Friday, March 18, 2016

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Black Women Lawyers’ Association Essay Scholarship
Description: BWLA recognizes the critical significance of ensuring the success of students of color and women during their legal education, throughout bar exam study, and in the competitive job market today.
Requirements: 3-5 page essay (topic provided), cover sheet, resume official or unofficial transcript, and enrolled and in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school. Interviews of top applicants.
Award: 1st Place: $5,000 (multiple awards available)
Deadline: March 25, 2016
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Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association Scholarship Program
Description: This scholarship is non-renewable and funded by the Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association (CIWBA) and the Sangamon County Bar Association (SCBA). Must be a current or aspiring law student who was a resident of a central Illinois county at the time she graduated high school (list of counties available on application).
Requirements: Submit a 2-page essay, 2 letters of recommendation, transcript, resume, and application.
Award: $2,000
Deadline: March 25, 2016 (postmark deadline)
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Gerrymander Standard Writing Competition
Description: The Supreme Court has long suggested there is a limit for what is acceptable partisan gerrymandering, but like obscenity so far the line is undefined and left to the courts to know it when they see it. The court has said that it is willing to hear constitutional challenges to partisan gerrymandering, but existing legal theories have been insufficient to empower citizens and advocates with the tools they need to overturn gerrymanders in court. We invite legal and social science practitioners, scholars and students to submit papers proposing a new definition of partisan gerrymandering or further developing an existing standard and pairing that definition with an effective legal theory to challenge unfair redistricting plans in court.
Requirements: Application, Transcripts, Resume, Personal Statement, Letters of recommendation, FAFSA form.
Award: First Place: $5,000 Second Place: $3,000 Third Place: $2,000
Deadline: March 27, 2016
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