University and External Funding Opportunities
In addition to opportunities within UNM Law please see the external funding opportunities below.
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The Albuquerque Community Foundation has several scholarship and student aid programs which help New Mexico residents attain their educational goals. Each scholarship program was established by a donor with individual interests and priority areas. They represent the broad diversity of the generous individuals who care about education and believe it is the best way to give back to future generations. For this reason, requirements vary for each program.
Visit their website for information on specific opportunities, eligibility requirements, application procedures, and deadlines: http://albuquerquefoundation.org/student-aid.aspx.
Formed to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school, this scholarship offers $5,000 in assistance per year and is renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000. In addition to whether the applicant is a member of a racial and/or ethnic minority that has been underrepresented in the legal profession, the applicant's financial need; personal, family and educational background; personal statement; and participation in community service activities will be considered in selection.
Qualifications: Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, must be entering their first year of law school this year, and must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher. Completed scholarship applications must be submitted no later than April 6, 2018 to
For more information, as well as download the application, visit the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund website.
The AIGC Fellowship Program provides approximately $1.2Million in fellowships to over 400 American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional students annually. Graduate Fellowships are monetary awards made to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate or professional full-time, degree-seeking students who meet all eligibility criteria. Fellowship amounts typically range between $1,000 and $5,000 per academic year (not including summer). Award amounts may vary from year to year depending on the number of qualified applicants, the availability of funds, and unmet financial need. The application deadline is June 1.
To find out more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.aigcs.org/scholarships/graduate-fellowships/.
Campus Pride developed the National LGBTQ Scholarship Database in partnership with Point Foundation to provide LGBT and ally students with the comprehensive scholarship and funding resources. This national database is a constantly growing list of scholarships, fellowships, and grants available specifically to LGBT and ally students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Opportunities available to graduate and professional level students include the following: AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship, APIQWTC Scholarship, Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund, Gamma Mu Scholarship Program, the Point Foundation Scholarship, PFLAG Santa Fe Scholarship, and others. This searchable database contains many opportunities. Interested candidates can search by regional, state, general, and education level. Deadlines for each scholarship vary.
Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds. Law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Recipients of the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the fall semester of their second or third year of law school.
For more information and/or to apply please visit: http://bannerwitcoff.com/about/diversity/.
The Expert Institute is pleased to announce their annual Legal Blog Post Writing Contest. The first place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize; their article will be published on The Expert Institute’s blog, and distributed in their weekly newsletter. Second and third place winners will have their article published on The Expert Institute’s blog. Entries will be judged by The Expert Institute’s editorial staff, as well as a panel of practicing trial attorneys.
To participate, submit a 1,000 to 2,500 word blog-style article on the use of expert witnesses in litigation through their online submission portal before midnight on December 31st.
For more information and to apply please visit https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/writing-contest/.
The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Robert A. McNew Law Student Scholarship. This new scholarship promotes the practice of federal law by awarding a scholarship of $5,000 to a law student attending an ABA accredited law school. The scholarship is named in honor of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association past president and founder of the Fellows program, Robert A. McNew. The scholarship is awarded to a current law student who is a Federal Bar Association law student associate member in good standing. Applicants must submit an application, a personal essay, transcript, and two letters of recommendation. The deadline to submit the scholarship application and the required documentation to the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association is Nov. 30.
For more information please visit the Federal Bar Association website.
The Joseph J. Mullins Scholarship has been established in memory of Mr. Mullins, an Albuquerque attorney. The scholarship will be awarded to a UNM School of Law student with demonstrated interest and experience in Domestic Relations Law. The scholarship is funded by the Center for Civic Values. To apply, please submit the following materials to the UNM School of Law Admissions Office at email@example.com: an unofficial transcript and a one-page statement describing your experiences and interest in Domestic Relations Law and explaining why you believe you should be selected to receive the award and how it will help to support your legal education and goals.
