The major source of Suffolk Law School awards is the Trustee Grant. Trustee Grants are awarded based on financial need and do not have to be repaid. Students who file the required financial aid forms by the priority filing date will be automatically considered for grant monies from this fund. Applications received after the priority filing date will be considered for a Trustee Grant on a funds available basis. Award amounts vary. Grants are renewed each year provided recipients reapply by the financial aid deadline and their financial need remains similar.
Sargent Scholarships are awarded to incoming students on the basis of significant financial need and strong academic credentials. Sargent Scholarships do not have to be repaid. Award amounts vary. The scholarships are renewed each year provided recipients maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and continue to demonstrate financial need. Awards are for Suffolk University Law School tuition only. Funds are posted to students’ tuition accounts after the fourth week of classes.
Academic Leadership Scholarship Awards
Academic Leadership Scholarships are awarded to continuing students the top five students in each section for both Day and Evening Divisions as they are about to enter their second year. Students ranked first in their section receive a scholarship worth 50% of tuition; those ranked 2 through 5 receive a scholarship worth 25% of tuition. Academic Leadership Scholarships do not have to be repaid. Recipients must remain in the top 20% of their class to renew the scholarship. Awards are made each year in July.
Trustee Academic Scholarships†
Trustee Academic Scholarships are merit-based funds awarded by the Admissions Committee shortly after an applicant is admitted to the Law School. Recipients will be notified by the Office of Admissions. Scholarships are awarded to students based on outstanding academic achievement and do not have to be repaid. Award amounts vary. Scholarships are renewed each year provided recipients maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Law Achievement Scholarships
Law Achievement Scholarships are awarded to students who have financial need and excel academically. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and continue to demonstrate financial need to renew the scholarship each year.
Endowed & Named Scholarships
These "named" scholarships are funded by gifts from donors and foundations, and are awarded to students who meet the donors' designated criteria. Qualifications and award amounts vary, but the determination of the award is generally based on financial need and scholastic achievement. Endowed scholarships do not have to be repaid.
Students applying for financial aid are automatically considered for these funds, based on the information provided in the student's application. Scholarships that require a separate application will be posted during the academic year to Campus Cruiser when the the application is available.
†Important Notes on Scholarship Retention
85% of students awarded Trustee Merit or Sargent Scholarships retain their scholarships in their second year of study. The Office of Financial Aid (OFA) makes every effort to assist students who, for academic reasons, lose their original scholarships. Students who drop below the required GPA may be reconsidered for scholarship funding once their GPA again meets the required level. Reconsideration will take place after the spring semester of each year, once spring grades are available and a cumulative GPA has been calculated. In addition, with funding permitting, once fall semester, mid-year grades are available, students may also be reconsidered by the OFA for scholarship reinstatement. Students should note that any reinstatement of scholarship funding is not retroactive. Affected students will be notified by the Office of Financial Aid regarding any change in their award.
o Trustee Merit Scholarships are awarded based on academic qualifications only. A Trustee Merit Scholarship recipient who is eligible to continue their enrollment at Suffolk but whose GPA falls below 3.0 and therefore loses their Trustee Merit Scholarship will be considered for financial aid if they apply for financial aid by the appropriate deadlines for returning students and demonstrate financial need.
o Sargent Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and academic qualifications. A Sargent Scholarship recipient who is eligible to continue their enrollment at Suffolk but whose GPA falls below 3.0 and therefore loses their Sargent Scholarship will receive 75% of their original Sargent Scholarship amount as a Trustee Grant if they apply for financial aid by the appropriate deadlines for returning students and continue to demonstrate financial need.
Yellow Ribbon Scholarships
Yellow Ribbon Scholarships are awarded to qualified U.S. veterans approved by the VA for participation in the program. Award renewal is contingent on continued eligibility as determined by the VA. More information on the Yellow Ribbon Program and Suffolk’s commitment can be found on Suffolk University’s Veteran Services web page. Yellow Ribbon Scholarship recipients are not eligible for additional institutional aid. Funds are posted to student's tuition accounts once received from the VA.
