ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarships

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarships are intended to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to these students. The Scholarship Fund awards $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school. Recipients will be selected based on their qualifications for the scholarship and not on the law school they plan to attend.

Adler Pollock & Sheehan Diversity Scholarship

The Adler Pollock & Sheehan Diversity Scholarship awards $10,000 to a minority student entering his or her first year of law school. Eligible applicants must be permanent residents of Massachusetts or Rhode Island.

Marshall-Motley Scholars Program

Named in honor of the legendary civil rights attorney and LDF founder Thurgood Marshall, and iconic civil rights litigator Constance Baker Motley, the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program is a groundbreaking commitment to endow the South with the next generation of civil rights lawyers trained to provide legal advocacy of unparalleled experience. The MMSP supports aspiring lawyers dedicated to pursuing racial justice in the South, and for whom this work is a personal and professional calling. Recipients receive a full law school scholarship (tuition and room/board), participate in summer internships with national and regional civil rights organizations, receive a two-year postgraduate fellowship at civil rights law organizations in the South, and have access to special trainings sponsored by the LDF and the National Academy of Sciences. In return, recipients commit to serving as civil rights lawyers, based in the South and focused on racial justice, for 8 years following the conclusion of their fellowship.

Rhode Island Bar Association Thomas F. Black Jr. Memorial Scholarships

The Rhode Island Bar Association Thomas F. Black Jr. Memorial Scholarships are exclusively for tuition and related expenses by persons domiciled in the State of Rhode Island who enroll as full-time students in programs leading to the award of the L.L.B. or J.D. degree offered by law schools located in one of the United States or District of Columbia and accredited by the ABA. Each scholarship award will be made on the basis of demonstrated good character, scholastic achievement, and financial need of the recipient.