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The law school offers a wide array of scholarship opportunities to support our students. These awards are provided through the generosity of alumni and friends of the law school, and from funds allocated by the law school. All admitted students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships as part of the admissions process. No separate application is needed. All returning law students can be considered for our other institutional scholarships by submitting the institutional scholarship application each year. These awards are based on a wide range of awarding criteria, including financial need, academic achievement, and area of legal interest. 

A complete listing of the law school’s scholarships can be found below:

ABLS Wanda Green Memorial Scholarship. This annual scholarship was established by the Association of Black Law Students (ABLS) to provide financial assistance to students enrolled at the law school. It will be awarded to full-time students with demonstrated financial need who have overcome extraordinary circumstances, including, but not limited to, the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and to Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005. If no such student applies, the scholarship will be awarded to a student participating in the Minority Student Program.

Martin S. Ackerman Class of 1956 Scholarship. This annual restricted scholarship was established by Leonard I. Ackerman in 2008 to provide scholarship support and mentorship to students attending the School of Law–Newark. One scholarship will be awarded annually to a full-time student. Preference will be given to a student originally from outside the state of New Jersey. This scholarship will be given to the same student for a period of three years based on the student’s satisfactory academic standing and active participation in the mentorship program.

Alumni Scholarships. Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, the law school is able to designate alumni scholars each year. This designation is based on demonstrated intellectual promise and includes a scholarship award.

The Association of Latin American Law Students (ALALS) Scholarship. This scholarship was created by ALALS in 2010 to provide financial assistance to students attending the law school. Scholarships will be awarded to full-time or part-time students based on financial need and demonstrated community service. Preference will be given to students participating in the law school’s Minority Student Program.

Homer M.T. Bass Memorial Fellowship in Public Interest. Established in 1992 by Sam Freeman (’41) in honor of the late son of his law partner, Samuel Bass, this fellowship provides financial assistance to a law student engaged in public service activities, especially pro bono work in the law school’s clinics.

Elizabeth and Barets O. Benjamin Scholarship. The Elizabeth and Barets O. Benjamin Charitable Foundation Inc. established this scholarship to provide financial assistance to students enrolled at the law school. It will be awarded to full-time students based on significant financial need, with a preference given to female students. This $23,000 award may be renewed for up to two years based on the availability of funds.

Fannie Bear Besser Scholarship. This scholarship was created by the law school’s Alumni Association in 2010 to honor Fannie Bear Besser who worked tirelessly to assist the poor, the disabled, minorities, and elderly members of the community in securing effective legal services. Scholarships will be awarded to full-time or part-time students with a demonstrated interest in a public service career and financial need.

Judge Francis J. Bloustein Scholarship. Established in 1971 with a gift in honor of Judge Francis J. Bloustein, the brother of the university’s former president, this fund provides aid to law students with demonstrated financial need.

Raymond A. Brown Scholarship Fund. Created by the family and friends of Raymond A. Brown, in honor of his 80th birthday in 1995, to provide support to law students interested in the fields of criminal and/or constitutional law. Awards will be made to full-time students based on merit and need.

Ralph Johnson Bunche Distinguished Graduate Award. Bunche fellowships provide a $15,000 stipend plus tuition remission for as many as two years to exceptional, new, full-time students with backgrounds of substantial educational or cultural disadvantage. Established in 1979, this fellowship is named after Ralph Johnson Bunche, the African-American statesman, Nobel Peace Laureate, and 1949 recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws from Rutgers.

John Carrino Scholarship for Perseverance. This scholarship was created by John Carrino, Class of 2000, to support full-time students attending the law school who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated an ability to overcome socioeconomic hardships. Scholarships are awarded for one academic year and may not be renewed.

Honorable Clarence E. Case Scholarship Fund. Established by friends and colleagues of Clarence E. Case, this fund awards scholarships and designates Clarence E. Case Scholars at the law school as a memorial to the former chief justice of the Court of Errors and Appeals in New Jersey. Justice Case also was an associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court and an outstanding leader on the bench and at the bar.

Dean’s Merit Scholarship. Every admitted student is considered for a Dean’s Merit Scholarship. These awards are offered to students with a history of achievement and academic excellence who show great promise for the study of law. Grants range from $3,000 to full tuition and may last for your entire career at the law school.

Ralph and Blanche Del Deo Scholarship. This endowed scholarship was established by Ralph and Blanche Del Deo to provide financial assistance to students at the law school. It will be awarded to full-time students in their second or third year of law school based on academic merit; a grade point average of B or better will be required. If the recipient’s academic merit and financial need continue, the scholarship may be renewed for up to one year. Ralph Del Deo (’51) is a director and one of the founding partners of Gibbons, Del Deo, Griffinger & Vecchione. He concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate law, patent, trademark, and copyright law, and litigation.

Judge John Dios Scholarship. Established in 1991 to commemorate Judge Dios (the first Hispanic to be appointed to the Newark court in 1974) upon his retirement from the New Jersey Superior Court. The scholarship provides support for participants in the Minority Student Program who demonstrate academic potential and financial need.

Herbert M. and Maxine Ellend Scholarship Fund. Established in 1972 by Maxine Ellend, in memory of her husband, Herbert M. Ellend, a 1927 graduate of the law school. Awards are based on need.

Julius Feinberg Scholarship. Established in 1985 by friends and colleagues of Judge Julius A. Feinberg, Class of 1937, honoring him on his years of service to the New Jersey Superior Court. Awarded annually on the basis of financial need and a record of outstanding personal and academic achievement.

Samuel S. Ferster Scholarship. Established in 1967 by friends and colleagues of the late Judge Ferster of the Workers’ Compensation Court, who had been an outstanding humanitarian and leading member of the New Jersey Bar.

Harold David Feuerstein Scholarship. Established in 1977 by Mrs. Ruth Youngblood in memory of her father, who was a leader of the New Jersey Bar and a 1932 graduate of the Mercer Beasley Law School, a predecessor of the School of Law–Newark. Awarded annually to students with high academic achievement and financial need.

Samuel Foosaner Scholarship Fund. Established by a bequest of an alumnus, Samuel J. Foosaner, this scholarship provides support for Newark law school students with demonstrated financial need.

Forman Scholarship. The former law clerks of the Honorable Phillip Forman, a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, endowed a scholarship in honor of his 70th birthday, to provide support for a student designated the Forman Scholar.

Alan and Deborah Cohen Goldman Sachs Scholars Fund. Based on the recommendation of Alan Cohen, Goldman Sachs Gives created this fund to provide scholarships to students enrolled full-time at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Awards will be based on financial need and may be renewed for up to two additional years. Recipients will be known as Goldman Sachs Scholars.

Gugig Family Scholarship. This annual scholarship was established by Michael S. Gugig Esq. (’98) to provide financial assistance to part-time/evening students at the law school. It will be awarded to evening students in their second, third, or fourth year based primarily on academic merit, and secondarily on financial need.

David Haber Scholarship. Provides assistance for a student with demonstrated interest in the preservation of the environment. The recipient must be considered to have the potential to be a promising attorney and leader in the field of environmental protection.

Myron S. Harkavy Scholarship. Established by the friends and relatives of the late Myron S. Harkavy, to be awarded to a law student who plans to specialize as a trial attorney and who is to be designated the Myron S. Harkavy Scholar.