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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. 

External Scholarships by Category

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    Bar Study

    American Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Bar Study Scholarship 
    Scholarship Amount: $500 - $1,500 
    Eligibility Criteria: 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. 
    Deadline: January 25, 2021

    BARBRI 2020 - 2021 Public Interest Scholarship
    Scholarship: 2020 BARBRI Bar Review course at a $1,995 scholarship tuition rate.
    Eligibility Criteria: 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
    Deadline: October 15 for February or July 2021 exam
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    General

    Attorney Ken Nugent Legal Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $5,000
    Essay Topic:   Please explain why you have chosen to enter the Legal Field in 500 words.
    Eligibility Criteria: 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.
    Deadline: August 15

    Ben Crump Law - Community Leadership Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $2,500
    Essay Prompt: 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?"
    Eligibility Criteria: Must be currently enrolled at an accredited post-secondary school, have a cumulative 3.5 GPA or better, and have financial need.
    Deadline: July 15, 2021

    Changing the Law Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $2,500
    Essay Prompt: What sort of laws do you envision changing, so they better fit the 21st Century? (500 - 1000 words)
    Eligibility Criteria: current or incoming undergraduate or law student at an accedited college, university or law school.
    Deadline: June 15, 2021

     

    Drew Lewis Scholarship
    Award Amount: $1,000

    Essay Prompt: Describe an experience where you were confronted with taking an unpopular position by helping a vulnerable, helpless, or powerless person (750 - 1000 words).
    Eligibility Criteria: All students enrolled in an accredited law school with a GPA of 3.5 are eligible to apply
    Deadline:  April 30 (each year)

    Emery Reddy, PLLC Legal Studies Scholarship
    Award Amount: $2,500

    Essay Prompt: Applicants must demonstrate their dedication to the study of law with the submission of an essay of no more than 500 words.
    Eligibility Criteria: All students enrolled in an accredited law school are eligible to apply.
    Deadline: November 30

    Excellence in Ethics Scholarship
    Award Amount:
    $1,000

    Writing Prompt: 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.
    Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be U.S. permanent resident or legal non-citizen, currently enrolled in or accepted to a US law school.
    Deadline: July 1, 2021

    Fob James Law School Scholarship
    Scholarship amount: $1,000

    Essay Topic: 300-400 word essay on how you plan on giving back to your community once you become a lawyer.
    Eligibility Criteria: Students must be enrolled in an accredited law school through the fall semester of 2021.
    Deadline: December 15, 2021

    Federal Circuit Bar Association Scholarships
    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

    Application Process: 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).

    Eligibility Criteria: Students (a) pursuing a juris doctor degree, (b) enrolling for the upcoming academic year (i.e., 2020/2021) in any law school accredited by the American Bar Association, (c) having financial need, and (d) 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 (e.g., international trade, government contracts, patents, trademarks, certain money claims against the United States government, federal personnel, and veterans’ benefits). Students with interests solely in such areas as family, public interest, bankruptcy, or criminal law, for example, need not apply. 

    Deadline: May 31, 2021

    Funk & Associates Law Student Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $500
    Eligibility Criteria: Applicants should be enrolled in an accredited US law school and have completed at least one year of legal studies. The winner will have to prove academic eligibility and a transcript showing the completion of their first year of legal studies. 
    Deadline: November 15, 2020

    Gladiator Law Marketing Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $1500
    Essay Topic: 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."
    Eligibility Criteria: Enrolled in an accedited law shchool.
    Deadline: June 6

     

    The Good Works College Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $1,000
    Writing Prompt: Submit an essay (no more than 500 words) describing the applicant's leadership and dedication to giving back to the community through service projects, including projects involving criminal justice issues.
    Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be in good academic standing. Applicants must have a dedicated interest in community service and projects about criminal justice.
    Deadline: October 31, 2020

    Harry Klein and Shirley Klein Legal Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $2,500
    Writing Prompt: Submit an essay (no more than 500 words) indicating how your background and qualifications align with the history and philosophy of Harry Klein.
    Eligibility Criteria: All students enrolled at a Law School in the State of Michigan are eligible to apply. 
    Deadline: April 4, 2021

    I'm A Survivor Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $2,500
    Writing Prompt: Submit an essay (1000 words maximum) about how you overcame a catastrophic event (or helped someone close to you overcome one).
    Eligibility Criteria: 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).
    Deadline: June 30, 2021

    Legal Leaders Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $500
    Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be: a 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.
    Deadline: December 31

    Melmed Law Group
    Scholarship Amount: $5,000
    Essay TopicStudents 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?
    Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled in law school.
    Deadline: July 1

