Outside Scholarships

The WSBA Tax Section is offering a $5,000 scholarship for individuals pursuing an LL.M. Tax degree in the 2014-2015 school year. The scholarship will be awarded at the Tax Section Annual Luncheon on May 6, 2014. See: http://www.wsba.org/Legal-Community/Sections/Taxation-Section/Scholarship-Committee.  The deadline is April 25, 2014.

Please see the information below about several scholarship opportunities at the School of Law.  All applications for the individual scholarships are due by April 21st.  

Seed IP Law Group Founders Scholarship

Applications due by April 21, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Seed IP Law Group Founders Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded each year to a Seattle University law student with a strong interest in the field of intellectual property law. Seed IP Law Group is one of the top-rated intellectual property law firms in the United States. The scholarship honors the firm’s founders, Dick Seed and Ben Berry, for their contribution to the law of intellectual property. As expressed by Bill Ferron of the Seed IP Law Group, “We think it’s very important to train the next generation of intellectual property attorneys so that we can continue to build on the legacy started by Ben Berry and Dick Seed. Only through strong support of higher education will our country continue to be a leader in the world.” The scholarship recipient receives $6,000.00.

Eligibility and Criteria of Selection for Scholarship

To be eligible for this scholarship you must be currently enrolled as a law student at Seattle University School of Law and must have an undergraduate degree that qualifies you to sit for the USPTO Patent Agent Exam. Criteria for selecting the recipient of the scholarship include a well developed interest in intellectual property and active participation in IP activities such as the Intellectual Property Law Society. Preference will be given to 2 and 3L’s and students with strong technical and/or scientific backgrounds.

Application Deadline and Announcement of the Scholarship

Applications for the scholarship are due  April 21, 2014. All applications must include: (1) a cover letter explaining the applicant’s qualifications and merit, (2) the applicant’s resume, and (3) a copy of the applicant’s law school transcript that includes the grades from the Fall 2013 semester. Completed applications should be submitted to Dean Donna Claxton Deming. If you are submitting your materials in hard copy, please bring them to the Dean’s Office on the second floor of Sullivan Hall. If you are submitting your materials in a digital format, please email them to dcdeming@seattleu.edu. The scholarship recipient shall be announced in May 2014.

Law Librarianship Scholarship 

Applications due by April 21, 2014

The Law Librarianship Scholarship provides annual support for a Seattle University School of Law student who is interested in law librarianship.

Eligible candidates include current Seattle University School of Law 1L’s and 2L’s who already have an MLS degree, or who have expressed interest in pursuing an MLS degree after law school graduation.  

Applicants should submit a short statement (a paragraph; no more than a page), explaining their interest in law librarianship, and commit to 50-100 hours of a paid internship in the Seattle University School of Law library.  

The associate dean of students will make the final selection.  The scholarship, an award of $1,000, will be awarded as part of the recipient’s financial aid package for the 2014-15 academic year.  A student can receive the award more than once but must reapply each year.

Completed applications should be submitted to Associate Dean Donna Deming. If you are submitting your materials in hard copy, please bring them to the Dean’s Office on the second floor of Sullivan Hall. If you are submitting your materials in a digital format, please email them to dcdeming@seattleu.edu.  A recipient will be named by the end of the spring semester.

Outlaws Civil Rights Scholarship 

Applications due by April 21, 2014

The Outlaws Civil Rights Scholarship provides support for a student actively committed to and engaged in public interest law that benefits the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (“LGBT”) community.

Eligible candidates include Seattle University School of Law incoming 1L’s and current 1L’s, 2L’s and part-time 3L’s. 

Applicants should submit a resume along with a brief cover letter, explaining their work and future plans/interests.  The ideal candidate should have a demonstrated track record and history of working on significant, topical issues that he/she plans to build on further throughout and after law school, once equipped with a law degree.  Special value will be given to work within diverse communities, e.g., LGBT immigrants or underserved areas.  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.  

A committee will select the recipient.  A scholarship of $2,500 will be awarded as part of the recipient’s financial aid package for the 2014-15 academic year.  A student can receive the award more than once but must reapply each year.

Completed applications should be submitted to Associate Dean Donna Deming. If you are submitting your materials in hard copy, please bring them to the Dean’s Office on the second floor of Sullivan Hall. If you are submitting your materials in a digital format, please email them to dcdeming@seattleu.edu.   The 2014 recipient will be named by the end of the spring semester.

The McKinley Irvin Family Law Scholarship

Applications due by April 21, 2014

The McKinley Irvin Family Law Scholarship will be awarded each year to a SU law student with an interest in the field of family law. McKinley Irvin is a premier divorce and family law firm, and the largest family law firm in the Pacific Northwest. The recipient is awarded a $2,500 scholarship.                                                                                            To be eligible for the McKinley Irvin Family Law Scholarship, you must be a currently enrolled SUSL law student (2L, 3L or 4L) and provide a written statement demonstrating an interest in the practice of family law. Applicants will be reviewed based on their written statement and academic achievement. All applications must include:                                                                                                                                                            

  • a cover letter explaining the applicant’s qualifications, merit, and interest in family law,
  • the applicant’s resume, and
  • a copy of the applicant's law school transcript that includes grades through the Fall 2012 semester.

Completed applications should be submitted to Associate Dean Donna Deming. If you are submitting your materials in hard copy, please bring them to the Dean’s Office on the second floor of Sullivan Hall. If you are submitting your materials in a digital format, please email them to dcdeming@seattleu.edu.  

