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2007-08 Academic Year

External Scholarships

Throughout the year, the Office of Admissions receives notices of scholarships that are offered through external organizations. Information about the scholarship awards that are currently available is listed below.  Award notices are listed in the order in which they were received.

You may also find information on other outside scholarship awards on the Internet. The following sites are useful for finding scholarship and financial aid information:

NEW! Kankakee County Society of Women in Law Book Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 15, 2008

The Society of Women in Law (SWIL) Scholarship Committee will award a scholarship to a deserving woman law student of an accredited Illinois law school. This year a $1,000 scholarship is available to help defray the cost of books. To qualify, applicants must be a resident of Illinois in any County other than Cook. The Scholarship Committee will consider financial need and applicants must document their financial need when required to do so. Students interested in being considered for the scholarship award must submit a resume; proof of permanent legal residence in a county other than Cook; an official law school transcript; and a brief essay of 250 words or less, expressing her thoughts on:

Whey she'd like to practice law outside of the Chicago metropolitan area upon graduation; How receipt of this scholarship will benefit her; and the impact of gender on the practice of law.

Applications should be directly forwarded to: Sandra L. Sweeney, Esq., SWIL Scholarship Committee Chairperson; 33 N. Main Street, Suite 2; Manteno, Illinois 60950

Scholarship recipients will be notified no later than February 15, 2008 and must plan to attend an awards banquet (date to be announced).

NEW! Asian Law Student Scholarship

Application Deadline: December 6, 2007

The Asian American Law Scholarship was established by alumni and friends of Chicago-Kent, including the Chinese American Bar Association, to provide financial assistance to students of Asian descent. Students, alumni, and friends celebrated the inception of this scholarship fund at a Chinese New Year reception in February 1997. In awarding the scholarship, the law school gives preference to students planning to serve the Asian community. Selection is based upon demonstrated commitment to serving needs of the Asian American community (most important factor) through pro bono and/or public interest work; good standing at his or her law school; financial need; and leadership potential. Applicants must submit an essay desciribing their commitment to serving the Asian American community and addressing the other criteria for the award, and submit letters of recommendation by persons who can be contacted by the Chinese American Bar Association. The recipient is selected by the Chinese American Bar Association. All application material should be submitted to the Office of Admissions, ATTN: Karla Davis, by December 6, 2007.

NEW! The Honorable Dean J. Sodaro Memorial Scholarship Fund

Application Deadline: December 6 , 2007

The Honorable Dean J. Sodaro Memorial Scholarship fund was established by Jennifer Prager Sodaro '86 in honor of her late husband Dean Sodaro '53 and has been supported by the Class of 1967, family, fellow faculty, colleagues and friends. This fund provides financial assistance to law students with need. Judge Sodaro taught part-time at Chicago-Kent while practicing law, then served on the faculty full-time from 1972 to 1990, when he was elected to the Circuit Court of Cook County and appointed to the Chancery Division. The scholarship amount is $1,000. Sodaro Memorial Scholarship Fund applications are available online or in the Office of Admissions. Students interested must submit applications to the Office of Admissions, ATTN: Karla Davis, by December 6, 2007.

NEW! Alumni Board of Directors Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 25, 2008

The Alumni Board of Directors (formerly known as The Law School Association Board of Directors) Endowed Scholarship Fund was established by the Board in 1998 to provide scholarship assistance to law students demonstrating academic merit and financial need. For Spring 2008, the Board plans to make several awards of at least $1,000 each. Applications for the Alumni Board of Directors Scholarship are available online or in the Office of Admissions. Students interested must submit applications to the Office of Admissions, ATTN: Karla Davis, by January 25, 2008.

NEW! The Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Chicago Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 15, 2008

The Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Chicago is pleased to announce The Gertrude and Harry G. Fins Scholarship Fund will be available for the 2008-09 academic year. The amount available varies annually and awards range from $1,000 to $5,000. To be eligible a student must: be jewish; be enrolling or enrolled full-time; be domiciled in the Chicago metropolitan community; establish financial need; and demonstrate career promise. Students who meet these criteria should visit the Jewish Vocational Service Web site to obtain an application at (click on Scholarship Services). For more information, contact Jewish Vocational Service at 312.673.3400 or email All applicants must be available for a personal interview at the Jewish Vocational Service offices located throughout the Chicago metropolitan area between March 1 and April 20, 2008.


NEW! 2008 Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest

Intent Form Deadline: January 31, 2008

Essay Deadline: March 31, 2008

The topic for this year's essay contest is "Global Warming: How Litigation Can Make a Difference." Any student currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school may submit a legal essay for the competition. Essays can only be written during the academic year covered by the competition and may not be prepared as part of paid legal work outside of law school. The essay prize is a $5,000 cash award. For Rules and Intent-to-Enter form, please visit the Public Justice web site at


NEW! The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Essay Contest

Application Deadline: June 1, 2008

The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund is sponsoring a writing contest for law students. The subject of the contest is "The Right of the Individual to Keep and Bear Arms as a Federally Protected Right." Cash prizes will be awarded to First, Second, Third and Fourth place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. The contest is open to all individuals who are law students at the date of submission and who have not been previously admitted to practice law in the United States. Admission to practice after submission of the paper is not disqualifying. Papers should be double-spaced, not exceed 30 pages in length, exclusive of endnotes, of law review quality, and cannot have been previously published. Publication subsequent to submission is encouraged. Citations should conform with the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, current edition. Submissions must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2008 and mailed to Civil Rights Defense Fund, c/o Office of the General Counsel, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. For additional information, contact the fund at 703.267.1252.



Award Archive

For a complete list of the awards that have been posted in the 2007-08 Record, click here. Although the application deadlines for these awards have already passed, this information can aid you in planning for next year by assisting you in determining the time of year that certain awards are typically offered.  You may also access a complete list of the 2006-07 scholarship notices by clicking here.


Important Information for 2007-08 Chicago-Kent Scholarship Recipients

If you have been awarded a Chicago-Kent scholarship for the 2007-08 academic year, please refer to the Scholarship Policies from the current Student Handbook for important information concerning your award.  Please direct any questions about your scholarship to the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.






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