Federal Circuit Bar Association’s
Scholarship Application & Rules
must be sent between April 1 and midnight
EST on April 15, 2015]
Who may apply?
(a) pursuing a juris doctor degree, (b) enrolling for the upcoming academic
year (i.e., 2015/2016) in any law school accredited by the American Bar
Association, (c) having financial need, and (d) showing a demonstrable interest
in one of the many topics that lie within the procedure, substance, or scope of
the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
(e.g., international trade, government contracts, patents, trademarks, certain
money claims against the United States government, federal personnel, and
veterans’ benefits). Students with interests solely in such areas as family,
public interest, bankruptcy, or criminal law, for example, need not apply.
Students pursuing advanced degrees (e.g., LL.M.) need not apply. Law schools
should limit applications to no more than five students from their school in
any one year.
How to apply?
application must include a single PDF format file that includes each of the
following: (1) scholarship coverpage (linked here); (2) curriculum vitae; (3)
undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate and law school transcripts; and (4)
an original, typed essay written by the applicant alone. The essay is limited
to no more than 450 words, on one page, and should address the applicant’s
financial need, any interests in particular areas of the law, and any specific
qualifications for a particular scholarship considered relevant by the
applicant (i.e., please highlight which scholarship you feel you are best
qualified to receive). Applications may include unofficial transcripts, and
need not include a letter of recommendation. For those applicants who will
begin law school in the upcoming (i.e., 2014/2015) academic year and cannot
provide a law school transcripts, please submit a copy of your letter of
acceptance to law school.
noted above, submissions must be transmitted as a single document in PDF format
only by e-mail to the Federal Circuit Bar Association at the following e-mail
Any inquiry related to the application may be sent to the co-chairs of the FCBA
Scholarship Committee, Joseph Reisman, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Jennifer
Doan, email@example.com. Please identify your submission by “FCBA
Scholarship Submission” in the “Subject” line. Unfortunately, the Association
cannot process incomplete applications, nor will the Association contact an
individual noting deficiencies in the application because the volume of
applications is robust.
Who judges the scholarship applications?
applications are evaluated by those members of the Association who comprise the
Scholarship Screening Committee. There are currently six members on the
How and when will I be notified if I am
awarded a scholarship? A representative of the Association will contact
each scholarship winner by telephone, and then by mail, on or before May 31,
2015. Applicants need not make follow-up inquiries about the status of their
Which scholarship should I apply for?
only one application, regardless of the scholarship you believe you are most
qualified to receive, because the Association considers each application with
the criteria of all of the different scholarships in mind. Thus, one
application renders the applicant eligible for all of the available
scholarships. The Association offers two different categories of scholarships:
“Judicial” and “Association.” Judicial Scholarships include the Howard T.
Markey Memorial Scholarship, the Helen W. Nies Memorial Scholarship, and the
Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Scholarship. The Association Scholarships
include awards in honor of William S. Bullinger, as well as other scholarships
based primarily on need. Each scholarship in the Association’s Scholarship
Series is contingent upon the availability of funds and other factors.