External Scholarships

Below is a list of external law school scholarship opportunities known to us at this time. The list is not exhaustive and is organized chronologically by deadline, with the latest deadlines appearing first. Some deadlines may have passed, but they remain on this list as an indication of when the same scholarship opportunity may become available in a future year. We also recommend exploring the AccessLex Law School Scholarship Databank, a searchable and filterable database of hundreds of available scholarship opportunities and writing competitions, curated by the nonprofit AccessLex Institute.

External scholarship opportunities may be open to incoming law students or those currently enrolled at law school. Each scholarship establishes its own application requirements, preferred qualifications and terms of eligibility. In some cases, students who have applied to law school but have not yet been accepted may apply for a scholarship but must be accepted to and enroll in a JD program by the time the scholarship is awarded. The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law makes no representations or warranties as to the continued availability or terms of any external scholarship opportunity.

Scholarships marked with an asterisk (*) offer varying award amounts, with the top award listed below. Scholarships marked with a cross (+) offer additional financial benefits. The Aaron M. Murphy Scholarship, marked with an exclamation point (!), is designated specifically for Louisville Law students who are Kentucky residents.

Amount Deadline
Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein Lawyers Legal Scholarship $1,500 01/31/22
Scottsdale Injury Lawyers Law School Scholarship Contest $1,000 12/01/21
Robert Wayne Pearce Investor Fraud Awareness Scholarship $1,000 12/01/21
Emery Reddy Legal Studies Scholarship $2,500 11/30/21
Answering Legal Law Scholarship $5,000 11/05/21
Denver Trial Lawyers Checks and Balances Scholarship Contest $1,000 11/01/21
Weiss & Paarz Annual National Law Scholarship $1,000 09/30/21
Sibley Dolman Gipe Video Essay Contest $1,100 09/30/21
Attorney Ken Nugent Legal Scholarship $5,000 08/15/21
Evident Scholarship Contest $1,000 08/15/21
Constantine Cannon Law School Essay Writing Contest $2,500* 08/01/21
Hoggatt Injury Law Children of Injured Workers Scholarship $1,000 08/01/21
Cowboy Country Criminal Defense Liberty and Justice for All? Scholarship Contest $1,000 08/01/21
GJEL Accident Attorneys Law Student Scholarship $2,000 08/01/21
ClearPath Lending Scholarship $1,000 07/31/21
Reiff Law Firm Legal Scholarship $1,000 07/01/21
Rizio Lipinsky Lawyer Scholarship $5,000 07/01/21
Keith M. Fletcher Excellence in Ethics Scholarship $1,000* 07/01/21
Behan Law Group Military Veteran Scholarship $1,000 07/01/21
ChapmanAlbin Law School Scholarship Essay Contest $1,000 06/15/21
Gladiator Law Marketing Law School Scholarship $1,500 06/06/21
Gainsberg Law Annual Scholarship Award $2,500 06/01/21
Plaxen Adler Muncy Scholarship $2,500 06/01/21
BARBRI “One Lawyer Can Change the World” Scholarship $10,000* 06/01/21
Accident & Injury Law Office of Terry Bryant Law School Scholarship $2,500 06/01/21
Ladah Law Firm Car Accident Scholarship $1,000 05/31/21
Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation Award $10,000* 05/28/21
Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris LLP Scholarship Essay Contest $2,000 05/03/21
Murphy & Associates PLC Aaron M. Murphy Scholarship $10,000! 05/01/21
Rice, Murtha & Psoras Scholarship $1,500 05/01/21
Stoddard Firm Legal Scholarship $1,000 05/01/21
Mann Law Firm Legal Scholarship $1,000 05/01/21
Ben Crump Law School Scholarship $2,500 05/01/21
Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office Scholarship $1,000 04/30/21
Foundation for Rural Service James L. Bass Legal Scholarship $5,000+ 04/16/21
FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship Program Varies 04/09/21
Vaughn S. Clauson Public Interest Scholarship $2,000 04/01/21
Louis-Edward Nicklies Scholarship Varies 03/26/21
Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Law Student Scholarship $5,000* 03/15/21
Pioletti Pioletti & Nichols Scholarship $1,000 02/01/21
Morgan & Morgan For the People Scholarship $5,000 01/10/21
Johns Law Firm Law School Scholarship Contest $1,500 12/31/20
Powers Law Firm Scholarship Essay Contest $1,000 12/31/20
Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman LLC American Law School Scholarship $1,000 12/15/20
Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates American Law School Student Scholarship $1,000 12/15/20
BerlikLaw Future Virginia Lawyer Scholarship $1,500 12/15/20
Brager Tax Law Group Legal Scholarship $1,000 12/15/20
Law Offices of Stephen Neyman Criminal Defense Student Law School Scholarship $2,500 12/15/20
Kreisman Law Offices Law School Scholarship $1,000 12/15/20
Lebowitz & Mzhen Law School Scholarship $1,000 12/15/20
Law Offices of Allan F. Friedman Student for Justice Scholarship $750 12/15/20
Davis Law Group PC Scholarship $1,000 12/15/20
Tilem & Associates PC Scholarship $1,000 12/15/20
Fob James Law Firm Law School Scholarship Contest $1,000 12/15/20
Attorneys.org Legal Scholarship $1,000 12/11/20
Richard Linn American Inn of Court Mark T. Banner Scholarship $10,000 12/04/20
Arnold & Itkin LLP Academic Scholarship $5,000 12/01/20
Ottinger Employment Lawyers Law School Scholarship $1,500 12/01/20
Altman & Altman Law School Scholarship $1,500 12/01/20
Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp Short Essay Scholarship Contest $1,000 11/25/20
Hartsoe Law Firm Law School Scholarship $500 11/01/20
Enjuris Scholarship Essay Contest $1,000 10/15/20
GAR Disability Advocates Law School Scholarship $1,000 10/15/20
Baumgartner Law Firm Law Student Scholarship $3,000 08/31/20
Nadrich & Cohen LLP Merit Scholarship $1,000 08/01/20
Miller & Zois LLC Baltimore Student Law School Scholarship $1,000 07/15/20
Keller Law Offices Military Veterans Scholarship $1,000 07/15/20
Curley Law Firm Law School Scholarship Contest $1,000 06/30/20
Neal Davis Law Scholarship Essay Contest $1,000 06/15/20
Cunningham & Mears Academic Scholarship $2,500 06/01/20
Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates “Just Need a Chance” Educational Scholarship $1,000 06/01/20
Wagner & Wagner Civil Justice Scholarship $2,500 06/01/20
Plattner Verderame Civil Justice Scholarship $2,500 06/01/20
Moses & Rooth Attorneys at Law Legal Scholarship $1,000 05/31/20

Diversity Scholarships

Some external scholarship opportunities are intended for students with specific backgrounds or experiences, designed to increase diversity in legal education and deepen the presence of underrepresented groups in the legal profession. Each scholarship may set its own definitions and terms of eligibility, but “students of color” typically includes those who identify as one or more of the following: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

Amount Deadline
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC Single Mother Scholarship $1,000 12/05/21
NAPABA Law Foundation NLF Scholarships $7,500* 09/07/21
Trial LawHER Scholarship $10,000 08/01/21
Frost Brown Todd Diversity Scholarship $2,000 07/02/21
NAPABA Law Foundation Sharon & Ivan Leadership Scholarship $5,000 06/30/21
MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program $10,000 06/01/21
Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship $10,000 05/31/21
Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship $1,500 05/31/21
NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund Earl Warren Scholarship $30,000 05/01/21
American Bar Association LGBT Public Interest Scholarship Program $5,000* 04/30/21
American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund $15,000 04/17/21
Alexander G. Bell Association George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law & Public Policy $5,000 04/12/21
TMCF-AIPLEF Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarship $30,000 04/06/21
Islamic Scholarship Fund Varies 04/05/21
Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship $15,000 03/29/21
NAPABA Law Foundation Han C. Choi Scholarship $5,000 03/01/21
National Native American Bar Association Foundation Scholarships Varies 03/01/21
NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund Marshall-Motley Scholars Program Full tuition 02/16/21
Phi Mu Foundation Scholarship Varies 02/15/21
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Varies 02/14/21
Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship $20,000 02/01/21
AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships Varies 12/01/20
Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County Wallace R. Davis Memorial Scholarship Varies 11/09/20
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship For New Americans $25,000+ 10/29/20
Defense Research Institute Law Student Diversity Scholarship Program $10,000 09/15/20
Iranian American Bar Association Law Student Scholarship Fund $5,000* 07/31/20
Korean American Scholarship Foundation, Eastern Regional Chapter $5,000* 06/30/20
Michigan Auto Law Student Diversity Scholarship $2,000 06/01/20
American Association for Justice Richard D. Hailey Scholarship $5,000 05/15/20
AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund Mike Eidson Scholarship $5,000 05/15/20