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 ejf@law.gwu.edu 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 www.asil.org/heltonQueries and applications should be sent to fellowship@asil.org. 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 MeckBar.org 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.

FCBA Application >>

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is seeking motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for the Summer Program. The Program will pay a $3,500 stipend to three law students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates.  These students should have a position offered, contingent on funding, from a qualified organization.

The intern must commit no less than eight continuous weeks between May 1 and September 1 to their chosen program.

The application deadline for Summer 2019 is Friday, March 29, 2019.

Fellowship information and application >>

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 >>

Apply for AEF’s 2019 Summer Fellowships – Due 3/31/19

Every year, AEF awards summer fellowships and grants to law students from around the nation ($6,000 for one Robert E. Wone Fellowship and $4,000 for AEF Fellowships).  The primary purpose of the fellowships is to fund a student’s internship with a public interest organization that benefits either the metropolitan Washington, D.C. community-at-large and/or the Asian Pacific American community.  Such organizations include governmental organizations and other non-profits serving the public interest.

For all recipients of a fellowship, AEF requires that the internship be unpaid (except for nominal payment for such items as transportation), arranged by the student, and extend at least ten weeks or a total of 400 hours. The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 31, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET.

For more information and to download the application, please visit http://www.aefdc.org/fellowships/.

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.

Download the application >>

The HBA-DC Foundation has kicked off the 2019 Public Interest Fellowship Program! First- and second-year students, who are attending accredited law schools in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, are eligible to apply.  To be considered, the law student must have an arrangement to work unpaid and full-time for a minimum of eight weeks in the summer with a sponsoring organization. The Foundation will award one or more fellowships in an amount between $5,000 and $10,000.

The application deadline is midnight on Friday, April 26, 2019. For the application as well as answers to frequently asked questions concerning the Fellowship Program, please go to the Foundation homepage at: https://www.hbadc.org/page/foundation.

About the HBA-DC Foundation:  The HBA-DC Foundation was established in 1995 as the charitable arm of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia and is a 501(c)(3) organization.  The mission of the Foundation includes, but is not limited to, supporting the law student community by providing monetary support in the form of fellowships for law students, who will be working unpaid during the summer for public interest legal organizations serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. These sponsoring organizations allow law students to work under the supervision of experienced attorneys and to gain valuable work experience as they assist with providing legal or advocacy services to the individuals or groups served by the sponsoring organizations. Law students are given first hand exposure to the specific areas of public interest law in which the sponsoring organization specializes. Sponsoring organizations are non-profit, non-governmental organizations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that provide legal services or advocacy at little or no cost to clients or groups. Past fellowship recipients have worked for AYUDA, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Legal Aid Society of D.C., Migrant Legal Action Program, among other organizations.

The Women’s Congressional Staff Foundation, a non profit formed to support women on Capitol Hill, has begun accepting applications for their first scholarship awards. Up to two awardees will earn a $500 per week stipend, plus housing, while interning with a  member, delegate, or resident commissioner of Congress, U.S. Senate or House Committee, formalized caucus, or leadership office during the summer of 2019. Learn more and apply >>

Hausfeld LLP and the Sedona Conference® announce the second annual William P. Butterfield Award for Excellence in eDiscovery Writing. This award is presented annually to recognize and incentivize innovative legal thinking, independent research, and technical solutions that advance the field of eDiscovery and promote cooperation, collaboration and efficiency in eDiscovery.

The competition is open to: Scholars, legal practitioners and law students, technologists and others working in the field of e-discovery.

Submissions accepted: Papers involving innovative technical or legal solutions or proposals, original quantitative or qualitative research relating to e-discovery, or other similar topics that advance the field of e-discovery or promote cooperation.

Deadline: June 1, 2019.

Award Benefits:

  • Recognition in a news release announcing the recipient of each annual Award, distributed to national legal outlets;
  • A $10,000 cash award from Hausfeld; and
  • At the option of the winner and The Sedona Conference, have his or her winning paper published in the next volume of The Sedona Conference Journal. The Second Conference reserves the right to edit papers that are selected for publication.

The LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia is proud to announce its 2019 Equality Fellowships:

  • The Community Equality Fellowship will support a law student working at a DC-area LGBT legal non-profit organization this summer.
  • The Lavender Equality Fellowship will provide the opportunity for a DC area law student to attend the 2019 Lavender Law Annual Conference & Career Fair in Philadelphia this August.

