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Iranian American Bar Association Scholarship

The Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) issues one or more scholarships each year to law students in good standing enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States. The scholarships take the form of bursaries paid out of our annual working budget. We consider the scholarship program to be one of our organization's most valuable contributions to law students who embrace the mission of IABA and can demonstrate their commitment its mission and ideals. Statistics show that increasing numbers of Iranian-Americans are enrolling in law schools, graduating with law degrees and embarking on accomplished careers in a variety of fields. IABA consider today's law students as future leaders of our community and is committed to developing its rapport with the Iranian-American law student body nationwide, soliciting their input and encouraging their contribution to the organization's initiatives. The scholarship is one part of this larger strategy.

IABA typically invites applications for its scholarship in the spring of each year and announces the award(s) during the ensuing summer. The grantees are selected by the Scholarship Committee. The award amount varies depending on the organization's financial resources, but IABA has for several years now always set aside funds in an amount at least $2,000 annually to fund the scholarship program. The scholarships are designed to recognize the commitment of law students to the advancement of the Iranian-American community. The awards are aimed at helping those students who have no other external funding sources and, accordingly, students who are receiving full funding for education from another organization are not eligible. In order to qualify for consideration as an applicant, scholarship candidates must be:

  • of Iranian Heritage or committed to the advancement of the Iranian-American community and IABA's mission;
  • enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States;
  • in the position to accept the scholarship in the school year for which it is being awarded; and
  • a full-time student.

The Application must include:

  • A duly completed National Scholarship Application Form which is available at (
  • A detailed Resume outlining the applicant's education, and work and community experience;
  • Applicant Statement – A statement or essay written by the applicant (no more than one single-sided 1.5 spaced typewritten page) articulating:
    • how the applicant believes he/she will make a difference as an attorney on issues of concern and interest to the Iranian-American community and in advancing IABA's mission, and/or
    • what influenced the applicant to study law, and why the applicant would like to be an attorney; and
  • Official Law School and College Transcripts.

All applications should be mailed to The Iranian-American Bar Association, 1025 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 1012, Washington, D.C. 20036. Please note that the deadline for submission of applications for the 2007-2008 scholarship award is June 15, 2007. Accordingly, all applications should be post marked no later than June 15, 2007.

In past years the scholarship program has allowed us to learn about the many impressive achievements of Iranian-American law students, and their plans and capabilities to further contribute to the advancement of their communities. Please visit this page for information on the announcement of the scholarship for this year and subsequent years, and the invitation to submit an application. Finally, we do our best to disseminate the existence of this scholarship to as many accredited law schools in the US. If your law school does not have information about this scholarship on record, please let us know and we will be happy to pass the information along to the financial aid or equivalent office at your school.

... Payvand News - 6/5/07 ... --

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