AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship

Open to all AAJ Law Student Members who are entering their second and third year of law school, this $3,000 scholarship is awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates the following: commitment to AAJ and its mission; a desire to represent victims; interest and skill in trial advocacy; and financial need.

2016 Cycle

AAJ is now accepting scholarship applications from qualified law student members. Scholarship applications are due May 1, 2016

The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best:

  1. Demonstrates a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through extensive involvement in AAJ student chapter activities;
  2. Expresses a desire to represent victims;
  3. Exhibits an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy;
  4. Shows a financial need for the scholarship.

Applications must include the following:

  • A resumé
  • A statement of financial need
  • A 500-word essay on how you meet the criteria
  • Up to three (3) recommendations from a faculty adviser, trial advocacy professor, dean, AAJ member, or trial lawyer; and
  • A completed form verifying your student status. Download the form

Every applicant must be and AAJ law student member (join here) and enrolled in an ABA accredited law school. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Submit applications to:

AAJ Education 
777 6th Street, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001

Please contact AAJ Education with questions at 800-622-1791 or by email at education@justice.org

Congratulations to the winner of the 2015 Trial Advocacy Scholarship: 

Kellye Ng-McCullough
University of California, Irvine School of Law
Irvine, CA

Past Recipients


Matthew Holmes
Syracuse University College of Law
Syracuse, NY


Kyle Peasley


Shawna Booth