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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Scholarship opportunity from the 
American Association of Law Libraries

American Association of Law Libraries offers several educational scholarships to law school graduates who are currently attending or interested in attending library school to become law librarians.  Many law librarians, including me, have both a JD and the Masters in Library and Information Science.
The AALL website has additional information and links to all the scholarship applications, including the Library School Scholarship for those with Law Degrees.  
Minority applicants may also apply for the George A. Strait Minority Scholarship at the same time, using the same application.

The deadline for all these applications is Friday, April 1, 2016.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Frederic L Ballard Memorial Scholarship Program

The National Association of Bond Lawyers (“NABL”) is pleased to announce that it is once again offering up to five scholarships to law students, through the Frederic L Ballard Memorial Scholarship Program to attend its 2016 Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Seminar. Designed for attorneys, paralegals, government officials and employees, financial consultants and other municipal finance professionals and market participants seeking a basic knowledge of municipal bond law and related municipal finance issues, the Seminar is open to both NABL members and non-members. The seminar is being held May 4 - 6, 2016 at the Swissotel in Chicago, Illinois.

To be a recipient of one of the five possible scholarships, an applicant must be currently enrolled in the Doctor of Jurisprudence Program or Masters of Law (LL.M.) Program at an accredited law school located within the United States of America. Each scholarship will include (a) waiver of the enrollment fee to the seminar, (b) complimentary hotel lodging at the Swissotel (c) reimbursement of round-trip airfare and (d) reimbursement of ground transportation to and from the scholarship recipient’s departing airport and to and from one of the Chicago airports. Reimbursement for the items listed in clauses (c) and (d) are subject to the requirements set forth in the application.
Completed applications are due no later than March 11, 2016. If you have any specific questions about this scholarship, please contact Linda Wyman, NABL Chief Operating Officer at (202) 503-3300.

OACTA 2016 Law Student Diversity Scholarships Available

OACTA's annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program is open to incoming second and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pan Asian and Native American students enrolled at Ohio law schools. Incoming second and third-year female law students enrolled at Ohio law schools are also eligible regardless of race or ethnicity.  Other criteria for the scholarship include:
  • Academic achievement in law school;
  • Professional interest in civil defense practice; and
  • Service to community and to the cause of diversity;  
Up to three (3) scholarships in the amount of $1,250 each will be awarded to successful applicants.  Applicants are required to submit an application, law school transcript and a cover letter addressing the following:  academic, personal and professional accomplishments, and why they should be selected as a recipient of the scholarship.  Applicants may submit up to three letters of recommendation.
The completed application and all other requested material must be received by April 15, 2016.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  
Winners will be announced in June and recognized at the OACTA Annual Meeting in November.   

Download Application here:

Friday, December 4, 2015

Akron Bar Foundation
57 S. Broadway Street, Akron, Ohio 44308
P: 330-253-5007 | F: 330-253-2140

The Akron Bar Foundation provides scholarships to law students based on grade point average, affiliation with Summit County, history of community involvement and financial need.
Carefully complete the accompanying scholarship application and return to: The Akron Bar Foundation, Attention: Director of Development, 57 South Broadway Street, Akron, Ohio 44308. Applications MUST BE postmarked NO LATER THAN Friday, February 26, 2016. Qualified applicants will be contacted to arrange for an interview, which will take place during the last week of April.
Qualified Applicants Must Meet ALL of the Following Criteria:
[ ] You are a citizen of the United States
[ ] You have been admitted to a law school in Ohio
[ ] You are in good academic standing with your school(s)
[ ] You have an affiliation with Summit County
[ ] You have a demonstrated history of community involvement
[ ] You have a strong financial need

In Order for your Application to be Considered, You Must Submit the Following TYPED Information:

Monday, November 30, 2015

The 2016 Tannenwald Writing Competition

Sponsored by the Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel

Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to all full- or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate.  Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable at

Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers.

Deadline for submitting papers:  9:00 p.m. EDT, July 1, 2015.

Mail papers to: Tannenwald Foundation, 700 Sixth Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001-3980, Attn:  Sandie Kiedrowski.

For more information contact: Nancy Abramowitz at 202.274.4164 (


Latham & Watkins is excited to host a select group of 1Ls at our second annual Diversity Leadership Academy from April 1-3, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Applications are due January 11, 2016.

We are pleased to announce the second annual Latham & Watkins Diversity Leadership Academy, April 1-3, 2016, in San Francisco. We encourage talented first-year law students to apply to attend.

The Diversity Leadership Academy will bring together Latham attorneys from around the globe and talented first-year law students from across the United States with a specific focus on developing and empowering future leaders of the legal profession and creating community among our lawyers, recruits and 1L guests, all of whom share a commitment to diversity.

We will consider the following factors when selecting participants.
·         Academic and leadership achievements.
·         Obstacles, challenges or other factors (financial or otherwise) encountered in advancing career objectives.
·         Life experiences that have shaped values and professional goals.
·         A desire to practice at a global law firm.
·         Demonstrated commitment to promoting inclusion and diversity in the legal profession.

This firm-sponsored training and development retreat will provide first-year law students with the information and skills needed to successfully navigate the law firm interview and hiring process, and transition from law student to practicing attorney. Each 1L student will be partnered with a Latham mentor who will serve in this capacity during the Academy and throughout the remainder of the student’s law school career.

Applications can be accessed starting December 1, 2015 at are due on January 11, 2016. Students selected will be notified in February 2016.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2015-2016 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

Co-sponsored by Jackson Lewis LLP and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, the Institute for Law and the Workplace

Judges will consider papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.

Entries must be the law student author’s own work and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors must have completed or be currently taking course work in employment or labor law, and must be enrolled in an accredited law school during the Fall 2015 semester. Only the first two submissions per law school will be accepted as entries for consideration.

The deadline for submission is Tuesday, January 19, 2016.