For additional information please contact Student Affairs
Although loans and work-study programs are sources of financial assistance, the Southern University Law Center provides additional assistance through scholarships, awards, and gifts from alumni and other sources. It is possible that any award listed may not materialize due to unavailability of funds.
Law Center Scholarships
The Law Center awards entering first-year students with scholarships based upon their undergraduate record and other substantive factors.
AccessLex Institute is a nonprofit organization committed to helping talented, purpose-driven students find their path from aspiring lawyer to fulfilled professional.
ALI-ABA Scholarship & Leadership Award
A graduating student who represents scholarship and leadership receives a certificate of recognition from ALI-ABA and a 12-month subscription to the ALI-ABA Journal.
American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship
The American Bar Association (ABA) awards an annual Legal Opportunity Scholarship to first-year law students. The mission of the program is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to attend and completing law school. The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship grants 10 - 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial aid over their three years in law school. Since its inception, more than 350 students from across the country have received the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship.
How to Apply:
The 2020 ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund application period will open Mid-February for student entering law school in the fall 2020 session. Please check back for updates.
For further information, write:
ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
750 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Ariel Harris Bar Preparation Scholarship
The “Ariel Harris Bar Prep Award Scholarship” is funded by SULC alumna Attorney Ariel Harris. The scholarship is in the amount of $250 to be awarded to up to three individuals in the spring of every other year beginning Spring 2019.
- The scholarship will be awarded to a nontraditional student (someone who is working his/her way through school or worked in the work force and is now in law school).
- The student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- The student must be a graduating 3L or graduating evening student.
- The student must submit a one-page essay explaining what his/her greatest hardship was while matriculating through law school and how they overcame it.
Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys Scholarship
An annual scholarship is awarded to a female second- or third-year law student who has demonstrated financial need along with leadership involvement in community or civic activities that benefit women. Special consideration is given to students who would not otherwise receive a scholarship.
|2L or 3L|
Baton Rouge Bar Association Scholarship
A scholarship is awarded in the spring semester to an upper-class student on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, community service, and exemplary character. This scholarship is jointly sponsored by the Baton Rouge Bar Association, Inc., and the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation.
Baton Rouge Legal Scholarship
(Formerly the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Bar Auxiliary Scholarship)
A $1,500 scholarship is awarded in the spring semester to an upperclassman. The Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Baton Rouge Bar Auxiliary jointly sponsor the scholarship. The scholarship recipient shall be nominated by the Law Center and is contingent upon the approval of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Baton Bar Auxiliary. The criteria to receive this award include great financial need, superior academic achievement, community service, and exemplary character. The following information must be provided by the student to the Law Center and forwarded to the Auxiliary for consideration: student’s name, address, telephone number, and personal resume detailing academic involvement, academic achievement, community service and grade point average. This information is mandatory for full consideration.
|$1,500||2L or 3L||Spring Semester|
This scholarship is named for the Honorable D. Elmore Becnel and funded by his son Robert M. Becnel, a 1984 alumnus. It is awarded to the married student earning the highest grade among married students in Torts I. The marital status of each student will be determined as of the date of registration based on information furnished to the Law Center.
Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association Scholarship
Historically Black Law School Scholarship Program
Annually, BESLA awards a scholarship to one student at each of the nation’s historically black laws schools.
These schools are:
- Florida A&M University School of Law
- Howard University School of Law
- North Carolina Central University School of Law
- Southern University Law Center
- Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University
Each candidate must be a minority student enrolled in law school on a full-time basis. The candidate must have completed at least one (1) full year of law school at an accredited law school. The candidate must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.8, be in good academic standing at the time of the application (no form of probation/holds), and meet two or more of the following requirements:
- Completed an intellectual property, sports and/or entertainment law course
- Completed an internship in sports, entertainment, or related field including, but not limited to new media, digital media, legislative affairs related to the sports/entertainment/related industries, intellectual property
- Is a member in good standing of the school’s sports and entertainment club
- a letter of interest (no more than one page)
- a scholarship application
- a one (1) page resume and bio not to exceed 250 words
- a business/professional headshot
- a written recommendation from the Dean of your law school.
