Outside Scholarships

MINORITY LEGAL FELLOWSHIP - GRANT: The South Asian Bar Association of Washington has put forth a $4,000 grant to a law firm (“firm”) or non-profit organization (“organization”) who is interested in promoting and encouraging diversity in the legal profession. SABAW’s goal through this fellowship is to encourage firms and organizations to recruit, retain and advance minority attorneys who will contribute to the diversity of your firm or organization and the legal profession.

If your firm or organization fits the below criteria and is interested in participating in the Minority Legal Fellowship sponsored by SABAW, please proceed to answer the below questions. Applications for the grant must include responses to questions 1-4 below and should be submitted to mlf@sabaw.org by August 31st, 2018.  SABAW would announce the recipient of the Grant by September 7, 2018.

Fellowship Requirements: Fellowship awardee can include a law student, recent law graduate, or individuals who are currently seeking employment or other forms of legal experience. A representative from the firm or organization and the fellowship awardee must be willing to attend and be recognized at the South Asian Bar Association Annual Banquet scheduled for September 22, 2017. The firm or organization and the Minority Legal Fellowship awardee will be profiled in the SABAW monthly newsletter and highlighted on its website.

 Firm/Organization Criteria: Your firm must have no more than five full time lawyers on staff.  This criterion does not apply to organizations.


  1. How do you believe your firm's or organization's participation in the Minority Legal Fellowship program will benefit your work culture and the greater legal community?
  2. In the Greater Seattle legal community, what do you believe to be the greatest hurdle for minorities entering the legal job market?
  3. What specific characteristics would you look for in a prospective applicant to the Minority Legal Fellowship?
  4. Please provide us with a copy of a job description or student fellowship application, including lists of types of projects and responsibilities, and duration of the job/student fellowship.
  5. Please provide the name, resume and contact information of the awardee candidate in your application package.  If selected, the firm or organization and individual awardee will be featured on our website and in our newsletter.  For questions and more information, please contact SABAW at mlf@sabaw.org.

The Law Offices of Alejandro Padua is offering the $2500 Padua Latino Justice Scholarship. They are particularly encouraging applications from undocumented immigrants, DACA recipients and DREAMers, and students with pending immigrant or nonimmigrant visa applications. See https://www.abogadosdeaccidente.com/scholarship for further inforamtion and application instructions. The deadline is October 1, 2018.

Skinner Law Firm offers a $1000 scholarship. The essay topic of 600 words is about the issue of cyber bullying and state laws. See https://www.skinnerlawfirm.net/scholarship/ for more information. The deadline is October 15, 2018.

Staver Law Group offers a $5000 Personal Injury Scholarship. An essay of 300-500 regarding the role of personal injury lawyers is required. See https://www.chicagolawyer.com/staver-law-group-personal-injury-scholarship/ for more information. The deadline is December 1, 2018.

Newsom Melton is offering a $1500 Scholarship twice per year in the spring and fall for student leaders. A 500-1000 word essay on the topic of leadership (see website for topic choices) is required. The requirements may be found here: https://www.newsomelaw.com/student-leadership-scholarship/. The deadline is December 15, 2018.

The Expert Institute offers a $2000 online legal writing scholarship for the best legal blog post written by a law student on the topic of expert witnesses. To be considered for the scholarship, you must submit a 1,500 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation. See https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/writing-contest/. The deadline is December 31, 2018.

The Christensen Law Firm provides a $2000 scholarship for aspiring lawyers. For eligibility and application information see: https://www.texasinjurylawhelp.com/christensen-law-firm-scholarship/. The deadline is January 31, 2019. 

Brauns Law, PC offers a $1000 scholarship. The essay topic of 600 words is about how you overcome certain obstacles in your life. See https://braunslaw.com/scholarship/ for more information. The deadline is February 28, 2019.

American Indian College Fund awards educational scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students attending tribal colleges and public or private/non-profit colleges. For a list of offered scholarships for graduate students see American Indian College Fund - graduate.

BLSA has funded and developed a financial aid Web site that provides a plethora of scholarship information and provides several ways that donations can be made to the "Students of Color Scholarship Fund." They invite you to review the information at www.financialaid4you.com.

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Scholarship information for international students may be found at www.internationalscholarships.com.

Disclaimer: We do not endorse or confirm outside scholarships. Students should research the firm or organization carefully before submitting an application and always read the fine print. You will not be asked to pay an application fee for a legitimate scholarship. 

For answers to any questions you have about financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services at lawfa@seattleu.edu.