SCWBA College Scholarship




The Suffolk County Women's Bar Association ("SCWBA") has announced that it is awarding a scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to a college student planning to attend law school on Long Island in 2017.

To apply, complete the within application and attach an essay of no more than 500 words.  Please include in your essay why you have decided to pursue a legal career and what you envision for your future.  Additionally, the essay should include, how you plan to make a contribution to the legal community and the impact that ceiling the SCWBA ward would on your future.

Scan and email your application and essay to:suffolkcountywomensbar@gmail.com  


ALDF Scholarship and Internship Opportunities

ALDF Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships

We are now accepting applications for our 2017 scholarships! They are available to SALDF chapter members and are awarded based upon a demonstrated commitment to ALDF’s mission, “to advance the interests and protect the lives of animals through the legal system.” Scholarship amounts are: $5,000 each for three first place recipients, and $1,000 each to the second place recipients.

Lewis and Clark Law School’s Summer Animal Law Program

The summer program features two courses: Animal Rights Law and Jurisprudence taught by the Nonhuman Rights Project President Steven Wise and an online course, the Law and Ethics of Animal Testing, taught by environmental health scientist and attorney Paul Locke.

Internship Opportunities

Check out these great opportunities listed on our website.

HSUS Stop Puppy Mills Campaign Policy Internship

For All Animals Legislation & Advocacy Internship

The Nonhuman Rights Project Public Policy Advocacy Internship


2017 Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest

2017 Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest

The Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest is an annual competition designed to challenge law students to analyze the environmental issues confronting us today.

Contact: Lisa Bataille

Nomination Deadline: June 1, 2017

Award Criteria: Contest is open to all students enrolled in a New York State law school. Essays may have been submitted for course credit or for law reviews, but not as part of paid employment. Criteria for judging entries will be organization, practicality, originality, quality of research, clarity of style.

Length: Maximum length, 35 double-spaced pages (including footnotes, which may be single-spaced).

Format: Each entrant MUST submit a hard copy AND an electronic copy in either Microsoft Word or Wordperfect 5.0. Essays may be emailed to kplog@nysba.org and sent to New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207

Prize Awarded: First place: $1,000 and publication by the NYSBA. 
Second and Third place: $500 and $250 respectively – consideration of publication by the NYSBA. Certificates.
For more information click here


The Peck Law Firm 2017 Scholarship Essay Contest

The Peck Law Firm 2017 Scholarship Essay Contest 
Interview Required: 
Student Type: 
will be attending college, graduate school, or law school in the fall semester 2017
May 31, 2017
The new school year is here!
For many college and graduate school students, this time of year brings the stress of new classes, tests, and the worry of how they’re going to pay for school. And, it doesn’t stop there. Parents are often forced to borrow to help their children pay for tuition, fees and related costs.
As our response to this crisis in higher education, we are pleased to announce the 2nd annual 2017 Peck Law Firm Scholarship essay contest!
How to Apply: 
For this year’s contest, we challenge students to tell us how the 2016 presidential election will affect our culture. Our 2017 scholarship essay topic is: What effects will the election of our new president have on American families?
This $2,000 scholarship is open to any American citizen, who:
  • has graduated from high school before July 1, 2017,
  • has a minimum GPA of 3.0, and
  • will be attending college, graduate school, or law school in the fall semester of 2017.
Applying for the scholarship is straightforward. Each student must: (1) complete the scholarship application; (2) submit an essay of 1,000 words or less; and (3) attach a resume and applicable transcripts. The application deadline is May 31, 2017. The winner will be announced on July 31, 2017.
Rules and application can be found at http://thepeckfirm.com/peck-law-firm-scholarship/


AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
About the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship
The mission of the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to ensure that these students have the opportunity to attend law school for three years.
The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school. Although each recipient will need to re- apply for the scholarship in his or her second and third year, the expectation is that the scholarship will be renewed each year if satisfactory performance in law school has been achieved, the student is otherwise eligible, and funding is available.
In addition to whether the applicant is a member of a racial and/or ethnic minority that has been underrepresented in the legal profession, the applicant’s financial need; personal, family, and educational background; personal statement; and participation in community service activities will be considered in selecting the recipients of the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarships. It is important for every applicant to complete all portions of the application. Financial information for the applicant and his or her parents is required to evaluate the applicant’s financial need. A committee of ABA members will select the recipients. The decisions of the committee are final.
Requirements for Eligibility
To be eligible to receive an ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship, an applicant must meet all of the following requirements:
  1. The applicant must be an entering, first-year law student in academic year 2017.
  2. Only students beginning law school in this academic year will be eligible for a scholarship. Law students who have
    completed one or more semesters or years of law school are not eligible.
  3. Applicants who are part-time law students also must be starting law school in this academic year to be eligible.
  4. At the time of submission of the application, the applicant must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average
    of 2.5 (on a 4.0 grading scale) at his or her undergraduate institution. If the applicant has not completed his or her undergraduate degree at the time the application is submitted, he or she must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 grading scale) as of the most recent completed semester.
  5. The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America. Students who are citizens and residents of a foreign country, even if they plan to attend law school in the United States, are not eligible to apply.
  6. Before receiving scholarship funds, recipients will be required to demonstrate admission to and plans to enroll at an ABA- accredited law school. Because of the deadline for submitting applications the applicant will have applied to law schools, but may not yet have been admitted to law school. If the applicant is selected to receive an ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship, he or she will be required to demonstrate admission to and plans to enroll at an ABA-accredited law school before receiving scholarship funds. Students who do not enroll or who leave law school after being admitted will be required to return all or a proportional amount of scholarship funds.