    Morgan & Morgan "For The People" Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $5,000
    Essay Topic: What does “For The People” mean to you and how would you apply that in your legal career?
    Eligibility Criteria: All students currently enrolled in a law degree program. The essay must be between 700 - 800 words.
    Deadline: December 1

    Reiff Law Firm Legal Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $1,000
    Essay Topic: A 650-word essay on what goals you hope to accomplish through eventual employment in the legal field.
    Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0
    Deadline: July 1

    Scott Jay Senft Scholarship Fund
    Scholarship Amount: $1,500
    Essay Topic:  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
    Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be US residents or citizens enrolled or admitted to a US Law school without a full academic scholarship.
    Deadline: November 15

    Smith & Eulo Legal Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $2,500
    Essay Topic:  In 400 - 600 words, explain what you plan to do with your law degree and how society will benefit.
    Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be US residents or citizens enrolled or admitted to a US Law school with full-time enrollment.
    Deadline: May 31, 2021

    Tobin Injury Law Scholarship Contest
    Scholarship Amount: $1,188
    Essay Topic: 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.
    Eligibility Criteria: Any student enrolled at an accredited undergraduate, graduate, or professional program in the United States. 
    Deadline: July 1, 2021

    The Vaughn S. Clauson Public Interest Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $2,000
    Essay Topic: 250 words explaining intended post-graduation plan to help people and improve the community.
    Eligibility Criteria: Must be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution (can include law school as well as other graduate schools).
    Deadline: April 1, 2021

    The Warren E. Burger Prize
    Scholarship Amount: $5,000
    Topic: 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.
    Deadline: July 1

    The West Coast Trial Lawyers Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $1000
    Eligibility Requirements:
    • 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).

    Deadline: April 4, 2021

    Wolverine Bar Scholarships

    Scholarships:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. The Wolverine Bar Foundation Scholarship is awarded to law students who have exhibited leadership and dedication to the community.

    Eligibility Criteria: Law students of all ages, ethnic, 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 recommender)

    Deadline: March 21, 2021

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    Diversity

    Arnold & Porter Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship
    Award Amount: $10,000
    Eligibility Criteria: 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.

    Deadline: March 15, 2021

    Association on American Indian Affairs
    Award Amount: 
    $500 - $800
    Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled with their respective Tribe and be enrolled as a full-time student with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
    Deadline: May 31, 2021

    Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez, and Leonard (DSFL) Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $1,000

    Eligibility Criteria: 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
    Deadline: January 31

    GLM's Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $1500
    Essay Prompt: 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)
    Eligibility Criteria: Graduating 3L Michigan or Indiana student at an accredited law school, and plan to sit for the Bar Examination July 2021.
    Deadline: April 30, 2021

     

    Han C Choi Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $5,000
    Eligibility CriteriaThe National Asian Pacific Americans Bar Association (NAPABA) Law Foundation has partnered with the Choi Family to create the Han C. Choi Scholarship, to honor a NAPABA Trailblazer, mentor, and leader, who embodies grit and courage in the face of great adversity.  The Scholarship Fund will benefit a 1L or 2L law student who exhibits academic excellence, leadership, volunteerism, mentorship experience, and demonstrates an interest in 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). 
    Deadline: March 1, 2021

    Islamic Scholarship Foundation
    Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be Muslim or active members of the Muslim community. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent legal residents who intend to be enrolled in Fall 2021 with the intent of practicing Public Interest Law or Human Rights Law. 
    Application Timeline: The application is open from November to March 

    Korean American Scholarship Foundation
    Award Amount: 
    $5,000
    Eligibility Criteria: 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.
    Deadline: June 30

    Lavent Law, P.A. Immigrant Scholarship
    Award Amount: $3,500

    Eligibility Criteria: Enrolled as a full-time law student. Must be a US Citizen or permanent resident who is an immigrant to the United States.
    Deadline: November 1

    LGBT Public Interest Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: up to $5,000
    Eligibility Criteria: 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
    Deadline: Accepting applications through April 31, 2021

    Living With Autism Scholarship
    Award Amount: $2,500
    Writing Prompt: Submit an essay (1000 words or less) about how you have overcome the challenges associated with living with autism.
    Eligibility Requirements: Students must be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution (including law school), have autism, and agree to their terms and conditions (see website).
    Deadline: June 15, 2021

    MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program
    Eligibility Criteria: Open to all law students currently enrolled full-time at an accredited US Law school. Must demonstrate a commitment to advancing Latino civil rights careers.
    Deadline: January 31

    Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship
    Award Amount:
     
    $5,000
    Eligibility Criteria: 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.
    Deadline: March 1

    National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $2,500
    Essay Topic: A personal statement, of not more than 500 words, describing your personal commitment to advancing LGBTQ+ equality in the legal system.
    Eligibility Criteria: Enrolled in an ABA accredited law school by the fall of 2021.
    Deadline: April 1, 2021
    Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
    Scholarship Amount: $25,000

    Eligibility Criteria: 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*

    Deadline: October 29

    Sharon & Ivan Leadership (SAIL) Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $5,000

    Application Evaluation: 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.”

