Illinois Judicial Council 2019-2020 Law School Scholarships Applications Now Being Accepted

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Be enrolled or accepted full time in a juris doctor program at an accredited Illinois law school.
  2. Submit an official copy of applicant’s most recent transcript.
  3. Submit a current family financial statement, Part 6 of the application.
  4. Complete the Illinois Judicial Council Scholarship Application.
  5. Submit two letters of recommendation (one should be from a college or law school professor.)
  6. Submit a Personal Statement, Part 5 of the application.
  7. Submit a Resume.
  8. Attend an in-person interview with the scholarship committee.

This requirement may be modified upon showing of compelling circumstances such as enrollment at a school outside of the Chicago area.

Scholarship applicants will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • *Proven ability to overcome obstacles * Application
  • *Financial Need * Academic Achievement
  • *Community Activities *Interview

All applications and supporting documents must be submitted electronically to Justice Shelvin Louise Marie Hall at: Please list your name in the subject line of the emails transmitting your scholarship application and supporting documents (e.g., John Doe’s scholarship application or references).

The application deadline of June 7, 2019 will be strictly enforced.

Questions should be directed to Justice Shelvin Louise Marie Hall at

Interviews are tentatively scheduled to be held during the weeks of June 17 – 28, 2019.  Applicants who attend school more than fifty miles from Chicago can arrange to be interviewed via telephone.

Please note that all scholarship awardees must submit proof of law school enrollment for the 2019 – 2020 academic year before the scholarship funds will be released.

Scholarship awardees will be expected to attend the Illinois Judicial Council Banquet at no charge on August 22, 2019, if possible.