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LEX Scholarship Information

The LEX Scholarship Competition is an annual student writing competition for paralegal and legal studies students enrolled in AAfPE member institutions with LEX Chapters.

The topic is announced on May 1 – Law Day – and essays are due on September 15.

AAfPE will announce the winners at the AAfPE National Conference. The winner and runner up will be given the opportunity to record a three- to five-minute presentation on their winning essay to be played at the plenary session of the national conference if they wish.

The winner will receive a scholarship of $1,500 and the runner up will receive a scholarship of $500.

The winning essays will be published in The Legal Educator, AAfPE's double-blind peer-reviewed professional journal that reaches thousands of paralegal and legal studies educators, paralegals, attorneys, publishers, and legal professionals nationwide.

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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

Be registered as a full or part-time student in a school that has a LEX Chapter (View a list of LEX Chapters)
Submit this scholarship application, including all required supporting documentation, on or before the deadline. 

DEADLINE: September 15, 2023

Application Process

Applicants must complete the LEX scholarship application below and upload the following documents by September 15:

  • Certificate of Good Standing signed by the Program Director or a Letter of Good Standing from the student’s supporting faculty member and

  • An essay of no more than 1,000 words on the topic selected by the LEX Scholarship Committee (essay must use Bluebook formatting).


In addition, applicants must grant AAfPE permission to reprint essays in The Legal Educator, post essays to the AAfPE website and reproduce essays in any other AAfPE electronic or print medium.

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