    Eligibility Criteria: Must be a 2L student in Fall 2021
    Deadline: June 30, 2021

    Steinger, Greene & Feiner Hispanic Heritage Law Student Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $1,000
    Topic:
    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.

    Eligibility Criteria: Must be currently enrolled at an accredited law school or intend to be enrolled for Fall 2020 and have a cumulative 2.8 GPA or better.
    Deadline: June 31

    Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Diversity Law Scholarship
    Award Amount:
     
    $5,000
    Eligibility Criteria: 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.
    Deadline: March 1

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    International Students

    AAUW Educational Foundation: International Fellowship
    Award for first professional degree: $18,000
    Eligibility Criteria: Women pursuing full-time graduate or professional study in the US who are not US citizens or permanent residents.
    Deadline: November 15

    MPower Global Citizen Scholarship
    Awards: Grand Prize: $5,000; Honorable Mentions (2): $1,000

    Eligibility Criteria: 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

    Deadline: July 20, 2021

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    Location

    John S. Beagle Scholarship
    Eligibility Criteria: 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.
    Deadline: May 1

    Judge Philip J. Glennie Law Scholarship
    Award Amount:
     $1000
    Eligibility Criteria: 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. 
    Deadline: March 1

    Macomb County Bar Foundation Scholarships
    Award Amount: $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.

    Deadline: May 1, 2021

    Peggy (Kommer) Novosad Scholarship
    Eligibility Criteria: 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
    Deadline: Application opens December 1, 2021

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    Subject/Concentration

    Business Law

    Curley Law Firm Law School Scholarship
    Award: $1,000 Scholarship

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

    Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled or accepted into an ABA-accredited law school in the US as of the Fall 2020 term.
    Deadline: June 30

    Children's Law

    The State Bar of Michigan Children's Law Section John H. McKaig II Scholarship Fund
    Eligibility Criteria
    : Any 2L or 3L student who is enrolled in any Michigan accredited law school who has an 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.
    Application Timeline: February 1, 2021 - March 30, 2021

    Steinger, Greene & Feiner Law Scholarship for Child Advocates
    Scholarship Amount: $1,000

    Application:  Please choose one of the questions provided for your essay. Essays must be between 500 and 1000 words. 

    1. How has being a child advocate inspired you to pursue a career in law?
    2. How has your personal childhood experiences affected your outlook on the legal system?
    3. How did you become a child advocate?

    Eligibility Criteria:  Applicant must be either a current law student at an accredited law school or at an accredited undergraduate university planning to attend law school for the following academic year, with a minimum 2.8 GPA.  Applicants must submit an unofficial copy of their transcript.

    Deadline: July 31

    Corporate Law

    Michigan Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel
    Award Amount: $3,000

    The Michigan Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (“ACC”) wants to encourage law students to consider careers in corporate legal departments.  ACC will award one $3,000 scholarship award this year to a law student who demonstrates academic achievement, particularly in business-law related classes.  

    Eligibility Criteria: 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

    Deadline: March 12, 2021

    Criminal Law

    Marshall M. Schulman Competition for Student Papers
    Award: 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.

    Eligibility Criteria: 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.
    Deadline: March 2, 2021

    Robert M. Helfend Criminal Defense Scholarship
    Award: $500 Scholarship

    Writing Topic: 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

    Eligibility Criteria: 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.
    Deadline: February 15, 2021

    Disability Advocacy

    ABC Law Centers Disability Advocacy Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $1,000

    Application: Applicants must complete one of the following:

    • Write an essay which does not 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

    Eligibility Criteria: 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.
    Deadline: July 31

    Entertainment Law 

    Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
    Award: 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

    Writing Topic: 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.

    Eligibility Criteria: 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.
    Deadline: January 4, 2021

    Federal Law

    Robert A. McNew Law Student Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $5,000

    Eligibility Criteria: 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).
    Deadline: November 30

    Food & Drug Law

    Austern Writing Competition
    Scholarship Amount: 1st place - $750, 2nd place - $500, 3rd place - $250

    Application: 

    • 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.

