External Scholarships

These are private scholarships offered by law firms and community organizations. Scholarships are available to incoming and continuing students. Click on the links for more information and to see if you qualify. All scholarships are organized by their deadlines.

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Women's Bar Association of Orange & Sullivan Counties - Deadline 05/10/2019

Amount:  $1500

Two Scholarships of $1500 may be awarded for qualified education expenses of tuition, fees or course related expenses to two students from Orange and Sullivan Counties. The Rose S. Rosen Memorial Scholarship and Susan B. Keiser Memorial Scholarship (descriptions are on the last page of the attached application) are named after pioneering members of the Women’s Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties. Scholarship recipients also receive a free (1) year WBAOSC membership if eligible. 

Any female student, resident of Orange or Sullivan Counties, NY at the time of graduation from high school or college, and currently attending, or accepted for admission in, law school (payable if school is attended).    

Women's Bar Association of Orange & Sullivan Counties Scholarship Application (pdf)

Richard D. Hailey Scholarship – Deadline 05/15/2019

Amount: $5000

Applicants for the scholarship should demonstrate the following criteria:

  • Exhibit a strong interest in trial advocacy;
  • Express a desire to represent those who have been injured by negligence or misconduct of others; 
  • Promote accountability and safety;
  • A commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through involvement in the AAJ student chapter and Minority Caucus activities; and
  • A financial need for the scholarship.

Each application must include the following:

  • A resumé;
  • A 500-word essay explaining how you meet the scholarship’s criteria;
  • Up to three (3) letters of recommendations from a faculty adviser, trial advocacy professor, dean, AAJ member, or trial lawyer; and
  • A completed form verifying your student status. See Attached Form.  

Please Note: Every applicant must be an AAJ law student member and enrolled in an ABA accredited law school. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Hudson County Bar Foundation – Deadline 05/17/2019

The Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Fund is one of the oldest providers of financial assistance to Hudson County law students.  Esteemed members and families of the Hudson County legal community have funded these 48 scholarships.

Students must be bona fide residents of Hudson County; must demonstrate financial need; must provide two (2) current Letters of Recommendation and must account for appropriate academic standards.

For more information go to https://www.hcbalaw.com.

Allen Tittle Medical Malpractice Awareness Scholarship – Deadline 05/31/2019

Amount: $1000

Topic: Why do you think it’s important to be a patient advocate in today’s health care industry? If applicable, describe a time in which you or someone you know, experienced receiving poor medical care and what this experience taught you.

Read more about the Allen Tittle Medical Malpractice Awareness scholarship.

Peck Law Firm Scholarship – 05/31/2019

Amount: $2000

Essay Topic: Should judges start child custody cases with a presumption that fathers and mothers should have equal time with their children after a divorce? 

The link for the application and nformation about the 2019 essay contest can be found on the Peck Law Firm website.

Silverman, McDonald & Friedman Education Scholarship - 06/1/2019

Amount: $5000

Essay Topic:  An essay of no more than 500 words about what the civil justice systems mean to you, proof of enrollment in an accredited law school, and a brief statement about your financial needs.

Read more about the Silverman, McDonald & Friedman Education scholarship

2019 Legal Scholarship Offered by Criminal Defense Attorneys Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law - Deadline 06/1/2019

Amount: $1000

Essay Topic: Should people be allowed to warn motorists about DUI checkpoints in America? In 300-600 words, write about the following: Should people be allowed to warn motorists about DUI checkpoints in America?

Read more about the criminal defense scholarship.

Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship - Deadline 06/01/2019

Amount: $2000

Topic:  A typed essay no more than three pages long describing your efforts to encourage greater racial or ethnic diversity within the student body of your law school.

For more information go to https://www.michiganautolaw.com/scholarships/diversity.

Yeboah Law Group’s Annual Make a Difference Academic Scholarship – Deadline 06/01/2019

Award: $3000

Topic: Essay of no more than a 1000 words about how YOU plan on making a difference in your community or in any other community.

Read more about the Yeboah Law Group’s Annual Make a Difference Academic scholarship.

Chapmanalbin Scholarship for Law Students – 06/15/2019

Amount: $1000

Topic: Pick a movie or novel where someone has a difficult moral choice to make.  In 300-500 words, tell whether you agree or disagree with the decision they make and provide a strong argument for your position.

For more information go to https://www.johnschapman.com/about-us/law-school-scholarship/.

The Plattner Verderame Civil Justice Scholarship - Deadline 06/15/2019

Amount: $2500

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. The scholarship can be paid directly to the student’s college at his or her request.

Read more about the Plattner Verderame Civil Justice scholarship.

Wilshire Law Firm 2019 Legal Scholar Award – Deadline 06/28/2019

Amount: $1000

Topic:  Students must submit a 600-word essay explaining which field of law they’re interested in pursuing and why. Also, how they plan to use their law degree in that field upon graduation.

Read more about the Wilshire Law Firm award.

Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates “Just Need a Chance” Educational Scholarship - Deadline 06/30/2019

Amount $2500


  • Must already be accepted into an undergraduate program at a college or university.
  • 3.0 GPA or higher – If you are going into your freshman year, you may submit a high school transcript.
  • A short statement on why you require financial help and what the $2,500 would be spent on. (Ex: Tuition, housing, books. Please try to keep under 200 words.)
  • A short statement on why you should be awarded this scholarship over all the other applicants. (Hint: Keep under 200 words, but be creative. Don’t just tell me you are a hard worker.)

