Here are additional sources of funding available to help finance your legal education. Below is a list of external scholarships offered by nonprofit organizations, foundations, law firms, and networking groups.
Organizations, groups, and nonprofits occasionally contact California Western with information about scholarships their agencies offer. While this is not an exhaustive list, the following are some of the scholarships currently being offered:
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KABA-SD 2023 Bar Exam Scholarship
The Korean American Bar Association of San Diego (KABA-SD) will award two (2) $1,000.00 scholarships to eligible individuals to take or re-take the California State Bar examination. The scholarship amount will assist in covering the cost of the Bar Exam and is not restricted to Koreans or individuals of Korean descent. Application must be received by Friday, October 6, 2023.
Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation Scholarships
The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation (EBGBF) mission is to provide support for diversifying the legal community, which includes scholarship opportunities for law students. Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria: Academic performance; Commitment to increasing diversity and access in the San Diego legal community; Community service; and Financial need. Complete applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 9, 2023.
VABASC Bar Exam Stipend
The Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California (VABASC) is offering a $1,500 bar exam stipend to an eligible individual looking to take the 2024 California bar exam (either February or July). The stipend will be awarded to a law student or recent law school graduate from law schools in Southern California only. The recipient will be recognized and awarded at the VABASC Installation Gala on November 2, 2023. To apply, please submit your application by Friday, October 20, 2023.
Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Contest
The annual ELI Writing Contest challenges law students to identify and research a pressing legal issue facing the music industry today and outline a proposed solution in a 3,000-word essay. A nationwide panel of music law experts judge the papers in a blind process to select one winner and two runners-up. Completed manuscripts and accompanying documents must be submitted on or before January 3, 2024 at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST).