There are a number of private law scholarships, writing competitions, and awards for which law students may apply. Private scholarships can be an excellent way to help pay for your legal education. Take the time to carefully review scholarship and writing opportunities and APPLY for ones for which you are eligible or match your specific practice area or career interests. The odds are in your favor!
Below is a list of scholarships administered and awarded by outside organizations. In addition to our list, AccessLex, a non-profit dedicated to increasing access to legal education, has launched their Law School Scholarship Databank to help law students find the right scholarship for them. This interactive page allows you to filter through nearly 800 incoming and returning student scholarships and writing competitions totaling almost $300 million in aid.
Please note that deadlines and/or requirements may change, so you should consult the organization's website for the most up-to-date information. These resources represent just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to scholarship and writing opportunities for law students, so be sure to conduct your own searches based on your specific interests and background.
|Title||Type||Amount||#||Application Deadline||Eligibility||Notes||ABA Aviation and Space Law Committee Annual Law Student Writing Competition||$2000||2021-09-09||Email email@example.com for application materials; also posted on bulletin board in Storey Hall||ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund||$15000||20||2020-05-01||ABA LGBT Public Interest Scholarship Program||$5000||2||To be determined.||Eligibility specifics: the applicant must (i) 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. (ii) 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.||Abels & Annes Scholarship - Essay Contest||$1000||1||2020-01-15||Achievements and Ability Scholarship - Michigan Cerebral Palsy Attorneys||$1500||2020-07-31||Eligibility specifics: current graduate student who has cerebral palsy or who has an immediate family member with cerebral palsy.||Akin Gump / Robert Strauss Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Program||$25000||1||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||Alexander Bolton Law Student Scholarship - Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL)||$2500||1||2021-09-30||Eligibility specifics: rising 2L or 3L who has completed at least 20 hours of SMU Dedman School of Law’s required public service hours. See 9/13/21 email from Laura Burstein for application documents and full description||Ambrosio E. Rodriguez Scholarship||$3500||1||2020-09-01||American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers (ACCFSL) Writing Competition||$10000||2021-12-01||American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) Writing Competition||Varies||2021-01-15||American Kennel Club Companion Animal Law Writing Contest||$2500||2||2021-03-21||American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition||Varies||2021-02-26||Arnold & Porter Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship||$10000||6||2021-03-15||Asian Heritage Law School Scholarship - Infinity Law Group||$1000||2020-08-01||Eligibility specifics: must be a current high school senior in Boston that will be attending their first year of college in the fall of the application year; must have at least one parent of Asian ancestry||Attorney Ken Nugent Legal Scholarship||$5000||2020-08-15||Austin Bar Foundation and LGBT Bar Association Scholarship||$3000||2||2020-07-11||Eligibility specifics: Texas law students||Aviation Law Section of State Bar of Texas Scholarship||$1000||2020-06-01||Eligibility specifics: interest in aviation law||Bajaj Law Scholarship||$2500||2020-09-01||Baker Botts 1L Diversity Fellowship||$12500||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship||$10000||1||2020-08-16||Banner Witcoff Donald W. Banner Diversity Fellowship||$5000||2020-01-06||BarBri Law Preview Course Scholarship||Varies||2020-05-15||Eligibility specifics: incoming 1Ls. Award amount is for cost of attending incoming students' day.||Barnett Howard & Williams Military Veteran Scholarship||$500||2020-08-01||Eligibility specifics: Military veteran law student attending law school in the United States.||Baumgartner Law Firm Law Student Scholarship Application||$3000||2020-08-31||Blanch Law Firm Writing Scholarship||$5000||rolling||Blank Rome Diversity Scholars Program||$15000||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||bold.org "Be Bold" No-Essay scholarship||$10000||rolling||Bracewell 1L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Summer Program||Varies||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||Bradley Diversity Scholarship Program||See notes.||2020-09-15||The deadline for second-year scholarship applicants is September 15, 2020. We will accept first-year scholarship applications from December 1 – March 15, 2021.||Brown PC National Business Law Scholarship||$500||2020-08-10||Eligbility specifics: demonstrated interest in Business Las||Brown PC National Tax Law Scholarship||$500||2020-08-10||Eligibility specifics: demonstrated interest in Tax Law||Brown Trial Firm Scholarship Essay Contest - Cerebral Palsy||$1000||2021-06-01||Essay question about innovative therapies and activities for cerebral palsy||Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Diversity Scholarship||$2000||2021-10-01||Cairncross & Hempelmann Diversity Fellowship Program||$10000||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||Chapman Albin Scholarship||$1000||2021-06-15||Citywide Law Scholarship||$1500||2020-03-01||Cole Schotz Diversity Scholarship||$5000||2021-07-01||Eligibility specifics: full-time second-year law students attending a law school in a state in which Cole Schotz maintains an office.||Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Spouses Education Scholarship (Collin Allred Congressional District)||$20000||2021-04-30||Eligibility Specifics: African American and Black graduating high school seniors; scholars pursuing undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees in a variety of fields.||Cooley Diversity Fellowship||$30000||2020-01-10||Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation (DAYL)||$2500||2020-09-30||Dallas Bar Association Health Law Section Student Scholarship||$1000||2020-10-31||Application information is emailed out from SMU Law on 10/13||Dallas Bar Association Energy Law Section||$250||per semester||Students studying Energy Law; information emailed out from SMU Law||Dallas Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section Scholarship||Varies||2021-04-15||Dallas Hispanic Bar Association||$5000||spring||Awarded to one 1L & one 3L - $5,000 each in Spring semester. Information emailed out from SMU Law.||Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation Scholarship - The Dallas Foundation||Varies||2020-03-13||Dallas Jewish Community Foundation||Varies||2020-02-10||DAR American Indian Scholarship||$4000||2020-11-01||Davis Wright Tremaine 1L Diversity Scholarship||$15000||2020-01-05||Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholars Program - Reed Smith||$20000||2020-12-11||Dinsmore and Procter & Gamble Diversity Scholarship Program||$10000||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||Don’t Text & Drive Scholarship||$2000||2020-09-15||(2 per year): September 15th, March 15th. Any student, 24 years old or younger||Donald C. McCleary-Gardere Leadership Scholarship||$5000||2020-03-09||Nominated to apply; application information emailed out from SMU Law.||Dorsey & Whitney Diversity Fellowship||$10000||2020-01-20||DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship||$10000||2||2020-09-15||Eligibility specifics: diverse or female students.||Dwyer Williams Cherkoss Attorneys 2021 Scholarship||$1000||2021-07-01||Findmylawtutor.com Scholarship||$500||every 6 months||Finnegan Diversity Scholarship||$15000||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||Fish and Richardson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program||Varies||2020-01-03||Fleming Law Scholarship||$1000||2020-07-01||Foley Hoag 1L Diversity Fellowship||Varies||2020-02-01||Forrest Smith Texas General Counsel Scholarship||Varies||2||2020-01-17||$20,000 between two students; application information emailed out from SMU Law.||Foster Garvey - The Kenneth L. Schubert Jr. 1L Diversity Fellowship||$15000||2020-01-05||Frost Brown Todd Diversity Scholarship||$2000||5||2021-07-02||Email firstname.lastname@example.org for application materials; also posted on bulletin board in Storey Hall||Frank and Debbie Branson Trial Scholars||$500||rolling||Awarded to the student with the highest Trial Advocacy Grade||George A. Strait Minority Scholarship||$5000||2021-04-01||Goodwin Law 1L Diversity Fellowship||$10000||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||Grossman Law Offices Diversity at the Bar Scholarship||$1500||2021-12-31||Harris Lowry Manton LLP Civil Justice Scholarship||$5000||2021-06-01||Open to any incoming or current law student||Harter Secrest & Emery Diversity Scholarship||$7500||2020-01-13||Haynes and Boone 1L Diversity Scholars Program||$7500||2020-01-03||Helsell Fetterman 2021 Summer Associate / Richard S. White Fellowship||$7500||2020-07-16||HNBA (Hispanic National Bar Association) VIA Fund 2021 General Law School Scholarships||$2500||10||2021-09-03||Eligibility specifics: A current 1L, 2L or 3L law student in good standing of Hispanic or Latinx origin||Hofstra Law and Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Family Law Writing Competition||Varies||2021-02-01||Insurance Law Section State of the State Bar of Texas Writing Competition||See notes.