The Equality Fellowships aim to encourage law students taking their first steps toward careers tackling our nation’s most complex LGBT legal issues.  The Equality Fellowships will pay up to $750 each to law students selected to be LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia Equality Fellows.  Full details and application materials can be found at http://lgbtbardc.org/fellowship-program/.

All submissions and questions should be directed to LGBTSummerFellowships@gmail.com by June 15.

The 2020 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship application is now available!  The firm will award three scholarships to three diverse rising 2L law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2019. Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2020 in one of our Firm’s offices. Additionally, each recipient will be awarded $10,000, which will be paid prior to the student’s third year of law school, to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.

2019 Matsui Writing Competition – Due 7/1/19

The Robert T. Matsui Annual Writing Competition was established by AEF in 2005 to honor the late Congressman Robert T. Matsui and his many accomplishments. Through this writing competition, AEF seeks to encourage legal scholarship on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American legal community and, more generally, the publication of law review articles on topics of relevance to racial and ethnic minorities and the law.

The winner of the competition will receive a monetary award of six thousand dollars ($6,000), and the winning entry will be published in UCLA Law’s Asian Pacific American Law Journal (APALJ), subject to the journal’s standard editorial process and copyright policy.

The competition is open to all current law students and recent graduates in the United States.

Submissions for the 2019 competition must be received by Monday, July 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET.  More information can be found at http://www.aefdc.org/matsui-writing-competition/.

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright is pleased to announce that it has established a new diversity fellowship for a second-year law student that will provide a $10,000 scholarship for tuition and related expenses.

The Norton Rose Fulbright 2L Diversity Fellowship recipient also would be a paid summer associate in our Dallas office who would participate in the Summer Associate Academy, training sessions and social and professional events and spend part of the summer working off-site at Toyota Motor North America, a firm client.

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

SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS

PROTECTING THE FIRST AMENDMENT

             Through a generous bequest of Lewis Levy, GW Law School is pleased to announce the availability of two $4000 fellowships for the summer of 2019 for students completing either their first or second year who will be working at non-profit organizations that protect First Amendment freedoms.

Interested students must obtain a placement with an appropriate organization and submit two printed copies of an application to Rasheen Robinson in Burns 420.  There is no application form, but students should submit the following items in this order:

  • A copy of an up-to-date resume;
  • A copy (unofficial is sufficient) of the student’s transcript through first semester 2018;
  • A copy of an employment offer from the organization;
  • A brief description of the organization’s First Amendment work and a general statement of what the student will be doing in the fellowship, supplied by the organization. It can be combined with the employment offer;
  • A statement of no more than 1000 words explaining why the student wishes to work at this organization, what in the student’s background demonstrates an interest in the First Amendment, and other information about the student’s general interest in public interest law.
  • Letters of recommendation are optional, but should not include those from a teacher whose only familiarity with the student is from a large class.

There is no deadline for submitting an application, but Dean Morrison will begin considering applications starting April 24th.

SHAPIRO PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWSHIPS

Professor Jonathan Turley is accepting applications for Shapiro Public Interest Fellows for the summer and the 2019 – 2020 school year. The grants can range from $2,500 to $25,000 per term. Larger grants are possible if warranted in extraordinary cases. Students may apply for a grant for research or advocacy or support in areas of public interest law. This can include legislative, litigation, or community education projects. It may also include unpaid work associated with public interest organizations, though preference is given to work for specific projects rather than staff positions with such organizations. Work for prosecution, public defender, or law firm offices, or state or federal agencies will not be accepted. There is also a position available as coordinator for the Project for Older Prisoners (POPS).

The grants can be for a term or multiple terms, depending on the project.

Students should send a cover letter explaining their proposed work, their resumes, and most recent transcripts to Professor Jonathan Turley (jturley@law.gwu.edu) and his assistant Seth Tate (state@law.gwu.edu). Five grants will be offered this summer.

2019 Chapman and Cutler LLP
Maynard H. Jackson Jr. Diversity Scholarship

At Chapman and Cutler, we believe that diversity and inclusion create not only the foundation of our community but more effective solutions for our clients. We recognize the great responsibility to increase diversity in the legal profession and want to do our part, as we know the work is far from over.

As a part of our commitment to diversity, we are pleased to offer the Chapman and Cutler LLP Maynard H. Jackson Jr. Diversity Scholarship. The recipient of the award will receive a $10,000 scholarship (less any applicable withholdings and taxes) to be used to cover law school expenses.

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.