The recipient must remain a full-time student at the time of the award or the funds will be forfeited.
Brace B. Godfrey, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
An alumni group from the Class of 1985 sponsors two scholarships awarded annually.
Eligibility for the scholarship is based on academic achievement, community involvement, and financial need. Applicants must possess a GPA of 2.8 or higher. Two scholarships in the amount of $750 are awarded in the spring semester. The application deadline is set by the donors.
set by donors;
awarded in Spring
Brady, Baudin, McKernan and Pendley Civil RightsLaw and Public Service Endowed Scholarship
The Brady, Baudin, McKernan, and Pendley Civil Rights Law and Public Service Endowed Scholarship is awarded to select second- and third-year law students who exhibit an interest in civil rights law and public service. Scholarship applicants must be second or third-year law students who are in good standing with the law school and who demonstrate an interest in civil rights law and public service. The recipients, the amount of the scholarship, and the number of scholarships awarded will be determined by the donors.
|2L or 3L|
CALI Excellence for the Future Award
CALI recognizes the student that has earned the highest grade in each course.
Cantor Crane College Scholarship
In order to help make a college education more affordable opportunity and to help spread awareness about Driving Under the Influence and Distracted Driving, the Arizona law firm of Cantor Crane is offering a $1,000 law student scholarship to help current, or soon-to-be, law students ease the burden of higher education costs.
Chancellor’s Circle Scholarship
The Chancellor’s Circle Scholarship is awarded to second and third year students who demonstrate a seriousness of purpose to the legal profession through professionalism, law school and community service, academic achievement and strong moral character. Full-time day students who have a cumulative law school grade point average of 2.5 or greater, demonstrate financial need and possess the qualities stated above may apply for the scholarship. Interested students must submit a letter of application and law school transcript to the Coordinator for Academic Affairs, located in the faculty area or call for assistance at 225-771-3776.
|2L or 3L|
Chauntelle R. Wood Scholarship
High achieving minority woman with a GPA of 3.4 or above
The recipient is an out-of-state student
The recipient is active in the community, or active ROTC, or a veteran of the military that has demonstrated interest in being a litigator
The scholarship will be awarded in the Spring semester starting this Spring 2020 and the award is $500.
That will be a total of 6 awards of $500 for the next 6 years.
Student is a 2L
Short Essay: Describe the area of law you intend to pursue and why you selected this area.
Ms. Woods would like to pick the recipient from the applicants that have applied.
Please include a photo with your application.
Cicardo Awards **hip
The Cicardo Awards were established by contributions from the Cicardo family, whose members consist of five alumni. The awards are for: Most Effective Clinical Education Student; Student with the Highest GPA in the First-Year Class; Student with the Highest Grade Point Average in the Second-Year Class; Best Oral Advocate in Moot Court Competition, and Best Law Review Article.
|2L or 3L|
Corporate and Business Law Excellence Award
This award is given to a student at the end of his/her second year who has taken Business Entities and has the highest grade point average in the course. Funds from the award will support tuition and fees for the third year of matriculation for the recipient.
| $1,000 to one (1)
or $500 each to
two (2) students
Council On Legal Education Opportunity
The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) is a program seeking to provide educationally and economically disadvantaged students an opportunity to attend ABA-approved law schools/centers. CLEO operates a six-week summer institute to prepare selected college graduates for law study.
|2L or 3L|
For application and further information, write:
Council on Legal Education Opportunity
1420 N Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
Diangelo Frazer Scholarship
Candidates must be enrolled on a full time basis during an academic year; possess a minimum GPA 2.8; demonstrate an interest in higher education, leadership, and service.
- Submit a cover letter (must articulate achievements in higher education, leadership, and service) and resume.
