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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Carol Van Scoyoc Scholarship - Deadline 10/11/2019

Amount:  $5000

Topic:  The scholarship has been established by the Foundation through a gift from the Local and State Government Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) to honor the memory of Carol Van Scoyoc, Esq., a former chair of the Section and recipient of the Association's Award for Excellence in Public Service, recognizing her extraordinary contributions to the legal profession and the public good.

For more information go to https://www.tnybf.org/uploadedFiles/Foundation/PDFs/2020%20Local%20%20State%20Govt.%20Law%20Section%20Carol%20Van%20Scoyoc%20Scholarship.pdf

The Honorable Joel K. Asarch Elder Law & Special Needs Scholarship - Deadline 11/22/2019

Amount: $2500

Topic:  One scholarship is awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York.  The student shall be actively participating in an Elder Law Clinic at the school or perform other substantial efforts which demonstrate interest in the legal rights of the elderly or the practice of elder law.

Application link: www.tnybf.org/asarch

The Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship - Deadline 11/22/2019

Amount: $5000

Topic:  One scholarship is awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York who demonstrates Melvyn Mitzner’s commitment to professional achievement in the area of real property law including legal writing, lecturing and scholarship; and diversity in the profession. 

Application link:  www.tnybf.org/mitzner

The Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship - Deadline 11/22/2019

Amount:  $5000

Topic:  One scholarship is awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York who best exemplifies the core values important to Lorraine Power Tharp; academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity and an interest in real property law.

Application link: www.tnybf.org/tharp

Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law - Deadline December 9, 2019

Amount: $5000

The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the 2020 Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law which has been established by The Foundation through a gift from the Health Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. The Fellowship will be awarded to a law student who is currently enrolled in a law school in the State of New York to work with a healthcare attorney or facility in the State of New York during the summer of 2020. 

Eligibility: The Fellowship is open to all students as of fall 2019 semester who are enrolled in a law school in the State of New York, who intend to practice law in New York State upon graduation, and who are capable of fulfilling the requested work hours and responsibilities. Fellowship finalists may be interviewed in person.

Diversity Summer Fellowship Application

CGTrader Scholarship – Deadline 12/02/2019

Amount: $2000

Topic:  Write an essay on “The Future of Real-World Environment with Augmented Reality”. Students should think about how Augmented Reality can change our everyday lives by interacting with digital objects in our environment. Will it comfort our lives or will it become a powerful craving?

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

Reeves Law Group Scholarship Award – Deadline 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/

Sentence House Scholarship – Deadline 12/30/2019

Amount: $3500

Topic: Applicant should submit the info graphics or article (1000 words or more) on the topic ” How to improve your personality”. Article will be judged on the level of creativity and uniqueness, as well as its overall content.

For more information go to https://sentencehouse.com/sentence-house-scholarship/

The MLG Scholarship For Future Litigation Lawyers - Deadline 12/31/2019

Amount: $500

Mesriani Law Group understands the rigorous process that young law students go through to achieve their dreams of becoming practicing attorneys, along with the financial burdens that come with it. Many students often have to apply for financial aid and take out astronomical student loans, which is why grant programs are a great way to ease some of the difficulties associated with pursuing higher education. The winner of the Mesriani Law Group Scholarship Offer shall receive the grant through check, which shall be written to the recipient’s school of choice. This grant shall be used exclusively for the winner’s current studies, including tuition and books.

For more information go to https://www.mesrianilaw.com/law-school-scholarship.html

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

Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office Scholarship- Deadline 04/30/2020

Amount: $1000

Who is eligible: Admitted full time law school students attending an accredited law school in the United States.

  • Application for this scholarship may be submitted by any US citizen enrolled as a full-time student from an accredited high school, community college, college or university or accredited law school.
  • A transcript must be attached with counselor or school representative signature for application to substantiate application.
  • Although not required, we recommend submitting at least one professional letter of recommendation along with a resume.
  • Minimum GPA 3.0

Read more about the Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office Scholarship

2020 Legal Scholarship by Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law - Deadline May 21, 2020

Amount: $1000

Who is eligible: Admitted full time law school students attending an accredited law school in the United States.

  • Application for this scholarship may be submitted by any US legal resident.
  • Essay required
  • An unofficial transcript must be attached
  • Minimum GPA 3.0

Read more about the Moses and Ruth Scholarship

Harris Lowry Manton LLP Civil Justice Scholarship - Deadline June 1, 2020

Amount: $5000

At Harris Lowry Manton LLP, we are guided by the principle that everyone is equal under the law, and that all people should have access to justice. In order ensure that our civil justice system is fair, just and open to all who need it, we need to support it from the ground up – and that means ensuring that strong, competent and educated attorneys are there for the people who need them the most.

That is why we are pleased to announce the Annual Harris Lowry Manton LLP Civil Justice Scholarship. This award will be given to any incoming or current law student who is either currently enrolled, or who has accepted a place, in an accredited law school for the Fall semester of the upcoming academic year. This annual scholarship will be awarded at the end of July, and can be paid directly to the school upon the winner’s request. The award is non-transferable.

Eligibility and requirements:

To be eligible for the award, applicants must submit the following no later than June 1, 2020.

