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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! Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Timothy Evans Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 23, 2012

The Northwest Suburban Bar Association Foundation is pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for the "Honorable Timothy C. Evans Scholarship".  The scholarship was established to honor the commitment and dedication that Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Timothy C. Evans has devoted to the Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA) and the community of Cook County.

The scholarship is offered to currently enrolled law school students who reside in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (this includes Lake, Kane, DuPage, Cook, Will, Kendall, Grundy & LaSalle counties). Scholarship awards range from $500 - $2500.

Interested applicants must submit the 2012 application by the March 23rd deadline.
Questions can be directed to the Northwest Suburban Bar Association Foundation at or 847-221-2601.

NEW! Asian Law Student Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 15, 2012

The Asian American Law Scholarship was established by alumni and friends of Chicago-Kent, including the Chinese American Bar Association, to provide financial assistance to students of Asian descent. In awarding the scholarship, the association gives preference to students planning to serve the Asian community. Selection for this $750 award is based upon demonstrated commitment to serving needs of the Asian American community (most important factor) through pro bono and/or public interest work; good standing at his or her law school; financial need; and leadership potential. Applicants must submit a current resume, an essay describing their commitment to serving the Asian American community and addressing the other criteria for the award, and submit one letter of recommendation. The recipient is selected by the Chinese American Bar Association. All application material should be submitted to the Office of Admissions, ATTN: Karla Davis, by February 15, 2012.


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

Application Deadline: February 13, 2012

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 application.


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

Application Deadline: May 31, 2012

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, traditionally given in the amount of $5,000, 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, 2012 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.


NEW! ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 1, 2012

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school. Recipients will be selected based on their qualifications for the scholarship and not on the law school they plan to attend. Therefore law students applying to any and all-ABA accredited law schools may benefit from these scholarships. The application is available online at Completed scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2012.


NEW! The Get Prepped LSAT Prep Law Student Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 30 and June 30, 2012

The Get Prepped LSAT Prep Law Student Scholarship is available to first, second and third year law students. One or more grants of $1000 are awarded twice yearly. Class rank, degree/major courses, LSAT test scores, best short personal statement and other review factors are used to determine awards. Request a full application packet using the online contact form at the Get Prepped LSAT Prep website


NEW! The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 15, 2012

Educational scholarship funds from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for the 2012-2013 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 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 312.673.3434 or email


NEW! The Geri and Ron Yonover Fellowship

Application Deadline: February 1, 2012 - Deadline Extended

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, by February 1, 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, by January 6, 2012.


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


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




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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