Deadline: May 01, 2021

Applications open on November 30 2020.

The Earl Warren Scholarship is named for the Honorable Earl Warren,

The 14th Chief Justice of the United States and former Governor of California whose stewardship of the Warren Court helped end school segregation and transform America’s legal landscape.

In honor of his memory, the Earl Warren Scholarship is awarded annually to rising law students whose commitment to racial justice reveals outstanding potential for training as civil rights and public interest attorneys. Eligible law students include those entering their first or second year of full-time legal study at an accredited law school.

Earl Warren Scholars are Given Two Unique Opportunities

LDF’s Earl Warren Scholarship awards are $10,000 per year for three years (as long as scholars remain in good academic standing and continue to meet the scholarship criteria) for a total of $30,000. In addition to financial assistance, Earl Warren scholars are given two unique opportunities: (1) an LDF internship, externship, or guided research project—competitive positions that are sought out by dozens of students every year, and (2) an invitation to LDF’s Civil Rights Training Institute, an invitation-only annual civil rights conference that brings together civil rights advocates, scholars, and attorneys to discuss strategies and to network. Final decisions are made by the first week of August. All applicants will be notified of their status.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline for the Earl Warren Scholarship?

Applications must be completed by May 1, 2021.  Visit our application portal to apply.

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 full sum of their achievements and contributions. Any application review will take into account a candidate’s GPA, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, volunteer activities and personal essays; however, no single component of an application will determine a scholarship award.

May I apply online?

Am I eligible for a scholarship if I am not a U.S. citizen?

Unfortunately, we are not accepting applications from non-U.S. citizens at this time.

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 by the middle of August/September whether they do or do not receive a scholarship.

May I apply for a Warren Scholarship if I am not attending a law school located in the United States?

No. 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 a Warren Scholarship?

No. Earl Warren Scholarships are only available to students who will be attending accredited three-year law schools.

Are fellowships and internships guaranteed with the scholarship?

No, you must apply separately. See LDF Fellowships and Internships.