Scholarships and Awards

Merit-Based Scholarships

For the 2016-17 school year, Brandeis School of Law has committed more than $1.6 million to financial aid in the form of recruiting, academic, research, need-based and activity scholarships or awards. Many of these have been funded through the generosity of law firms, corporations, alumni and other friends of the law school.

Each accepted applicant is automatically considered for scholarships and awards, and no separate application is required. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit of the applicant. To ensure consideration for all scholarships, candidates should take the LSAT as early as possible and submit their admissions application by the April 15 deadline.

Human Rights Fellowships

The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law invites entering law students to apply for a Human Rights Fellowship, which identifies and distinguishes incoming student leaders ready to work with the Brandeis Human Rights Advocacy Project from their first day of law school through to graduation. Human Rights Fellows work with faculty members, community leaders and fellow upper-level students who share your passion and commitment to action. Fellows receive academic stipends renewable annually for the full three-year course of law study.

The deadline to apply for the 2017-18 fellowship program is March 30, 2017.

Learn more about applying.

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

We also make every effort to announce scholarships from outside agencies which may be of interest to our students. These scholarships have their own applications, procedures, criteria and deadline.Scholarship opportunities include the following:

Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 1

Eligibility: Applicants must be a current or former member of Phi Mu, have strong academic credentials, and demonstrate financial need. Only one application is required to be considered for all scholarships.

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April

Eligibility: For current 2Ls and 3Ls attending Brandeis School of Law and who have a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all courses pertaining to labor and employment law.

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Amount: Varies

Deadline: late March

Eligibility: Undergraduate, masters-level and doctoral students enrolled in 12+ credit hours who have graduated from a high school located in Jefferson County, Kentucky.

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Amount: $1,000-$5,000

Deadline: April

Eligibility: For current law students studying energy, environmental, natural resource and mineral law at schools holding membership in the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation. Brandeis Law is a member of this organization.

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Amount: Varies

Deadline: May

Eligibility: For students who, at the time of submission of their entries, are enrolled as J.D. candidates in accredited law schools. 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.

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Amount: $2,000

Deadline: December 1

Eligibility: The Morgan & Morgan For The People Scholarship will be awarded to an individual who is accepted or enrolled as a first year in law school and has made a significant contribution to his or her community.

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Amount: $1,000

Deadline: August

Eligibility: For a law student who has been accepted into an accredited law school anywhere in the United States for enrollment in the fall semester.

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Amount: Varies

Eligibility: For students pursuing a degree at the University of Louisville who have have limited financial resources and a minimum GPA of 2.5.

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Amount: $1,000

Deadline: June 1

Eligibility: For an incoming 1L or currently enrolled law student holding a 3.0 GPA or higher. Essay required.

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This award recognizes promising health law students with an aptitude for and commitment to a career in health law with a focus on the legal and compliance issues facing bio/pharmaceutical and/or medical technology industries.

Deadline: January

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This scholarship is meant for a student enrolled or accepted at an accredited school and who has been affected by a car accident.

Deadline: August

Eligibility: The scholarship is judged on need and commitment to helping others.

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Amount: $1,000, or designed to cover the cost of an LSAT prep course, whichever is less.

Deadline: April

Eligibility: The recurring scholarship, awarded each spring, is for students who are enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university in the U.S.

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USAttorneys.com is offering a scholarship to U.S. citizens accepted to or enrolled in an accredited law school.

Deadline: June

Eligibility: Submit an essay about divorce law, child custody or divorce mediation.

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Amount: $2,000

Deadline: December

Eligibility: 1,000- to 2,500-word blog-style essay on use of experts in litigation

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Jacoby & Meyers law firm is offered a merit-based scholarship to undergraduate students who plan on attending law school.

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December

Eligibility: Must be enrolled and in good standing with an accredited law school or four-year university. Essay required.

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The 10th Circle's Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award is for anyone attending a college or university worldwide. This scholarship grant is aimed at assisting undergraduate or graduate students further their education as well as expand their social responsibility and community service footprint in the world. There is no specific course of study or major required.

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: June 1 and December 1

Eligibility: All current college/university students, full- or part-time, are eligible. The 10th Circle employees, family relatives and vendors are not eligible.

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Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: This scholarship is for first-year law students and is designed to encourage and award creative authorship. Scholarship applicants must submit a sample of their writing that has previously been published in a newspaper, magazine, professional blog or academic publication.

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Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 1

Eligibility: This scholarship is for law students who are beginning school in August 2017 and who have written an article that has been published in print or digital media.

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Amount: $1,000

Deadline: August 15

Eligibility: Full-time students over the age of 18 enrolled in a current or upcoming accredited law program are eligible.

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Amount: $1,000

Deadline: August 20

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Amount: $2,000

Deadline: August 31

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Amount: $1,000

Deadline: August

Eligibility: This scholarship is intended to help law school students who have either received or been affected by a DUI charge.

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Amount: $500

Deadline: December 1

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Amount: $1,215

Deadline: August 31

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Amount: $1,000

Deadline: August 25

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Amount: $1,000

Deadline: August 1

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Amount: $1,000

Deadline: August 1

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Amount: $10,000

Deadline: March

Eligibility: For rising second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American or female students who have demonstrated academic excellence and service to the profession, community, and cause of diversity. Applicants must submit an essay and provide three letters of recommendation.

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Amount: Varies

Deadline: March

Eligibility: IABA grants one or more scholarships each year to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Iranian-American community. Applicants must be of Iranian heritage and full-time students at an accredited law school in the United States who are not otherwise receiving full educational funding from another organization.

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Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May

Eligibility: Open to incoming first-, second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American and biracial American Association for Justice (AAJ) law student members.

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The Louisville Bar Association's Legal Opportunity Scholarship was created to encourage and provide financial assistance to law students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession.

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Applicant must be a member of a group that is underrepresented in the legal profession; must be a second- or third-year student at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law; must have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.5; must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

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Amount: $2,000

Deadline: May

Eligibility: Open to students in their first or second year of law school as well as students entering an accredited law school in the fall. Recipient is a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.

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Amount: Up to $5,000

Deadline: July

Eligibility: Open to incoming and firs- and second-year law students who are interested in the field of IP law and who can demonstrate high academic achievement.

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Amount: Varies

Deadline: July

Eligibility: For students enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program in one of the designated Eastern region states: Delaware, Washington, D.C., Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia or West Virginia.

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Amount: $20,000

Deadline: July

Eligibility: Reed Smith's Diverse Scholars Program provides two scholarship awards as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school. The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and community.

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Amount: Varies

Deadline: November

Eligibility: The Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to Latino students who are presently attending law school and who have demonstrated involvement in the Latino community.

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Amount: Varies

Deadline: November

Eligibility: For students in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States who have demonstrated creativity, originality and initiative in one or more aspects of her/his life, demonstrated a commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort, and demonstrated a commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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Pickard Parry Pfau, personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas, are offering a scholarship for left-handed students.

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: July

Eligibility: Open to left-handed high school seniors and college or graduate students who live in the U.S. Students must enroll in college or graduate school no later than Fall 2016 semester.

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The Pearce Law Firm in Philadelphia is offering the Empowering Women in Law Scholarship exclusively for women studying law.

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: May

Eligibility: Applicants will have successfully completed at least one semester of law school. It is judged based on need and academic achievement. Only online applications will be accepted.

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Amount: $10,000

Deadline: June 6

Eligibility: The Minority Corporate Counsel Association offers scholarships to diverse students who have been accepted to an ABA accredited law school and have an interest in corporate law.

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Additional information about outside scholarship opportunities is available on the University of Louisville Student Financial Aid Office website.