Scholars for Justice Award

Seattle University School of Law's Scholars for Justice Award is a three-year, full-tuition scholarship supporting students committed to:

  • Public Interest Law
  • Service and leadership
  • Academic Excellence
  • Community engagement
  • Global awareness

We are pleased to offer the Scholars for Justice Award as a part of a continuing commitment to our mission of educating leaders for a just and humane world. Seattle U Law educates lawyers who distinguish themselves through their outstanding legal skills and their dedication to law in the service of justice. This award supports up to two students in each entering class. The scholarship encourages these students to focus on public interest commitments while in law school and after graduation.

Scholars for Justice are selected on the basis of:

  • A demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career as a public interest lawyer;
  • Prior involvement in significant public service and/or social justice activities prior to law school; and
  • Academic achievement. Those eligible for consideration are typically drawn from the top  25% of the applicant pool.

While at Seattle U Law, Scholars are engaged with public service opportunities through the Access to Justice Institute. Scholars are expected to graduate with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Application Process

To be considered for the Scholars for Justice Award, applicants must complete the regular JD program application through LSAC by February 1. Applicants must also provide by February 1:

  1. A typewritten essay of no more than two pages, double-spaced, describing the applicant's background and experience, emphasizing public interest and social justice activities and involvement. This statement is required in addition to the personal statement required as part of the JD admissions process. 

  2. Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's public interest and/or social justice activities and involvement. These can be additional letters or two of the letters that are already a part of the regular JD application CAS Report. If the applicant wishes to use the existing CAS Report letters, the Admission Office should be informed at the time the Scholars for Justice essay is submitted.

Materials for the Scholars for Justice Scholarship may be mailed directly to the School of Law or emailed to: as Word or PDF documents.

For more information about the scholarship or the application process, contact the Admission Office at: