Scholarships & Funding

GW Law Summer Funding Sources

The Law School distributes grants to students working in public interest positions over the summer. Separately, the student group Equal Justice Foundation makes grants. GW students may also apply for funding through the KACIF program and other grant/subsidy programs.

Law School Summer Grant Program

The law school awards public interest grants to students who work during the summer for a broad range of public sector legal employers, including non-profit organizations and governmental entities (but not including judicial internships). For the summer of 2019, the law school will award a total of $277,000, in 72 grants ranging from $3000-5000. In general, awards are made based upon the type of work the student will be doing, the employer, the student’s commitment to public interest, and student GPA, among other factors. The specific student and employer eligibility criteria for the awards are set forth in the application materials. Applications for summer 2019 subsidies are due March 25, 2019, at 5pm. An info session will be held February 5 at 5:15pm in the FCC.

Equal Justice Foundation (EJF)

This student-run organization raises money and awards stipends to students working in unpaid public interest internships. To be eligible for a stipend, students must volunteer at least 18 hours with EJF. Email for more information about volunteer opportunities. Summer 2019 applications are due April 8, 2019.

Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF)

This program awards grants ranging up to $3,000 to GW undergraduate and graduate students pursuing internships that are necessarily unpaid (typically with non-profit, governmental, educational and non-governmental organizations that genuinely lack the financial resources to pay salaries or wages to their interns). In order to maximize the number of students who receive funding, awards for internships in the District of Columbia and other U.S. domestic locations typically do not exceed $1,500. KACIF also awards travel subsidies of up to $300 to cover the costs of using public transportation to and from an unpaid internship. Early decision applications will be accepted Feb. 15 – March 1, 2019. Regular decision applications will be accepted April 1 – April 15, 2019.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Arthur C. Helton Fellowships
Open to law students + recent graduates | Financial scholarship
Deadline: February 4, 2019

ASIL is now accepting applications for the 2019 Arthur C. Helton Fellowships. The fellowships are awarded every year to current students or recent graduates (within three years of graduation) who are pursuing in-country field work and research on significant issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, refugee and asylum law, and related areas. The Fellowships award $2,000 to assist in covering expenses for the recipient. You can find more information, a detailed set of instructions, and the application form online at and applications should be sent to The application deadline is February 4, 2019.

Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Scholarship
Open to law students of color residing in Michigan | Financial Scholarship
Deadline: March 1, 2019

Scholarships are available to students of color currently residing in Michigan (with preference given to West Michigan residents) pursuing a law degree at any accredited law school in the United States. One $5,000 scholarship is awarded each year.

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Scholarships
Open to law students of color residing in Michigan | Financial scholarship
Deadline: March 1, 2019

One scholarships will be awarded to a student of color pursuing a law degree ($5,000). The law school scholarship is not limited to schools in Michigan; however, the applicant must be a current or former resident of Michigan if they are not currently attending a law school in Michigan.

Mecklenburg Bar Foundation’s McMillan Fellowship Program
Financial scholarship
Deadline: March 1, 2019

the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation’s annual McMillan Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2019 Fellows. This program offers stipends of up to $3,500.00 for summer internships to law students interested in pursuing a law career in the nonprofit or public interest sector in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The student must first apply for and receive confirmation of their internship with one of our participating agencies and, in turn, that agency will submit an application to us on behalf of the student. The full list of participating agencies can be found in the application packet.

Click to view the 2019 McMillan Fellowship Application Packet. You can also visit for additional information about the program.

Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowships
Open to 1Ls | Financial scholarship + guaranteed callback
Deadline Extended! New Deadline: March 4, 2019

The Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowships provide first-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with awards of $10,000 each, to help cover expenses while working in a public interest law position during the summer after their first year of law school.

Zelle Diversity in Law Scholarship
Open to 1Ls | Financial scholarship + potential for summer clerkship
Deadline: March 15, 2019

Zelle is pleased to announce the firm’s Diversity in Law Scholarship will be offered again in 2019. The keystone of the firm’s Diversity Outreach Plan, the Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either (1) are a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship.

