Center-Related Scholarships

The Centers for Excellence at Washburn University School of Law represent the law world as it really is. They offer students opportunities to meet and work with accomplished lawyers, judges, and business leaders.

Each of our Centers offers scholarship and/or fellowship opportunities for students with special interest in a Center-related discipline and who embrace the idea of a collaborative, hands-on learning experience.

The following scholarships and fellowships are available:

Business and Transactional Law Center Scholarship

Awards include a maximum scholarship of $28,000 per year (depending upon academic credentials) for three years, which will provide for resident tuition plus an additional stipend (for 2014-2015 awards).

This scholarship is designed for entering law students who have a particular interest in the transactional side of law practice, which includes drafting documents, structuring deals, and the negotiation and client counseling associated with these activities. The scholarship is also designed for those students who may have a special interest in using their law degree in their own business or non-profit endeavors or to represent others seeking to operate as a for-profit or not-for-profit organization.

Who should apply? Students who have a special interest in business or transactional law.

Center for Excellence in Advocacy Scholarship

Awards include a maximum scholarship of $28,000 per year (depending upon academic credentials) for three years, which will provide for resident tuition plus an additional stipend (for 2014-2015 awards).

This scholarship was created for entering law students with a desire and passion to advocate for others in trial and appellate practice. Successful scholarship applicants should embrace a thriving partnership for success built on the energy and loyalty of some of the most supportive law alumni in the country, the active involvement of experienced law professors focused on teaching lawyering skills, and their own enthusiastic participation in all stages of law school training.

Who should apply? Students with a special interest in a broad range of advocacy-related fields of law. In addition, individuals with a background and interest in mock trial competition are encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

Child and Family Advocacy Fellowship

Washburn offers Children and Family Law Fellowships to entering law students intending to pursue careers in child and family advocacy. Awards include a maximum scholarship of $27,000 per year (depending upon academic credentials) for three years, which will provide for resident tuition plus an additional stipend (for 2014-2015 awards). In addition, a stipend of $3,000 is available for a summer externship.

To meet the need for lawyers trained in an interdisciplinary environment to provide effective representation for children and their families, Washburn Law established the Children and Family Law Center.

The fellowship includes practical family law and child advocacy work experience. Students who receive the fellowship are required to complete an eight-week summer externship, approved by the director, after the second year of law school. The externship is supported by a fellowship stipend to cover living expenses. Externships include work with legal services, as well as work on behalf of abused or neglected children; alleged juvenile delinquents; runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth; foster children whose educational needs are not being met; and indigent parents involved in family court matters.

Who should apply? Students intending to pursue careers in child and family advocacy.

Center for Law and Government Scholarship

Awards include a maximum scholarship of $28,000 per year (depending upon academic credentials) for three years, which will provide for resident tuition plus an additional stipend (for 2014-2015 awards).

This scholarship was created for entering law students who seek successful careers in public service through the Center for Law and Government and its Law and Government Certificate.

Who should apply? Entering law students interested in pursuing a legal career in government and public policy.

Oil and Gas Law Center Scholarship

Awards include a maximum scholarship of $28,000 per year (depending upon academic credentials) for three years, which will provide for resident tuition plus an additional stipend (for 2014-2015 awards).

Who should apply? Entering law students interested in pursuing a legal career in oil and gas law.

 

Photograph: Washburn Law student in class.

How to Apply
Photograph: Student taking advantage of the many research tools available at the Washburn Law Library.

To apply for one of these awards, submit a one- to two-paragraph description of your interest, background and/or qualifications as they relate to one of these specific areas. Attach this description with your application to Washburn Law. You will be automatically considered for the awards upon admission and will be notified within two weeks of admission by letter if selected for an award.