Law School Career Services Office

600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282-0700
Email: lawcareers@duq.edu
Phone: 412.396.6559
Fax: 412.396.6598

Maria D. Comas, Esq.
Director
412.396.6279
comas@duq.edu

Samantha H. Coyne, MBA
Employer Outreach Manager
412.396.2593
coynes1@duq.edu

Arlene H. Miller
Assistant to the Director
412.396.6559
millera@duq.edu

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Scholarships

The CSO periodically lists scholarships sponsored by bar associations and professional organizations for students' review. 

2013 AAJ Law Student Scholarship applications are due on May 1, 2013.  Click on each of the law student scholarships for more information on how to apply:

  • Alia Herrera Memorial Scholarship: The Alia Herrera Memorial Scholarship, with an award amount of $3,000, is open to Law Student Members who are entering their second or third year of law school, or have the equivalent of one year to complete.
  • The Richard D. Hailey Law Student Scholarship: AAJ's Minority Caucus awards up to six $1,000 scholarships to African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, and Biracial Law Student Members who are entering their first, second, or third year of law school.
  • Trial Advocacy Scholarship: Open to all AAJ Law Student Members who are entering their second and third year of law school, this $2,500 scholarship is awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates the following: commitment to AAJ and its mission; a desire to represent victims; interest and skill in trial advocacy; and financial need.
  • Leesfield Scholarship: Sponsored by AAJ and AAJ member Ira Leesfield, this scholarship awards $2,500 to a Law Student Member to subsidize attendance at AAJ's Annual Convention. Available to first- and second-year AAJ Law Student Members.
  • Mike Eidson Scholarship: The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it. The Scholarship awards $5,000 annually to a female student entering her third year of law school (the student can be enrolled in a three-year day program or four-year night program) 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 Samuel J. Goldstein, Esquire, Scholarship Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation was created to benefit students who are planning to attend or already attend law school in Pennsylvania. The following criteria will apply:  1. Be from Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington or Westmoreland counties and plan to attend or already attend an accredited law school in Pennsylvania.  2. Demonstrate financial need.  3. Show academic promise.  4. Be of the Jewish faith.  5. Maintain good grades but need not be in the top 10% of their class academically.  6. Submit an essay discussing why you are deserving of this scholarship.  7. Complete a standard admissions application and a financial aid application for the law school the applicant plans to attend or is attending.  Addtional information and application. Applications are due by April 22, 2014.

The Allegheny County Bar Foundation is currently accepting applications for the following funds: Louis Little Loan and Hon. Carol Los Mansmann Scholarship. Eligible law students are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013.  Any questions, please contact Erin Rhodes at 412-402-6641 or erhodes@acba.org.

Scholarship for Southwest Pennsylvania Law Students:  Allegheny County, Beaver County, Fayette County, Greene County, Washington County or Westmoreland County - Currently enrolled law students who have resided in any of these counties for the last two years and have completed at least one semester in a Pennsylvania law school may be eligivle for a Milton D. Rosenberg Scholarship.  The scholarships is a small, direct grant through the Trial Advocacy Foundation of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice.  It is named after the late and revered Washington County trial attorney who was a founder of the Pennsyvlania Association of Justice, Pennsylvania's largets trial lawyer association.  Applicants must demonstrate high academic achievelment, financial need, and supply a letter of recommendation from a law school professor and a personal reference.  The application deadline is Monday, April 1, 2013.  The Trial Advocacy Foundation of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice will review the submissions and determine the winner or winners.  Applications and additional details are available at www.pajustice.org/awards. Please direct inquiries to Craig Giangiulio, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice at 215-546-6451 x106 or craig@pajustice.org.

         

DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program* open to incoming second- and third-year African Amercian, Hispanic, Asian and Native American students.  The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle.  Incoming second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity.  Incoming second- and third-year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply.  To qualify for this scholarship, candidates must be full-time students.  Evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant's law school.  Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria: Demonstrated academic excellence; Service to the profession; Service to the community; Service to the cause of diversity.  More information.  Applications are due by Friday, April 19, 2013.