Mary H. Wechsler AAML of Washington Scholarship For Social Justice in Family Law

Applications due by April 21, 2014

The Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is offering a scholarships to be awarded to a Seattle University law student who exhibits a keen interest and high academic achievement in the area of Family Law.  

The Mary H. Wechsler AAML of Washington Scholarship for Social Justice in Family Law in the amount of $5000 will be awarded to a 3 or 4L who intends to practice family law and who aspires to work toward social justice, access to justice, and judicial reform during their career.  This scholarship was established by the chapter with Mary Wechsler’s ’79 participation and promotes the ideals of the AAML mission. 

Applicants for the scholarships should submit a letter of interest and resume to Dean Deming no later than April 21, 2014.  If you are submitting your materials in hard copy, please bring them to the Dean’s Office on the second floor of Sullivan Hall. If you are submitting your materials in a digital format, please email them to dcdeming@seattleu.edu.  

Stokes Lawrence 1L Diversity Scholarship

Applications due by April 21, 2014

Stokes Lawrence is pleased to offer a $1500 tuition scholarship to first year students from diverse backgrounds.  Their goal is to promote opportunities within the profession and to encourage a dialogue around the issue of diversity in the work place.  The Scholarship is open to all first year law students of diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated promise for a successful career in law and are committed to community involvement.  Applicants should submit a current resume and a personal essay of no more than 1000 words with the following content:

  • Description of his or her thoughts on diversity and/or how diversity has played a role so far in his or her life.
  • Description of his or her community involvement.  

Materials must be submitted to Dean Deming no later than April 21st.   If you are submitting your materials in a digital format, please email them to dcdeming@seattleu.edu.   The Scholarship recipient will be announced on April 30th.  All applicants for the scholarship will be invited to a reception at the Stokes Lawrence law offices in Seattle on May 20, 2014. 

The Hudson County Bar Foundation will award scholarships to students who are attending law school or who have been accepted to law school for the September 2014-15. Students must be residents of Hudson County; demonstrate financial need; provide two letters of recommendation and must account for appropriate academic standards. Applicants can write to the Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Committee, 583 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306 or call (201) 798-4708 or send an e-mail to events@hcbalaw.com to request an application. Deadline is April 30, 2014.

The Michigan Auto Law Diversity $2000 Scholarship is available 1Ls, 2Ls and students entering law school in the fall of 2014.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career, and have an undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA. For more information and to apply visit http://www.michiganautolaw.com/firm_profile/attorney-careers/diversity-scholarship. Applications must be received by May 1, 2014.

ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law & The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers offer the annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2013-2014. Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. First Place: $1500, Second Place: $1000, Third Place: $500. The first-place article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, and its author will be a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. See http://www.law.umn.edu/abajlel/2013-2014-national-student-writing-competition.html. Articles must be submitted by May 15, 2014.

The Appelman Law Firm has a $1000 law school scholarship available for students who have turned their lives around from a prior conviction. See http://aacriminallaw.com/press-media/2014-appelman-law-firm-criminal-defense-law-scholarship. Deadline May 31, 2014.

The BigSun Organization offers $500 to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. Applicants must be currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community. A short essay on this topic is required:  How has your participation in sports affected who you are and how you relate to others? Include the affects on personal relations with peers and others. See http://www.bigsunathletics.com/. The deadline is June 20, 2014. 

Console & Hollawell Legal Leaders Scholarship provides $1000 to students pursuing a career in law. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, be enrolled FT (or plan to attend FT), have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and submit a 500 word essay on how he/she intends to impact his or her community through the law. See http://www.consoleandhollawell.com/pages/legal-leaders-scholarship/. The deadline is July 15, 2014.

The Kaplan Group offers a $1000 scholarship based on a 600 word essay using either Topic 1 — Financial Statements & Business Models or Topic 2 — Should You Sue Your Customer? See http://www.kaplancollectionagency.com/scholarship/ for more information. The deadline is July 27, 2014.

AES Engineers offers a $500 scholarship. Students must submit a 500-1000 word essay on the following question: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful?  What people, things and accomplishments do you need?  See http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm for more application information. Scholarships are intended for future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to all students attending a post-secondary educational facility. The deadline is October 6, 2014.

Michigan Auto Law is currently offering two scholarships of $500 for anyone attending a U.S. college or university who was injured in a car accident. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. The Michigan Auto Law Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship was created to lend a hand to those injured accident victims who are demonstrating resolve and determination to rebuild their lives. Visit http://www.michiganautolaw.com/car-accidents/injury-scholarship for application information. The deadline is December 31, 2014.

The GP LSAT Prep scholarship is to help current law students experiencing financial difficulties to continue their studies and also to help students wishing to attend law school to pay for law school applications fees, LSAT testing fees, and other related costs. One or more grants of $1000 are awarded twice yearly. See http://www.getprepped.com/ - click under "More" and then "Scholarships." Deadlines annually are January 31 and June 30.

American Indian College Fund awards educational scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students attending tribal colleges and public or private/non-profit colleges. For a list of offered scholarships for graduate students see American Indian College Fund - graduate.

Berks County Community Foundation awards many educational scholarships to a Berks County, PA resident. For a list of offered scholarships see bccf.org/scholarships.

BLSA has funded and developed a financial aid Web site that provides a plethora of scholarship information and provides several ways that donations can be made to the "Students of Color Scholarship Fund." They invite you to review the information at www.financialaid4you.com.


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Scholarship information for international students may be found at www.internationalscholarships.com.

For answers to any questions you have about financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services at lawfa@seattleu.edu.

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