- Law school transcript.
- Three (3) references: academic, employment, personal)
Two (2) letters of recommendation (Academic/Leadership/Service).
|$1,500||2L or 3L|
Earl Warren Stipends
The Earl Warren Scholarship is named for the Honorable Earl Warren,
The 14th Chief Justice of the United States and former Governor of California whose stewardship of the Warren Court helped end school segregation and transform America’s legal landscape.
In honor of his memory, the Earl Warren Scholarship is awarded annually to rising law students whose commitment to racial justice reveals outstanding potential for training as civil rights and public interest attorneys. Eligible law students include those entering their first or second year of full-time legal study at an accredited law school.
Earl Warren Scholars are Given Two Unique Opportunities
LDF’s Earl Warren Scholarship awards are $10,000 per year for three years (as long as scholars remain in good academic standing and continue to meet the scholarship criteria) for a total of $30,000. In addition to financial assistance, Earl Warren scholars are given two unique opportunities: (1) an LDF internship, externship, or guided research project—competitive positions that are sought out by dozens of students every year, and (2) an invitation to LDF’s Civil Rights Training Institute, an invitation-only annual civil rights conference that brings together civil rights advocates, scholars, and attorneys to discuss strategies and to network. Final decisions are made by the first week of August. All applicants will be notified of their status.
Deadline: May 1, 2020
For application and further information, write:
Earl Warren Legal Training Program
99 Hudson Street
New York, New York 10013
Follett Book Scholarship
There is $4,730.00 available for book scholarships provided by Follett. The Scholarships can be used to purchase only books, at the law center, through a credit process.
H&M Law Firm Scholarship
- This scholarship is an annual scholarship.
- Applicants must apply by no later than 8/15 — of each year. It will be awarded on 8/25
- This scholarship can be used for any type of educational expenses.
- Winners of the scholarship can also intern at the H&M Law offices (if they wish) during their winter, or summer vacations.
- Applicants must have a GPA of no less than 3.1
- Applicants must send an unofficial transcript
- Applicants must submit a 500 words essay, about what it means to give back to society, and how they intend on accomplishing this.
Applicants can send the essay, and their unofficial transcript, to SCHOLARSHIP@duilawyerslosangeles.com
Hallie Gay Walden Bagley Scholarship
The Hallie Gay Bagley Scholarship was created to help students lift a little bit of financial stress off of their shoulders while also helping to strengthen our communities since the youth of today are our future! To apply, each student must submit a short essay of no more than 500 words that answers the question: “Who is the person who inspires you the most to continue furthering your education?”
The award for this scholarship is $1,000 and all applications must be submitted by November 1, 2020. At the conclusion of the application period, the Hallie Gay Walden Bagley Scholarship committee will confer and select a winner. The winner will be notified by December 1, 2020.
Use this link to apply: http://halliegaywaldenbagleyscholarship.com/
Herschel and Charlotte Richard Scholarships
These scholarships are established in memory of Herschel and Charlotte Richard by their sons, Retired-Professor Thomas E. Richard and Herschel E. Richard, Jr., a Shreveport attorney. Two $500 need-based scholarships are awarded in the fall semester of each academic year; one each to a deserving second and third year student who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Preference shall be given to married students from Webster, Bossier, and Caddo parishes.
Honorable Walter Brandon, Jr. Book Scholarship
The book scholarship will be in the amount of $500 and will be given out in the Fall and the Spring. The scholarship will be awarded each semester to an incoming 1L. The award will go to an out-of-state incoming student from the Mid-West Region of the USA (Illinois, Wisconsin, Kansas, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, South and North Dakota). The student will be African American. The student will need to write in and explain “What will you do with your law degree to help your community.” The scholarship committee can choose the recipient.
|$500||Fall & Spring|
Judge Alvin B. Rubin Memorial Scholarship
The Judge Alvin B. Rubin Memorial scholarship is funded through the Federal Bench Bar Fund. The scholarship is meant to assist law students who are academically sound and demonstrate financial need. It is awarded each year to second-semester first-year students
To earn the scholarship a student must have achieved a minimum 3.0 grade point average, demonstrated leadership qualities, integrity and professionalism; and show an economic need.
