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AccessLex Law School Scholarship Databank

Search over 800 carefully curated and vetted scholarship opportunities and writing competitions compiled by AccessLex - totaling more than $3 million in aid.

Frost Brown Todd Diversity Scholarship
Frost Brown Todd is committed to building and maintaining, as a central and permanent part of our legal culture, a diverse and inclusive team environment. As part of that commitment, Frost Brown Todd is proud to announce its 2022 FBT Zenobia Harris Bivens Diversity Scholarship. Frost Brown Todd plans to award five $2,000 scholarships to law students of different backgrounds and varied life experiences who attend law school in our footprint. This scholarship award does not include an offer of employment and is awarded to incoming 1L's, 2L's, 3L's, or part-time law students as well as undergraduate students who intend to go to law school in the fall.
Deadline: July 1, 2022

Westmoreland Bar Foundation Scholarships
The Westmoreland Bar Foundation is pleased to offer three law school scholarships, which are available to Westmoreland County residents for the 2022-23 school year. Students can be first, second, or third-year students and must be enrolled for the Fall semester. The total amount of the scholarships to be awarded is in the amount of $6,600.
Deadline: June 2022


2022 ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship
The American Bar Association (ABA) awards an annual Legal Opportunity Scholarship to first-year law students. The mission of the program is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to attend and complete law school. The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship grants 10 - 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial aid over their three years in law school. Since its inception, more than 400 students from across the country have received the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship.
Deadline: April  2022


Jewish Scholarship Service of Greater Pittsburgh
Jewish Scholarship Service provides financial support to as many eligible students in our community as possible. Demonstrated financial need is a primary criterion in evaluating applicants. Financial information is considered along with other pertinent facts such as family size and the number of children/siblings in college. While we generally do not assist students with family incomes in excess of 5x the federal poverty level or who have investable assets of more than $250,000, exceptions may be made when there are extenuating family circumstances, at the discretion of the JSS committee.
EXTENDED Deadline: March 2022

Sallie Mae's Bridging the Dream Scholarship
In 2021, The Sallie Mae Fund, our charitable foundation, will expand the Bridging the Dream Graduate Scholarship Program to further promote diversity in higher education among minority students and other historically underserved communities. In partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, we'll award thirty $10,000 scholarships over the next three years to graduate students, totaling $300,000.
Deadline: Interested in applying for a scholarship? Check back this spring for more information.

Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Fund
Berks County Community Foundation shall make distributions from the Fund to support a scholarship which will be presented annually at Law Day ceremonies held by the Berks County Bar Association for a deserving graduate of a Berks County, Pennsylvania, high school and who will be entering an accredited law school to pursue a law degree, or who are already attending an accredited law school to pursue a law degree, and who demonstrate financial need, without discrimination to color, race, national origin or religion. Preference will be given to students entering their second year of law school; however, all applicants meeting the criteria are encouraged to apply. 
Deadline: March  2022

ABC Law Centers Cerebral Palsy Scholarship
Designed to simultaneously increase awareness about cerebral palsy (CP) and celebrate the achievements of those with cerebral palsy. A scholarship for financial assistance in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to a high school, undergraduate, or graduate student who has cerebral palsy.
Deadline: July 2022


BARBRI Law Preview "One Lawyer Can Change the World" Scholarship
In the right hands, a law degree can be a powerful tool. History is filled with great accounts of leaders who made it their life's work to embody the law and serve as agents of change. Each year we honor 10 future change agents who are heading to law school. All ten finalists will be rewarded with scholarships to help pay for the first year of law school. First Place: $10k | Second Place: $5k | Eight Runners-up: $1k
Deadline: June 2022

Plaxen & Adler Scholarship
The Plaxen and Adler Scholarship Awards $2500 annually to a law student who has demonstrated an interest in civil trial advocacy and a career as a civil trial lawyer, as well as the concept of a fair Civil Justice system, a just result for the injured, a desire to represent the injured and those whose rights are jeopardized. The scholarship is available to all students enrolled in law school as well as senior college students already accepted in an accredited law school, including those who are outstanding and promising scholars, have an interest in civil trial advocacy, and possess a commitment to diversity, and inclusion.
Deadline: June  2022


ChapmanAlbin Scholarship for Law Students
A check for $1,000 will be made to the scholarship recipient's law school of choice to cover tuition and other related expenses. Applicants may not be current or past employees of ChapmanAlbin or be directly related to a current employee.
Deadline: July  2022


Burrell Township Scholarship
The purpose of the Burrell Township Scholarship Fund is to help needy and deserving students who are residents of Burrell Township, Armstrong County, PA, and who display exceptional ability and aptitude to acquire a college, technical or professional education. The fund was established by Anna Cloyde Brooks in memory of her mother, Christina King Woodward, father, Oliver Woodward, and brother, Harry Woodward.
Deadline: February  2022


Armstrong County Bar Association Scholarship
The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship for an Armstrong County resident who is enrolled to attend or already attending an accredited law school in the United States as approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors.
Deadline: February 2022


Zane McMillen Memorial Scholarship
The Zane McMillen Memorial Scholarship was established in 2015 in order to memorialize Zane’s life. This scholarship is for adult students who are previous graduates of Armstrong School District, who are accepted to or enrolled in post-secondary education (an accredited college, university, or other post-secondary institution), and who are pursuing a career in any field involved with public service. The scholarship shall be awarded annually (amount will vary) and is non-renewable.
Deadline: February 2022


The Gainsberg Law Annual Scholarship Award
We want to help those young lawyers pursue their dreams and protect the justice system. That is why we are proud to announce the Gainsberg Law Annual Scholarship Award. Every year, we will select a student who is or will be, enrolled in an accredited university or college in the Fall semester of the upcoming academic year. The winner will be announced prior to August 1, 2022. Upon the student’s request, the non-transferrable award can be paid directly to the school.
Deadline: June 2022

Taylor & Ring Victim Advocate Scholarship
This annual award will be given to a student interested in pursuing the study of law with a specific goal of helping survivors of sexual assault, rape, child abuse, or sexual harassment in the workplace. The successful candidate needs to be currently enrolled in, or will be enrolled in, an accredited college or university, or law school for the upcoming academic year.
Deadline: October  2022

Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund was created by Patti's husband Joseph Bednarik, Esq. to support the annual award of a scholarship to a law school student who pursues an interest in animal welfare as part of his/her daily activities and legal training or grant to a young lawyer who pursues an interest in animal welfare as part of his/her daily activities or law practice. It is a wonderful way to celebrate Patti's life and life's work of protecting animals, reforming the state's animal laws, and mentoring those who chose to use their law degrees to ensure better treatment for animals.
Deadline: May 2022

The PBA Environmental & Energy Law Section Minority Scholarship Fund
The Fund solicits applications from law students enrolled in any Pennsylvania accredited law school. The applicants' academics, volunteer experience, and interests, and commitment to working as an Environmental & Energy Law attorney lawyer in Pennsylvania are carefully weighed and considered by the Foundation's Scholarship Committee.
Deadline: April 2022

Plattner Verderame, P.C.'s Annual Civil Justice Scholarship
This annual award will be given to a student interested in any aspect of social or civil justice, who is currently enrolled in, or will be enrolled in, an accredited college or university for the upcoming academic year.
Deadline: June 2022

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