There are many scholarship opportunities for minority students in or about to enroll in law school. So how does a student find these scholarships and whittle the list down to those that are right for him or her? There are several online resources to help search for law school scholarships, all of which dedicate a good portion of space to minority scholarships.
Admissions Dean is a rich online database that has compiled hundreds of scholarship opportunities for law students. A large percentage of that database is dedicated to minority scholarships, including those for African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Asian Americans. Users are also about to sort results based on other factors in their background or interests, like what they want to study, the kind of work they have done in the past, religious affiliation, or other defining, non-ethnic traits, like disability status or sexual orientation. This free resource can open up many scholarship opportunities.
Though not nearly as comprehensive as Admissions Dean, this resource connects law students with scholarship opportunities right for them. They have a good selection of general law school scholarships, to which all students should apply. They also have a separate list dedicated to scholarships for minority students.
There are many scholarships that may be school specific, so it is always best to contact your school’s financial aid office directly. First, check to see if the financial aid office maintains a list of scholarships for their law students on their website. Yale, for instance, has a comprehensive list of outside scholarships for their law students, many of which are limited to Yale students. If your school does not maintain such a list online, call or email them directly. They should be happy to help you find scholarship opportunities right for you.