Read more about the "Just Need a Chance" Educational scholarship.

Levoritz Law Firm Scholarship – Deadline 06/30/2019

Amount: $1000


  • 5 ways technology is affecting divorce rates
  • Way to improve access to family law counsel to families who need it
  • Pros and Cons of Mediation Divorce vs Litigated Divorce

Read more about the Levoritz Law Firm scholarship.

The Annual Harris Lowry Manton LLP Civil Justice Scholarship Deadline 06/30/2019

Amount: $5000

Topic: An essay no more than 1,000 words about the importance of the right to a trial by jury.

Also include:

  • Proof of enrollment for the upcoming academic year
  • One recommendation from a member of the faculty or staff at the university or school  (incoming 1L students may submit a letter from a teacher from the previous year)

Read more about the Harris Lowry Manton LLP Civil Justice scholarship.

Wagner & Wagner Annual Civil Justice Scholarship Award – 06/30/2019

Amount: $2500

Topic:  The injured plaintiff’s right to be compensated through litigation or mediation.

Read more about the Wagner & Wagner Annual Civil Justice scholarship.

Good Lawyers/Good People Scholarship – Deadline 07/01/2019

Amount: $1000

Topic:  Submit a written statement (800-1,000 words) or a video presentation (3-5 minutes) describing the value of using the law to improve people’s lives. You can describe a past experience that motivates you, someone who inspires you, or a vision of what you would like to accomplish.

For more information go to http://simeonemiller.com/scholarship/.

Keller Law Offices Scholarship for Higher Education– Deadline 07/15/2019

Amount: $1000

Topic: Your friend was falsely accused of a sexual assault. What steps would you advise them to take? Include a quick background story to what happened and add at least one legal advice.

For more information, visit the Keller Law Offices website.

Landmark Students of Recovery Scholarship - Deadline 07/15/2019

Amount: $1000

Topic:  “What does substance abuse look like on your campus, and what steps do you think your administration (or any college administration) could take to address this issue in a meaningful way?”

For more information go to https://landmarkrecovery.com/students-of-recovery-scholarship/.

Mainor Wirth Injury Lawyers Scholarship – Deadline 07/15/2019

Amount: $1000

Topic:  Discuss advantages and disadvantages, as well as dangers of choosing to ride a bicycle to work everyday.

For more information, visit the Mainor Wirth website.

Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish Scholarship – Deadline 07/15/2019

Amount: $1000

Topic:  What advice would you give your younger self when it comes to driving hazards, risks of drunken driving, and other driving related challenges in order to prevent accidents? Feel free to include an anecdote.

For more information, visit the Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish website.

The Ankin Law Office Annual College Scholarship – Deadline 07/15/2019

Amount: $2500

Topic: Create a “Distracted Driving Family Plan” within which you address the safety of your family by proactively committing to a plan that avoids the occurrence(s) of distracted driving by you and the members of your family.

For more information go to https://ankinlaw.com/academic-scholarship/.

The Law Office of Matthew L. Sharp Annual Scholarship – Deadline 07/15/2019

Amount: $1000

Topic: Over the last decade, teenage driving became a controversial topic. Many argue that states should implement stricter driver’s license requirements and increase the legal driving age. What are alternative prevention methods each state can take to reduce crashes and injuries among young drivers?

For more information, visit the Matthew L. Sharp website.

Vogelzang Law Scholarship – Deadline 07/15/2019

Amount: $1000

Topic:  What are some common and unexpected ways in which a person can be exposed to dangerous asbestos?

For more information, visit the Vogelzang Law website.

Goldberg Weisman Cairo Annual Scholarship – 07/16/2019

Amount: $1000

Essay: “How do personal injury attorneys benefit society?”

More about information and the application process can be found on the Goldberg Weisman Cairo website.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Law School Scholarship – Deadline 07/31/2019

Amount: $1000

Topic: Essay on how you have been affected by or dealing with issues related to lymphoma or leukemia (either yourself or a family member).

For more information, visit the RenkinLaw website

Good Lawyers/Good People Scholarship – 07/01/2019

Amount: $1000

Topic:  Submit a written statement (800-1,000 words) or a video presentation (3-5 minutes) describing the value of using the law to improve people’s lives. You can describe a past experience that motivates you, someone who inspires you, or a vision of what you would like to accomplish.

For more information go to http://simeonemiller.com/scholarship/.

Reeves Law Group Scholarship Award – 12/15/2019

Amount: $5000

Topic: What is your genuine desire and goal of using the legal system to fix problems or improve conditions in our society?

For more information go to https://www.robertreeveslaw.com/scholarship/

DDR Lawyers Legal Scholarship - Deadline 01/31/2020

Amount: $1500

Who is eligible: Admitted law school students attending an accredited law school in the United States with a minimum of 3.5 GPA.

Application instructions: Applications including all supporting documents must be submitted in full, online, by January 31, 2020 in order to be considered. A winner will be announced on, or before, March 31, 2020 at which point we will arrange to have $1500 sent to the student's financial aid department to help pay for their tuition costs.

Read more about the DDR Lawyers Legal scholarship