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2008-09 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! The Robert Masur Fellowship for Civil Liberties

Application Deadline: May 15, 2009

The Robert Masur Fellowship for Civil Liberties is open to current first-year law students. Offered annually by The Nation Institute, it consists of a $1000 honorarium for students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties.

Applicants should send a proposal, no more than two pages, describing his or her intended summer project, along with a resume, a brief letter of recommendation, and the name of their faculty or organizational sponsor. All applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2009. For more information, see or call 212-822-0252. 


NEW! The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund Scholarship (for incoming first years)

Application Deadline: June 1, 2009

The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund Law Student Scholarship Program opens May 1, 2009 for applications from law students who are long-term residents of Chicago, planning to enroll as first year full-time students at one of the schools listed below. 

Applicants to the Albert Pick, Jr. Fund Law Student Scholarship Program must-

  • Be long-term residents of Chicago, and
  • Plan to enroll as a first year full-time law student for the entire 2009-10 academic year at one of the following schools: Chicago-Kent, DePaul, John Marshall or Loyola Chicago

One $5,000 scholarship will be granted each year.  Awards are not renewable. For more information and to apply, please review the program brochure and application.


NEW! The Chicago Bar Foundation Marovitz Scholarship (for incoming first years)

Application Deadline: May 15, 2009

The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF), the charitable affiliate of the Chicago Bar Association, recently announced the guidelines for its 2009 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 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.

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 on the recipient's continued compliance with the terms of the Scholarship, the student will receive $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).

The guidelines and application form can be found online. Applications are due by May 15, 2009 and the recipient will be announced in early summer. To access the forms online or for additional information, please visit the CBF website at


NEW! The American Association for Justice Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: May 31, 2009

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) Scholarship Program has extended the deadline for ALL of its scholarship opportunities and is calling for applicants. For more information about the scholarships offered by AAJ, please visit their web site at


The Attorney-CPA Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 6, 2009

The Attorney-CPA Foundation is pleased to announce the annual Attorney-CPA Foundation Scholarships. The Foundation will award scholarships in 2009 in amounts ranging from $250 to $1,000 to students who will be entering their third year of law school in the Fall of 2009 and who have obtained a CPA certificate. 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 May 6, 2009. 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.


Kane County Bar Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 1 , 2009

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


The Defense Research Institute Diversity Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 8, 2009

The Defense Research Institute (DRI) is currently offering a Law Student Diversity Scholarship program open to incoming second and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pan Asian and Native American students. Incoming second and third-year female law students are also eligible regardless of race or ethnicity. Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to successful applicants. the application and all other requested materials must be received by May 8, 2009. Winners will be announced at the DRI Diversity for Success Seminar June 11-12, 2009, in Chicago, Illinois. The two successful applicants will be notified in advanced of the seminar. For more information or to apply, visit:


DuPage County Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 11, 2009

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 2009. The scholarship committee must receive applications and letters of recommendation from law school faculty no later than May 11, 2009 for full consideration. Applications are available in the office of admissions, suite 230.


The Minority Corporate Counsel Association Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: June 1 , 2009

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association is accepting applications for the Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program. The scholarship program provides recipients with a $10,000 scholarship per year for up to three years. The total commitment per student is $30,000. For more information or to apply online, visit or call 703.205.3514 or email The application deadline is June 1, 2009.


Sixth World Conference on Nonsmokers Rights Writing Contest

Contest Deadline: May 1, 2009

The Sixth World Conference on Nonsmokers Rights will be held June 6-7 in Washington, DC where students can network with other attorneys involved in public health law, environmental law, and international law. For students interested in public interest law, health law, public policy, medicine and law, and administrative law, this writing contest is an opportunity to get involved in legal research, advocacy, and affect change in legislation. The writing contest is open to all law students and requires a 1000-word submission of a proposal for legal action to protect nonsmokers' rights. Prizes range from $1000 to $5000. All students who enter the writing contest are invited to the invitation-only conference in DC. For additional details, visit or call 202.223.8308.

Crusade for Education Financial Aid Program

Application Deadline: May 15, 2009

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 2009. To apply, interested students should contact the organization by email at or call 773.792.1800 to request an application.

The Jeremy Protas LGBT Patent Law Scholarship

Application Deadline: Between June 1 and July 31, 2009

Jeremy D. Protas, an attorney with the intellectual property law firm of Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, announces the establishment of a Patent Law Scholarship specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender law students intending to pursue a legal career in the field of patent law. Candidates must be second-year students for the 2009-2010 academic year at an American Bar Association-accredited law school, and be eligible to sit for the Patent Bar Exam. Applications for the $1,000 scholarship are due by July 31, 2009. Applications and information can be found at

Polish Women's Civic Club, Inc. Scholarships

Application Deadline: July 1 , 2009

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. Interested students who meet the above criteria may obtain an application in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.

Essex County Bar Association Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 15 , 2009

The Essex County Bar Association (ECBA) and its Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in conjunction with the Honorable Vincent J. Biunno Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the continuation of the Biunno Scholarship Program for the 2009-10 school year. The scholarships are designed to offer financial assistance to persons with a disability who are currently attending law school. For purposes of this scholarship, a disability is limited to a permanent physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual having such an impairment. Persons wishing to apply for the scholarship should know that apart from the requirement that they demonstrate a permanent disability consistent with the criterion outlined above, a variety of other factors, including financial need, law school achievement and commitment to the practice of law will enter into the decision making process. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.

The Sovereignty Symposium Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: May 5 , 2009

The Oklahoma Supreme Court, in cooperation with the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission, the Sovereignty Symposium Inc., and the Oklahoma Arts Council will host Sovereignty Symposium XXII, June 3 and 4, 2009, at Oklahoma City's Skirvin Hilton Hotel. As part of the Symposium, the Court offers tuition scholarships to selected applicants. To apply, applicants should demonstrate an interest in and dedication to Native American law issues and the need for a scholarship in a letter of application. Applications must be submitted by mail to The Sovereignty Symposium, Attn: Ed Edmondson Scholarship Committee, Oklahoma State Capitol, Room 208, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105. For further information, contact Julie Rorie at 415.522.5801 or


The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Essay Contest

Application Deadline: June 1, 2009

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, 2009 and mailed to NRA 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 2008-09 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 2007-08 scholarship notices by clicking here.


Important Information for 2008-09 Chicago-Kent Scholarship Recipients

If you have been awarded a Chicago-Kent scholarship for the 2008-09 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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