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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!! 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

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.


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.

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


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 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 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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