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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 23, 2012

The Illinois Judicial Council (IJC) Foundation announces its 2012 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 23, 2012.


NEW! Bohemian Lawyers' Association of Chicago Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 2, 2012

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 April 2, 2012. All students interested in applying must submit a completed scholarship application form, resume, transcript, and essay (limit 250 words). Applications are online at


NEW! The London Law Consortium Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 6, 2012

The London Law Consortium is a member of the Association of American Study Abroad programs, and this organization is announcing the Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship which provides financial support to a deserving study abroad student to pursue academic study in the United Kingdom. The $1,000 merit-based scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the value of an international education experience and who agrees to share with AASAP/UK members the ways in which the scholarship has helped to fulfill academic and personal ambitions. Qualified students who will participate on a study abroad in the United Kingdom offered by a Full or Associate member of AASAP/UK are eligible to apply. Relevant information, including eligibility requirements, instructions, application form and reference form, are posted on the AASAP/UK News page: The application deadline is April 6, 2012.


Polish Women's Civic Club, Inc. Scholarships

Application Deadline: July 1 , 2012

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 Robert Masur Fellowship for Civil Liberties

Application Deadline: March 23, 2012

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 received by March 23, 2012. For more information about the Fellowship and The Nation Institute, please visit


Grand Rapids Community Foundation Scholarships

Application Deadline: April 1, 2012

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, 2012.


The Geri and Ron Yonover Fellowship

Application Deadline: March 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 March 1, 2012.


The American Association for Justice Auxiliary Scholarship Fund - 2012 Alia Herrera Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 1, 2012

The American Association for Justice Auxiliary Scholarship Fund announces its 2012 Alia Herrera Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000. This is open to law students who are entering their second or third year of law school, or have the equivalent of one year to complete. The winning applicant MUST be able to commit to attending the AAJ Auxiliary Luncheon in Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Interested applicants should submit the AAJ Auxiliary Scholarship Application by May 1, 2012.


Crusade for Education Financial Aid Program

Application Deadline: April 30, 2012

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 2012. To apply, interested students should contact the organization by email at or call 773.792.1800 to request an application.


Central Illinois Women's Bar Association Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 9, 2012

The Central Illinois Women's Bar Association is proud to announce its 2012 scholarship opportunity. One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded in 2012. To apply, applicants must be female, enrolled in an accredited law school, and a resident of one of the following Illinois counties upon graduating from high school:

Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Greene, Jersey, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Vermilion, and Woodford.

Interested persons must complete the application form, write an essay, provide two letters of recommendation, and law school transcript to Central Illinois Women's Bar Association; Attn: Scholarship Program/RDG; 400 S. Ninth Street, Suite 200; Springfield, IL 62701. For more information about the scholarship, email Applications are available in the Office of Admissions, suite 230.


DuPage Association of Woman Lawyers Judge Helen C. Kinney Award

Application Deadline: March 23, 2012

The DuPage Association of Women Lawyers and the Chair of the Scholarship Committee, announce their annual Judge Helen C. Kinney Scholarship and invite women law students to apply. The scholarship is open to all first, second and third year women law students with a connection to DuPage County. The DAWL application deadline for the 2011-2012 award year has been extended through March 23, 2012.


DuPage County Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 13, 2012

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 committee must receive applications and letters of recommendation from law school faculty no later than April 13, 2012 for full consideration. Scholarship recipients will be notified by May 24, 2012. Click here for the 2012 application.


The Darleen J. and Robert L. Walker Scholarship Fund

Application Deadline: June 25 , 2012

The Darleen J. and Robert L. Walker Scholarship Fund is accepting applications for the 2012-2013 academic year. Interested applicants must submit an online application and supply their Student Aid Report or FAFSA documentation. Additional instructions for applying may be obtained on the foundation web site:

Preference will be given to a son or daughter of a member of Masonic Lodge 1098 in Lombard, Illinois, or to former residents of the Masonic Children's Home in La Grange, Illinois, and those from Masonic families. The deadline to apply is June 25, 2012.


The Illinois Government Bar Association Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1, 2012

The Illinois Government Bar Association serves public interest attorneys throughout the state of Illinois. Members include circuit, appellate and federal judges, as well as practitioners in many State agencies. The association is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship of $750. This scholarship is designed to recognize outstanding commitment and achievement in public interest law. Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2012 to be considered. Application guidelines are available in the office of admissions, suite 230.


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.

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.


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.


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


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





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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