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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! Illinois Judicial Council Foundation Scholarships

Application Deadline: March 18, 2011

The Illinois Judicial Council (IJC) Foundation announces its 2011 Law School Scholarships. The IJC, founded in 1983, is an organization comprised primarily, but not exclusively, of African-American State and Federal judges, administrative judges and hearing officers. It has dedicated itself to bridging the gap between the judiciary and the community through educational dialogues regarding the legal system. Since 1999, the IJC Foundation has funded numerous scholarships, totaling in excess of $100,000 to minority and other deserving law school students throughout Illinois and beyond. To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria: be enrolled full-time in an accredited Illinois law school, 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 submit to a personal interview by the scholarship committee. You may download a copy of the application form here. Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted electronically to by Friday, March 18, 2011. The application deadline will be strictly enforced.


NEW! Bohemian Lawyers' Association of Chicago Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 31, 2011

The Bohemian Lawyers' Association of Chicago (BLAC) has several scholarships each in the amount of $2,000 available to students attending law school in the greater Chicagoland area. These scholarships are open to students of Czech, Moravian, Ruthenian, Silesian or Slovak ancestry. The scholarships will be presented at the BLAC Annual Installation Dinner held in Chicago in May. Applications must be submitted by midnight on March 31, 2011. All students interested in applying must submit a completed scholarship application form, resume, transcript, and essay (limit 250 words). Applications are online at


Cook County Bar Association Barrister's Ball 2011 Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 17, 2011

The Cook County Bar Association Foundation announces its 2011 Barrister's Ball Scholarship. To apply, applicants must submit a scholarship application, essay and law school transcript. Application forms are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230.


2011 DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 27, 2011

DRI announces its annual 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. Incoming second and third-year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender are eligible to apply. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Law School or Law Student members of AAJ or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships. To qualify for this scholarship, candidate must be a full-time student or evening student who has completed two-thirds or more of the total credit hours requirement for a degree by the applicant’s law school. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement in Principle.

Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated academic excellence
  • Service to the profession
  • Service to the community
  • Service to the cause of diversity

For additional information and to apply, visit the DRI web page for application details.


Crusade for Education Financial Aid Program

Application Deadline: May 15, 2011

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/summer and Award Presentation Ceremony in the fall of 2011. To apply, interested students should contact the organization by email at or call 773.792.1800 to request an application.


Grand Rapids Community Foundation Scholarships

Application Deadline: April 1, 2011

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation administers two scholarship programs funded by local law firms aimed at increasing diversity in all areas of the legal profession.

Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Scholarships for minority students are available to students of ethnic minority currently residing in Michigan (with preference given to West Michigan residents) pursuing a law degree at any accredited law school in the United States. One $5,000 scholarship is awarded each year.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Scholarships for minority students are awarded to students of racial and ethnic minority heritage pursuing a law degree. One $5,000 scholarship is awarded each year. The law school scholarship is not limited to schools in Michigan; however the applicant must be a current or former resident of Michigan if they are not currently attending a school in Michigan.

Applications and additional information are available online at Online applications must be received no later than 5pm on April 1, 2011.


Polish Women's Civic Club, Inc. Scholarships

Application Deadline: July 1 , 2011

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 permanent resident of Illinois; currently enrolled full-time second or third year student attending Chicago area school; have acceptable grades; and demonstrate financial need. For additional application requirements and to apply online please visit


The Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1, 2011

The Illinois Government Bar Association is offering a $750 scholarship to a deserving first, second or third year law student that is interested in government law. Applicants will be judged on education/experience, motivation/focus, academic reference/character, community member reference/character and aptitude. For more information, please feel free to contact Barbara Rowe, 217.787.7076 or Frank Martinez, 217.494.0012. Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2011 and notification will be made by May 3, 2011. Application guidelines are available in the office of admissions, suite 230.


DuPage County Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 15, 2011

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 May 26, 2011. The scholarship committee must receive applications and letters of recommendation from law school faculty no later than April 15, 2011 for full consideration. Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, suite 230.


Finnegan Diversity Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 1, 2011

The firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP announces the Finnegan Diversity Scholarship. This scholarship will provide financial support to qualified minority law students who have demonstrated a commitment to pursuing a career in Intellectual Property Law. The scholarship award of $15,000 may be applied to costs associated with normal tuition; usual fees (such as, but not limited to, student activity fees; law school or university fees); and a patent bar review course. The scholarship recipient will also accept an offer to join the firm as a 2012 summer associate in one of the firm's domestic offices (Atlanta, Cambridge, Palo Alto, Reston or Washington). Students currently completing their first year full-time (or second year part-time) are invited to apply. The award will be applied to education costs for the following academic year (2011-2012), and may be renewed for one additional year if the scholar accepts an associate offer upon successful completion of the Finnegan summer associate program, maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or better in law school, and is otherwise in good standing. Additional information about the scholarship and application form are posted at The deadline for applications is March 1, 2011.


