Hofstra Law

American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund


Deadline Date: Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted Date: Oct 15th, 2010

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will award $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. Although each recipient will need to re-apply for the scholarship in his or her second and third year, the expectation is that the scholarship will be renewed each year if satisfactory performance in law school has been achieved, the student is otherwise eligible, and funding is available.

In addition to whether the applicant is a member of a racial and/or ethnic minority that has been underrepresented in the legal profession, the applicant’s financial need; personal, family and educational background; personal statement; and participation in community service activities will be considered in selecting the recipients of the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarships.


       ALL completed scanned applications must be received on or before March 3, 2014(Do not mail)
       Faxed applications will not be accepted.
       Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
       To secure a word document of the application please visit: http://www.ambar.org/DiversityScholarship

Requirements for Eligibility:

To be eligible to receive an ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship, an applicant must meet all of the following requirements:
  1. The applicant must be an entering, first-year law student in the 2014 academic year.  Only students beginning law school in the 2014 academic year will be eligible for an ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship.  Law students who have completed one or more semesters or years of law school are not eligible.  Applicants who are part-time law students also must be starting law school in the 2014 academic year to be eligible.
  2. At the time of submission of the application, the applicant must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 grading scale) at his or her undergraduate institution.  If the applicant has not completed his or her undergraduate degree at the time the application is submitted, he or she must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 grading scale) as of the most recent completed semester.
  3. The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America.  Students, who are citizens and residents of a foreign country, even if they plan to attend law school in the United States, are not eligible to apply.