Instructions for Completing Scholarship Application
To apply please provide the following information:
  1. Application Form. Each applicant must complete the attached application form. Parents’ financial information is required for every scholarship applicant regardless of the student’s age, marital status, length of self-emancipation or family responsibilities. If special circumstances exist which prevent you from providing financial information for your parents, please explain those circumstances in a separate statement. If your parents are separated or divorced, we will require information from both biological parents. Parents may complete separate applications, and all information will be kept confidential.
    To complete the application, you must attach copies of federal income tax forms for yourself and your parents. If you have completed your federal income tax return, please attach a copy to the application. Because the application will be submitted before the April tax deadline, you may submit copies of your previous year tax forms if you have not completed tax forms currently due. Please indicate in the appropriate section of the application if you or your parents are not required to complete federal income tax forms. Each applicant is responsible for notifying the ABA Fund for Justice and Education in writing of any changes that may have an effect on their financial status.
  2. Personal statement. Please limit your personal statement to 1,000 words and use only one side of the paper. Font size must be at least 11 points. Your personal statement is your opportunity to include information that the application form does not convey and that you feel will assist us in reaching a thoughtful decision on your application. Examples of such information include a description of your personal strengths, your contributions through community service, a description of any special or unusual circumstances that may have affected your academic performance, or your personal and family history of educational or socio-economic disadvantage. While this list is not all-inclusive, we offer it for you to consider the types of information that may be useful in evaluating your application.
  3. Transcript. Each applicant must submit a copy of his or her transcript from his or her undergraduate institution. If you are selected to receive a scholarship, you will be required to submit an official copy of the transcript before receiving scholarship funds.
  4. Recommendations. Each applicant must submit two recommendations, at least one of which should be from a professor. If you have been out of school for a number of years and have difficulty finding an academic recommender, please substitute letters from employers and/or others who have worked closely with you. No more than four recommendations will be considered. Recommendation letters are particularly useful when the writer provides substantive, comparative information about the applicant’s abilities, activities and personal qualities, including specific examples that illustrate these attributes. Recommenders may forward the recommendation to include in the package or may send separate to the email box below with the subject line: Recommendation for (applicant’s name).
  5. Release form. Please make sure that you sign the release form.
  6. Additional information. Please do not send any collateral materials such as photos, articles, resumes, etc. outside of those required above.
    Application deadline: March 2, 2017
    Send completed applications to legalosf@americanbar.org Mailed or faxed applications will not be accepted
    For additional information, please refer to our website at: http://www.ambar.org/ABALOS 

National Association of Women Lawyers 2017 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

National Association of Women Lawyers
2017 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
NAWL established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law.
The rules for the competition are as follows:
Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law.
Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2016-17 school year. The essays must be the law student author's own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the summer, fall, or spring semesters are eligible for submission. Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project.
FORMAT: Essays must be double-spaced in 12-point, Times New Roman font. All margins must be one inch. Entries must not exceed 15 pages of text, excluding notes, with footnotes placed as endnotes. Citation style should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Essays longer than 15 pages of text, excluding notes, or that are not in the required format will not be read.
JUDGING: NAWL Women Lawyers Journal® designees will judge the competition. Essays will be judged based upon content, exhaustiveness of research, originality, writing style, and timeliness.
QUESTIONS: Questions regarding this competition should be addressed to the Chair of the Writing Competition, Professor Jennifer Martin at jmartin@stu.edu.
SUBMISSION AND DEADLINE: Entries must be received by May 1, 2017. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries must provide a cover letter providing the author's name, title of the essay, school affiliation, email address, phone number, and permanent mailing address. Entries must be submitted in the following format: email an electronic version (in Microsoft Word) to jmartin@stu.edu.
AWARD: The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in the Women Lawyers Journal. The most recent winning paper wasHuman trafficking waivers: How the United States implicitly violates federal law and empowers ISIS to commit human trafficking crimes written by Paloma A. Kennedy, Washington University School of Law. Please view the paper by clicking here.

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

Apply for the 2017 DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship
Application Deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017


DRI announces its 
annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program, open to rising (2017-18) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, LGBT and multi-racial students. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle (located on last page of application).

All rising second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other rising second- and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply. 


To qualify for this scholarship, a candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant's law school. 


Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria: 
  • Demonstrated academic excellence; 
  • Service to the profession;
  • Service to the community;
  • Service to the cause of diversity
Applications must be received by DRI no later than Friday, March 31, 2017.