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Need-Based and Minority Scholarships

Council on Legal Education Opportunity

CLEO is committed to diversifying the legal profession by expanding legal education opportunities to minority, low-income and disadvantaged groups.

American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

The Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund, established within the Fund for Justice and Education, is intended to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to attend law school and to provide financial assistance to those in need.

Merit Scholarships

Law schools are increasingly offering merit scholarships to attract top students.  These may pay for some or all of your law school tuition.  Before accepting any scholarship, make sure to check with other schools to see whether they might meet or better the first offer.  Check too on the conditions of the scholarship, e.g., whether it is conditional on maintaining a "B" grade or higher after the first year.