue a career in law?
    • How has your personal childhood experiences affected your outlook on the legal system?
    • How did you become a child advocate?

    Corporate Law

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt

    Michigan Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel

     

    March 12, 2021

     

    $3,000

    The student must have completed at least sixty credit hours before January 1, 2021, and taken, or be taking, at least five of the courses or their equivalent from the list of courses on the application. A previous recipient of an ACC scholarship may not apply again for another ACC scholarship.ACC 2021 Application Form

    What is business law to you and why is it important in today's society? (500 words)


    Criminal Law

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt

    Marshall M. Schulman Competition for Student Papers

    March 2, 2021

     

    Grand Prize - $1500, the paper will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, and one-year student membership in the Criminal Law section.

    Honorable Mention Prizes - $500, the paper will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, and one-year student membership in the Criminal Law section.

    To be eligible, the paper must be written solely by the student enrolled in law school at the time of submission.

    The paper must pertain to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California. The paper should be original and scholarly. It should be appropriately and carefully annotated to reflect the authorities that support the author’s opinions and findings, and upon which the author otherwise relies. Papers should be between 1,500 and 4,500 words in length, including any citations.

    Robert M. Helfend Criminal Defense Scholarship

    February 15, 2021

    $500

    To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled full-time or accepted into an ABA-accredited law school in the U.S. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

    Please submit a 400-600 word essay on one of the following topics:

    • Representing underserved communities in the criminal justice system
    • Equal protection under the law in modern-day practice
    • State vs Federal Law: Is marijuana illegal

    Disability Advocacy

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt

    ABC Law Centers Disability Advocacy Scholarship

    July 31

    $1,000

    Applicants must be planning to pursue a law or public policy career on disability advocacy. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.

    Applicants must complete one of the following:

    • Write an essay (not to exceed two typed, single-spaced pages) describing your interest and/or personal experience in disability advocacy
    • Submit a creative project focused on the same topic. Examples can include, but are not limited to:
      • Photo projects
      • Video or other multimedia presentations
      • Creative writing
      • Performance Pieces

    Entertainment Law

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt

    Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

     

     

    January 4, 2021

     

    Grand Prize - $10,000, private one-hour online mentorship session with a top entertainment attorney from the ELI Executive Committee, and recognition at the online ELI program and scholarship presentation on March 12

    Entrants must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school. To be eligible, the paper must be written solely by the student enrolled in law school at the time of submission. Essays should be no longer than 3,000 words in length, not including endnotes/footnotes

    The writing contest challenges students to identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry.


    Federal Law

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt

    Robert A. McNew Law Student Scholarship

    November 30

    $5,000

    The scholarship is awarded to a current law student who is a Federal Bar Association law student associate member in good standing. Applicants must exhibit professionalism and high character in their personal and professional lives as demonstrated in application materials. Applicants must submit an application, a personal essay, transcript, and two letters of recommendation (these may include a letter from a professor).

    N/A


    Food & Drug Law

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt

    Austern Writing Competition

    June 11, 2021

    1st place - $750, 2nd place - $500, 3rd place - $250

    Students currently enrolled in a JD program at any of the nation’s ABA-accredited law schools and 2020-2021 academic year graduates are eligible to participate

    Paper topics are limited to FDA and regulated agencies’ law and regulation.

    Papers should provide an in-depth analysis of a current legal issue concerning food, drugs, animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics, diagnostics, dietary supplements, medical devices, veterinary devices, cannabis, or tobacco. FDLI welcomes the submission of papers prepared for course work, but entrants must pay attention to competition details and edit such papers accordingly.

    Students will submit an abstract.

    Papers may not exceed 100 pages (double spaced, one-inch margins).

    Papers must be unpublished.


    Infrastructure & Regulated Industries

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt

    K. William Kolbe Law Student Writing Competition

    June 30, 2021

    1st place - $750, $2,500 and free membership in the Section for one year after admission to the bar, and coach-seat airfare and standard hotel accommodations to attend the Sections' Fall 2021 Council Group Meeting.

