AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship | The American Association For Justice

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.

2018 Cycle

The 2018 scholarship cycle is now open. All applications are due by May 1, 2018.


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 Membership Department 
777 6th Street NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001

Please contact the AAJ Membership Department with questions at 800-424-2727 or by email at membership@justice.org

Congratulations to the winner of the 2017 Trial Advocacy Scholarship: 

Arthur E. Haynes II
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Law
Champaign, IL

Past Recipients


J. Schuyler Brown
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Gainesville, FL


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


Matthew Holmes
Syracuse University College of Law
Syracuse, NY


Kyle Peasley


Shawna Booth