J.D. Admissions

External Scholarships & Grants

There are a variety of scholarships and grants outside of the Moritz College of Law, including from the university, local bar associations, philanthropic organizations, etc. There also are a variety of books and free online scholarship search sites that might provide information about other sources of scholarship/grant aid. We generally discourage students from using scholarship search services that require a search fee.

Entering and continuing students who are awarded a grant(s) or scholarship(s) from outside of the Moritz College of Law and the university must inform the Office of Student Financial Aid about this financial assistance. Students may email lawfinaid@osu.edu with the name of the award and the amount of the award.

The following is a select list of scholarships and grants given by organizations and entities that are not affiliated with the Moritz College of Law or The Ohio State University.

  • Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. are proud to present the 2nd annual Law School Scholarship Essay Contest. The basic rules are that the scholarship is open to all students 18 years of age or older at an American Bar Association approved institution. The scholarship information and rules can be found online. There, the students will be able to download the application form, and view all topics they can write about. First prize is $2,500, second prize is $1,500, third prize is $500, and there will be five honorable mention prizes at $100 each. Deadline is June 9th, 2014.
  • Farzad Family Law, APC is offering an annual scholarship to all law and pre-law students.  This scholarship is merit based and the winning applicant will receive $3,000 dollars towards their costs of education. All of the application details and the 2014 essay question are available on our website.
  • The Hudson County Bar Foundation is accepting scholarship applications. The application and all required supporting documentation must be forwarded to the Hudson County Bar Foundation by hand or be sent by mail bearing a postmark of April 30, 2014 or earlier.
  • The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) offers the George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy. Three scholarships of $5,000 each are available each year for full-time graduate students with a moderately-severe to profound hearing loss who use listening and spoken language and who are attending an accredited law school or a masters or doctoral program in public policy or public administration at an accredited university or college. Visit the AG Bell website to learn more.
  • The Brett Murphy Law Firm is offering an annual $2000 scholarship, called The Future Leaders Scholarship 2014, for law students who are working towards a Juris Doctorate Degree and who have an interest in personal injury law. Scholarship applicants should go to their website at to learn more about this scholarship and its requirements, and to access the scholarship application form. Brett Murphy will be accepting applications until July 15, 2014, and will notify the recipient on or about August 15, 2014.
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago’s Academic Scholarship Program offers assistance  for those with financial need who are pursuing careers in the helping professions. Students may access the application on their website. The deadline to apply is February 15.
  • Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds. Law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applicants may not be a current or past employee of Banner & Witcoff, or directly related to a current employee of Banner & Witcoff.
  • Cope Law Offices is pleased to announce the first annual Law School Student Loan Scholarship of $2,000. To be eligible recipients must be financing their entire law school education with student loans and scholarships,  a U.S. citizen currently attending an accredited law school within the United States and academic achievement reflected by a minimum 3.3 GPA and have completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited law school. To submit an application, please fill out the contact us section and choose scholarship as the reason for contact.
  • The Mark T. Banner Scholarship is a part of The Richard Linn American Inn of Court’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, and especially those from diverse backgrounds. The recipient of the scholarship receives $5,000 to be applied to their legal education.
  • The Console & Hollawell Legal Leaders Scholarship is open to high school seniors, college students, and law students.
  • The Charter One Bank TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship for the last three years has awarded a total of $50,000 in college scholarships to 40 students nationwide. Applicants should explain how they demonstrate good citizenship through community volunteerism and leadership in a short essay or video, in addition to completing an application form and submitting two references.
  • The Waechter Medical-Legal Scholarship is a $1,000 award open to all students. Applicants must submit a 150-word essay, which will be judged on creativity.
  • The Buckfire & Buckfire, P. C. Diversity Scholarship was created as part of the Michigan firm’s commitment to build on the promise of diversity within the workplace, community, and society. The $2,000 is for a student attending an accredited law school who is either a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within his or her academic career.
  • The Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship is open to students in their first or second year of law school. The recipient must be a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrate a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.
  • The Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship was established in honor of a young Berks County, Pa. attorney who was serving in the public defender’s office. It is given to help a deserving Berks County resident embarking on his or her second year at an accredited law school.
  • The Akron Bar Foundation Scholarship sponsors yearly scholarships for law students from Summit County who demonstrate financial need.
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s Black Law Students Association and Jones Day have partnered to award the Black Law Students Association Jones Day Robert M. Duncan Scholarship, a $10,000 scholarship for an undergraduate student interested in pursuing his or her legal education at Moritz and who has demonstrated strong academic performance, interest or leadership with respect to communities of color, and an aspiration to pursue a legal career. Coming Soon!
  • The Shelby County Community Foundation Scholarship is for students from Shelby County, Ohio and the surrounding areas.
  • The Warren County Bar Association Scholarship is a $1,000 for Warren County residents. Applicants should submit a letter and resume to the bar association, indicating their background, law school plans, and any other pertinent information. Send to: Warren County Bar Association, 500 Justice Drive, Lebanon, OH 45036.
  • The “Empowering Women In Law Scholarship” is a $2,000 scholarship open to women nationwide who are currently attending law school. The deadline is the last day of the year (12/31/2014), and the application can be found here:  http://thepearcelawfirm.com/empowering-scholarship