Attending law school is an educational goal that some military service members and veterans wish to pursue, but it can be expensive. According to a U.S. News & World Report, law school students may graduate with debt ranging from $90,217 to $130,349. Here, we will discuss some military scholarship awards which may help to pay or at least defray law school expenses.
Military Scholarships Comparison
|Military Scholarships||Military Branch||Award Amount||Qualifications|
|Colonel Archer B. Battista Veteran's Scholarship||All||$1,000 or more||Veteran or Military Service Member Status, Admittance to Law School|
|Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick Law School Scholarship for Veterans||All||$1,500||Veteran Status, Enrollment or Acceptance to Law School|
|Barnett Howard & Williams Military Veteran Law Student Scholarship||All||$500||Military Veteran, Enrolled in a U.S. Law School|
|TonaLaw Veteran's Scholarship||All||$1,000 Semi-Annually||Veteran Status, Enrolled or Accepted in an Accredited U.S. School|
|Friedl Richardson Veteran Scholarship||All||$1,000||Service in the Armed Forces, Must be enrolled in a law school|
Military Scholarships for Law School
The dedication and perseverance of military-connected service members and veterans make them good candidates for acceptance to law school. However, many need financial assistance to successfully obtain a law degree. Below, we will explore some military scholarships for law school and the requirements needed to qualify for each.
Colonel Archer B. Battista Veterans Scholarship
The Hampden County Bar Association offers the Colonel Archer B. Battista Veterans Scholarship to veterans enrolled or enrolling in a law school located in the United States New England region (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts). The organization awards more than $1,000 of scholarship benefits to successful applicants.
To be considered for this scholarship, the candidate must be a service member in the U.S. military or an honorably discharged veteran. Proof of admittance to an accredited law school for the upcoming school year is also a requirement. The scholarship committee requests a 1 to 2 page statement to be included with your application that describes the following: the applicant's service, the applicant's goals, why the applicant is interested in a law career, how the applicant will use the scholarship, how the scholarship will help with law school expenses, along with any other useful information. An optional one-page statement from a supportive person may also be submitted on behalf of the applicant.
Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD Law School Scholarship for Veterans
Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick (CCK) LTD is a law firm in Providence, Rhode Island that awards a law school scholarship for a veteran enrolled in or accepted into an accredited United States law school in pursuit of a JD degree. CCK Law awards one $1,500 scholarship each school year.
Veterans from all branches of the military are qualified. They must be able to prove their veteran status. The applicant's most recent school transcript must demonstrate a GPA of at least 3.0. The scholarship committee also requests that a 1000 word essay is submitted with the application that answers one of these questions: 1) How did your military experience inspire your career and education goals? 2) How did your experience in the military prepare you for law school and a law career?
Barnett Howard & Williams Military Veteran Law Student Scholarship
The Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC is a law firm located in Fort Worth, Texas that offers the Military Veteran Law Student Scholarship. The $500 stipend scholarship is awarded to one veteran attending a U.S. law school.
The awarded funds may be used for all expenses related to law school expenses such as tuition, books, room, board, commuting, and bar review courses. Applicants must include a cover letter with their application that describes their military experience and their legal career plans after law school. In addition, the cover letter should include the applicant's expected graduation date, most current GPA (which has to be 2.5 or higher), their student identification number and the university name and address. A list of military awards the veteran has received and any additional documents may also be submitted with the candidate's application.
TonaLaw Veteran's Scholarship
TonaLaw is the law office of Thomas Tona and is located in St. James, New York. The TonaLaw Veteran's Scholarship awards $1,000 each fall and spring semester to a military veteran.
Qualified applicants must be able to provide proof that they have served in the United States military. Eligible veterans must be enrolled or accepted to begin enrollment (within 6 months) to an accredited school. Applications for the fall semester are due by July 31st and awarded on August 9th, while applications for the spring semester are due by November 30th and awarded on December 6th. Awards are directly dispensed to the winner within the month when the results are announced.
Friedl Richardson Veterans' Scholarship
The Friedl Richardson Law Office offers one scholarship to a veteran who has aspirations for a career in law. Successfully chosen scholarship recipients will get $1,000.
To be eligible for this scholarship, an interested candidate must be a veteran and a United States citizen. They must be enrolled in an accredited law degree program and must have a GPA no lower than 2.8. The scholarship committee requests that applicants submit a written essay or recorded video describing their strengths, their reason for pursuing a career in law, and why they should be picked as the winner for this scholarship.