LSAC: Law School Scholarships for Diverse Applicants 2023-24



LSAC: Law School Scholarships for Diverse Applicants

  • ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund — Grants 10 to 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial assistance over the course of their three years in law school.
  • LGBT Public Interest Scholarship Program — Scholarship of up to $5,000 for law students and/or law school graduates studying for the bar exam who either identify as LGBTQ+ or plan to pursue public interest work in the LGBTQ+ space. Sponsored by the ABA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Commission.
  • Marshall-Motley Scholars Program (MMSP) — Named for civil rights pioneers Thurgood Marshall and Constance Baker Motley, this program provides full financial support for all law school expenses and long-term career and leadership opportunities to 50 aspiring civil rights lawyers over the next five years. You can learn more about the program in LSAC’s MMSP webinar.
  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) — Supports law students who seek to further MALDEF’s mission of advancing the civil rights of the Latino community in the United States through the legal profession. In recent years, MALDEF has annually awarded 5 to 15 scholarships of $2,000 to $10,000 each to deserving law students from throughout the nation.
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. — Has provided over $19 million in financial support to undergraduates and law students, making it possible for hundreds of highly qualified students to attend the nation’s most competitive colleges, universities, and law schools.
  • The Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholar Program — The Scholar Program of the Foundation for the Advancement of Diversity in IP Law provides financial and other support for racially and ethnically diverse, STEM education students interested in exploring a career in patent law. Scholars are eligible for consideration to receive a three-year tuition grant award of $10,000 per year.
  • The Snell & Wilmer Fellowship for Advancement and Resources (FAR) — FAR Fellows receive an LSAT preparation course of the Fellow’s choosing, a stipend equal to the most current cost to both sit for the LSAT and register for the Credential Assembly Service, a 1L law school prep course, and more.
  • Zelle Diversity In Law Scholarship — Created for law students who either (1) are 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.

Other Higher Education Scholarships and Opportunities for Diverse Applicants

  • American Indian College Fund — Hundreds of scholarships are available for all areas of study under the Full Circle Scholarship Program. Students attending tribal colleges and universities can receive additional scholarship support with the program. Any Native American U.S. citizen who is an enrolled member or a descendant of an enrolled member of a state or federally recognized tribe may apply.
  • The Gates Scholarship — A highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional minority high school seniors from low-income households.
  • Pipeline to Practice Foundation — The Pipeline to Practice Foundation is committed to enhancing diversity in the legal profession by supporting diverse law students and early career attorneys at key stages of their academic and professional development. The Foundation seeks to remove financial barriers to opportunity and success by offering entering law students free access to programming, mentors, and resources throughout their academic and professional careers.
  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF) — For more than seven decades, UNCF has raised more than $5 billion to help more than 500,000 students attend college, graduate, and become leaders.

Source: LSAC