University and External Funding Opportunities
In addition to opportunities within UNM Law please see the external funding opportunities below.
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ABC Law Centers is proud to offer the Disability Advocacy Scholarship! The firm will award one annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to an undergraduate, graduate, or law student planning to pursue a law or public policy career focused on disability advocacy.
The deadline to apply is July 31.
For additional information or to apply visit https://www.abclawcenters.com/abc-law-centers-disability-advocacy-scholarship/.
The Alaska Bar Association offers law school scholarships to current 1st or 2nd year law students who demonstrate ties to Alaska, and an intent to return to Alaska within two years of graduation.
The deadline to apply is March 1.
For additional information or to apply visit https://alaskabar.org/for-lawyers/law-school-scholarships/.
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.
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/.
The Anthony D. Jenkins Memorial Scholarship is a need-based scholarship awarded to a second- or third-year law school student who has demonstrated a commitment to serving the African American community. The recipient of the scholarship must also have demonstrated academic achievement. The Anthony D. Jenkins Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of Alpha Brother Anthony D. Jenkins who passed away in March 2016. Brother Jenkins worked as an Admissions Officer at the University of New Mexico School of Law.
Applications will be reviewed by an external committee.
Since its inception the Brown, PC firm has provided experience and mentorship to law students through their internship programs. In an effort to continue to give back, Brown, PC is offering the following scholarships to second or third year full-time U.S. law students.
- National Business Law Scholarship: a $500 stipend which will be awarded to a second or third year full-time U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in tax law.
- For additional information or to apply visit https://www.browntax.com/National-Business-Law-Scholarship.shtml.
- National Tax Law Scholarship: a $500 stipend which will be awarded to a second or third year full-time U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in tax law.
- For additional information or to apply visit https://www.browntax.com/National-Tax-Scholarship.shtml.
The deadline for both scholarship applications is August 10.
For questions please contact Kristen.Brown@brownpc.com.
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: https://bannerwitcoff.com/.
Military veterans have a number of college resources available to them already: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program, Tuition Top Up. These can make a huge difference when it comes to paying for higher education. That said, they may not cover everything. Books, fees, living expenses, and other costs may require additional financial aid from multiple sources. The following guide from EDUMED provides current and future student veterans with a starting point: academic, social, and financial resources, including scholarships and grants.
For more information and/or to apply please visit: https://www.edumed.org/financial-aid/student-veteran-scholarships-resources/.
At El Dabe Law, they passionately believe in and support the importance of a proper education. Without an education, many doors will remain closed. Going to school is an uphill battle – and if you don’t have the proper aid in place – you may end up never going to school. They make this easier for you, by offering our $1500 scholarship. This scholarship is our way of providing support to those who want a higher education.
In order to apply for this scholarship, they request you write a 500+ word essay on why having a higher education is important.
The deadline to apply is June 30.
For additional information or to apply visit https://www.personalinjurylawyerslosangeles.com/#scholarship.
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.
Funk & Associates is now offering two $500 scholarships per year for 2L and 3L law school students. Funk & Associates is dedicated to helping the next generation of attorneys reach their goals.
To apply students will submit the online application form along with an original essay. The original essay should be 500- 1000 words and should describe how you plan on helping others with your legal career.
The deadline to apply is June 15.
For additional information or to apply visit https://www.funklaw.com/contact-us/law-student-scholarship.
Each year, Gordon Law Group invites current undergraduate or law students who are enrolled in a school in the United States to submit papers exploring a current legal issue. The student with the best essay will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
The deadline to apply is September 30.
For additional information or to apply visit https://www.gordonlawltd.com/gordon-law-group-scholarship/
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 Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org: an unofficial transcript, resume, 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 Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office is proud to announce they are now accepting applications for their annual scholarship worth $1000. This recurring scholarship will be awarded to one full-time student each spring. Students must be enrolled in an accredited high school, college, university or accredited law school and excel in leadership and academics while maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0.
The deadline to apply is April 30.
For additional information or to apply visit https://khmnlaw.com/scholarship-application/
The Console & Hollawell 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 June 15.
To find out more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.myinjuryattorney.com/legal-scholarship/.
Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law, an Orlando Criminal Defense Law Firm, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to one incoming first year or continuing Law Student. The scholarship is offered for the fall 2020 academic semester.
The deadline to apply is May 31.
For additional information or to apply visit https://www.mosesandrooth.com/legal-scholarship/
The Levinson Law Group is proud to announce their law school scholarship. They are asking law school students to write an essay in which they illustrate how they hope to help victims of personal injury and why they chose this area of law. The student with the most compelling essay, as judged by the Levinson Law Group, will receive $2,000 to put towards their law school tuition.
The deadline to apply is August 1.
For additional information or to apply visit https://levinsonlawgroup.com/community/law-school-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: https://www.maldef.org/resources/scholarship-resources/.
As part of their commitment to diversity, Michigan Auto Law is pleased to sponsor an annual Scholarship Program to provide financial support to students who contribute to the diversity of the law school student body as they pursue their legal career. Their annual scholarship is $2,000.
The deadline to apply is June 1.
For additional information or to apply visit https://www.michiganautolaw.com/scholarships/diversity/
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 Reeves Law Group is proud to offer an annual scholarship to undergrads in their senior year or current law school students. To apply students will submit an essay about their genuine desire and goal of using the legal system to fix problems or improve conditions in our society.
The deadline to apply is December 15.
For additional information or to apply visit https://www.robertreeveslaw.com/scholarship/
Torgenson Law is an injury law firm dedicated to the advancement of equality, impartiality, and access to justice for everyone, regardless of their economic situation. As such, Torgenson Law is excited to offer a $1000 scholarship three times per year to a student (incoming or current college student) pursuing a law degree or a law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school.
The award recipient will share the same values as Renee Torgenson, who the scholarship is named after. Someone who will devote their career to helping real people get justice while treating them with honesty, truth, and respect.
Because the notion of equality in justice is a crucial aspect of law; candidates must demonstrate their passion to use justice to improve their community and help real people. Ideal candidates must exhibit related values within their research, volunteer work, prior job experience, or extracurricular activities.
The application deadlines are April 30, August 31, and December 31.
For additional information or to apply visit https://www.torgensonlaw.com/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/
For current and prospective law students, Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. is excited to offer their annual Excellence in Ethics Scholarship. All applicants must submit a 1,000 word or more essay. The Texas State Bar for attorneys (as well as other state bar organization) highly encourages attorneys to perform pro-bono work. The essay should focus on the importance of providing free legal services to those who cannot afford it, and why this is beneficial to the community at large and to the legal system as a whole.
The deadline to apply is July 1.
For additional information or to apply visit https://www.simmonsandfletcher.com/excellence-ethics-scholarship/.
Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm is proud to sponsor two nationwide scholarship contest for law students.
- Law School Scholarship Students will write an essay answering the question: Why do you want to study law?
- For additional information or to apply visit https://www.sutliffstout.com/hanks-blog/sutliff-and-stout-scholarships/
- Diversity in Law Scholarship: Applicants will write an essay answering the question: How will your law degree help your community?
- For additional information or to apply visit https://www.sutliffstout.com/about-us/community/diversity-scholarship-contest/
Click here to see past winners.
The deadline for both scholarship applications is July 31.
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 Financial Aid Office at email@example.com: 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.
For detailed information, deadlines, 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 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/.