The Justinian Law Society has been a wonderful resource for new lawyers since its founding in 1943. Knowing the massive financial debt many new lawyers face upon graduation from law school, the Justinians have, for decades, distributed scholarships to help ease this burden to deserving Massachusetts law students who are about to embark on legal careers.

Each year between September and November, the Justinian Law Society accepts applications for its annual scholarship awards.  Up to three two-thousand five-hundred dollar ($2,500.00) awards will be presented to deserving scholarship recipients, one of which is given in honor of our late past Treasurer, Claire Campo.  Scholarships are available to all second and third-year full time/day and all third and fourth-year part-time/evening students with a keen interest in Italian culture and history from any of the nine Massachusetts law schools.  A fourth, specially dedicated scholarship, the Thomas A. Pannesi Memorial Scholarship, is available to all second and third-year full time/day and third and fourth-year part-time/evening students attending Suffolk Law School.

We seek to recognize students with demonstrated academic achievement, commitment to their communities, a desire to practice law in the Commonwealth, an interest in Italian-American issues and, of course, becoming members of the Justinian Law Society.  To this end we have made available on this website an Application for Scholarship Award and the Scholarship Rules and Instructions. 

In order to be considered for the scholarship, applicants must submit the application form, a current resume, a letter of recommendation from the law school dean or a professor who can attest to the applicant’s abilities and character, a personal statement in the form of a letter, and a current law school transcript. An interview may be requested by the Scholarship Committee. The application packet for each year will be accepted any time and must be submitted to the Justinians via the online application below, or if absolutely necessary on paper and delivered to Chairperson Bardi no later than November 25, 2022.

Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit an online application or if unable to do so to obtain a hard copy from their school's Financial Aid Office.

The Scholarship Committee will review all application packets and make its recommendations to the President before December 2, 2022.  Award recipients will be informed of the Committee’s decision no later than December 2, 2022. 

All questions regarding the Justinian Scholarship should be addressed to your law school financial aid office or to Scholarship Committee Chairperson Bardi at or 1-781-718-7887.

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