Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

About the Legal Opportunity Scholarship

The American Bar Association (ABA) awards an annual Legal Opportunity Scholarship to first-year law students. The mission of the program is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to attend and completing law school. The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship grants 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial aid over the course of their three years in law school. Since its inception, 350 students from across the country have received the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship!

Eligibility:

To be eligible to receive an ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship, an applicant must meet all the following requirements:

  • An applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the USA.
  • The applicant must be an entering, first-year law student in the academic year 2017.
  • Only students beginning law school in this academic year will be eligible for a scholarship. Law students who have completed one or more semesters or years of law school are not eligible.
  • Applicants who are part-time law students also must be starting law school in this academic year to be eligible.
  • At the time of submission of the application, the applicant must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 grading scale) at his or her undergraduate institution. If the applicant has not completed his or her undergraduate degree at the time the application is submitted, he or she must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 grading scale) as of the most recent completed semester.
  • The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America. Students who are citizens and residents of a foreign country, even if they plan to attend law school in the United States, are not eligible to apply.
  • Before receiving scholarship funds, recipients will be required to demonstrate admission to and plans to enroll at an ABA-accredited law school. Because of the deadline for submitting applications, the applicant will have applied to law schools, but may not yet have been admitted to law school. If the applicant is selected to receive an ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship, he or she will be required to demonstrate admission to and plans to enroll at an ABA-accredited law school before receiving scholarship funds. Students who do not enroll or who leave law school after being admitted will be required to return all or a proportional amount of scholarship funds.

How to Apply:

To be considered for the scholarship, the candidate can download the application form:
The link for the 2018 application will be posted soon.

Application Deadline:

The deadline for the 2018 Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund applications is March 2, 2018.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions e-mail legalosf@americanbar.org.

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