Opportunities & Aid
Benson & Bingham First Annual Scholarship -- $2,000
In 2017, Benson & Bingham decided to once again give back to the community with the inception of its first annual Law Scholarship. Benson & Bingham understand the rigors of law school accompanied with the expense to become an attorney and felt obliged to help alleviate the financial strain with their annual scholarship offer.
In order to be eligible for the scholarship award, applicants must adhere to the following scholarship criteria:
- Currently enrolled in or recently accepted to an accredited law school.
- A United States citizen or permanent resident.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. A copy of your college transcript (unofficial) must accompany the application.
- Proof of Law School acceptance or attendance must accompany the application.
- Applications must be received electronically by August 31, 2017 to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, please reference: Benson & Bingham First Annual Scholarship Application.
- Questions regarding the application or process may be submitted to the above email address. Please, No Phone Calls.
One grand prize winner will receive a one-time payment of $2,000 to be applied to the law school of their admission/attendance. Essays may be published by Benson & Bingham, so please refrain from submitting anything personal or inappropriate for the web. The winner of the award will be announced by October 31, 2017.
Entrants for our scholarship must submit a minimum of a 600-word typed essay on one of the following topics:
- The future of driver-less cars and how this will affect the field of personal injury.
- Investigate and report on the past five years of historical motor vehicle accident data in any state, and analyze what state level laws or programs have been instituted during this time to decrease the rate of such accidents.
- Comment and reflect on what personal injury marketing strategies in your local state have been most effective on you, and explain why.
- How technology will affect the practice of law.
- The ramifications of social media platforms on the pursuit of justice for Plaintiffs.
The criteria used to evaluate essays will include:
- Originality of thought or provocativeness of article.
- Attention to current law as well as statistical knowledge of the area of investigation.
- Submissions must be 100% original and never published or disseminated at a previous time.
- Candidates may site case law or historical record with appropriate citations to the source.
Benson & Bingham welcome any and all potential candidates who meet the above criteria and complete the application by August 31, 2017. Complete information on the scholarship offer may be found here: https://www.bensonbingham.com/benson-bingham-first-annual-scholarshipContact: Justin Simpson
Warren E. Burger Prize -- $5,000Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 12:00pm • n/a
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.
You are invited to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000-20,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing the issues of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics, and professionalism. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000, and the essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review. The 2017 Warren E. Burger Prize will be presented during the annual American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C. on October 21, 2017.
Submissions are due by July 1, 2017. For more information, please visit home.innsofcourt.org/burgerprize.Contact: Cindy Dennis
ABA Criminal Justice William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition -- $2,500Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 11:55pm •
The Criminal Justice section of the American Bar Assocation announces the 2017 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition. Please click here for more information on eligibility, topic, submission details, etc.
All entrants will receive one year’s free full membership in the Criminal Justice Section.
PRIZE: The winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize.
DEADLINE: All entries must be received by the editor no later than July 1, 2017, 11:59 pm CST.Contact: Erin Remotigue
Tannenwald Writing Competition -- $5,000Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 8:00pm • n/a
The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel are pleased to announce its annual competition, the Tannenwald Writing Competition. The competition is open to all full- or part-time law school students.The overriding purpose of the Foundation is to encourage and foster in law students the intense passion that Judge Tannenwald had for rigorous and insightful legal analysis, for precise legal writing, and for quality legal education.
Submitted papers must focus primarily upon technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed U.S. federal or state tax or U.S. federal or state taxation system (including topics relating to tax practice ethical and professional responsibility matters). All papers submitted for the competition must be received no later than 9:00 p.m. EDT, July 5, 2017.
The foundation will provide cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers.
