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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!! Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois Scholarship programs

Application Deadline: April 7, 2008

The Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and its JD Mentors Program is offering two scholarship opportunities to current law students who meet eligibility criteria. The HLAI/JDM & BARBRI Scholarship will provide post-graduation law students that secure legal or related employment with a government agency, a non-profit organization or public interest agency with a free BARBRI preparation course. The HLAI/JDM Fellowship will provide law students with a summer stipend provided that they secure legal or related employment with a government agency, non-profit organization, or public interest agency. Click here for the BARBRI application or here for the Fellowship application. Apply by April 7, 2008 for full consideration.

New!! NAWJ Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 11 , 2008

The National Association of Women Judges is pleased to announce the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholarship.  This scholarship in the amount of $5,000, will be awarded to a Chicago area law student who has followed Justice Ginsburg’s extraordinary example of scholarship and commitment to public service.  NAWJ and Justice Ginsburg will present the scholarship to the recipient at the NAWJ Mid West Regional Conference.  The recipient must accept the scholarship in person at a luncheon on Thursday, August 28, 2008, at the InterContinental Chicago hotel.  Interested and eligible students should review the attached guidelines and complete and sign the attached Application Form, and submit it with a personal essay (limit 500 words) to the office of admissions ATTN: Karla Davis, Director of Admissions, no later than April 11, 2008. The office of admissions will then forward applications to the association for recipient selection by April 25, 2008.

New!! CBF Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 15 , 2008

The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) is accepting applications for its 2008 Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship. The CBF's Marovitz Scholarship is intended to support a needy law student who is deeply committed to public interest work so that upon graduation financial need will not prevent the student from pursuing a legal aid or public interest legal career. The scholarship provides funds for needy public interest-minded students so they may complete law school with as little debt as possible. The CBF awards the scholarship annually to one student attenting one of the nine Illinois law schools. These funds, payable over a three-year period, will enable an incoming student who intends to pursue a career in public interest law to have a significant portion of his or her tuition and related expenses covered by scholarship funding. Contingent upon the recipient's continued compliane with the terms of the scholarship, the student will receive a total of $40,000 in scholarship funds disbursed as follows: $10,000 in the first year of law school, $15,000 in the second year, and $15,000 in the third year. The payment schedule may be modified for part-time students. Application guidelines are available at http://www.chicagobarfoundation.org/abraham_llincoln_marovitz.html. Applications are due by April 15, 2008 and the recipient will be announced in late spring 2008.

New!! Kane County Bar Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 1 , 2008

Through the generosity of the Kane County Bar Association members, the Kane County Bar Foundation has been able to award multiple scholarships. The Foundation awards at least two scholarships annually of $1,000 each to deserving Kane County resident law students. To link to the KCBA scholarship application and other information, click here www.kanecountybar.org/files/2008-2009scholarship.doc.

New!! National Bar Institute African-American Law Student Fellowships

Application Deadline: May 15 , 2008

The National Bar Institute (NBI) was established in 1982 as the philanthropic arm of the National Bar Association (NBA). The African American Law Student Fellowship Program, a project of the Institute, was developed to assist students who are completing professional law degrees, a field where African American participation has traditionally been low. As more African Americans have successfully entered the legal profession and their contributions have gained wider recognition, the National Bar Institute has recognized the need to support law students in public interest areas, or in those specialties deemed critical where African Americans remain underrepresented within the legal profession. The fellowships are financed largely by NBA individual members, sections, regions, divisions, affiliates and augmented by corporations and foundations that value scholarship and believe in the potential of African-American lawyers. Applications are reviewed by an NBI panel. For details regarding eligibility and selection criteria and to download an application form, click here.

Bohemian Lawyers' Association of Chicago Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 31, 2008

The Bohemian Lawyers' Association of Chicago has several scholarships each in the amount of $1500 available to students currently attending law school in Illinois or neighboring states. These scholarships are open to students with Chicago ties and Czech, Moravian, Ruthenian, Silesian or Slovak ancestry. The $1500 scholarship will be presented at the BLAC Annual Installation Dinner held in Chicago in May. Applications must be postmarked on or before March 31, 2008. All students interested in applying must submit a completed scholarship application form, resume, transcript, and essay (limit 250 words). Applications are available in the office of admissions, suite 230 or online at www.bohemianlawyers.org.

Illinois Judicial Council Foundation Scholarships

Application Deadline: April 10 , 2008

The Illinois Judicial Council Foundation announces its 2008 Law School Scholarships. To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria: be enrolled full-time in an accredited law school, rank in good standing, submit an official transcript, submit a financial statement, submit a completed scholarship application, submit two letters of recommendation, submit a personal statement and resume, and plan to be available to the scholarship commitee if selected. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.

DuPage County Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 12, 2008

The DuPage County Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers will once again award a scholarship to students of Italian extraction who have completed at least one semester of law school and are currently enrolled in law school. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000. The scholarships will be awarded in May 2008. The scholarship committee must receive applications and letters of recommendation from law school faculty no later than May 12, 2008 for full consideration. Applications are available in the office of admissions, suite 230.