  • Proof of enrollment for the upcoming academic year
  • One recommendation from a member of the faculty or staff at the university or school (incoming IL students may submit a letter from a teacher from the previous year)
  • An essay of no more than 1,000 words about the importance of the right to a trial by jury

Additional information on the Harris Lowry Manton Scholarship can be found on their page.

The Wagner & Wagner Annual Civil Justice Scholarship Award - Deadline June 1, 2020

Amount: $2500

Since 1945, Wagner & Wagner Attorneys at Law has helped to protect the rights of the injured. We take this role very seriously, because communities are always stronger when they work together. We believe that the legal community deserves our best and our brightest, to keep the civil justice system strong.

For this reason, we are proud to offer the Wagner & Wagner Annual Scholarship Award. Each year, we will award $2500 to an eligible law or pre-law student who is enrolled in, or has proof of upcoming enrollment in, an accredited college or university for the Fall semester. We will announce the winners in July 2019. Upon the student’s request, the non-transferable award can be paid directly to the school.

Eligibility and requirements:

To be eligible for the award, applicants must submit the following no later than June 1, 2020:

  • Proof of enrollment for the upcoming academic year
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a member of the faculty or staff at the university or school, or from a teacher from the previous year (for incoming students only)
  • One (1) essay up to 1,000 words on “The injured plaintiff’s right to be compensated through litigation or mediation.”
  • Academic Transcripts from the current academic year (2019-2020)

Additional information can be found on the Wagner & Wagner Scholarship page.

The Max McElhaney Memorial Educational Scholarship - Deadline June 1, 2020

Amount: $2500

Sponsored by the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, the Max McElhaney Memorial Educational Scholarship has been established to honor the life and love of Rocky’s Uncle Max and to award $2,500 to an undergraduate student, enrolled in a 4-year program at a public or private college or university, majoring in either History or Education. The inaugural recipient was selected in May 2015 for the fall 2015 semester, and yearly recipients will be chosen each August thereafter. The scholarship will be paid on the first Monday in September following the season opener football game of the University of Tennessee, in accordance with Uncle Max’s wishes. Like Rocky, Max graduated from UT-Knoxville and loves the Vols football team. An eligible student must be enrolled as a full-time student during the fall semester in which the award is paid. At the student’s election, the scholarship can be paid directly to the university or college but is not transferable.

Applications must include the following:

  • A story of the gold standard of love in the student’s family
  • A statement of financial need
  • A written statement of no more than 100 words explaining why the applicant should be chosen above all other applicants. Tell us what sets you apart and why you are special. Do not tell us boring, cookie-cutter stuff like you are committed to your studies or that you are dedicated to hard work. Wow us. Don’t bore us.
  • One recommendation from a faculty member or university/college advisor
  • Proof of enrollment in a 4-year private college or university for the upcoming fall semester
  • Student status and/or declaration of major in History or Education.
  • One picture. It can be a solo shot, illustrate the student doing what he or she loves, or spending time with those they love.

Additional information on the Max McElhaney Memorial Educational Scholarship .

Adrian Altshuler's Annual "Just Need a Chance" Educational Scholarship - Deadline June 1, 2020

Amount: $2500

Whether you are practicing family law, criminal defense, personal injury, or any other area of law, you will frequently hear your clients tell you that they, “Just need a chance.”

  • A chance to learn from their mistakes
  • A chance to recover from an injury
  • A chance to move on from a bad marriage
  • A chance to create a business

As attorneys, we often are able to help give people the chance they need to take the next step in life. That is why I have created the “Just Need a Chance” Educational Scholarship. I would like to take that same concept and give one lucky student who believes they have a future in law, a chance at furthering their education. The details, requirements and form to apply can be found below.

  • 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.)
  • All applications must be received by June 1, 2020.

Additional information can be found on the Just need a chance page.

The Gainsberg Law Annual Scholarship Award - Deadline June 1, 2020

Amount: $2500

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.

To be eligible for the award, applicants must submit the following:

  • Proof of enrollment for the upcoming academic year
  • 2 recommendations from a member of the faculty or staff at the university or school, or from a teacher from the previous year (for incoming students only)
  • One essay up to 1,000 words on why you are interested in the law
  • Academic transcripts from the current academic year, 2019-2020

More information available at The Gainsberg Law Scholarship page.

Taylor & Ring's Annual Victim Advocate Scholarship - Deadline June 1, 2020

Amount: $5000

That is why we are proud to announce the 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.

To be eligible for the scholarship, please submit the following to the link below:

  • An essay of no more than 1000 words about what the civil justice systems means to you;
  • Proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university or law school;
  • A brief statement about your financial needs.

We may also ask the finalists for a letter of recommendation from a current or former teacher or professor or advisor.

More information can be found on the Taylor & Ring Scholarship page.

Plattner Verderame, P.C.’s Annual Civil Justice Scholarship - Deadline June 1, 2020

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.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.

Eligibility requirements

  • Proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university
  • One recommendation letter from a current or previous year teacher or professor
  • A 1000-word essay about the American civil justice and jury system.
 
More information and application can be found on the Plattner Verderame Scholarship page.