Kahalas Term Scholarship

Scholarship Summary

The Howard and Judith Kahalas Term Scholarship Fund totals $100,000 and provides scholarship grants of $10,000 for up to two students per year who have demonstrated financial need and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher upon graduation from a four-year accredited college or university. Howard Kahalas also will mentor scholarship recipients.

Applicants must show demonstrated service to their communities, demonstrated leadership and other extracurricular activities evincing the potential to be strong law students.

Preference will be given to students who are members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in law school education (African American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander).

Applicants must submit a personal essay of no more than 500 words and two recommendations from college or university faculty.

About Howard M. Kahalas

Howard M. Kahalas is the principal of the Law Office of Howard M. Kahalas, P.C. He established his firm in 1981, after several years as a sole practitioner specializing in criminal trial work, personal injury and workers compensation. His more than 35 years of experience as a Boston personal injury attorney include being awarded several multi-million-dollar verdicts or settlements for his clients. A 1969 graduate of Boston University's College of Liberal Arts, Kahalas earned his law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1972. He is a past member of the Judicial Nominating Commission, serving more than eight years under three governors.


  • Applicants must include two faculty letters of recommendation from either college and/or law faculty.
  • Applicants also must include documentation (such as résumé of volunteer/civic leadership) that attests to their leadership and participation in service within the community or in another venue.
  • Applicants must complete the FASFA application online prior to the scholarship application deadline. Financial need is assessed based on information in the applicant’s FAFSA and Need Access applications.
  • All finalists will be interviewed by a three-person committee selected by the dean of the law school.
2019 Application [PDF]