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: scholarship@bensonbingham.com. 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.

Scholarship Guidelines:
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-scholarship

Contact: Justin Simpson

The Ankin Law Offices College Scholarship -- $5,000

Ankin Law is offering a $5,000 scholarship to an undergraduate or law school student of need who submits the best essay addressing the topic: "What effect will driverless-car technology have on personal injury automobile cases?"

Any full-time student enrolled in the fall of 2017 in an accredited community college, college or university or accredited law school is eligible to apply.  

The student must complete the online application which can be found at 


The submission deadline is June 1, 2017.

Contact: Pat McCune

Cogburn Law Offices Adversity Scholarship -- $5,000

Cogburn Law Offices is offering one $5,000 need-based scholarship to the student who submits the winning essay or video demonstrating how he or she has overcome great personal adversity. This need-based scholarship is open to any US citizen or permanent US resident who will be enrolled full-time in an accredited community college, college or university, or accredited law school in the fall of 2017. For more information, please visit http://cogburnlaw.com/scholarship/.  Online applications are due June 1, 2017.

Contact: Pat McCune

Peck Law Firm Scholarship -- $2,000

The Peck Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina is currently accepting applications for their $2,000 college scholarship to attend any accredited college/university, graduate school, or law school in the United States. 

This scholarship is open to any American citizen, who will have graduated from high school before July 1, 2017. Only students who have a 3.0 GPA or higher may apply for this scholarship. Any student wanting to be considered for the scholarship must complete the online application, which appears in the link below. All written scholarship submission materials must be received by 11:59 PM EST on May 31, 2017. The winner will be announced on July 31, 2017 and will receive a one-time award of $2,000. This will be sent directly to the winner’s school and can be used for all school-related expenses. 

The link for the scholarship application and more information is available at: http://thepeckfirm.com/?s=2017+scholarship.

Please contact Sarah Mclaughlin with any additional questions you may have regarding the scholarship. She can be reached at 843-631-7117 or sarahmclaughlin@thepeckfirm.com.

Contact: Sarah Mclaughlin

Law Office of Matthew L. Sharp Need-Based Scholarship -- $2,000

The Law Office of Matthew L. Sharp is offering one $2,000 need­-based scholarship. The scholarship committee will select the student who demonstrates financial need and who submits the strongest PSA video focusing on the topic: "Do you think an injured party should be entitled to a trial by jury?"

This scholarship is open to any US citizen or permanent US resident who will be enrolled full­-time in an accredited community college, college or university, or accredited law school in the fall of 2017.  

The online application can be found at http://mattsharplaw.com/law-office-matthew-l-sharp-need-based-scholarship/.  The online application must be submitted by June 1, 2017.

Contact: Pat McCune

WI State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section Writing Competition -- $3,000

The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin is pleased to announce its Annual 2016-2017 Memorial Writing Competition for law students.


The author of the best student article, as judged by the IP Section Board of Directors, will receive an award of $3,000 in cash. The author of the second place article will receive an award of $2,000 and the author of the third place article will receive an award of $1,000.

The competition is open to all J.D. candidates at the University of Wisconsin and Marquette University. Only one submission per year per student will be accepted for consideration. A submission from a previous year may not be resubmitted in a subsequent year for consideration.

Academic credit may also be available; the Section suggests that students check with the appropriate professor or instructor.

The subject matter of the articles may relate to any branch of intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, or trade secrets. The judges will evaluate each submission on several criteria, including complexity and difficulty of topic, depth and quality of analysis, relevance and timeliness of topic and organization and clarity of writing style.

Submissions should be typewritten and double-spaced (except for footnotes, which may be single-spaced). The font size shall be 12 point or greater; all margins shall be at least one inch. All entries must include a separate page containing the author's name, address, home phone, and law school. No such personal information shall appear on the submission itself. In preparing submissions, authors should consult and follow the style presented in the current edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. The maximum permitted length of an article is 7,500 words.

Submissions will be accepted with the understanding that the article is an original work prepared by the student and is not a copy or adaptation of work product prepared in connection with employment (such as a memorandum prepared in connection with work at a law firm). By submitting an article to the competition, students shall grant to the IP Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin the non-exclusive right to copy, publish, and distribute the work.

