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2012-13 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! Kegler Brown's Minority Merit Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 7, 2013

The law firm of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter is currently seeking applicants for its minority student merit scholarship. This spring, the firm will award up to two (2) scholarships to two deserving first year minority law students.

Each $5,000 Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter Minority Merit Scholarship includes a paid summer clerkship position with the firm’s first-year summer associate class. All first-year law students of minority descent are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Scholarship application materials are due to Kegler Brown no later than January 7, 2013. Interested students should submit a resume, application, undergraduate transcripts and first semester law school transcripts (when available) to Cara M. Tammaro, Kegler Brown’s human resources manager. The application, submission details and additional information about the scholarship are available online at 2013 marks the tenth year for the KeglerBrown Minority Merit Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a minority student based on academic performance, accomplishments, activities andpotential contributions to the legal community. Minority students from all law schools will be considered for the scholarship.


NEW! Illinois Judges Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 28, 2013

The Illinois Judges Foundation announces its 2013 scholarship in honor of the late Harold Sullivan. The Foundation annually awards scholarship money to one or more Illinois law students. First and second year law students at all of the Illinois law schools are eligible to apply. The 2013 application sets forth the eligibility criteria as well as what is required of the applicant. The application is due on January 28, 2013.


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

Application Deadline: March 1, 2013

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 one scholarship of $5,000 and one scholarship of $2,500 to law students who have exemplified that commitment. Click here for the 2013 application form.


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

Application Deadline: November 28, 2012

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, December 1, 2012. In order to receive the scholarship award, the student must attend the South Suburban Association Installation Dinner to be held Friday, December 7, 2012.


Apply now for the College Prowler Chicago Student Scholarship

Application deadline: December 31, 2012

College Prowler has introduced a $1,000 Chicago Student Scholarship for Chicago area students. Since 2002, College Prowler has been a leading resource for assisting students in their college search as well as finding scholarships to help finance their education. With over $50,000 awarded annually in College Prowler scholarships, we could be a great, free resource for your students – especially with this new scholarship just for them.

To apply for the $1,000 Chicago Student Scholarship, students need to log in or register for a free account at and answer why they think Chicago is a great city for students and young adults. The winner will be determined based on the quality of his or her response. The application can be found here -


Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 7, 2013

Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. is pleased to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcofis continuing commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds.

The Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship is open to all students currently enrolled in an American Bar Association accredited law school and pursuing a career in intellectual property law. The applicant must be a member of a historically under represented group (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability) and must have exemplary Writing and oral communication skills. To apply, submit the scholarship application by January 7, 2013. Scholarship Opportunities

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Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship

Application deadline: March 13, 2013

The Fredrikson & Byron Foundation announces its 2012 scholarship opportunity for an exceptional first-year minority law school student. This is the 20th year of the firm’s minority scholarship program, which awarded $10,000 to this year's recipient, Chrishon A. McManus.

The scholarship program is part of the Fredrikson & Byron Foundation’s commitment to promoting diversity amongst incoming law professionals. The purpose of the program is to encourage them to join and excel in the private practice of law within larger corporate law firms in the Upper Midwest. The scholarship is awarded based on law school performance, professional references, work and other activities, writing samples, and personal interviews. First year law students are encouraged to visit for more information and to apply.


NerdWallet Law Scholarships

Application deadline: varies

NerdWallet is a free search engine which allows students to search through over 10,000 scholarship and financial aid resources.  Interested students should check out their law school scholarships at




Award Archive

For a complete list of the awards that have been posted in the 2012-13 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 2011-12 scholarship notices by clicking here.


Important Information for 2012-13 Chicago-Kent Scholarship Recipients

If you have been awarded a Chicago-Kent scholarship for the 2012-13 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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