Douglas R. Nash Native American Law Scholarship

Because Native Americans represent one of the smallest bars in the nation, Seattle U Law is committed to increasing the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives who attend law school and practice law.

Amount

Three-year, full-tuition

Eligibility

  • Admitted Seattle U Law student
  • Enrolled member of a state or federally recognized tribe or a lineal descendant of an enrolled parent or grandparent.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Native American or Native Alaskan issues, academic achievement, and potential for success in law school.

Application procedure

  • Deadline: February 6
  • Submit a complete JD application through LSAC (including a valid LSAT or GRE score) by the deadline.
  • In addition to the application, submit the following directly to the Office of Admission:
    • Two-page statement discussing commitment to and involvement in Native American or Native Alaskan issues.
    • Letter of support from tribal elder strongly encouraged. Elder does not need to be from same tribe as the applicant.

For more information about the scholarship or the application process, contact the Admission Office at: lawadmis@seattleu.edu.


Scholars for Justice Award

Seattle University School of Law's Scholars for Justice award is part of our continuing mission to educate leaders for a just and humane world. This award supports up to two incoming students through a full-tuition scholarship. The awards encourage these students to focus on public interest commitments while in law school and after graduation.

The Admission Committee seeks candidates who demonstrate service and leadership, community engagement, and academic excellence. Scholars for Justice are selected on the basis of:

  • A demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career as a public interest lawyer;
  • 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 expected to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Engage with public service opportunities through the Access to Justice Institute (ATJI), the home for pro bono, public interest, and social justice activities;
  • Take the Pro Bono Pledge and complete at least 100 hours (for full-time students) or 50 hours (for part-time students) of legal pro bono and community volunteer work before graduation;
  • Pursue leadership opportunities in the law school or community and participate in ATJI programming;
  • Complete a minimum of one year of public service work within three years of graduation. Public service is defined broadly and could include work focusing on advocating for marginalized and under-represented individuals, organizations, and communities; and
  • Graduate with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Application procedure

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 maximum two-page, double-spaced, typewritten essay describing the applicant's background and experience, emphasizing public interest and social justice activities. This statement is required in addition to the personal statement that is part of the JD admissions process.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's public interest and/or social justice involvement. These can be additional letters or two of the letters that are already a part of the regular JD application CAS Report. If submitting additional letters not included in the CAS Report, please have the recommender upload letters to the following link: https://seattleux.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0GTDuwu2cFVQmF0.

Scholars for Justice essays should be submitted online here no later than February 1.

For more information about the scholarship or the application process, contact the Admission Office at: lawadmis@seattleu.edu.


Outlaws Civil Rights Scholarship

Established by retired Professor Julie Shapiro to provide support for a student actively committed to and engaged in public interest law that benefits the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (“LGBTQ”) community.

Amount

$2,500 awarded as part of the recipient's financial aid package for the 2019-20 academic year. Students may receive the award more than once but must reapply each year.

Eligibility

Entering students and current 1L, 2L and part-time 3L students, chosen on the basis of:

  • Demonstrated track record and history of working on significant, topical issues that he/she plans to build on throughout and after law school.
  • Work within diverse communities, e.g., LGBTQ immigrants or underserved areas.

Application procedure

Deadline: TBD

Submit the following:

  • Current resume
  • Cover letter explaining work and future plans/interests. Examples of public interest work might include: traditional civil rights, immigrants, medical care with youth, the disabled, the elderly, low-income housing, a legislative forum and/or international work.

Email your materials to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.


Law Librarianship Scholarship

Provides annual support for Seattle U Law students interested in law librarianship.

Amount

$1,000 will be awarded as part of the recipient's financial aid package for the 2019-20 academic year. A student can receive the award more than once but must reapply each year.

Eligibility

Current 1L, 2L, and part-time 3L students who have earned or plan to earn a MLS degree

Application procedure

Deadline: TBD

Submit the following:

  • Short statement (no more than one page) explaining your interest in law librarianship.
  • Commit to completing a paid internship in the Seattle U Law Library, lasting 50 to 100 hours.
  • Email your statement to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

Contact Us

Student Financial Services (SFS)
Sullivan Hall, Second Floor
901 12th Avenue
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
206-398-4250
lawfa@seattleu.edu

SFS Hours

Monday, Thursday:
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. when classes are not in session)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday:
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.