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 complete law school. The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship grants 10 - 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial aid over their three years in law school. Since its inception, more than 350 students from across the country have received the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship.

How to Apply

The 2020 ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund application for students entering law school in the fall 2020 session is now closed. 

Click here to access a PDF of the application.

Support Our Scholars

Make a Charitable Gift to the Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

Costs associated with law school may derail accomplished and highly motivated students from completing their Juris Doctor.  For the class of 2016, one out of ten minority law students had to abandon a lifetime dream of becoming a lawyer and the legal field lost 10% of its potential diverse talent pool.

Most of these exceptional graduates are now giving back to the profession through the ABA’s public service and educational programs by providing pro bono assistance to the underserved and promoting diversity at their law firm, corporation, government agency or legal aid organization.

DONATE TODAY to break down financial barriers to law school and open the legal profession’s doors to passionate young people of color.

Your gift to support the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will bring about a more diverse and inclusive legal profession and positive changes in our communities.  

"I spent years searching my neighborhood for someone to look up to, but eventually I stopped looking for that person and decided to become that person."

Marlena ConnellyRoger Williams University School of Law

"Chaldeans desperately need someone who truly understands their needs and communicates in a language they understand… When I become a lawyer, I aim to do just that. I want to be that voice not just for my people, but for all Middle Easterners who share the same struggles."

Matthew HannaU.C. Davis School of Law

"My diversity is an asset, and I use the identities that I carry - Black, low-income, Southern, ideologically progressive – to constantly forge spaces more inclusive of marginalized individuals."

Armani MadisonHarvard Law School