Scholarships and Externships

THE DEADLINE FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO

September 21, 2016

 

Beginning in 2016, we encourage law students

in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana to apply.

The Diversity Scholarship Foundation, NFP supports students seeking a career in the legal profession who have maintained a high GPA and are actively participating or supporting diversity related programs.

Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award

This Scholarship will be awarded to a student who actively advocates for diversity within the legal community and works to bring focus to those who do pro-bono work within their community. Students are required to submit an article on their views about “diversity within the legal community” and maintain a 3.8 GPA.

Public Interest Advocate Scholarship Award

This Scholarship will be awarded to a law student who is interested in pursuing a career in public service or a student who is actively involved with a not-for-profit agency that represents the needy and the underprivileged.  Eligible students maintain a 3.5 GPA.

LSAT Scholarship Award

This Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who is actively applying to an accredited law school in Illinois, Wisconsin, or Indiana or is a recent graduate with a four-year degree and is taking the LSAT. Eligible students maintain a 3.5 GPA. The award will be sent directly to LSAT or to a law school and/or to a LSAT class provider and/or tutoring for LSAT.

Disabled Law Student Scholarship Award (DLSSA)

This Scholarship was originally established with the support of attorney Stacy J. Campbell-Viamontes as an invitation to wedding guests to make donations to the DLSSA in lieu of traditional wedding gifts.  Since its inception, this Scholarship has helped fund and support deserving law students with disabilities.  This scholarship will be awarded to a disabled law student attending an accredited law school in Wisconsin, Illinois, or Indiana.  There is no GPA requirement for this scholarship. Read more about the DLSSA and contribute here.

Bar Exam Preparation Scholarship

This Scholarship is awarded to third-year law students who have demonstrated academic ability and the need for financial assistance.  This scholarship is intended to help off-set the cost of a Wisconsin, Illinois, or Indiana State Bar Exam preparation course.

In addition to our numerous scholarships, the Diversity Scholarship Foundation also provides opportunities for externships with judges in a variety of different fields.  Those selected for externships will be provided a stipend.  To apply for the externship, please fill out the scholarship application.  All of the requirements set forth in the scholarship application apply to those seeking externships.  Additional requirements may apply according to the rules and regulations of the courthouse where the extern will be working.

Elder Law Judicial Externship

This externship is awarded to law students who have an interest in the area of elder law.  These students will extern at the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center and will work with the pro bono attorneys and judges associated with the center; including communicating with Cook County Elder Justice Center customers to determine their needs, providing information to customers about legal assistance and social service agencies available, and assisting the supervising attorneys with research and case management.

The DSF reserves the right to waive the GPA requirements to well-deserving students who tirelessly advocate for diversity.  You must have completed at least two semesters of law school (and have  a transcript) to qualify for all but the LSAT scholarship.

2016 Scholarship Application Extended Application

$2,000 – LSAT Scholarship Award

This Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who is actively applying to an accredited law school in Illinois, or is a recent graduate with a four-year degree and is taking the LSAT. Eligible students maintain a 3.5 GPA. The award will be sent directly to LSAT or to a law school and/or to a LSAT class provider and/or tutoring for LSAT.