I am not a U.S. citizen, am I eligible to apply?
Undocumented students, DACA students, and U.S resident students are encouraged to apply. Unfortunately, international students outside or inside the U.S. are ineligible to apply.
Are students applying to LLM or Master programs eligible?
No, only those seeking a J.D. should apply for LOSF.
Is the scholarship open to 2L and 3L students?
No, the scholarship is open to applicants entering their first year of law school in Fall 2023.
Are unoffical transcripts accepted?
Yes, the Selection Committee accepts either offical or unoffical transcripts.
What is the word limit for the personal statement?
Please limit your personal statement to 1,000 words.
What should I include in my personal statement?
Your personal statement is your opportunity to include information that the application form does not convey and that you feel will assist us in reaching a thoughtful decision on your application. Examples of such information include a description of your personal strengths, your contributions through community service, service to or on behalf of your family, growth through your past work, a description of any special or unusual circumstances that may have affected your academic performance, or your personal and family history of educational or socio-economic disadvantage. While this list is not all-inclusive, we offer it for you to consider the types of information that may be useful in evaluating your application.
Letters of Recommendation
How can I submit my letters of recommendation?
There are 2 methods to submit the required letters of recommendation. Applicants can upload the letters with their application via suvery monkey. Or applicants can input their recommenders' email and the recommender will recieve the link to upload the letter. Please note, survey monkey will consider adding the recommenders' email as a completed task. It is the responsibility of the recommender to add the letter before the deadline.
How many letters of recommendations are required?
The minimum number of letters required is 2. The Selection Committee will read up to 4 letters.
Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?
The Selection Committee recommends that a mix of recommendations letters are submitted. Letters can be written by academic professors, past/current employers, community leaders, etc.
Who should the letters of recommendation be addressed to?
Letters of recommendation can be addressed to the ABA LOSF Selection Committee.
Do I need to submit my FASFA information or my parents' tax forms?
No, we ask that you answer the financial questions within the application form. You will be asked to enter the infomation from the tax forms, but not asked to upload them.
I only have financial information for one parent, can I still apply?
Yes. The application form will allow you to indicate that you only have information for one parent, with a space to provide an explanation. In order to proceed with the application, please provide 0 values for the parent for whom you do not have information.
Am I required to submit additional materials? If so, what should I provide?
No. That section is a catch all for additional information that was not captured in the application. Please do not upload your resume.
When are applications accepted?
The application cycle typically opens in February and closes in April. Applications are not accepted outside of the application cycle.
When will I hear news on my application?
The ABA LOSF Selection Committee consists of volunteer legal professionals. We make every effort to go through the review process as quickly as possible to inform applicants. Please do not email inquiring about the status of your application. We will contact applicants directly when the review process is complete.
Questions can be sent to [email protected] or [email protected].