    All law students who are enrolled in ABA-approved law schools and are members of the ABA Law Student Division.

    Papers should address a current topic of general interest in a legal area covered by the Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section (the “Section”). The Section covers specific industries that provide certain important, in some cases, essential, services to the general public.


    Insurance Law

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt

    State Bar Association of Michigan Insurance & Indemnity Law Section Scholarship

     

     

    February 28, 2021

     

    $5,000

    All applicants must be enrolled in a Michigan Law law school.

    As autonomous vehicles change from concept to reality, auto insurance will also have to change and adapt to the new technology as it becomes more commonly used. Discuss what impact autonomous vehicle use will have on one or two of these areas: theories of civil and criminal liability, privacy issues relating to data obtained from autonomous vehicles, fraudulent claims, who will have to carry insurance (driver, owner or manufacturer) on a vehicle.


    Labor Law

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt

    ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Writing Competition

     June 15, 2021

    1st place - $3,000; 2nd place - $1,000; 3rd place - $500

    This competition is open to articles written while the author is an active student at an accredited law school in the United States. The authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2020.

    The topic must be relevant, engaging, and useful to labor and employment lawyers. Submission must be between 20 and 30 pages.

    Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship

    May 15, 2021

    $1,000

    All applicants must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school.

    Applicants should submit a 750-word essay on the following topic: “What are the biggest challenges facing workers’ rights in the future?” The essay can consider current events, recent case law, social movements, historical developments, or any other aspect of workers’ rights. Working Now and Then will publish the winning essay and honorable mentions on its site.

    Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies

    January 31

    $10,000

    To be eligible for awards, individuals must be Law Students enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the United States or Canada who will not graduate prior to December 2021.

    Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in, and wish to make a career out of, working in the labor movement and on behalf of workers’ rights.

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    Legal Ethics

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt

    Notre Dame Law School Smith Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

     

     

    All entries must be received before 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2021

     

     $2,500

    To be eligible for awards, an applicant must be a current Law student enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the United States or Canada. Entries must be original, unpublished work not exceeding 50 pages, including notes. 

    Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics.

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    Malpractice Law

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt

    Philadelphia Injury Lawyers P.C. Writing Competition

     

     

    All entries must be received before 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2021

     

    $1,000

    All applicants must be enrolled in a US graduate-level program. Applicants should only answer the questions provided and use online articles and case law to support their essay.

    Each essay is at a maximum of 1000 words each.

    A) What does the future of medical malpractice law look like in the U.S?

    B) Why are you interested in pursuing a career in Medical Malpractice Law?


    Public Service

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt

    Baumgartner Law Firm Law Student Scholarship

     August 31

     $3,000

    Applicant must be enrolled at an accredited law school in the US. This scholarship will be awarded based on need and commitment to helping others.

     

     N/A

    Carole Bailey Scholarship

    Application open June 15 - August 15

     

     

    Any student who is enrolled in an accredited law school who has an interest in pursuing a public service legal career and has an interest in the subject matter jurisdiction of the Court of Federal Claims is beneficial but not necessary for an applicant to be selected.

    An original essay written by the applicant alone.  The essay is limited to no more than 500 words and should address any interests, experiences or other qualifications considered relevant by the applicant that demonstrate an interest in pursuing a public service legal career, or a past or present commitment to public service.

     


    Securities

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt

    James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Competition

     

     

    September 17, 2021

     

     $1,000

    Any student who is enrolled in an accredited law school.

    Any aspect of securities law or securities arbitration.


    Tax Law

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt

    Christopher E. Bergin Award for Excellence in Writing

     

    June 30

     

     $1,000

    The competition is open to any student currently enrolled in a law, business, or public policy program. Each student may submit only one paper. Co-authored papers will be accepted.

     

    Submissions should focus on an unsettled question in federalstate, or international tax law or policy.  Entries should be a minimum of 2,500 words and a maximum of 12,000 words, including footnotes.