The scholarship awards the selected recipient a total of $20,000 to be applied towards the selected recipient’s law school tuition, fees, and text books, with one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s second year of law school and one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s third year of law school. Depending upon the firm’s current needs, the Scholarship recipient may be offered, but is under no obligation to accept, a paid summer clerkship at one of the firm’s offices for the summer following the student’s first year of law school.

Learn more & apply >>

Equal Justice America Fellowships
Financial scholarship
Deadline: March 18, 2019

Equal Justice America offers fellowships of up to $4,000 to students working at organizations that provide direct, civil legal services for the poor. Due March 18, 2019.

The Law School Summer Internship Stipend Program awards stipends of up to $5,000 from its FCC Chairman Robert Emmet Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund, and last year provided support to 32 outstanding law students.  In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive and additional stipend for the summer: the Max Paglin Award.  The Foundation considers funding from other sources in making award decisions and generally will adjust its stipend awards so that a recipient’s total funding for the internship will not exceed $7,000.  FCBA individual and corporate members generously donate money to the FCBA Foundation to support these stipends.

The deadline for submission of applications is Sunday, March 24, 2019.

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FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship
Open to 2Ls + 3Ls | Financial Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2019

 The FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to rising second- or third-year students currently enrolled in accredited law schools in the United States who have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in communications law.  The scholarships range from $2,500 – $10,000 each, and will be payable to the applicable law school in one lump sum to help the student with tuition or other education-related expenses.  Last year, the Foundation provided support to seven students.

The application for the scholarship is now available.  The deadline for submission of applications is Sunday, March 31, 2019.  The Foundation plans to notify successful applicants regarding their scholarship awards by mid-May.

Arnold & Porter Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship
Open to 1Ls | Financial scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2019

As part of the Firm’s commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession, we award $10,000 scholarships to highly qualified first-year students. Each scholarship is paid directly to a recipient’s law school to help finance tuition costs for the second academic year. Learn more >>

South Asian Bar Association of DC – Public Interest Fellowship
Open to all law students with a public interest internship for summer 2019 | Financial scholarship
Deadline: April 15, 2019

SABA-DC provides financial assistance in the form of summer fellowships to law students working at public interest organizations in the metropolitan D.C. area. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to help fund a student’s internship with a public interest organization for the benefit of the South Asian community and the metropolitan D.C. area.  The number of Fellowships awarded, as well as the amount of each grant, will be determined by the SABA-DC Fellowship Committee and is based on SABA­-DC’s fundraising efforts and the number of quality applicants it receives.  SABA-DC has provided grants up to $7,500 per fellow in past years, and sponsors several fellows every year.

Any students who will be spending this summer in Washington, DC are invited to apply!  The application deadline is April 15, 2019.

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Fellowship ($4000) for students interning in Virginia state government. 2019 info coming soon.

There are numerous sources of external funding available to students. Some grants are restricted to certain employers or geographic locations, and others awarded for specific types of work or on the basis of the student’s background.

Professional Development Opportunities

PracticePro 1L Diversity Scholar Program
Open to 1Ls | Coaching, Mentorship + Recruiting Program

The Diversity Scholar Program is a coaching, mentorship, and recruiting program designed to help law students understand their career goals and secure employment while simultaneously preparing them with the skills required to flourish in their legal positions.

The first-year law students who are accepted into the Program attend conferences and webinars to learn both substantive and soft skills, and competencies required of them during their summer internships and as attorneys in their early years of practice.  As part of the Program, Scholars will also be provided with a career coach who will help them devise an individualized job search and networking strategy, and provide guidance and support before and during on-campus interviews (OCI).  The Scholars will also be provided with introductions and other recruiting opportunities with our law firm partners.

Shook Scholars Institute
Open to 1Ls | Professional Development Program
Deadline: January 31, 2019

Shook is excited to host a select group of first-year law students at the Shook Scholars Institute in Kansas City, Missouri Wednesday, April 3 through Friday, April 5. The Shook Scholars Institute, built around what Shook is best known for, is an innovative diversity and inclusion-focused development program concentrated on litigation and trial skills, leadership, and career success competencies for the underrepresented attorney. Shook will provide travel, lodging, and meals. Learn more.