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: April 29 , 2011
Through the generosity of Kane County Bar Association members, the Foundation has been able to award at least two scholarships of $1,500 each year. Qualified applicants are Kane County residents (or whose parents reside in Kane County) who are attending law school in the 2011 – 2012 academic year. The scholarship application deadline is April 29, 2011. Click here for the 2011 KCBF Scholarship application.
NEW! The Robert Masur Fellowship for Civil Liberties
Application Deadline: April 15, 2011
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 April 15, 2011. For more information about the Fellowship and The Nation Institute, please visit www.nationinstitute.org/prizes/1068/the_robert_masur_fellowshi#p_in_civil_liberties/ or call 212-822-0269.
NEW! The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund Scholarship (for incoming first years)
Application Deadline: June 1, 2011
The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund Law Student Scholarship Program opens May 1, 2011 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 2011-12 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 visit http://scholarshipmanagement.org/.
NEW! Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship
Application deadline: June 17, 2011
Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are understood, respected, appreciated and recognized as sources of strength of the Firm. These qualities enrich the environment in which we work. With this in mind, Baker Donelson will again award three scholarships to diverse law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2011. Each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid prior to the student's third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses. Additionally, recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position in one of our following offices: Birmingham, AL; Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; or Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, TN.
For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit: www.bakerdonelson.com/diversity-scholarship-diversity-practices
NEW! The Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys Writing Contest
Application Deadline: July 1 , 2011
The Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys is a professional association of healthcare attorneys that fosters the sharing of knowledge and information and the publication of written works in the field of health law. Law students are eligible to participate in this competition by submitting a paper of publishable quality on a federal or Illinois health law issue. Prizes range from $500 - $2500. More information can be found at www.iahanet.org/students.
Zelle Hofmann Diversity in Law Scholarship
Application Deadline: April 1 , 2011
The national law firm of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP is pleased to announce the firm's new Diversity in Law Scholarship. The keystone of the firm's Diversity Outreach Plan, the Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either (1) are a member of a diverse group (broadly defined to include race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical disability or economic/educational disadvantage) that is historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship.
The scholarship awards the selected recipient a total of $30,000.00 to be applied towards the selected recipient’s law school tuition, fees, and text books, with one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s second year of law school and one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s third year of law school subject to the following: To receive the second installment of the scholarship, the recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) through the student’s second year of law school. The scholarship recipient will also be offered a paid summer clerkship at one of the firm’s offices for the summer following the student’s first year of law school. Finally, in order to help ensure the recipient’s successful entry into the legal profession, the firm will assign an attorney to mentor the recipient for the student’s remaining law school career.
To be considered for the Diversity in Law Scholarship students should complete and submit the attached application and required documents to Zelle Hofmann by April 1, 2011. Contact information and respective submission information is available within the attached application. For questions about the scholarship or about Zelle Hofmann, please visit www.zelle.com.
Essex County Bar Association Scholarship
Application Deadline: May 6 , 2011
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 2011-2012 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://grcf.egrant.org. 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 www.pwcci.org.
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.
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 www.bccf.org.
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
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.