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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! The Roddy Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 6, 2012

Joseph V. Roddy, a 1962 Chicago-Kent graduate, established this fund to provide financial assistance to evening division students currently working in law enforcement. Preference for this scholarhip is given to first year students and the award amounts range from $1500 to $3000. This scholarship will be awarded in spring 2012. To apply, applicants should forward a letter of interest and current resume to the Office of Admissions, ATTN: Karla Davis, kdavis1@kentlaw.edu by January 6, 2012.

 

NEW! Kessler Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 6, 2012

Richard N. Kessler, `82, and his wife Lesley, established this award in honor of Rick’s parents, Morton and Shirley Kessler, who have instilled in them the importance of helping others.  Morton and Shirley are role models by living their lives giving unconditional love for family, having deep faith and exhibiting a strong work ethic. The Morton and Shirley Kessler Award will be made to a continuing law student of good academic standing who has demonstrated significant need for financial assistance for law school expenses. This scholarship will be awarded in spring 2012. To apply for this $2500 scholarship, applicants should forward a letter of interest, financial statement, and current resume to the Office of Admissions, ATTN: Karla Davis, kdavis1@kentlaw.edu by January 6, 2012.

 

NEW! Rubenstein Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 6, 2012

The Rubenstein Scholarship Fund was established by Jeffrey and Susan Rubenstein, two friends of the law school. Mr. Rubenstein is an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent and a partner at the firm of Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg & Ament. The recipient of this scholarship will be selected based on financial need with preference given to students who are financing their law school education by working part-time jobs in the hospitality or food service industries. This scholarship ranges from $1,000 to $3,000 to be awarded in spring 2012. To apply, applicants should forward a letter of interest and current resume to the Office of Admissions, ATTN: Karla Davis, kdavis1@kentlaw.edu by January 6, 2012.

 

NEW! The Geri and Ron Yonover Fellowship

Application Deadline: January 6, 2012

The Geri and Ron Yonover Fellowship was established to provide financial assistance to a full-time student who has completed his or her first year of law school and has primary custody of a child or children under the age of fifteen. The $2,000 fellowship will help defray the cost of the recipient's tuition in spring 2012. To apply, applicants should forward a letter of interest, copy of law school transcript, and current resume to the Office of Admissions, ATTN: Karla Davis, kdavis1@kentlaw.edu by January 6, 2012.

 

NEW! The Honorable Dean J. Sodaro Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 6, 2012

The Honorable Dean J. Sodaro Memorial Scholarship fund was established by Jennifer Prager Sodaro '86 in honor of her late husband Dean Sodaro '53 and has been supported by the Class of 1967, family, fellow faculty, colleagues and friends. This fund provides financial assistance to law students with need. Judge Sodaro taught part-time at Chicago-Kent while practicing law, then served on the faculty full-time from 1972 to 1990, when he was elected to the Circuit Court of Cook County and appointed to the Chancery Division. The scholarship amount is $1,000 to be awarded in spring 2012.

Sodaro Memorial Scholarship Fund applications are available online or in the Office of Admissions. Students interested must submit applications to the Office of Admissions, ATTN: Karla Davis, kdavis1@kentlaw.edu by January 6, 2012.

 

NEW! Gates Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 6, 2012

The Marvin Gates Memorial Fund provides $200 for books and supplies for a financially needy third-year student. Preference is given to students of Jewish faith and to students with demonstrated financial need and a commitment to social justice. The fund was established by Paula Gates, ‘96, in honor of her father, Marvin Gates. Mr. Gates was a professional engineer who valued education and who understood the needs of his community and those of the third world countries where he spent time during his career. To apply, applicants should forward a letter of interest, statement of financial need, and current resume to the Office of Admissions, ATTN: Karla Davis, kdavis1@kentlaw.edu by January 6, 2012.

 

Nordic Law Club of Chicago Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 6, 2012 - Deadline Extended

The Nordic Law Club of Chicago has been a professional and social organization for lawyers for over 70 years. The club annually awards a $1,000 scholarship to one third-year day or fourth-year evening student from each of the six area Chicago law schools. The criteria for consideration include merit, financial need and a demonstrated interest in international law issues. Interested students should submit a letter of application to the Office of Admissions, ATTN: Karla Davis, kdavis1@kentlaw.edu by December 12, 2011.

 

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 http://www.michiganautolaw.com).

 

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 www.ij.org/cje.

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 essays@ij.org 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 www.publicjustice.net/What-We-Do/Awards/Law-School-Essay-Contest.aspx

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 www.publicjustice.net

 

 

 

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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