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.

ClassActionWallet.com Law School Scholarship

Law Students have the opportunity to apply for the ClassActionWallet.com $2,000 Scholarship

  • Submit a 500-word essay or less online by May 6, 2018, in response to:
    Who is your favorite American President and why?
  • 5 finalists will be selected by ClassActionWallet.com and will be notified on or before May 13, 2018
  • Finalists will be announced on ClassActionWallet.com soon after
  • The $2,000 scholarship recipient will be chosen by ClassActionWallet.com staff and the award will be paid directly to the individual
  • The winner will be notified by email and posted on ClassActionWallet.com before June 8, 2018

Please email essay and proof of enrollment to newsletter@classactionwallet.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.