||2020-12-10||Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas||$5000||2||2021-05-01||Email email@example.com for application materials; also posted on bulletin board in Storey Hall||J. L. Turner Legal Association Foundation Diversity Scholarships||Varies||2020-10-09||Email Moira Cary (firstname.lastname@example.org) for 2020 application documents||Judge Elmo B. Hunter Legal Center Scholarship||Varies||2019-11-11||info emailed out from SMU Law||Knobbe Martens 1L Diversity Scholarship Program||Varies||2020-01-31||Latham & Watkins 1L Fellowship Program||$25000||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||Law Enforcement Family Member Scholarship||$1000||2020-08-31||The student must have a family member (such as a parent, spouse or sibling) who is or was an active duty member of law enforcement, including reserve officers and retired, deceased or disabled officers||Lemon Law Experts' Scholarships||$1000||2||2021-08-31||Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Scholarship||$1000||2020-07-31||Eligibility specifics: you or someone you love affected by Leukemia||Lighthouse Recovery Academic Scholarship||$2000||2021-12-04||Eligibility specifics: maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to those with a field of study in Addiction or Mental Health.||Lloyd M. Johnson Jr. Scholarship Program||$10000||2020-07-02||LMJ Scholarships - MCCA||$10000||6||2020-06-17||Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law||Varies||2021-06-15||Eligibility specifics: Authors must have completed or be currently taking coursework in employment or labor law. Only the first two submissions per law school will be accepted as entries for consideration.||LSAC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Writing Competition||$5000||3||2020-03-31||Mann Law Firm Legal Scholarship||$1000||2021-05-01||Eligibility specifics: Commencing law school (1L) in August 2021; Written an article which has been published (in print or digital media).||Mark Zboch Academic Scholarship||$1000||1||2022-02-01||MAX by AccessLex||Varies||2020-05-01||info emailed out from SMU Law||McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship||$5000||2020-01-15||McGlinchey Stafford 1L Diversity Fellowship||$5000||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)||$5000||2019-12-31||Milestone Trial LawHER Scholarship||$10000||2021-08-01||Eligibility: awarded to a rising 3L||Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP (MNGD) Diversity Fellowship 1L Summer Associate||$10000||2020-01-08||Moore & Van Allen's Diversity Scholars Program||Varies||2020-01-21||Moses & Rooth Law Offices Scholarship||$1000||2020-05-31||NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Earl Warren Scholarship||$30000||2020-05-01||Nancy Etz Scholarship||$1000||2021-02-01||National LGBT Bar Association and Foundation Scholarship for LGBTQ+ and Ally Law Students||$25000||3||2021-04-01||New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Animals and the Law’s 2021 Student Writing Competition||Varies||2021-07-09||Any topic on Animal Law. Email email@example.com for application materials; also posted on Storey Hall bulletin board||Norton Rose Fulbright 1L Diversity Fellowship Program||$10000||2020-01-31||Norton Rose Fulbright 2L Diversity Fellowship Program||$10000||2020-01-31||Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition||$25000||2021-06-01||O'Melveny 1L Diversity Fellowship||$10000||2020-01-31||Oil and Gas Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas||Varies||rolling||Awarded to two highest grades in Oil and Gas per semester||One Lawyer Can Change the World Scholarship (BarBri)||Varies||2||2020-06-01||You must be an incoming 1L student starting in the Fall to apply||Patrick Malone & Associates Offers Scholarship to Law Students for Representing Real People||$5000||2||2020-07-01||Paul D. White Scholarship Program - BakerHostetler||$7500||rolling||Paul Hastings Diversity Scholarship Award||$10000||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||Perkins Coie 1L Diversity Fellowship||$15000||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||Perkinds Coie 2L Diversity Fellowship||$25000||2021-07-24||Flyer also posted on Storey Hall bulletin board||Perkins Coie 1LTechnology Transactions and Privact Fellowship||$15000||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||Perkins Coie 1L Patent & Patent Litigation Fellowships||$15000||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||Perkins Coie 1L Political Law Diversity Fellowship||$15000||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||Perkins Coie 1L Two Steps Ahead Scholars Program||$15000||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||Perkins Coie 1LPrivacy & Data Security Fellowships||$15000||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||PIABA James E. Beckley Student Writing Competition||Varies||2021-09-17||Pond Lehocky Annual Scholarship||$5000||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties 2021||$2000||2021-04-16||Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC’ Annual Single Mother Scholarship||$1000||2019-12-05||Eligibility specifics: single mother||Roy Snell Health Care Regulatory and Compliance Writing Competition||Varies||2021-02-01||Registration/application specifics: registration deadline 2/1/21, submission deadline 3/21/21||Sally & Fitch, LLP Law Scholarship||Varies||2020-04-01||SCBA Richard R. Garland Diversity Scholarship||Varies||2020-01-31||Schwabe, Williamson, & Wyatt 1L Summer Associate Diversity Fellowship Program||$10000||winter 2020-21||Sidley Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship for Summer 2021||$25000||rolling||St. Paul Scholarship Foundation||$1500||2020-07-31||need based||Steinger, Greene & Feiner Law Scholarship for Child Advocates||$1000||2020-07-31||Eligibility specifics: You have personally worked to protect children’s rights or stop abuse either as a volunteer, as a counselor, in your professional work or by legal means; You are an abuse survivor who wishes to use your own experiences to help others.||Stinson 1L Minority Fellowship - Minnpls, KCMO, St. Louis||$15000||2020-01-15||Stoel Rives 1L Diversity Fellowship||$10000||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||The Stoddard Firm||$2000||2021-05-03||Tax Section State Bar of Texas Scholarship||$2000||3||2020-04-04||Eligibility specifics: you intend to practice tax law in Texas||Texas Aggie Bar Association||Varies||2021-02-19||EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org for PDF of application. Eligibility specifics: Former Aggie Student that has completed at least 40 undergraduate hours at Texas A&M University and will be beginning or currently in law school in the Fall of 2021.||The Barone Defense Firm Win Back Your Life Scholarship||$1000||2020-09-30||The Briskman Briskman & Greenberg Accident Survivor Scholarship||$1000||2019-09-30||Eligibility specifics: 1L student who has overcome serious injuries suffered as a result of a car accident, medical error, or other incident caused by someone’s carelessness."||The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition||$3000||3||2021-06-15||"||The John Foy & Associates Strong Arm Leukemia Scholarship||$1000||2021-12-15||Eligibility specifics: You or a loved one have been affected by leukemia.||The Krist Law Firm, P.C. National Scholarship||$10000||2020-06-30||The Law Offices of Joel J. Kofsky Scholarship||$1500||2020-12-15||Create a short two to three minute video outlining potential danger slip and fall hazards and how they can be avoided within schools or colleges.||The Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos||$1000||2020-06-01||The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship||$4000||2020-03-31||The Michigan Auto Law Scholarship Program||$2000||2020-06-01||The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Scholarships Han C. Choi Scholarship||$5000||2020-03-02||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).||The Plaxen and Adler Scholarship||$2500||rolling||Eligibility specifics: interest in civil trial advocacy and a career as a civil trial lawyer||The Reed Smith / McKesson 1L Diversity Fellowship Program||$5000||2020-01-27||The Richard Linn American Inn of Court – Mark T. Banner Scholarship||$10000||2020-12-04||Eligibility specifics: Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law.||The Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholar Program||$30000||2020-12-31||Applicants must be members of a racial or ethnic group currently underrepresented in the patent law profession and be seeking admission to an ABA-accredited law school for the Fall 2021 semester.||The Sovereignty Symposium XXXIIII Writing Competition||Varies||2021-09-01||Papers on any issue concerning Native American law. Email email@example.com for application; also posted on Storey Hall bulletin board.||The Snell & Wilmer Fellowship for Advancement and Resources (FAR)||See notes.||2020-06-01||Award is for the amount of an LSAT preparation course of the Fellow’s choosing, a stipend equal to the most current cost to both sit for the LSAT and register for the Credential Assembly Service, a 1L law school prep course, money for books for all three years of law school, a technology stipend (if needed), and mentorship from an assigned Snell & Wilmer attorney over the course of the fellowship.||Thompson & Knight 1L Diversity Fellowship Program||$20000||2020-01-06||Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. Juvenile Justice Law School Scholarship||$1000||closed for 2020; check back in 2021||Tonkon Torp 1L Diversity Fellowship Program||$10000||2020-01-08||Trandafir International Business Writing Competition||$2000||2021-02-20||TYLA (Texas Young Lawyers Association) Diversity Scholarship||Varies||2020-10-16||United States-Mexico Bar Association (USMBA) Writing Competition - "Legal Framework for the Fuel of North America"||Varies||2021-01-11||Email Moira Cary (firstname.lastname@example.org) for application documents and prompt. See also: posting on billboard in Storey Hall.||USMBA Phil Robbins Writing Competition "Legal Framework for the Fuel Market of North America"||Varies||2021-09-12||Vinardi Zurada LLP Scholarship||$3000||2020-12-31||Vinson &Elkins 1L Diversity Fellowships||Varies||rolling||Warren E Burger Prize Writing Competition||$5000||2021-07-01||Weil 1L Diversity Fellowship||$10000||2020-01-17||Weisblatt Law Firm Scholarship||See notes.||2020-05-01||Wilson W. Herndon Memorial Fund - Antitrust||$500||rolling||Awarded to Law student that ranks highest in Antitrust Law||Workers Comp Law Scholarship||$500||2020-06-01||Zelle LLP Diversity In Law Scholarship||$15000||2021-03-29||Email Moira Cary (email@example.com) for full application materials|