    Trademark Law

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt

    Gerben Law Firm, PLLC Assisting the Next Generation of Trademark Attorneys Scholarship

    July 31

    $1,500

    Applicants must demonstrate an interest in Trademark Law. Applicants must be currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school for at least one semester, with a GPA over 2.5 GPA of 3.0. 

     N/A

     

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    Veterans or Active Military

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt
    Chisholm Chisolm & Kilpatrick LTD Law School School Scholarship for Veterans July 1, 2021 $1,500

    Veterans of all branches of the U.S. military are eligible to apply. Applicant must be enrolled for the Fall 2020 term; may be an incoming or current law student. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (incoming students - undergrad GPA and current students - law school GPA).

    Please answer one of these essay prompt (1000 word essay):

    • How did your experience in the military inspire you in your education and career aspirations?  
    • How did your military experience prepare you for law school and a career practicing law?
    Education Connection Military Scholarship September 30, 2021 $1,000

    Applicants must be active duty, honorably discharged, veteran, or a spouse from any branch of the military.

    How has your military service prepared you to enhance your education. The essay must be limited to 250 words.

    Veterans and Military Family Scholarship June 15 $1,000

    Must be on active duty, be a veteran, or have a spouse or parent who is either.

    Must be enrolled in an accredited college, university, graduate school, or law school.

    Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher.

    500 to 1000 word essay on any of the following:

    • How has being in the military affected your ability to pursue an education?
    • What do you wish the American people better understood about military service or military families?
    • What sacrifices have you and/or your family made because of military service?
    • When you reflect on your/your family member’s military service, what are you most proud of and what are you most grateful for?
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    Women

     

    Name Deadline Amount Eligibility Criteria Essay Topic and Prompt
    AAUW Educational Foundation: Selected Professions Fellowship December 1 $5,000 - $18,000

    Must be a 3L student.

    Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low.

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

     N/A

     

    Impact Scholarship: American Business Women's Association, Greater Oakland Charter Chapter May 15 $2,000

    Applicants must be female, U.S. citizens with primary residence in Oakland, Macomb, Genesee, Livingston, Washtenaw, or Wayne counties.

    Applicants must have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 and intend to be enrolled for the Fall 2021 term.

    As the scholarship can only cover tuition, fees, and books the applicant must demonstrate financial need.

     

     N/A

    Empowering Women in Law Scholarship May 31

     $1,500

    A female applicant who has successfully completed at least one semester of law school but will not have graduated by Fall 2021

     

     N/A

    Trial LawHER Scholarship August 1, 2021

    $10,000

    Female US citizen

    3L Fall 2021

    Intend to be a plantif trial lawyer

    In good academic standing

    1500 to 2000 words and video, well researched, exploring what effect the profession of settlement planning has on our civil justice system and its stakeholders.

    Mike Eidson Scholarship - an AAJ Scholarship May 1 $5,000

    Applicants must be a rising 3L or 4L female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiff lawyer or criminal defense lawyer. The recipient must be present at the Annual Convention for American Association of Justice July 11-14, 2020 in Washington DC; travel and accommodations will be paid for as a part of the award.

     

     N/A

    Sarah Killgore Wertman Scholarship April 16, 2021 $1,000

    Must be:

    • a woman enrolled in an accredited law degree program full or part-time;
    • be a permanent or current resident, or currently work in, or attend law school in Oakland, Lapeer, or Genesee County;
    • be available to attend the virtual Women's Bar Association annual meeting on May 27, 2021, at 6 PM.

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    The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Applicants must submit all materials to Jessica Rouser by December 31, 2020.  $3,500

    In 2020-21 school year $35,000 will be awarded statewide to 10 outstanding women law students attending Michigan’s five accredited law schools.

    For more details please review the WLAMF Scholarship Announcement

    Each applicant for any award must submit:

    1. An official law school transcript (to the extent that this is possible for 2L and 3L applicants);

    2. A detailed letter of interest explaining how she meets award(s) criteria, and any relevant connections and commitments to the State of Michigan. Applicants must indicate for which scholarship they are applying;

    3. A resume;

    4. Letters of recommendation (no more than three).

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