Current Outside Scholarship Opportunities
The Office of Financial Aid posts scholarship opportunities available from non-Suffolk University Law School sources as they are provided to us.
Aspiring Attorney Aid Scholarship
Offered by the Kraut Law Group of California, the Aspiring Attorney Aid Scholarship is a $500 scholarship to be awarded to students seeking a future in law. Further information and the scholarship application may be found on their website.
Asian Heritage Law School Scholarship
This is the first annual award to be given by the Infinity Law Group of Massachusetts. Application for the scholarship is open to all Asian American students who will be attending their first year of law school by the fall of 2015 or are already in law school. The scholarship will be award to the person who plans to make the best use their law degree to help the Asian American community after graduation.
Application deadline is January 12, 2015.
Avvo Law Student Scholarship
This year marks the first annual Avvo Scholars Circle and Scholarship Program. Avvo has created this program to help inspire future generations of lawyers to innovate and impact change in the industry and our local communities. They will select 10 finalists to form their first Avvo Scholars Circle, and a winning finalist will receive a $10,000 scholarship as well as the opportunity to speak at our Lawyernomics conference in 2015.
All applications are due by January 1, 2015 and a winner will be announced on or before January 15, 2015.
Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship
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.
Completed application materials are due January 12, 2015 and scholarship winners will be announced in May 2015.
Thomas F. Black Jr. Memorial Scholarship
The Rhode Island Bar Foundation’s Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1989 to support and foster high legal practice standards by assisting Rhode Island residents who show promise that they will become outstanding lawyers and who need financial assistance to study law. The Scholarship is in honor of the late Thomas F. Black, Jr., a person known for his impressive ability as a lawyer and banker, his deeply rooted legal scholarship and his notable participation in civic and charitable causes.
In January of 2015, the Rhode Island Bar Foundation will be accepting applications for the Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation for academic year 2015-2016. The scholarship is a one year, non-renewable award, for full-time students who are Rhode Island residents who will be entering their first year of law school in September, 2015. For academic year 2015-2016, the Foundation intends to award two scholarship awards in the amount of $20,000 each.
The deadline for submitting the application is March 23, 2014.
Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. 2015 Law School Scholarship
The Diversity Scholarship will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited law school, who is either a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority, or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. The second annual award will be awarded in 2015. Applicants must meet the following criteria: Recipient is a member of an ethnic, racial or other minority, or any individual who demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career, and is a U.S. citizen currently attending an accredited law school within the United States. Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA and must have completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited law school.
Application deadline is May 31, 2015.
Empowering Women In Law Scholarship
The Pearce Law Firm of Philadelphia, PA is accepting applications for the Empowering Women In Law Scholarship. The scholarship is a $2,000 award open to women nationwide who are currently attending law school.
Application deadline is December 31, 2014.
Farzad Family Law Scholarship
This scholarship is available to all law students who are currently admitted to and attending an accredited American university or college or are admitted to and attending a state accredited law school. Interested applicants must write an essay on the question “Should the right to marry for same sex couples become a federal constitutional right by amendment to the United States Constitution or remain a State issue?" and provide proof of current attendance at the college or university (for example, if you wish, by including your transcripts). Your response should be between 2,500 to 4,500 words, although the length is not strictly enforced.
Application deadline: Must be received by December 15, 2014
Juvenile Justice Law School ScholarshipJuvenile Justice Law School Scholarship
The Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. are committed to juvenile justice and want to encourage young people to pursue a career in law and hopefully make a difference to someone in their careers. They have discovered that nothing matters more in the early life of a youth charged with a crime than lawyers, legal professionals, and judges who are committed to defending the rights of the youth.
