AABA Law Foundation Scholarships


AABA recognizes the importance of fostering the growth of law students to improve the future development of the Asian Pacific American bar. AABA will award scholarships to deserving law students who are committed to advocating and improving their communities.

The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) and the AABA Law Foundation will be accepting applications for the 2017 AABA Law Foundation law student scholarships in Winter 2016-2017 (Application available here).  Applications will be due on January 31, 2017, and scholarships will be awarded at the AABA Annual Dinner on March 23, 2017.

All current law students are eligible to apply.  Selection criteria include community service or public interest work for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community or other underrepresented communities; demonstrated leadership in the APA community; demonstrated financial need; and commitment to the Bay Area.  If you have any questions, please contact aaba.bayarea@gmail.com.

The AABA Law Foundation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation dedicated to serving the community and law students through its Foundation Scholarship awards. The Foundation can only continue its work through the generosity of donors.  To donate online, visit http://www.aaba-bay.com/aaba-foundation/donate/.

All applicants will be considered for one of the following scholarships.  Last year, the AABA Law Foundation awarded four scholarships in the amount of $5,000.  The amount of each scholarship this year will depend on the financial needs of the applicant pool, but we expect that they will be a minimum of $5,000 each.

2017 Application available here

It is the policy of the AABA Law Foundation not to discriminate on the basis of age, gender, disability, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, veteran status, or sexual orientation. Officers and directors of AABA, the AABA Law Foundation, members of the Scholarship selection committee, and their immediate families are ineligible for the Scholarships


Dale Minami Public Interest Fellowship

The Dale Minami Public Interest Fellowship was created in 2007 to provide modest fellowship awards to Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) alumni who have shown a strong commitment to serving the public interest. Minami Fellows are selected for their diverse backgrounds, record of exceptional academic and professional accomplishment, leadership in community service, and commitment to social justice and public interest work. The award can be used to supplement annual income or used toward bar exam preparation expenses. Priority will be given to applicants who have worked with the Asian American Pacific Islander community. Individuals working in any range of public interest jobs, including government work, are invited to apply.

For 2017 application, click here. Deadline is: December 31, 2016.

Visit our website at www.dmfellowship.org for more information about the Dale Minami Fellowship Program and dinner.

NAPABA Scholarships

Each year in the Fall, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Law Foundation awards several scholarship to students across the country. Click on NAPABA Scholarships for more information.

South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC) - Public Interest Fellowship

The SABA-NC Foundation (“Foundation”) is the charitable arm of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California. It was established in 1999 to support SABA-NC’s community outreach and advocacy programs. The SABA-NC Foundation’s mission is to promote access to justice for all people in the community, particularly those struggling with economic crisis, abuse, and discrimination. The Foundation is the embodiment of SABA-NC’s commitment to this fundamental principle. The SABA-NC Foundation accomplishes this mission by providing fellowships and grants to law students and organizations that seek to provide quality legal services and address unmet legal needs in the South Asian community and the Northern California community-at-large.

The Foundation provides financial assistance in the form of a fellowship for a law student or a recent graduate working at a public interest or government agency. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to fund an internship with a public interest organization or government agency in Northern California that is doing work, which impacts the South Asian community and/or the Northern California community-at-large.

For more information and application form, click here.

VABANC Law Foundation Fellowship

VABANC is now accepting applications for scholarships! The annual VABANC scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the Vietnamese-American or Vietnamese community. The scholarship is open to all currently enrolled law students and is intended to provide assistance to students towards their public interest or social justice goals. 

For more information, visit http://www.vabanc.org/.


Annual Asian Heritage Law School Scholarship

Deadline: Completed applications must be submitted no later than August 1st of the application year.

Gabriel Cheong with Infinity Law Group LLC has announced a new scholarship for law students of Asian heritage. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded every fall semester and is intended to encourage more Asian Americans to consider law as a career option.

The Asian Heritage Law Scholarship is open to any students who will be attending law school. Candidates are asked to write a short essay describing how their background and experiences in the Asian American community influenced their choice to go to law school and how they plan to use their law degree.

More information HERE.


Answering Legal’s “Future Attorneys of America Foundation”

Deadline for Applications: November 5th 

Answering Legal’s Future Attorneys of America Foundation is dedicated in choosing one law student, of academic excellence, every year and awarding them with the FAAF merit scholarship. We consider it a great honor to be able to support law students who show ambition, perseverance, and of course, merit in their studies, in the legal community and in their lives.

GPA: 3.5
Class Standing: N/A
Requirements: Accepted or Enrolled in Accredited Law School, 500-1000 word essay

More information HERE.


