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2011-12 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 Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1, 2012

Michigan Auto Law is pleased to announce the firm's new scholarship program open to students currently in their first or second year of law school.   The recipient must be a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrate a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.   One $2,000 scholarship is awarded each year.  Applicants must be a resident of Michigan OR attend a Michigan Law School.

 For more information visit the Opportunities section in the Michigan Auto Law website. (please link to


NEW! The Mark T. Banner Scholarship for Law Students

Application Deadline: November 23, 2011 Deadline Extended

The Linn Inn Mark T. Banner Scholarship is a scholarship created in the name of the late Mark T. Banner, a former Linn Inn founder and Master, a leader in the field of patent law in his own right, and the son of Donald W. Banner. This scholarship is part of the Linn Inn's commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers with commitment to ethics, professionalism and civility. The scholarship is open to all students currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school interested in pursuing a career in intellectual property law. Applicants must have exemplary writing and oral communication skills. Recipients of the scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the fall 2012 semester. Applications are online at


The  South Suburban Bar Association's, Henry A. Gentile Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: November 16, 2011

The South Suburban Bar Association has a $1,500 scholarship available to students who meet the criteria set by the South Suburban Bar Association. To apply, students must meet the following criteria: attending an accredited local law school; be a resident of the South Suburbs of Cook County and must have a present interest to practice law in the South Suburbs; and demonstrated financial need. Students interested in applying must submit a brief resume and a cover letter (200 word maximum) indicating why they want to practice on the Southside. Cover letters and resumes must be forwarded directly to South Suburban Bar Association Scholarship Committee, attn: Daniel D. Hinich, 17926 S. Halsted St., Suite 3S. Homewood, IL 60430. Interviews will be conducted on Saturday, November 19, 2011. In order to receive the scholarship award, the student must attend the South Suburban Association Installation Dinner Dance to be held December 2, 2011.


The Institute for Justice Center for Judicial Engagement Law-Student Essay Contest

Application Deadline: February 6, 2012

The Institute for Justice Center for Judicial Engagement law-student essay contest seeks to reward the best law-student writing designed to persuade the general public of the virtues of judicial engagement.  Entrants should write an essay of no more than 2,000 words concerning this topic:

Recent debates over the role of the courts in reviewing legislative enactments have focused heavily on terminology:  specifically, whether we should be most concerned with courts that engage in “judicial activism” or whether, as the Eleventh Circuit wrote in striking down portions of the Affordable Care Act, in cases of legislative overreach, “the Constitution requires judicial engagement, not judicial abdication.”  In an essay aimed at a popular audience, discuss the role of the courts in American government and the differences among judicial engagement, judicial activism, and judicial abdication.

Winners will be those who most clearly and persuasively articulate the principles and importance of judicial engagement.  Further explanation of those principles and their application can be found at

First prize will be a $3,000 award, along with a free trip to Washington, D.C. to receive your prize at IJ’s headquarters; second prize will net a $1,000 award; and third prize $500.

Students should email a Word version of their essay (no PDFs) to no later than February 6, 2012.  Late entries will not be considered.  The Institute for Justice will announce winners by mid-April of 2012. 


The Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest

Intent to Enter Deadline: January 31, 2012

The Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest is a $5,000 cash award given to the author of the winning essay.  The 2012 topic is: Are Factory Farms Hog-Tying People’s Rights?  Any student currently enrolled in an accredited American law school may submit a legal essay for the competition.  Essays can only be written during the academic year covered by the competition and may not be prepared as part of paid legal work outside of law school.

The Intent-to-enter submission deadline is January 31, 2012 and the essay contest deadline is March 31, 2012. The competition will be judged by a panel of nationally known trial lawyers and law professors.  Information about the rules and criteria are posted on the Public Justice website

The Public Justice Foundation is a non-profit membership organization of over 3,000 attorneys, law students and others supporting the national public interest law firm Public Justice, P.C.  For more information about the organization, visit their web site


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

Application Deadline: December 1, 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 scholarships of $2,500 each to law students who have exemplified that commitment. Click here for the 2012 application form.




Award Archive

For a complete list of the awards that have been posted in the 2011-12 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 2010-11 scholarship notices by clicking here.


Important Information for 2011-12 Chicago-Kent Scholarship Recipients

If you have been awarded a Chicago-Kent scholarship for the 2011-12 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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