External Scholarship Opportunities

A variety of scholarships exist for current and prospective law students. Many are offered through private law firms and various organizations.

Disclaimer: The Charleston School of Law has no authority in the selection of recipients of non-institutional scholarships. Students who apply to external scholarships agree to do their due diligence and not hold the Charleston School of Law accountable for any damages.

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is intended to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to these students. The Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school.  An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school.

The application can be downloaded on the ABA’s website. The deadline to submit the application is April 6, 2018.

Stephen E. Herrmann Environmental Writing Award

The Herrmann Award is a stipend of $3,500 to the author of the winning submission (whether an article, note, case comment or essay) and $500 to the submitting law journal. The winner of this year’s Herrmann Award will be invited to present his or her submission to the Fellows at the 2018 ACOEL Annual Meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

For more information about the award, click here. The deadline to apply is June 10, 2018.

The Branch Out Scholarship

Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is hosting a bi-yearly scholarship giving $1,000 to a student who demonstrates through a personal statement that they are committed to expanding their education and using their education to improve their communities.

Details and application information are available on the Bisnar Chase website. Deadline for the submission of applications is on June 15, 2018.

Anidjar & Levine Community Service Scholarship

To support students, The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine has launched Anidjar & Levine Community Service Scholarship.

To learn more about the scholarship, click here.

The topic for Essay: “What job skill(s) did you develop through community service that you did not possess prior to volunteering?”.

Scholarship Amount: $1000

Deadline: June 30th, 2018

2018 Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorneys, PC Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is intended to help defray first-year expenses for students graduating from undergraduate school that have been accepted into an accredited law school anywhere in the United States.

Applicants must submit the following by July 1st, 2018:

  • A completed Scholarship Application Form (.doc)(.pdf)
  • One to three (1-3) page typed essay
  • An official and complete copy of undergraduate college transcripts
  • An acceptance letter from an accredited law school within the United States
  • Proof of legal residency in the U.S. (i.e., birth certificate, passport, permanent resident card, etc.)

Completed applications must be submitted no later than July 1st, 2018.

Varghese Summersett Criminal Justice Scholarship

Varghese Summersett PLLC, a criminal defense law firm in Fort Worth, Texas, is offering a $1500 scholarship to a law school student. Applicants must submit a video educating the public about Texas’ DWI laws or promoting safer drinking habits. For additional information or to apply, please visit Varghese Summersett Criminal Justice Scholarship.

The deadline to apply is July 1, 2018.

Clinton Brink I Memorial Scholarship

The Law Offices of Brink Law Firm is offering the Clinton Brink I Memorial Scholarship of $1,000. It does not matter who you are, where you’re from, or what degree you’re pursuing. The Brink Law Firm wants to help.

Applicants must film a short video essay. The video essay may be any format; from merely reciting the relevant content on camera, to filming a powerpoint, to dramatic reenactment. Feel free to get creative. The topic is: Is the doctrine of adverse possession (aka squatter’s rights) fair?

To submit your video, Please upload your video to youtube or vimeo and then send us a link at: scholarships@brinkatlaw.com.

  • Length: No less than 45 seconds, and no longer than 4 minutes.
  • Due date: Submission of the video essay by August 1, 2018 at 12am PST.
  • Terry and Clinton will choose the winner on September 3, 2018.

More information can be found here.

Military Veteran Law Student Scholarship

Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC, a Criminal Defense Law Firm in Fort Worth, Texas, is offering a $500 stipend scholarship to one military veteran law student (1L, 2L, or 3L) attending law school in the United States.

Candidates should submit a cover letter summarizing their military service and the legal field in which they hope to work after law school. Candidates are encouraged to submit, along with their letter, a DD-214, a record of military awards, or other commendatory documents from their military service.

*The deadline for submissions is August 1st of every year and the award will be announced on August 15th. Completed applications shall be sent either by email to info@bhwlawfirm.com or by mail to Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC.

For more information about the scholarship, please click here.

Padua Latino Justice Scholarship

The Law Offices of Alejandro Padua is offering the Padua Latino Justice Scholarship of $2500 to a student currently enrolled in a U.S. university or law school who are in need of financial assistance in order to help them achieve their academic and professional dreams. Applications from undocumented immigrants, DACA recipients and DREAMers, and students with pending immigrant or non-immigrant visa applications are strongly encouraged.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must currently be a law student or undergraduate student interested in pursuing a career in law.
  • Must be in good academic standing with your educational institution and provide current transcripts.
  • Must apply to the contest via email and provide an introduction including: name, address, and the name of the school you’re looking to attend.
  • Must provide a short written or video essay describing a current legal issue and a potential solution they believe is important to achieving greater justice or equality in the future by August 15th, 2018.
  • A winner will be chosen on October 1st, 2018.

You can find out more about the scholarship and essay topic here.

Social Justice Scholarship By Maxim Law, PLLC

Maxim Law, PLLC is offering a scholarship for students pursuing degrees in social justice-related studies. The winning applicant will receive $500 to support his or her educational costs, including tuition and other fees.

The eligibility and selection criteria, in addition to the application requirements, instructions and deadlines, are available on the Maxim Law, PLLC student scholarship program page.  The award will be granted two times per year to two different students who meet the eligibility requirements and submit the most compelling essay.

Spolin Law Civil Rights & Criminal Law Scholarship

Spolin Law is offering a $1,000 scholarship to aid one student in achieving their educational and future career goals.

The application deadline is October 1, 2018.  The selected winner will be notified by email prior October 31, 2018.  For full details regarding eligibility, requirements, and submission, please visit our scholarship page.

Staver Law Group Personal Injury Scholarship

Staver Law Group is offering a $5,000 scholarship to aid one student in achieving their educational and future career goals whose essay shows an understanding and appreciation for the type of work personal injury attorneys do.

The application deadline is December 1, 2018. The selected winner will be notified by email prior to December 31, 2018. For full details regarding eligibility, requirements, and submission, please visit our scholarship page.

The Krist Law Firm, P.C. National Scholarship

The Krist Law Firm, P.C. sponsors an annual scholarship of $10,000. The application deadline is March 31, 2019. Eligibility requirements, more information and the application can be found here.

Child of an American Veteran Scholarship

To support students, Law Firm of Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD has launched Child of an American Veteran Scholarship. For more information about the scholarship, click here.

The topic for Essay: “How did growing up in a military family inspire your education and career aspirations”.

Scholarship Amount: $1500

Deadline: December 15th, 2018