For more information, please click here.Contact: Nancy Abramowitz
The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation 24th Annual Brown Award -- Up to $10,000Friday, August 18, 2017 - 12:00pm • n/a
The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-fourth annual Brown Award. The award is in recognition of Excellence in Legal Writing in American Law Schools. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B degree is eligible to submit a paper for the award. The awards for 2017 will be as follows:
$10,000 First Place,
$5,000 Second Place,
$3,000 Third Place,
$1,000 Finalist, and
$5,000 to the Scholarship Fund selected by the Dean of the law school in which the First Place candidate is enrolled.
In order to be considered, two copies of a current legal writing must be submitted and postmarked no later than August 18, 2017. For additional details, please click here.Contact: Kenneth G. Engerrand
Baumgartner Law Student ScholarshipThursday, August 31, 2017 - 12:00am • Online submission
The Baumgartner Law Student Scholarship consists of a one-time award of $3,000. Deadline for this scholarship is August 31, 2017. A winner will be announced by November 30, 2017. This scholarship will be awarded based on need and a demonstarated commitment to helping others. Scholarship application is located here: https://baumgartnerlawyers.com/baumgartner-law-firm-scholarship-application/Contact: Jake Kamachi
Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship -- $25,000Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 11:50pm • n/a
Ropes & Gray has long been a proponent of law firm inclusion and diversity, with a dedicated mission to attract and retain outstanding lawyers of varied backgrounds. To further promote inclusion and diversity within the legal profession, the firm created the Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship, named after our beloved retired partner. Mr. Trimmier was the firm’s first African American partner and a leader of our efforts.
This scholarship provides a $25,000* award to up to five outstanding second-year law students to offset the expenses of their legal education, and includes a paid summer associate position following completion of the second year of law school. The funds will be paid out half upon completion of the summer program, and half upon starting as a full-time associate at the firm.
The scholarship will be awarded to applicants who exemplify the accomplishment, leadership and dedication that were the hallmarks of Mr. Trimmier’s life, and who are members of populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession.
*less all required income and payroll taxes
In addition to meeting the rigorous academic and hiring criteria of Ropes & Gray’s entry-level recruiting program, successful applicants for the scholarship must show:
- Demonstrated leadership ability
- Genuine interest in Ropes & Gray’s practice
The personal statement that is part of the application process should address the applicant’s qualifications for the scholarship, including, potentially, a description of the applicant’s leadership qualities, exceptional contributions to community and commitment to the practice of law.
- Outstanding undergraduate and law school academic achievement
- Member of a historically underrepresented group in the legal profession
- 2L, enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school
- U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the United States
The application process for the summer of 2018 will be open from May 15 through August 31, 2017.
For more information and an online scholarship application form, please visit https://www.ropesgray.com/diversityscholarship.Contact: Lindsay N. Kendrick
The Reeves Law Group Scholarship -- $3,000Friday, December 15, 2017 - 12:00pm • n/a
The Reeves Law Group is awarding a $3,000 scholarship to a deserving law student who authors a winning essay in our fifth annual Scholarship Essay Contest. We are pleased to support a future lawyer who demonstrates through past, current and expected future deeds a genuine commitment to serve the less-fortunate. Tell us about such deeds, including contributions you may have made or are currently making to help, for example, a non-profit institution, a specific group, your local community, or the public at large. Tell us also how you intend to use your legal training to advance those goals.
We would like you to tell your story in a brief narrative, starting with an introduction about who you are, your interests, and anything else you feel we should know about you. Then, please provide your entry in a 750-1000 words essay, or Prezi presentation. Graphic and creative presentations are welcome.
The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates a genuine desire and goal of using the legal system to fix problems or improve conditions in our society. Worthy deeds that you have already performed will be considered.
Scholarship Dates and Submission
When: We are now accepting submissions.
Where: Please send your story to email@example.com
Deadline: The deadline for submitting essays is December 15, 2017.
For more information, please visit http://www.robertreeveslaw.com/scholarship/.Contact: Reeves Law Group
The Expert Institute's Annual Legal Scholarship -- $2,000Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 11:55pm • n/a
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 by December 31, 2017. For more details, please visit https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/writing-contest/.Contact: The Expert Institute