External Scholarships

Current opportunities are listed here and are updated throughout the year. Click on each scholarship heading to learn more about their specific application requirements and process.

ABA Section on Environment, Energy & Resources Law Student Writing Competition

The ABA Section on Environment, Energy & Resources has launched its 2024 law student writing competition. 

For information regarding submission requirements, eligibility, etc., please click here. Entries must be submitted by email on or before Friday, May 31, 2024, by 11:59 p.m. (central).

ACCESSLEX Law School Scholarship Databank--nearly 800 listings!

AccessLex, our financial counseling/educational partners, have vetted & compiled a list of numerous external scholarships in a database for us.  Click here to view & apply for those.

American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence. Please submit an original, unpublished, essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of professionalism, ethics, civility, ethics, and professionalism. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize. The 2024 Warren E. Burger Prize will be presented during the annual American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, DC, in the fall of 2024. 

Submissions are due July 1, 2024. Please find more information here regarding this opportunity. 

Aspiring Personal Injury Lawyer Law Student Scholarship

Mattiacci Law is dedicated to empowering aspiring personal injury lawyers in their pursuit of excellence in the legal field. This is a prestigious award valued at $2,500. This scholarship aims to extend financial support to law students who have a genuine passion for becoming personal injury lawyers and are committed to making a positive impact in this area of law. Their goal is to assist future legal professionals in overcoming potential challenges they may face during their academic journey.

Eligibility and application requirements can be found here. Deadline to apply is May 30, 2024.

Bold.org Mental Health scholarship opportunities

Bold.org is an independent scholarship provider that helps students, regardless of financial status, have the opportunity to pursue higher education and the career of their dreams. It's their mission to make college accessible for all students by eliminating student debt.

Please find the link to their upcoming mental heath scholarship opportunities here

The Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF) Scholarship Program

The Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF) has multiple scholarships available for the 2024-2025 academic year for law students with an interest in energy, mineral, or natural resources law. Last year, EMLF gave away over $30,000 in scholarships!  Head to emlf.org for the application and more information. 

EMLF also provides travel grants for students who are interested in attending the 45th Annual Institute, June 9-11, 2024, in Savannah, Georgia.

For additional information, visit emlf.org or contact EMLF at anna@emlf.org

The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law 2024 Scholarships

The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law is offering more than $276,000 in scholarships for the upcoming 2024-2025 academic year. These scholarships are intended for students who are interested in natural resources and energy law who meet our criteria.

Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 will be awarded based on academic achievement, financial need, and other criteria.

Scholarship recipients are also entitled to reimbursement of their reasonable travel expenses to attend the Annual Institute, the largest natural resources and energy legal conference in the nation, or another Foundation institute.

JD application deadline is February 28, 2024. For more information, please visit their website.


Gerald Miller Aspiring Criminal Defense Lawyer Law Student Scholarship

Gerald Miller is thrilled to offer a $2,500 scholarship to support law students who aspire to become criminal defense lawyers and open their own law firm after graduation. The Aspiring Criminal Defense Lawyer Law Student Scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance and empower future legal professionals to overcome challenges they may encounter during their studies.

Eligibility and application requirements can be found here. Deadline to apply is August 31, 2024. The winner will be announced by September 20, 2024

Innovation in Education Scholarship

LA Tutors awards students who showcase their creativity and make positive impacts with a $500 Innovation in Education scholarship. On an ongoing monthly basis, this scholarship is open to all currently enrolled high school and college students who showcase their creativity while helping those around them (whether that be in a creative fundraiser, inventive new app, series of blog posts on a particular theme, or another idea).

The application deadline is 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month.


  • Must be currently enrolled in high school or college
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or the equivalent)
  • Must be a citizen of, permanent resident of, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada

To Enter:

There are no fees associated with this scholarship and featured past winners and their accomplishments can be found at the bottom of the web page.

Keep Going Forward: "Always Going Forward" 3 Sentence Scholarship

A $1,000 monthly short essay scholarship awarded to a student who can share in three sentences: What drives your forward?

For more information and to apply, please click here.

The 2024 Law Offices of Daniel Kim Scholarship

The Law Offices of Daniel Kim are thrilled to announce that they are providing a $5,000 scholarship to a student dedicated to making a positive impact in their community.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Currently enrolled or accepted to a university or college for the 2024/2025 school year.
  • Maintaining good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Must be a US Citizen.

Application Process:

  • Applications will undergo review by The Law Offices of Daniel Kim.
  • Selection criteria are centered on the originality and quality of the essay submission.
  • Submit applications by 5:00 PM PST on December 31st, 2024.

Winner Announcement:
The recipient will be announced on January 20, 2025.

For further details about the opportunity and award, you can visit our scholarship page here.

Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Notre Dame Law School sponsors an annual writing competition on the topic of legal ethics. All students with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate.

  • The competition is open to all law students at U.S. and Canadian law schools.
  • Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics.
  • Entries must be original, unpublished work.
  • Entries must be a minimum of 5,000 words and a maximum of 15,000 words, inclusive of footnotes.
  • Coauthored essays may be submitted.
  • Submissions will be judged by Notre Dame Law School faculty.
  • A prize of $2,500 will be awarded for one winning entry.
  • All entries must be received before 5 p.m., April 15, 2024.
  • Include cover letter with contact information and name of current law school.

All entries should be submitted to bsmith48@nd.edu


Rosen Injury Aspiring Personal Injury Law Student Scholarship

The Rosen Injury Aspiring Personal Injury Law Student Scholarship is offering a $2,500 opportunity to assist ambitious law students who have a strong desire to establish their law firm upon graduating. 

Eligibility and application requirements can be found here. Deadline is May 31, 2024.

Scholarship Contest from Smith, Born, Leventis, Taylor & Vega

Smith, Born, Leventis, Taylor & Vega LLC Injury Lawyers invites students to participate in their $1,500 scholarship opportunity. Their essay contest only has a few simple requirements, which you can find here, along with other guidelines and helpful tips for participants. The deadline to apply is April 29, 2024.

Interested students should submit a thoughtful 300-500 word essay in response to the following prompt: 

Should undocumented employees be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits despite their immigration status? Discuss the pros and cons (laws currently vary by state).

Eligibility: You must be a U.S. resident or resident alien who is enrolled at a U.S. college or university. Essays must be unique (not submitted elsewhere) and written by the scholarship application signator. Only one submission per student will be considered. There’s no fee to apply.

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