    Eligibility Criteria: 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
    Deadline: June 11, 2021

    Infrastructure & Regulated Industries

    K. William Kolbe Law Student Writing Competition
    Scholarship Amount: $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 2020 Council Group Meeting.

    Writing Topic: 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.

    Eligibility Criteria: all law students who are enrolled in ABA-approved law schools and are members of the ABA Law Student Division.
    Deadline: June 30, 2021

    Insurance Law

    State Bar Association of Michigan Insurance & Indemnity Law Section Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $5,000

    Writing Topic: 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.

    Eligibility Criteria: All applicants must be enrolled in a Michigan Law law school.
    Deadline: February 28, 2021

    Labor Law

    ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Writing Competition
    Scholarship Amount: 1st place - $3,000; 2nd place - $1,00; 3rd place - $500

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

    Eligibility Criteria: 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, 2019.
    Deadline: June 15, 2021

    Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $1,000

    Writing Topic: 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.

    Eligibility Criteria: All applicants must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school.
    Deadline: May 15, 2021

    Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies
    Scholarship Amount: $10,000

    Eligibility Criteria:  To be eligible for awards, individuals must be a Law Students enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the United States or Canada who will not graduate prior to December 2020. 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. 
    Deadline: January 31, 2021

     

    Legal Ethics

    Notre Dame Law School Smith Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
    Scholarship Amount: $2,500

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

    Eligibility Criteria:  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. 
    Deadline: All entries must be received before 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2021

    Medical Malpractice Law

    Philadelphia Injury Lawyers P.C. Writing Competition
    Scholarship Amount: $1,000

    Essay Topic: 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?

    Eligibility Criteria: 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 your essay.
    Deadline: July 15, 2021

    Public Service

    Baumgartner Law Firm Law Student Scholarship
    Eligibility Criteria
    : 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.
    Deadline: August 31

    Carole Bailey Scholarship
    Eligibility Criteria: 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.
    Deadline: June 15

    Securities

    James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Competition

    Scholarship Amount: $1000 Essay Topic: Any aspect of securities law or securities arbitration. Eligibility Criteria: Any student who is enrolled in an accredited law school. Deadline: September 17, 2021

    Tax Law

    Christopher E. Bergin Award for Excellence in Writing
    Scholarship Amount: $1,000

    Essay Topic: 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. 

    Eligibility Criteria: 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.
    Deadline: June 30

    Trademark Law

    Gerben Law Firm, PLLC Assisting the Next Generation of Trademark Attorneys Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $1,500

    Eligibility Criteria: 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. 
    Deadline: July 31

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    Veterans or Active Military

     Chisholm Chisolm & Kilpatrick LTD Law School School Scholarship for Veterans
    Scholarship Amount: $1,500
    Essay Topic: 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?

    Eligibility Criteria: 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).
    Deadline: July 1, 2021

    Education Connection Military Scholarship
    Scholarship Amount: $1,000
    Essay Topic: How has your military service prepared you to enhance your education. The essay must be limited to 250 words.
    Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be active duty, honorably discharged, veteran, or a spouse from any branch of the military.
    Deadline: September 30, 2021

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    Women

     AAUW Educational Foundation: Selected Professions Fellowship

    Award Amount: $5,000 - $18,000
    Selected Professions 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.

    Eligibility Criteria: Must be a 3L; Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    Deadline: December 1

    Impact Scholarship: American Business Women's Association, Greater Oakland Charter Chapter

    Scholarship Amount: $2,000
    Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a female, U.S. citizen with a 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. 
    Deadline: May 15

    Empowering Women in Law Scholarship
    Eligibility Criteria: Female applicant who has successfully completed at least one semester of law school but will not have graduated by Fall 2021
    Deadline: May 31

    Mike Eidson Scholarship - an AAJ Scholarship

    Scholarship Amount: $5,000
    Eligibility Criteria: 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.
    Deadline: May 1

    Sarah Killgore Wertman Scholarship

    Scholarship Amount: $1000
    Essay: none (must complete application and submit a resume)
    Eligibility: Must be a woman enrolled in 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.
    Deadline: April 16, 2021

     

    The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation
    Scholarship Amount: $3,500

    The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of the 2020-21 awards to outstanding women law students, funded by generous contributions from individuals, law firms, and corporations. This year, $35,00 will be awarded statewide to 10 outstanding women law students attending Michigan’s five accredited law schools (University of Michigan Law School, Western Michigan Cooley Law School, Michigan State University College of Law, Wayne State University Law School, and University of Detroit Mercy School of Law).

    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).

    Deadline: Applicants must submit all materials to Jessica Rouser by December 31, 2020. 

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