The submission deadline is May 30, 2017. The IP Section Board of Directors will notify winners. Please direct inquiries and send a "hard copy" of your submission to:

Stephanie Adamany
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
614 Walnut Street, 13th Floor Madison, WI 53726
Phone: (608) 890-1502
Fax: (608) 263-1064
Email: sadamany@warf.org

Please also contact Ms. Adamany with any address changes after submission. The winners will be notified by September 30, 2017.

Contact: Stephanie Adamany

Law School Reunion Weekend Workers Needed

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls:

Do you like people? Interested in networking with Marquette lawyers? How about making $10 per hour?

We need you! We are looking for a team of students to help with Law Reunion Weekend, which will be held Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3.

Please fill out the online form if you are interested.

Questions? Please contact Carol Dufek.

Contact: Carol Dufek

AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund's Mike Eidson Scholarship 2017 -- $5,000

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 12:00pm n/a

As the world’s largest trial bar, AAJ promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims’ rights—particularly the right to trial by jury—and 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.

Contact: AAJ Education

Attention 1Ls: Earl Warren Scholarship -- $10,000 / year

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 10:55pm TBD

In honor of his memory, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF)'s Earl Warren Scholarship is awarded annually to rising law students whose commitment to racial justice reveals outstanding potential for training as civil rights and public interest attorneys. Eligible law students include those entering their first or second year of full-time legal study at an accredited law school.

LDF’s Earl Warren Scholarship awards are $10,000 per year for three years (as long as scholars remain in good academic standing) for a total of $30,000. In addition to financial assistance, scholars are given two unique opportunities:

1) An internship, externship, or research project with LDF to be completed during their three years of law school during a mutually agreed period.  

2) Free attendance at LDF’s Civil Rights Training Institute, an annual civil rights conference that brings together civil rights advocates, scholars, and attorney to discuss strategies and network.  

The deadline for the applications is May 1, 2017. Final decisions are made by August 15, 2017 all applicants will be notified. For more information, please visit http://www.naacpldf.org/earl-warren-scholarship.

Contact: Earl Warren Scholarship

International Association of Defense Counsel 2017 Legal Writing Contest -- $2,000

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 11:55pm TBD

The International Associaition of Defense Counsel announces its 2017 Legal Writing Contest, which is open to students in accredited law schools in the United States and Canada.  Entrants must write on subjects in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense, or management of the defense of civil litigation. The contest is judged by a committee of the IADC.

First Place
$2,000 and a plaque

Second Place
$1,000 and a plaque

Third Place
$500 and a plaque

Honorable Mention

Winning and honorable mention entries are considered for publication in the IADC's quarterly academic publication, the Defense Counsel Journal. The judges also may award honorable mentions. 

Entries must be received on or before Friday, May 19, 2017.

For more information, please click here.

Contact: Melisa Maisel Vanis

American College of Employee Benefits Counsel 13th Annual Employee Benefits Writing Contest

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 8:00am TBD

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel is is pleased to announce the Thirteenth Annual Employee Benefits Writing Prize. 

SUBJECT:     Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.

OPEN TO:     Any J.D. and graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D.) law students enrolled at any time between August 15, 2016 and August 15, 2017.

SUBMIT BY:     June 1, 2017

UP TO TWO PRIZES:     $1,500 each. Winners will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner on October 14, 2017 in San Francisco, CA.  They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by Bloomberg BNA Books. The winning papers will also be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, experienced attorneys who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field in a wide range of practice settings including law and consulting firms, universities, labor unions, advocacy organizations and government agencies throughout the United States.  The College will also use its best efforts to have one or more of the winning papers published in the Benefits Law Journal or another professional or scholarly publication, if deemed suitable by the College's Writing Prize Committee and the editors of the publication.

Please see https://www.acebc.com/employee-benefits-writing-competition for more details.

Contact: Corey Swinick

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls: Association for Women Lawyers 2017 Scholarships for Wisconsin Law Students

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 12:00pm n/a

The Association for Women Lawyers Foundation (AWLF) is offering two scholarships to Wisconsin law students. In the past, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to law students from both Maquette University Law School and the University of Wisconsin Law School. In order to apply, all scholarship applicants must satisfy these requirements:

  • Applicant must be attending a Wisconsin law school in September 2017.
  • Applicant must have completed the first or second year of law school.
  • Applicant must be in good academic standing.
  • Applicant must be a woman.
  • Applicant must meet one or more of the selection criteria for the AWLF scholarship.

To apply for the AWLF Scholarship, applicants must meet the following selection critera:

  • Service to others
  • Diversity
  • Compelling financial need
  • Academic achievement
  • Unique life experience or circumstance (e.g., overcoming obstacles to attend or continue with law school)
  • Advancement of women in the profession

To apply for the Virginia A. Pomeroy Scholarship, applicants must meet the following selection critera:
The Virginia A. Pomeroy Scholarship honors the memory of AWL past-president and former Deputy State Public Defender Virginia A. Pomeroy, who began the AWL scholarship program in 1997. This scholarship may be awarded by AWLF in any year to deserving applicants. In addition to the selection criteria for the AWLF Scholarship, a successful applicant must demonstrate a special emphasis, through experience, employment, class work or clinical programs, in at least one of the following areas:

  • Service to the vulnerable or disadvantaged,
  • Civil Rights Law,
  • Appellate Practice,
  • Public Service,
  • Public Policy, or
  • Public Interest Law

The Scholarship Award Process
• Scholarship recipients are notified of their award on or after July 31. Scholarship checks are presented to the recipients at AWL’s Annual Meeting in September 2017 (receipients should plan to attend the Annual Meeting). Although the exact amount of the scholarships have not yet been set, in recent years they have been $2,500 to $3,000 each.

• All scholarship applicants receive a complimentary one-year membership in AWL. Scholarship recipients also receive a complimentary ticket to AWL’s Women Judges’ Night in the spring of 2017.

How to Apply
• An eligible application consists of a current resume, a law school transcript, and a cover letter. An official transcript is preferred, but an unofficial transcript is acceptable if the official version is not available by the application deadline. (Additional transcripts not available at time of application can be submitted up to three weeks after application deadline.) Your cover letter must discuss the ways in which you satisfy the criteria for the AWL Foundation Scholarship or the Pomeroy Scholarship.

• Applications must be submitted to the AWL Foundation Scholarship Committee at 3322 N. 92nd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53222-3507, or to associationforwomenlawyers@gmail.com. Electronic applications are encouraged. Transcripts can be mailed or emailed.

• All eligible applications must be received no later than June 15, 2017.

Contact: AWL Foundation Scholarship Committee

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Annual Law Student Writing Competition

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:50pm Online Submission

The College of Labor and Employment Laywers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law are pleased to announce thier 2016-2017 writing competition.  Entries should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar.  The judges will pay specific attention to these questions:

  • Is the topic relevant to labor and employment law practice?
  • Is the paper well written?
  • How well is the author's position argued and supported?
  • Is the topic handled with originality and not simply descriptive of a court decision or other legal development?

First prize will be awarded $3,000.

Entries must be submitted to swan@laborandemploymentcollege.org by June 15, 2017.  For more information, please visit the Audiences section of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers' website (www.laborandemploymentcollege.org) and click on "Law Schools and Students".

Contact: Alan B. Epstein

Warren E. Burger Prize -- $5,000

Saturday, 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 -- $2,500

Saturday, 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 -- $5,000

Wednesday, 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

Tannenwald Writing Competition -- $5,000

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 10:00pm Hardcopy submissions only

Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to all full- and part-time law school students.  Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable at http://www.tannenwald.org).

Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers.

Deadline for submitting papers: 9:00 p.m. EDT, July 5, 2017.

Mail papers to: Tannenwald Foundation, 700 Sixth Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001-3980, Attn: Sandie Kiedrowski.

For more information contact: Nancy Abramowitz at 202-274-4164 (nabramo@wcl.american.edu).

Contact: Nancy Abramowitz

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation 24th Annual Brown Award -- Up to $10,000

Friday, 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,
$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 Scholarship

Thursday, 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

The Reeves Law Group Scholarship -- $3,000

Friday, 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.

Judging Criteria

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 scholarships@robertreeveslaw.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 -- $2,000

Sunday, 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