Interested first-year students must submit an application letter and official law school transcript.
Judge Carl E. Williams Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established with contributions from the Louisiana Judicial Council of the National Bar Association, alumni, and friends, in memory of the late Judge Carl E. Williams, ’87, of the 16th Judicial District Court.
To earn the scholarship, a student must be a second semester, first-year student who has achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrated leadership qualities, integrity and professionalism. The student must demonstrate economic need.
Interested first-year students must submit an application letter and official law school transcript.
Judge Charles L. Elloie Bar Preparation Scholarship
Two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each will be awarded to support bar examination preparation and expenses. An applicant must be a graduating senior from New Orleans who will take the July offering of the Louisiana Bar Examination in the year he or she graduates. Successful applicants must also demonstrate financial need, community service, character, leadership qualities, and professionalism and are academically sound.
|$1,000 (Two Available)||3L||Annually|
Judge Zorraine Waguespack Scholarship
The Judge Zorraine Waguespack Scholarship awards a $1,000 scholarship to an outstanding non-traditional female student in the spring semester. Applicants must have a 3.0 or greater grade point average, and demonstrate strong leadership and moral qualities.
The Kean Miller Scholarship
This firm has established a $2,500 per year ($1,250 per semester) scholarship to be awarded to a law student with academic credentials and demonstrated financial needs and $2,500 in cash awards of $500 each to the three top first-year students and the two top second-year students.
|$2,500.00 per semester||full-time 1L or full–time 2L student in good standing w/the university||Spring & Fall|
- This scholarship should be awarded based on academic achievement and financial need
- The student should exhibit exemplary leadership abilities
- The award should go to a student that is historically demographically underrepresented in the practice of law
Lafayette Bar Association Auxiliary Scholarship
The Lafayette Bar Association Auxiliary awards a scholarship for a law student from Lafayette Parish attending any law school in Louisiana.
Law Center Assistance Awards
Depending on the availability of funds, a student may apply for assistance. An applicant has to be in good academic standing with a demonstrated financial need. Eligibility for financial aid and academic standing must be determined before consideration for the award.
Law Center Merit Scholarship
The Law Center awards scholarships to students who are in the top five percent (5%) of the class ranking after their first full year of matriculation. Students who are interested in receiving a merit scholarship must submit:
- A written request by the end of the second week of his/her third semester to the Records and Registration Department.
- The award is based on merit and character.
A student who received a Law Center scholarship when he/she entered law school is NOT eligible to receive the merit scholarship.
Law League of Louisiana
A leather briefcase and a certificate of merit are awarded to the law student who has most improved his or her grade point average over the first five semesters.
|Leather Briefcase||2L or 3L|
Law Offices of Marc Albert Scholarship
The Law Offices of Marc Albert offers a $1500, renewable, college scholarship each year. All details, and information on how to apply, can be found at: http://www.msainjurylaw.com/scholarship. There is no application fee, and it can be used for any expenses the student wishes.
Below are some general requirements.
- Copy of Unofficial transcript
- The student should have a GPA of 3.2 or higher
- Discuss the theme, “Why the law matters,” in an essay, no less than 500 words.
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society Greater New Orleans Chapter Scholarship
The Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society awards an annual scholarship to one law student based upon scholastic achievement and need.
Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Scholarship
The LADC awards a $1,000 scholarship each semester to two third year law students based upon scholastic achievement and need.
|$1,000 (2 awarded)||3L|
Louisiana Parish Attorney’s Association Annual Academic Award
This award will be presented to the student that scores the highest grade in Local Government Law during the fall semester.
