As the world’s largest trial bar, AAJ promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims’ rights—particularly the right to trial by juryand strengthens the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety. AAJ fights daily to protect the civil justice system against corporations and powerful individuals.

The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it. The scholarship, traditionally in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiff’s lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.

In order to be awarded this scholarship, you must be present at our Annual Convention on July 23, 2017 in Boston, MA. Your travel and accommodations will be paid for as part of the award.
If you are interested in submitting an application to be considered for this scholarship, or wish to nominate someone for this scholarship, complete this form and return to AAJ Education by mail at: AAJ Education, Mike Eidson Scholarship, 777 6th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20001, or by email at: education@justice.org by May 1, 2017

See Website below for application form.


The Warren E. Burger Prize

The Warren E. Burger Prize 
Burger Prize Purpose
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.
Burger Prize Overview
The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in the competition. Please submit an original, unpublished, essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.
Burger Prize Judges
  • Professor Stephen GillersChair
    Elihu Root Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law
  • Professor Nancy J. Moore
    Nancy Barton Scholar and Professor of Law at the Boston University School of Law
  • Dean Robert M. Wilcox
    Dean and Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Professor Nora Freeman Engstrom
    Deane F. Johnson Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at the Stanford Law School
  • The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000
  • The essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review
  • The prize will be presented to the recipient at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States
Burger Prize Procedures
  • Review and follow the Warren E. Burger Prize Rules
  • Complete the Warren E. Burger Cover Page before submitting your essay
  • Send the completed cover page and essay no later than July 1, 2017 by e-mail to Cindy Dennis
For additional information, contact Cindy Dennis at (571) 319-4703 or by e-mail.

The winning essay will be announced on or before August 31, 2017.


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. 

Eagle Scout Scholarship

2017 Eagle Scout Scholarship List is available for the undergraduates, graduates, and high school students to help them in achieving their higher education.
 Awards for all these scholarships may vary from $500 to $20,000. Don’t wait just grab this wonderful opportunity of higher education.

Scholarship List: Eagle Scout Scholarship List 2017

Eligibility: undergraduates, graduates, high school students and post graduates

Deadline: Varies

Award Range: $500 to $20,000

Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law

Through generous gifts from NYSBA Sections and donors, The New York Bar Foundation offers several scholarship opportunities to law students.
Please note, application deadlines vary.  For more information, applications, and guidelines visit The Foundation’s website at www.tnybf.org
HEALTH LAW - Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law – Value $5,000.00 (2)
The fellowship will be awarded to law students who are currently enrolled in law schools in the State of New York to work in Health law positions in the public sector in the State of New York during the summer of 2017.
The Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship (1) valued at $5,000
The scholarship is open to all second-year (2L) students as of spring 2017 semester enrolled in a law school in the State of New York.



Contest Overview

Clear, effective writing is the cornerstone of an exceptional lawyer, and a vital area of education for aspiring attorneys. While traditional forms of legal writing like case briefs and contracts endure, the internet has given legal professionals a new medium of communication that demands mastery as well. Blog posts are a new way for attorneys to educate and persuade, and to participate in a broader legal discourse with their peers. In recognition of the importance of online legal writing, The Expert Institute is offering a $2,000 scholarship for the best legal blog post written by a law student on the topic of expert witnesses.To be considered for the scholarship, you must submit a 1,000 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation through the online submission portal at the bottom of this page by December 31, 2016. If your article wins, you will receive a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, your article will be published on The Expert Institute’s blog and distributed in our weekly newsletter, where it will be read by thousands of practicing attorneys.

Prize Breakdown


1st Place

  • Cash prize $2000
  • Blog publication
  • Newsletter circulation
  • Email announcement

2nd Place

  • Blog publication

3rd Place

  • Blog publication

Official Guidelines

To win, your article has to be logically rigorous and substantive, as well as engaging and entertaining. Ideally, lay people should be able to understand and enjoy the article, while lawyers should find it useful and insightful.

Eligibility and Topic:

J.D. Students – Any topic in litigation involving expert witnesses


  • Specific case references are required, and the article must contain specific examples
  • Your article must be an unpublished, original submission. The Expert Institute reserves the right to publish in print and digital all or part of the essay or abstract at its discretion
  • Citations should be inline – no footnotes or endnotes. Links to electronic sources are encouraged
  • Articles must be 1,500 – 2,500 words in length, and written in a blog post format

Submission must include:

  • Full name of author (First, Middle, and Last)
  • Contact information for author, including e-mail address and phone number
  • School name and mailing address
  • A .doc or .docx file containing your article. PDFs and other document formats are not acceptable


Factors that will be considered during judgment include:
  • Clarity, style, and poise of writing
  • Originality of topic
  • Thoroughness of research and quality of analysis
  • Comprehensibility by lay and professional audiences

Article Submission:

All submissions must be received before (DATE TBD) in order to be considered. Please include all required information in a cover sheet on the submitted document. Please submit online at 


All submissions must be received before midnight on December 31, 2017 in order to be considered. Please feel free to share this opportunity with your students, and let me know if you have any questions.