Asian American Bar Association for the Greater Chicago Area Law Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 15, 2011 - Deadline Extended

The board members of the Asian American Bar Association for the Greater Chicago Area Law Foundation (“AABA Law Foundation”) and members of its scholarship committee, announce the AABA Law Foundation's scholarship program.  The AABA Law Foundation was established in February 2009, and is a non-profit, charitable and educational affiliate of Asian American Bar Association ("AABA") that is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). 

One of the goals of the AABA Law Foundation is to provide financial assistance to Asian Pacific American law students who have demonstrated academic excellence and social leadership.  The AABA Law Foundation will award annual scholarships to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the Chicago-area Asian Pacific American community, and who will continue to serve the needs of the Chicago-area Asian Pacific American communities through pro bono, public interest, and/or public service legal work in the future.  This year, the AABA Law Foundation intends to award two Inaugural Scholarships of $2,500 each to law students who have exemplified that commitment. Click here for the 2011 application form.


The Women Trial Lawyers Caucus of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Mike Eidson Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 31, 2011

The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women’ Trial Lawyers Caucus in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it.  The Scholarship is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a trial lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.

The application deadline is May 31, 2011 and the Scholarship will be awarded at the AAJ Annual Convention, which will take place this year in July in New York City. For additional information, please see the AAJ Scholarship Application.


The Howard Fox Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline:April 1, 2011

In 1978 the Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Fund was established by Helen and Richard Fox and Friends to honor the memory of their son who, as a proud member of the Berks County Bar Association, served as a young attorney in the Public Defender’s Office. The Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Award of $3,000 is presented annually 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. For an online application, please visit the Berks County Community Foundation website at


The William McClain Scholarship funded by the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Bar Association

Application Deadline: February 16, 2011

The William McClain Scholarship is funded jointly by the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati (BLAC) and the Cincinnati Bar Association and awarded to a Black Cincinnati resident attending any accredited law school who demonstrates leadership potential, dedication to community, and a financial need. For additional scholarship information, please see the attached BLAC Scholarship announcement.


Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 11, 2011

The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC) is a professional, not for profit organization comprised of judges, attorneys, law students, and affiliated legal professionals that relies on the energy of its members to be successful.  The LAGBAC Foundation is a charitable, 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds in order to, among other things, assist law students who desire to work for a public interest organization.  To this end, the LAGBAC Foundation awards grants to law students attending an accredited law school in Illinois (and in some cases, out of state) who will be working for a qualified public interest organization.  The number of LAGBAC Foundation scholarship grants awarded depends on, among other factors, the result of the Foundation’s fundraising efforts and the number of qualified applicants.

The Foundation will award scholarship grants ranging from $3,000.00 to $4,000.00 to support full-time, summer employment with a qualified public interest organization.  Scholarship grant recipients will be required to complete 300-400 hours over a 10 week period. For more information and to apply, see the attached LAGBAC Application.


The Black Women Lawyers' Association of Chicago Essay Scholarship

Application Deadline: Februrary 15, 2011

The Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago Scholarship Committee announces the BWLA’s Spring Essay Scholarship.  The mission of the BWLA is to encourage and support African-American women in law, and its essay contest is open to all students. Winners will be chosen based on their essay, resume, and interview.  The grand-prize award is $3,000. To apply, return the BWLA Essay application and required application documents by February 15, 2011. 


The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 15, 2011

Educational scholarship funds from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for the 2011-2012 academic year. Approximately $500,000 is available for Jewish students who are identified as having promise for significant contributions in their chosen careers, and are in need of financial assistance for full-time academic programs primarily in the helping professions. To be eligible a student must: be enrolling or enrolled full-time; be domiciled in the Chicago metropolitan community; establish financial need; and demonstrate career promise. The Jewish Vocational Service administers the scholarship program and personally interviews all applicants before April 20, 2011 at one of its many offices throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. To apply, go to For additional information or questions, call the JVS Scholarship Secretary at 312.673.3444 or email




Award Archive

For a complete list of the awards that have been posted in the 2010-11 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 2009-10 scholarship notices by clicking here.


Important Information for 2010-11 Chicago-Kent Scholarship Recipients

If you have been awarded a Chicago-Kent scholarship for the 2010-11 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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