The DuPage County Bar Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 30 , 2008


The DuPage County Bar Foundation is accepting applications for its annual Hartman Stime scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a DuPage County resident who will begin his or her second, third or fourth year of law school in fall, 2008. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of prior academic achievement and economic need. Applications are available online at www.dcba.org/public/found.htm. The selection committee will interview applicants at their Wheaton office on April 12, 2008. The recipient will be recognized at the foundation's annual Law Day luncheon which will take place on May 2, venue to be announced. The applicant or his/her representative must attend the May 2 luncheon to accept the award. For more information, contact the foundation at 630.653.7779.

Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1 , 2008


The Illinois Government Bar Association is offering a $500 scholarship to a deserving 1st, 2nd or 3rd year law student who is interested in government law. Applicants will be evaluated on education/experience; motivation/focus; academic reference/character; community member reference;character and aptitude. A possible 100 points can be awarded under the selection criteria/point system that is used. For more information about the scholarship or application process, contact Barbara Rowe at 217.787.7076 or 217.836.1830 or bsrowe@sbcglobal.net or Frank Martinez at 217.789.2393 or frank.martinez@cwlp.com. Applications are available in the office of admissions.

Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1 , 2008


The Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Award of $3,000 is presented annual at the Berks County Bar Association Law Day Event. It is given to help fund a deserving Berks County, Pennsylvania, resident embarking on his or her second year at an accredited law school. To apply for this scholarship, please visit the Berks County Community Foundation web site at www.bccf.org for an online application.

Jack Carey Scholarship for the Cook County Public Defender's Office

Application Deadline:April 1; July 1; or November 1, 2008


The Jack Carey Scholarship for the Cook County Public Defender's office requires a commitment as an intern or extern at the Cook County Public Defender's office for one semester (fall, spring, summer). Each intern or extern will be expected to work a minimum of 15 hours per week during their designated semester. Every scholarship application must be currently enrolled in an accredited law school. The scholarship is available only to those law students eligible for a license pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court rule 711. A total of three scholarship stipends, each in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded every school year (one per semester). In order to be considered for the scholarship, each applicant must complete the application and schedule an interview with the scholarship committee. Previous winners of this award are ineligible to apply. For an information packet, please visit the office of admissions, suite 230 or visit the Cook County Public Defender's office web site at www.cookcountypd.org.

Blind Service Assocation Scholarship Program

Application Deadline:April 2, 2008


The Blind Service Association announces its scholarship program for 2008. Anyone who is a legally blind resident of the six-county Chicago Metropolitan area qualifies if he/she plans to study in the 2008/09 academic year in an accredited undergraduate, graduate, vocational, technical or professional school. Part-time students are also welcome to apply. The awards range up to $3,000. To apply, candidates must submit the application, transcripts, eye report, essay and letters of recommendation. For an application package, please call Allen West, program manager, at 312.236.0808.

The Attorney-CPA Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 16, 2008

The Attorney-CPA Foundation is pleased to announce the annual Attorney-CPA Foundation Scholarships. The Foundation will award scholarships in 2007 in amounts ranging from $250 to $1,000 to students who will be entering their third year of law school in the Fall of 2007 and who have obtained a CPA certificate. Since 1998, the Foundation has awarded over 54 scholarships to students at 28 law schools across the country. Applicants will be evaluated based upon their academic performance, leadership in the school and community and need for assistance in completing their studies. Scholarship applications should be postmarked by April 16, 2008. The recipients will be selected by the Attorney-CPA Foundation Scholarship committee this July. Applications are available online at www.attorney-cpa.com/foundation. For additional information interested applicants can call the Attorney-CPA Foundation at 888.288.9272.

Crusade for Education Financial Aid Program

Application Deadline: April 30, 2008

Students of Polish descent in need of financial aid may apply to the Knights of Dabrowski Crusade for Education program for help. A limited number of scholarships are available on the basis of documented financial need, academic performance and community involvement. Students are eligible to apply who meet the following requirements: full-time student enrolled in law school at a fully accredited college/university in the U.S.; U.S. citizen or documented legal alien of Polish descent; good academic standing and documented financial need; resident of Chicago metropolitan area for at least four years (proof of residency required); and recipient must be able to attend a scheduled interview in late spring and Award Presentation Ceremony in the fall of 2008. To apply, interested students should contact the organization by email at kofd@sbcglobal.net or call 773.792.1800 to request an application.

Polish Women's Civic Club, Inc. Scholarships

Application Deadline: July 1 , 2008

The Polish Women's Civic Club, Inc. is a philanthropic organization of American women of Polish descent interested in discovering the richness of their Polish heritage and sharing it with others. The Club supports educational activities and personal efforts of Polish American students, male and female, through financial scholarships. To qualify for consideration of a scholarship, a student must fulfill the following requirements: be a U.S. citizen; have at least one parent of Polish heritage; be a Chicago resident; currently enrolled full-time second or third year student attending Chicago area school; demonstrate financial need; and permanent resident of State of Illinois. Interesed students who meet the above criteria may obtain an application in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.

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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