Auger & Auger Disabled Scholar Award

Deadline for Applications:
Fall Semester - July 31st
Spring Semester - November 30th

As a personal injury law firm, our attorneys frequently represent families who are coping with the aftermath of serious injuries and disabling impairments. We observe firsthand the unique challenges that disabled men and women face and see the strength and perseverance necessary to overcome expectations. As part of our efforts to give back to the disabled community, Auger & Auger is sponsoring a $1,000 scholarship, given twice a year, to assist with tuition and expenses at a qualifying undergraduate institution.

More information HERE.


Howell & Christmas, LLC Visionary Scholarship

Deadline for Applications:
Fall Semester - July 31st
Spring Semester - November 30th

The law offices of Howell & Christmas, LLC, a 10 out of 10 Avvo rated law firm is proud to have served the working men and women of South Carolina, with combined legal experience of over 30 years, in all types of accident and injury cases including car accidents, work accidents and medical malpractice. We have provided over 17 years of pro-bono work in our communities and started the non-profit Low country Helmets for Kids whose mission is to give away free bicycle and skateboard helmets and help prevent childhood brain injuries from occurring. $1000 will be awarded to a high-achieving, bright student who intends to pursue a career in law.

More information HERE.


Icing On The Ring Triumph Over Breast Cancer Scholarship

Deadline for Applications:
Fall Semester – July 31st
Spring Semester – November 30th

Like so many in the community, we at Icing On The Ring have witnessed the devastating effects of breast cancer and its ability to completely overturn a life. That is especially true when an individual is working hard to put themselves through school. Although all college students face difficult obstacles, we believe that a disease like cancer should not be allowed to derail an aspiring student’s dream. Our intention is to offset the financial burden to a student who is continuing to study despite their encounter with breast cancer with two $1000 scholarships, one in the Fall and the other in the Spring.

More information HERE.


The John Foy & Associates Strong Arm Leukemia Scholarship

Deadline for Applications: December 15, 2016

John Foy & Associates is known as the “Strong Arm of Georgia”. We are a tough Atlanta Personal Injury law firm that will fight to the finish for our clients. But our associates know that not every battle is fought in the courtroom. Fighting a disease requires more than a legal “Strong Arm”-it requires a dedicated team of medical staff, loved ones and countless more. Fighting leukemia requires determination, drive and diligence in both the patient and the patient’s loved ones. Often, the battle is a solitary one, isolating the patient and family. Our firm associates recognize this. That’s why we are delighted to introduce the first-ever John Foy & Associates “Strong Arm” Leukemia Scholarship.

The John Foy & Associates “Strong Arm” Leukemia Scholarship is open to high-achieving college students who meet this criteria:

  • You or a loved one have been affected by leukemia.
  • You are enrolled in an accredited college or university as an undergraduate or you are an incoming freshman at an accredited institution in the United States.

To apply, you must write a 500 to 1000 word essay on one of the three topics listed below and submit an official high school or college transcript.

More information HERE.


The Loewy Law Firm Passion for Civil Rights Scholarship

Deadline for Applications: July 31st

We have created this $1,000 scholarship to help support promising law students who have a passion for civil rights, and a core belief in social justice and equality. We at the Loewy Law Firm earnestly believe that all citizens deserve equal rights, equal opportunity, and equal protection under the law and that a career in law is one of the best ways to pursue the social change and achieve the civil rights triumphs for which so many continue to fight.

More information HERE.


Katz & Phillips, P.A., Beating Heart Disease Scholarship

Deadline for Applications: July 31st

At Katz & Phillips we understand that the risks are real and living with heart disease is both physically challenging and frightening not just for the patient, but also for caregivers and loved-ones. Our firm seeks to lighten the load for one high-achieving, dedicated student who either suffers from heart disease, has overcome heart disease, or is providing care and support for a family member with heart disease by awarding that student a $1,000 scholarship.

More information HERE.


Katz & Phillips, P.A. Ashley Rose Honorary Diabetes Law Student Scholarship Award
– $1,000

Deadline for Applications: July 31
GPA: 2.8
Class Standing: N/A
Requirements:  Accepted or Enrolled in Accredited School, Type 1 Diabetes, 500-1000 word essay

Our Orlando law firm will be sponsoring an annual scholarship for a law school student whose life has been impacted by diabetes. In recognition of the fact that diabetes often makes it more challenging to take on academic endeavors such as law school, we will set aside $1,000 to fund this scholarship, which is designed to assist eligible students with type I diabetes with their law school tuition. 

More information HERE.

Steinger, Iscoe & Greene Law Scholarship for Child Advocates

Deadline for Applications:
Fall Semester- July 31st
Spring Semester- November 30th

We believe that attorneys stand in a unique place to be able to help families and individual victims of child abuse. While the damage that abuse causes can be life-long, a dedicated lawyer can help end abuse, establish legal protections for victims, win custody battles, and even secure compensation to provide medical treatment and therapy. These are the essential tools to protecting children and helping them manage and move past trauma as they grow.

More information HERE.


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