Legal Opportunity Scholarship

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Amount
Awarded

$15,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

May 1

Wednesday
Awarded By:

American Bar Association

Number of Awards & Eligibility: 20 awards offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  2. This award is for racially and ethnically diverse students.
  3. Must have achieved a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale as an undergraduate.
  4. Must be starting his/her first year of law school.
  5. This award is for U.S. students.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is for racially and ethnically diverse students entering their first year of law school. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States, have a 2.5 grade point average, and demonstrate financial need.

Application requirements for the Legal Opportunity Scholarship are:

  • Recommendation letter (2)
  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Official Transcript
  • Federal income tax forms
Additional Information: The American Bar Association provides this scholarship in an effort to advance diversity within the legal profession. Since the program began, more than 350 students from across the United States have been awarded the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship. Selection of awards will favor strong legal arguments as demonstrated in the essay.

Award Amount: $5,000 annually will be distributed to each recipient for each year of law school, renewable for up to two additional years.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $15,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, May 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, May 1

The purpose of the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to and attend law school and to provide financial assistance to ensure that these students have the opportunity to attend law school for three years. To apply, the applicant must submit a completed application, a personal statement of up to 1,000 words, unofficial transcript from the undergraduate school, and two letters of recommendation through the online application form. All submissions must be received by the deadline date.
Contact: Sharon Tindall
Address: 321 North Clark Street Chicago, Illinois 60654

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