Paying for Law School: Scholarships

While this list is by no means exhaustive, it should help you think about the different ways you can fund and finance your legal education!

Scholarships aren’t the only way to pay for law school. Make sure you consider each school’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (which is not always tied to public interest careers) as well as need-based financial aid offerings. The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) also has a comprehensive page and infographic on paying for law school.

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

Grants 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial assistance over the course of their three years in law school.

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Lloyd M. Johnson Jr. Scholarship Program

Provides scholarship support for newly entering first-year law students pursuing a Juris Doctor (non-LLM) degree. The Scholarship Program will provide scholarships at $10,000 per year for up to three years.

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Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)

Supports law students who seek to further MALDEF’s mission of advancing the civil rights of the Latino community in the United States through the legal profession. In recent years, MALDEF has annually awarded 5–10 law school scholarships of $5,000 each to deserving law students from throughout the nation.

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NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Has provided over $19 million in financial support to undergraduates and law students, making it possible for hundreds of highly qualified students to attend the nation’s most competitive colleges, universities, and law schools.

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The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Scholarships

Awarded each fall to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders.

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The Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholar Program 

The goal of these scholarships is to increase the number of underrepresented minority groups serving as intellectual property law practitioners in law firms and the intellectual property law departments in corporations.

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The Snell & Wilmer Fellowship for Advancement and Resources (FAR)

Annually, Snell & Wilmer will name up to two FAR Fellows to receive an LSAT preparation course of the Fellow’s choosing, a stipend equal to the most current cost to both sit for the LSAT and register for the Credential Assembly Service, a 1L law school prep course, money for books for all three years of law school, a technology stipend (if needed), and mentorship from an assigned Snell & Wilmer attorney over the course of the fellowship.

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