National Scholarships

Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship

Description: Zelle LLP is committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession. To that end, Zelle is pleased to offer this Diversity in Law scholarship. The scholarship is designed to encourage and assist students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse perspectives, as well as students  with a proven interest in diversity-related issues, in pursuing the law as a profession to apply.

Eligibility: Applicants must either be First-Year law students enrolled full-time, or be Part-Time (four-year program) or Joint-degree students in their second year of law school. Applicants  must also either be (1) a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate  a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship.

Award Amount: $30,000  Split into two school years provided that the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA.

Deadline: April 1, 2017

Completed Applications should be submitted to:
Kristin Suga Heres, Diversity in Law Scholarship
ZELLE LLP
600 Worchester Road,Suite 101Framingham,MA 01702
DIVERSITY@ZELLE.COM

The 2017 Tannenwald Writing Competition

Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to all full or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate. Paper on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the competition Rules viewable here.

Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers.
Deadline for submitting papers: 9:00 p.m. EDT, July 5, 2017.
Additional information is available here.

Weisblatt Law Firm Scholarship

750 + word essay
Topic: “Businesses often protect themselves from the high costs of litigation by including arbitration clauses and waivers of the right to a jury trial in their terms and conditions.  Do you believe that this trend benefits our country?  Support your position.”
Deadline: July 15, 2017
Additional information is available here.

Steinger, Iscoe & Greene – $1,000 Scholarship

Description: At present the Hispanic community is under-represented in the field of law. We are launching the Steinger, Iscoe & Greene Latin Heritage Law student scholarship in order to change that. This scholarship will be awarded to one high-achieving Hispanic student planning to pursue a career in law.

Eligibility:  You must be currently enrolled in an accredited law school within the United States, and have a Minimum 2.8 GPA. Must write an essay of 500-1000 words based on (1) of the (3) questions below.

  • How has your Latin heritage shaped your career goals?
  • What are the most important issues the Hispanic community are facing today?
  • Describe how your experiences have shaped your view on immigration.

Award: $1,000

Deadline: July 31, 2017

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION – SECTION OF FAMILY LAW                               

2017 HOWARD C. SCHWAB MEMORIAL ESSAY CONTEST

This writing contest consists of approximately 5,000 words on any aspect of family law. Winning entry may be published in the Family Law Quarterly.

 CRITERIA:

  1. Must be a J.D student.
  2. Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  3. Must be 2L or 3L full-time student, or 2L through 4L part-time student.

AWARDS: First Place-$1,500   Second Place-$750   Third Place-$350

DEADLINE: APRIL 28, 2017*

*Please see website for additional instructions.

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION – SECTION OF REAL PROPERTY, TRUST AND ESTATE LAW              

2017 LAW STUDENT WRITING CONTEST

This writing contest is to encourage and reward law student writings on real property, trust and estate law subjects of general and current interest.

CRITERIA:

  1. Open to any law student in good standing.
  2. Essay must be no more than 50 pages double-spaced.
  3. Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

AWARDS: First Place-$2,500   Second Place-$1,500   Third Place-$1,000

DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2017

CHICAGO-KENT COLLEGE OF LAW / ROY C. PALMER                                                

CIVIL LIBERTIES PRIZE 

The Roy C. Palmer Civil liberties prize is a scholarly writing competition that honors an outstanding article or book on a topic exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American Society.

CRITERIA:

  1. Open to any law student in good standing.
  2. The article or book must be in draft form or have been published within one year prior to the    July 1 deadline.

AWARD: $10,000

DEADLINE:  July 1, 2017