Louisiana State Bar Association – Corporate and Business Law Section Scholarship
A $250 scholarship is awarded to the student earning the highest grade in a business course.
Melvin Brewing Scholarship
To be eligible, each applicant will be asked to submit a short essay of no more than 500 words. The award for this scholarship is $1,000 and all applications must be submitted by March 30, 2020. At the conclusion of the application period, a committee will confer and select a winner by the first week of April 2020.
New Orleans Association Of Black Women Attorneys Scholarship
An annual scholarship award is presented to a second or third year Black female student.
|2L OR 3L|
Phelps Dunbar Scholarships
Phelps Dunbar, L.L.P., created the scholarship in 1999 in the name of the firm. Scholarships are awarded to the editor-in-chief of the Southern University Law Review and to two first year students who will retain the scholarship for three years.
Professor Nadia E. Nedzel Scholarship
1, The scholarship will be awarded in the Fall in the amount of $1000;
2. The scholarship will go to a non-traditional student;
3. A student can apply for the scholarship after two semesters of law school;
4. The recipient should have the most improved GPA after two semesters of law school;
5. Applicants must write a short essay addressing the challenges he/she faced and what he/she did to improve his/her GPA.
Provosty, Salder, DeLaunay, Fiorenza, and Sobel Scholarship
In an effort to recruit and retain students who have strong connections to Central Louisiana, the firm of Provosty, Salder, DeLaunay, Fiorenza, and Sobel has established a $1,000 scholarship ($500 each semester) to be awarded annually to a second year law student who is a resident of Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, or Sabine Parish. The recipient will retain the scholarship during his or her third year provided he or she meets eligibility requirements and funds are available.
A qualified second or third year student will receive a $1,000 scholarship to assist with the cost of tuition, fees or expenses. A 2.5 grade point average or higher, at least 30 hours of course credits, and financial need are the eligibility requirements for the scholarship. The recipient must also be a person of strong ethical values and has shown a commitment to community service.
|$1,000||2L or 3L|
River Parishes Claimants 1988 Refinery Explosion Memorial Scholarship
The River Parishes Claimants 1988 Refinery Explosion Memorial Scholarship is to be awarded annually by the Law Center’s scholarship committee for tuition purposes only to no more than five law students residing in the River Parishes who demonstrate both financial need and scholastic merit.
Roach Family Financial Need Scholarship
In honor of Larry A. Roach, Sr. and Dorothy C. Roach, the Roach Law Firm has funded a need-based scholarship for law students who are from southwest Louisiana (Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, or Vermilion Parish). Five scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded.
|$1,000 (Up to 5 awarded)||Open|
Robin Raasch Book Scholarship
The “Robin Raasch Book Award Scholarship” is funded by SULC alumna Attorney Robin Raasch. The scholarship is in the amount of $500 to be awarded in the spring of each of the next six (6) years.
- The scholarship will be awarded to a nontraditional female student (someone who is working his/her way through school or worked in the workforce and is now in law school).
- Can be a day or evening student.
- The student must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
- The student can be a 1L, 2L, or 3L.
Submit a letter of application addressing the scholarship criteria and explain why you believe you should receive the award.
SULC Alumni Association Scholarship
The SULC Alumni Association awards scholarships annually to deserving law students who demonstrate scholastic ability and financial need.
Taylor Porter, Brooks, and Phillips Scholarship
A $2,000 scholarship awarded for the fall semester and $2,000 awarded for the spring semester of each year based on scholastic achievement and financial need.
|$2,000 for Fall & Spring||Open|
The Alvin Roché Book Award Scholarship
The Alvin Roché Book Award assists students who are in financial need to purchase books. Recipients are given vouchers to purchase books at the Southern University Bookstore.
- The student must complete an application.
- Write an essay demonstrating the need for the scholarship.
- Submit three letters of recommendation.
Theodore Richardson Bobb Scholarship
- A student who sees a legal system that does not exist today – a system hat protects the rights of those who are disabled and do not have financial resources.