The deadline for this scholarship is March 1st.
The Console & Hollawell $1,000 Legal Leaders Scholarship is available to students who are pursuing a career in law. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in the following areas: pre-law, paralegal studies, or working towards their Juris Doctorate in any concentration of the law. Applicants must meet the following criteria: must be a U.S. citizen, a full-time student attending (or planning to attend on a full-time basis) an accredited institution, must demonstrate admission to or enrollment in college or law school, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The application deadline is July 15.
To find out more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.myinjuryattorney.com/legal-scholarship-2017-2018/.
Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman is excited to announce their 2016 Legal Studies Scholarship. Each year Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman partners award a talented legal studies student $5,000 to assist with education expenses. Below are a few details:
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Applicant must be currently enrolled or have applied/been accepted to an accredited college
- Applicant must demonstrate academic achievement, reflected by a minimum GPA of 3.5 in either high school or undergraduate transcripts
Completed applications must be submitted no later than June 30, 2017.
Application materials should be sent into the Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman NJ office. You can find more information about the award and how to apply online at: http://mskf.net/legal-studies-scholarship/.
MALDEF has always sought to support law students who seek to further MALDEF's mission of advancing the civil rights of the Latino community in the United States through the legal profession. In recent years, MALDEF has annually awarded 5-10 law school scholarships of $5,000 each to deserving law students from throughout the nation. MALDEF's Law School Scholarship Program is open to all law students currently enrolled full-time at an accredited United States law school. Applicants are evaluated for their academic and extracurricular achievements, for their background and financial need, and, most importantly, for their demonstrated commitment to advancing Latino civil rights in their careers.
For more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.maldef.org/leadership/scholarships/index.html.
The Earl Warren Scholarship is named for the Honorable Earl Warren, the 14th Chief Justice of the United States and former Governor of California whose stewardship of the Warren Court helped end school segregation and transform America's legal landscape. In honor of his memory, the Earl Warren Scholarship is awarded annually to rising law students whose commitment to social justice reveals outstanding potential for training as civil rights and public interest attorneys. Preference is generally given to law students entering their first year of full-time legal study at an accredited law school. Warren Scholarships are awarded to law school applicants with exceptional academic records who are actively engaged with civil rights and public interest work.
For additional information and to apply, please visit: http://www.naacpldf.org/earl-warren-scholarship.
The Graduate Scholarship Program was created to increase graduate enrollment at public post-secondary institutions, particularly among those students who are minorities and women. The maximum award amount is $7,200 per year. This award may be renewed annually based on academic standing. Recipients must serve 10 hours per week in an unpaid internship or assistantship. Recipients must also be provided with 10 hours per week of paid internship or assistantship, including tuition waiver and health insurance. These scholarships are intended for full-time students from groups traditionally underrepresented in their field who have financial need and must be in their first year of study in their graduate program. The application deadline is March 1st.
For further details and to apply, please visit: http://grad.unm.edu/funding/scholarships/hed-scholarship.html.
The Tillman Military Scholarship is an opportunity for active duty military service members and Post-9/11 veterans and their spouses nationwide. The Pat Tillman Foundation selects up to 60 candidates from around the nation to receive this award annually. The Tillman Military Scholarship averages $10,000 per award and is renewable. Scholarship amounts are determined by the strength of the applicant and their funding needs. Applicants must pursue an undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate degree as full-time students at a public or private, 4-year US-based accredited institution.
For more information and to apply, please visit www.pattillmanfoundation.org/scholars.
The Pearce Law Firm in Philadelphia is pleased to offer The Pearce Law Firm – Empowering Women in Law Scholarship. The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. handles personal injury cases in Philadelphia, PA. They are dedicated to client care and personal attention. This scholarship opportunity is open to women nationwide who are currently attending a law school in the United States. This scholarship is intended to encourage & support outstanding achievement & leadership by example from women in the field of law.
