Part administrative assistant, part researcher, and part client liaison, paralegals are an invaluable part of the American legal system – which is one of the reasons you've decided to pursue the career yourself. But before you can begin proving yourself in the legal trenches of law offices, court rooms and corporate legal departments , you'll need to come prepared with the right education – and that's not something that comes cheap.
We value the work of today's paralegals and the education needed to get their foot in the door. To show our gratitude for aspiring paralegals like you, we are honored to offer the Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship to make your pursuit of an education a little more affordable.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Any recently accepted or currently enrolled student in a certificate, associate's, bachelor's, or master's-level paralegal program offered through a school that is either an institutional member of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) or approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) is eligible to apply.
All second-year students must provide proof of having a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their paralegal certificate, associate's, bachelor's, or master's program.
All recently accepted students must provide proof of being accepted into a qualifying program.
Recently accepted first-year students of a certificate, associate's, or bachelor's degree program must provide proof of having a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Recently accepted first-year students of a master's program must provide proof of having a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5.
Scholarship Application Requirements
You will need to submit just four things to meet the scholarship application requirements:
A) Complete application form with verifiably true and accurate information
B) 100% original essay that addresses the topic described below (2,500 words or less)
C) Proof of enrollment or acceptance in a qualifying paralegal program (letter of acceptance or another verifiable document with university/proprietary business school letterhead)
D) Proof of meeting minimum GPA requirements (transcript summary or another verifiable document with university/proprietary business school letterhead)
The application form, required documentation, and essay must all be submitted at the same time.