For any law student attending (or accepted and planning to attend) an accredited law school. 3.5+ GPA. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an applicant exclusively for law school tuition and related expenses.
Application deadline is July 31st, 2015
Karin Riley Porter Attorney at Law Good Works Scholarship
Karin Riley Porter Attorney at Law believes that it is essential to lead by example and give back to one’s community. This is true both for those directly involved in the legal profession, and for those who are employed in other professions that contribute to the growth and success of the Commonwealth. To this end, the firm is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for future lawyers and other college and university students who are also actively engaged in making their community a better place by leading and planning community service projects. The Good Works scholarship offers a great opportunity for students who are active in community service.
The award is $500 for this year, and information is available on our scholarship page. You can reach the scholarship page by visiting the homepage and clicking the "Scholarship" tab on the right side of the page.
Application deadline is January 1, 2015.
Ladah Law Firm Injury Scholarship
The Ladah Law Firm Injury Scholarship is a $2,000 scholarship open to applicants nationwide who are currently attending law school. The personal injury attorneys at Ladah Law Firm work closely with accident victims and their families every day and know the long term effects an injury can have, and so would like to extend their help to future lawyers affected by an injury or accident. This scholarship is a one time award of $2,000 and will be presented in the fall semester of 2015.
The application deadline is the May 31, 2015.
Mario G. Obledo Scholarship
The Mario G. Obledo Scholarship currently being offered by the Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) Legal Education Fund. The Fund's Board of Directors established the Mario G. Obledo Memorial Scholarship in 2010, shortly after Dr. Obledo's passing earlier that same year. Obledo was a remarkable champion for Latino civil rights and the development of Latino attorneys. He co-founded the HNBA and MALDEF and led several civil rights organizations, both Hispanic and mainstream. The Fund's scholarship program is a fitting tribute to Obledo and will be awarded to a Hispanic law student that best exemplifies the life, aspirations and commitments of Mario Obledo. The Obledo Memorial Scholarship will be funded at $10,000 as a single award to a deserving law student enrolled at the time of application at an American Bar Association accredited school of law.
The deadline to submit the application for the Obledo award is Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 11:59 P.M. (EST).
Moses and Rooth 2015 Legal Scholarship
Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law, a Criminal Defense Law Firm located in Orlando, Florida is offering a $1,000 scholarship to one incoming 1L or currently enrolled law student. The scholarship is offered for the Fall 2015 semester. In addtion to meeting scholarship criteria, students must submit an essay on the topic: How do you see social media affecting the practice of law?
Application Deadline: May 1, 2015
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers' Single Mother's Scholarship
The 2015 Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers (RIL) Single Mother's Scholarship is currently open for applicants. To apply for a scholarship from RIL, write a 500+ word essay on the advantages of going back to school while caring for your children as a mother. How do you believe motherhood has helped prepare you for the challenges that you will face as a student? Examples may include the ability to succeed in time management skills, ability to listen carefully to others and ability to effectively manage multiple priorities
The deadline for submission is December 5, 2015.
U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship
The U.S. Army Women’s Foundation is the premier center for educational excellence, the national network for today’s Army women and a dynamic advocate for telling the history of Army women. The U.S. Army Women's Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Fort Lee, Virginia. The mission of the Foundation is to recognize and honor the service of women in the Army and to support the Army Women's Museum at Fort Lee. College, University, and Graduate Program Legacy Scholarships will be awarded up to $2,500.
The application deadline is January 15, 2015.
Vision Zero Auto Accident Prevention Scholarship
The Law Office of John J. Sheehan will be accepting applications for the Vision Zero Auto Accident Prevention Scholarship. This is a non-renewable award to prospective first and second year law students (class of 2017-2018) with a clean driving record, a 3.0 GPA, and a Fall 2014 or 13 law school entry date. Additional criteria include superior academic performance, and an essay. A single scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 will be awarded.
For further details and to download an application.
Application receipt deadline is July 31, 2015.