- A student who has mastered the art of oral advocacy and has been a willing participant in Trial Advocacy/Moot Court.
- A student who is willing to bridge a gap between public and private advocacy by changing the landscape of the judiciary.
- Must draft a memorandum or position paper that talks about his/her vision of the legal profession in the future and how he/she intends to shape that vision.
- The student must be willing to get along with all races of people.
- The student must have the mastery of the following skills:
- Self confidence
- Ability to grasp the law
- demonstrable knowledge and skill in evidence
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
This organization awards a scholarship valued at $4,400 per year to an entering student who is a graduate of a Historically Black Public College or University, or other university that receives undergraduate awards from the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. Depending on the availability of funds, the scholarship will be renewed each year that the recipient’s academic performance ranks in the top 25 percent of the respective law school class.
|$4,400 per year||1L|
Timothy L. Spears Memorial Scholarship
The family of the late Timothy L. Spears, Spears and Spears Law Firm, and the Southern University Law Center American Bar Association/Law Student Division established two $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to students of the graduating class to participate in the BAR/BRI Review Course.The family of the late Timothy L. Spears, Spears and Spears Law Firm, and the Southern University Law Center American Bar Association/Law Student Division established two $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to students of the graduating class to participate in the BAR/BRI Review Course.
|$1,000 (2 awarded)||3L|
Trailblazers In Mentorship Scholarship
The Trailblazers in Mentorship Scholarship is awarded to third year law students. The amount of the award is $650.00 and there is no grade point average requirement.
Interested students must email a copy of their law school academic transcript and a 400-word essay on a topic selected by the donors. The donors will contact the scholarship recipient.
Tyrone Key Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility for this scholarship is based on academic achievement, community involvement, and financial need. Applicants must possess a GPA of 2.8 or higher. Two scholarships in the amount of $750 are awarded in the fall semester. The application deadline is set by the donors.
U.S. Attorneys Scholarship
The USAttorneys.com has an ongoing scholarship. Information on the scholarship can be found at the link below.
The essay can be written on these three subjects-divorce law, child custody, and divorce mediation. The essay winner selected will receive a $2,500 scholarship. Also, the student does not need to be going to school for any specific major to qualify for it.
William S. Mayfield Memorial Scholarship
The William Mayfield Memorial Scholarship is established by his family and friends to honor Professor Mayfield’s contributions to Southern University Law Center, the Baton Rouge community, and the National Bar Association. Professor Mayfield was a renowned professor at Southern University Law Center, an Army Lt. Colonel who served in World War II, a philanthropist, and mentor to many young men and women. It is the donors’ intent to recognize a senior law student who exhibits stellar character, unyielding grit and a commitment to fair justice which are values that Professor Mayfield embraced and promoted. The scholarship is a $1,500.00 award to assist with the costs of bar preparation. Interested students must submit a resume’, law school transcript, and letter of interest to the Professor R. Jones no later than March 1, 2020. Factors that the donors will consider are military service and/or connections, grade point average (both law school, graduate and undergraduate), undergraduate discipline of study, future goals after completion of law school, other awards, and service to the community and the Law Center. Preference for the scholarship is given to students with an undergraduate degree in math and/or students who are currently enlisted in the military or have made a commitment to enlist in the military. The winner of the scholarship will be notified by the donors, and it will be presented at the Law Center’s annual scholarship award program.
Zorraine M. Waguespack
The Judge Zorraine Waguespack Scholarship awards a $1,000 scholarship to an outstanding non-traditional female student in the spring semester. Applicants must have a 3.0 or greater grade point average, and demonstrate strong leadership and moral qualities. Interested students must submit an application letter and an official law school transcript to the Coordinator for Academic Affairs, located in the faculty area or call for assistance at 225-771-3776.
Other Available Scholarships
From time to time the Law Center receives request and information concerning other available scholarships and aid. Additional opportunities will be posted here as they become available.