ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship

Awards $5,000, renewable annually, to members of underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups attending ABA accredited law schools.

The American Bar Association (ABA) Legal Opportunity Scholarship grants 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial aid over the course of their three years in law school ($5,000 annually)

Deadline Information


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to receive an ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship, an applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. The applicant must be an entering, first-year law student in the academic year 2019.

  2. The applicant must be a member of an underrepresented racial and/or ethnic minority (e.g. Black/African-American, Native American, Hispanic American, Asian/Pacific Islander).

  3. Only students beginning law school in this academic year will be eligible for a scholarship. Law students who have completed one or more semesters or years of law school are not eligible.

  4. Applicants who are part-time law students also must be starting law school in this academic year to be eligible.

  5. At the time of submission of the application, the applicant must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average

    of 2.5 (on a 4.0 grading scale) at his or her undergraduate institution. If the applicant has not completed his or her undergraduate degree at the time the application is submitted, he or she must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 grading scale) as of the most recent completed semester.

  6. The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America. Students who are citizens and residents of a foreign country, even if they plan to attend law school in the United States, are not eligible to apply.

  7. Before receiving scholarship funds, recipients will be required to demonstrate admission to and plans to enroll at an ABA-accredited law school. Because of the deadline for submitting applications, the applicant will have applied to law schools, but may not yet have been admitted to law school. If the applicant is selected to receive an ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship, he or she will be required to demonstrate admission to and plans to enroll at an ABA-accredited law school before receiving scholarship funds. Students who do not enroll or who leave law school after being admitted will be required to return all or a proportional amount of scholarship funds.

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Application Process

The application launch for the 2019 Legal Opportunites Scholarship is delayed as we implement new technologies to streamline the application process.

We expect to have the application online soon. For your convenience, you can find the PDF copy of the application here. We recommend potential applicants review the PDF and use it as a guide as you prepare for the formal submission process. 

Send completed applications to legalosf@americanbar.org

  • Emailed, mailed or faxed applications will not be accepted
  • For additional information, please refer to our website at: http://www.ambar.org/ABALOS

Any questions regarding the scholarship or the application process should be directed to legalosf@americanbar.org.

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