For eligibility requirements and to apply please visit: http://thepearcelawfirm.com/empowering-women-scholarship/.
The Richard Linn American Inn of Court is proud to offer the Mark T. Banner Scholarship. This scholarship is part of The Richard Linn American Inn of Court's commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, and especially those from diverse backgrounds. Law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States. The recipient of the Mark T. Banner Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of his or her second or third year of law school.
For more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.linninn.org/Pages/scholarship.shtml
The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) has two Scholarship Programs to encourage well-qualified law students who have the potential to make significant contributions to scholarship in natural resources law. The Programs consist of the Joe Rudd Scholarships, established in 1980 in honor of a prominent natural resources attorney in Alaska, and the RMMLF Scholarships, established in 1993. The number of scholarships awarded thus far is 380, totaling almost $2 million. A law student enrolled full time at one of the Foundation's Constituent Law Schools listed below and who can demonstrate a commitment to study natural resources law or who is undertaking the study of natural resources law is eligible to apply for these scholarships.
For more information on these opportunities, deadlines, and how to apply, please visit: https://www.rmmlf.org/professors-and-students/scholarships.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers believes in the empowerment of single mothers through education. Education has the power to open doors for single mothers and even their children. Even though it can be difficult to care for a child while pursuing an education, the rewards of an education far outweigh the challenges. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers want to expand opportunities for single mothers who are going back to school by offering a $1,000 scholarships to a single mother enrolled in an accredited law school. The application deadline is December 05. The winner will be notified via email on or before January 15.
For eligibility requirements and to apply visit: http://www.rosenfeldinjurylawyers.com/articles/single-mother-scholarship/
The U.M. Rose Scholarship, established by a bequest from the estate of Betsy B. Rose, provides financial assistance for UNM law students from southeastern New Mexico. The scholarship is funded by the Center for Civic Values. To apply, please submit the following materials to the UNM School of Law Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org: an unofficial transcript, a resume and a one-page statement demonstrating your ties to southeastern New Mexico and explaining why you believe you should be selected to receive the award and how it will help to support your legal education and goals.
The deadline for this scholarship is March 1st.
UNM Alumni Association scholarships are available to full-time students at UNM. Scholarships are awarded using a variety of factors such as academic achievement, community involvement, employment experiences, areas of study, financial need and several others. Scholarship amounts may change annually. Scholarships available to UNM School of Law students include The Executive Women International Scholarship and the AAUW Scholarship for Graduate Women. Applications are due February 27th. For detailed information and application materials, please visit: http://www.unmalumni.com/scholarships.html.
The University of New Mexico Office of Graduate Studies offers financial aid support to graduate and professional degree seeking students through a number of scholarship opportunities. For information on specific scholarship opportunities, eligibility requirements, and deadlines, please visit: http://grad.unm.edu/funding/.
The UNM Veterans Resource Center is a centralized resource department providing support to all veterans; active duty, reserve guard, separated, retired, and their dependents who attend the University. The VCR has information regarding several funding opportunities for veterans and their dependents listed on their website. For information on specific opportunities, eligibility requirements, and deadlines please visit: https://vrc.unm.edu/.
The Voice of the Defense Bar announced its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program. The program is open to rising second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, LGBT and multi-racial students. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle.
All rising second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other rising second- and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply.
To qualify for this scholarship, a candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant's law school.
Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria:
- Demonstrated academic excellence
- Service to the profession
- Service to the community
- Service to the cause of diversity
Applications must be received by DRI no later than Friday, March 30, 2018.
For more information and/or to apply please visit: www.dri.org.
The Wartime Veteran Scholarship Fund can be used by any veteran who has served in combat since 1990 and who has exhausted all available federal G.I. Education Benefits options. An eligible combat veteran who has served since 1990 will thus no longer have to worry about utilizing their GI Education Benefit bill under a deadline which may not fit their time frame.
For more information or to apply please visit http://www.nmdvs.org/state-benefits/.