Earl Warren Legal Training Program
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Earl Warren Scholarship Program awards are $10,000 per year, over three years, for a total of $30,000 - - provided funds remain available. Scholars must be in good academic standing and continue to meet the scholarship criteria to maintain eligibility.
In addition to financial assistance, Earl Warren scholars are given special consideration for two unique opportunities: (1) an LDF internship, externship, or guided research project. These opportunities are advertised on LDF’s website; and (2) participation as a second or third year law student in LDF's Civil Rights Training Institute. This is an invitation-only annual civil rights conference that brings together civil rights advocates, scholars, and attorneys to discuss strategies and network.
Final decisions are made during the first week of August, at which time all applicants will be notified of their status.
• U. S. Citizen
• College graduate; enrolled in final year of college/university; or first year law student
• Record of strong academic performance
• Demonstrated and ongoing commitment to racial justice and civil rights
• Demonstrated financial need
Scholarship Application Checklist - Your application must include all items listed below:
• Completed scholarship application form
• Copy of acceptance letter to law school
• Two letters of recommendation
• Copy of transcript from current college/university (finalists will be required to submit an official transcript)
• Personal statement
• Copy of LSAT score
• Copy of Student Aid Report [FAFSA]. Line 85 must be completed or applicants must include a tax return. (Your parents’ income tax return or your own if you filed as an independent student.)
• Finalists will be required to submit a recent
professional photo. (As a guideline,
your face should take up approximately 60% of the frame.)
Frequently Asked Questions
• When is the application deadline for the Earl Warren Scholarship?
Applications must be completed by May 1, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.
• Is there a minimum LSAT or GPA requirement to receive an Earl Warren Scholarship?
There is no minimum test score or GPA requirement. Candidates are judged holistically and by the sum of their achievements and contributions. Any application review will consider a candidate's GPA, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, volunteer activities, personal essay and financial need. No single component of an application will determine a scholarship award.
• Am I eligible for a scholarship if I am not a U.S. citizen?
No. You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for the scholarship.
• How/ when are awardees notified? Will I be notified if I don’t receive an award?
All applicants of the Earl Warren Scholarship will be notified during mid-August, via email.
• May I apply for an Earl Warren Scholarship if I am not attending a law school located in the United States?
No. Earl Warren scholarships are only available to students who will be attending accredited law schools in the United States.
• I will be attending an unaccredited law school next year. May I apply for an Earl Warren Scholarship?
No. Earl Warren Scholarships are only available to students who will be attending accredited three-year law schools.
• Am I eligible if I attend law school part-time?
No. Applicants must be full-time students.