      

The PA Bar Association Environmental & Energy Law Section offers scholarships to attend its annaul Environmental Law Forum to be held in Harrisburg, PA, from April 10-11, 2013.  The forum, which +250 attorneys attend, offers educational programmingd and a networking dinner.  The Environmental & Energy Law Section sponsors scholarships for two students at each PA law school to attend (included in the scholarship are the forum registration fee and hotel accommodations on April 9 and 10 at the Harrisburg Hilton).  Interested students should email a cover letter, indicating what they hope to get out of the conference, and a resume to Assistant Dean Ella Kwisnek at kwisnek@duq.edu by February 1, 2013.

Each year the Environment & Energy Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association awards two (2) scholarships to law students expressing an interest in the field of environmental law. The amount of the award will be approximately $1,000.
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
1. The candidate must be a second- or third-year law student in good standing; and
2. The candidate must have taken a minimum of two environmental law courses OR one environmental law course and a comparable experience such as participation in an environmental law clinic, an internship with an agency or firm specializing in environmental law, or a law school environmental law society. Selection should be based, in part, on grades and class participation; and
3. The candidate must have expressed an interest in pursuing a career in environmental law.  To be considered for nomination for this award, please submit a letter of interest and a resume to kwisnek@duq.edu no later than January 11, 2013.

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association will award at least one annual law student scholarship of up to $5,000.00, in honor of the Court’s former Chief Deputy Clerk of Administrative Services, Carole Bailey. In commemoration of Carole’s longstanding commitment to public service and her tireless efforts in working with and providing assistance to the Bar Association, the Bar Association is pleased to award scholarships to law students with a demonstrated commitment to public service. Who may apply? Any student who is: 1) enrolled or enrolling in any law school accredited by the American Bar Association for the 2012/2013 academic year; and, 2) able to demonstrate either an interest in pursuing a public service legal career, or a past or present commitment to public service. 3) An interest in the subject matter jurisdiction of the Court of Federal Claims is beneficial but not necessary for an applicant to be selected.  The application deadline is October 31, 2012Application process and additional information.

The Chuck Cooper Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charity which was established to honor the legacy of Pittsburgh native and Duquesne All–American, the late Charles “Chuck” Cooper by offering a scholarship opportunity for African American students pursuing graduate studies
for the 2013-2014 Academic Year. Cooper was the first African-American player drafted into the NBA. Cooper, who exemplified athletic scholarship and leadership at the highest levels, went on to obtain his Master’s Degree in Social Work, after retiring from the NBA. Cooper worked in variety of community-focused leadership positions and was a PNC community development banker until his untimely death in 1984. He mentored and encouraged others to develop their leadership potential as well.  Part of the Foundation’s mission is to continue to honor the legacy of Chuck Cooper by supporting the community's future leaders through annual graduate school scholarships to underserved students.
In order to be considered for the scholarship, students must: Be a U.S. Citizen; Have at least a 3.0 Cumulative GPA; Demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA and the Financial Aid Office at Duquesne University. Applications are due by December 31, 2012.  (First year students are eligible to apply, but should note that their Fall 2012 grades will not be availalbe until January/February 2013.)

The James W. Stoudt Memorial Law School Scholarship Fund of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation currently provides four, $3,000 scholarships, two of which are specifically designated to support minority law students, to candidates attending any one of the eight accredited law schools presently serving Pennsylvania. The scholarships are provided on an annual basis and the recipients are selected by a committee comprised of Foundation Directors and Foundation members using eligibility criteria developed and approved by the Board. These include: good standing and academic achievement as evidenced by applicant’s academic transcript; financial need as certified by the applicant’s law school financial aid office; Pennsylvania residency as documented by applicant’s current voter registration card or current Pennsylvania driver’s license; and the potential for making a contribution to society and the legal profession either through anticipated legal field or other efforts as discussed in the applicant’s essay and evidenced by the applicant’s recommendations.  In addition, the minority scholarships are specifically earmarked for students from one of the following historically under-represented racial/ethnic backgrounds: Black (African) Americans – Persons having origins from any of the Black groups of Africa; Hispanic Americans – Persons having origins from one or more of the Spanish-speaking peoples of Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Central or South America or the Caribbean Islands;Native Americans – Persons having origins from or more of the original peoples of North America and who are recognized as an Indian by a tribe or tribal organization.  Applications are due December 3, 2012. Scholarships will be awarded by December 31, 2012.  More information. 

Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds.  Law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applicants may not be a current or past employee of Banner & Witcoff, or directly related to a current employee of Banner & Witcoff.  Applications for the 2013 Scholarship are now available for download.  Completed applications are due Monday, January 7, 2013.  More information.