DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

Application is now open and must be submitted by June 30, 2022. Apply for the Diversity Scholarship here.

About the Scholarship

DRI’s annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program is open to rising (2022-2023) second-and third-year law students who come from historically marginalized groups, including those who identify as:

  • African American
  • Hispanic
  • Asian
  • Native American
  • Multiracial
  • Second- and third-year female law students, regardless of race or ethnicity
  • Any other second-and third-year law student who comes from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender

Students who are a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), law school, or law student members of AAJ, or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI’s Law Student Diversity Scholarships.

To qualify for this scholarship, a candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students qualify for consideration if they have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant’s law school. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to three worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle.

Scholarship recipients will be announced at the DRI Annual Meeting in October 2022.

How much is the scholarship?

One scholarship in the amount of $10,000 and two scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated academic excellence
  • Service to the profession
  • Service to the community
  • Service to the cause of diversity

What do I need to submit?

  1. Each applicant must include a cover letter with his or her application. In that cover letter, each applicant should identify his or her academic, personal, and professional accomplishments and how those accomplishments qualify him or her for a DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship.

  2. Applications must also include three (3) recommendations, one each from the following individuals:

    • The dean or an associate dean of the student’s law school;
    • A current or past law professor; and
    • An individual who is personally acquainted with the applicant, but who is not related by blood line or adoption.
  3. In addition to submitting the attached application and required recommendations, applicants must complete an essay of no more than 1,000 words based upon the following question:

    How has the U.S. Supreme Court impacted your life?

    The U.S. Supreme Court affects our daily lives in myriad ways. Some of the Court’s rulings have addressed monumental wrongs or affirmed positive change; others have limited freedoms or created new challenges. With rulings addressing integral issues like voting rights, freedom of speech, a woman’s right to choose, marriage, access to education, the environment and more, the Supreme Court has impacted individuals as much as any other branch of government.

    Please consider your personal experience and perspective as you answer the following questions:

    • What two (2) Supreme Court decisions have most impacted your life and how?
    • In your opinion what Supreme Court decision has been most consequential for the country and why?

Submission Deadline

Applications and all other requested materials must be received by June 30, 2022. Scholarship winners will be notified in advance and officially announced at the DRI Annual Meeting, October 26–29, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

All applications, essays, and required materials* may be submitted in PDF format to scholarship@dri.org, or hard copy format to:

Diversity Scholarship
222 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1870
Chicago, IL 60606

* Letters of recommendation may be submitted directly by the applicant.

Apply for the Scholarship (PDF)