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Scholarships for Entering (1L) Students   |   Scholarships for Continuing (2L, 3L, 4L) Students

Scholarships For Entering Students

The School of Law awards the following scholarships to entering law students in recognition of their outstanding academic and non-academic achievements, and to assist with the first-year law school expenses. The scholarships are awarded on a one-time only basis, unless specified otherwise. It is possible to receive more than one scholarship award; however, your total institutional scholarships cannot exceed your direct tuition costs.

Legal Scholar Awards

All applicants are considered for Legal Scholar Awards based on the information provided in the application for admission. Awards typically are communicated at the time an offer of admission is extended. The criteria considered for the awarding of these scholarships include, but are not limited to: academic record, LSAT score, career goals, overcoming adversity or obstacles, extensive community involvement, military participation, range of employment and life experiences, DC residency, quality of written documents, diversity, and commitment to public service.

For entering students, no application is required for the Legal Scholar Awards. The awards are made based on the information in the application for admission.

Named Scholarships

The School of Law offers several named merit- and need-based scholarships which are generously funded by foundations, law firms and individuals. These scholarships vary in their frequency, amounts, and eligibility requirements. Entering students will be considered for all available named scholarships for which they are eligible based on the information provided in the application for admission (or Need-Based Scholarship Application, as appropriate).

Need-Based Institutional Scholarships

Need-Based Scholarships are awarded to students with demonstrated financial need.

Need-Based Scholarship applicants must apply annually by submitting a Need-Based Scholarship Application.

Outside Scholarships

Students are encouraged to seek out merit- and need-based scholarships from outside sources. View our periodically updated collection here: Outside Scholarship Resources.

Please inform the Office of Financial Aid of any outside scholarships (the amount and expected date of award should be submitted to the school).

Scholarships for Continuing Students

Continuing students (rising 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls) are eligible for Dean’s Fellowships, merit scholarships, and need-based scholarships. Unless otherwise specified in the initial award letter, students must re-apply annually for merit- and need-based scholarships. It is possible to receive more than one scholarship award; however, your total institutional scholarships cannot exceed your direct tuition costs.

Dean’s Fellowships

Dean's Fellowships are awarded to both full time and part time students who achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their first year of law school. Eligibility is determined at the end of the first semester for full-time students and at the end of the second semester for part-time students. Dean's Fellows receive a partial tuition scholarship their second year of law school, as well as other forms of recognition.

Continuing Legal Scholar Awards

Continuing Legal Scholar Awards are annual scholarships of varying amounts applied directly to tuition. Factors considered include law school grades; quality of reference(s); contribution to the School of Law community; outstanding work in clinic; effort expended in academic pursuits, e.g., working part-time, family responsibilities, and community and social activism; and contribution and service to the Washington, DC, community.

Students must apply annually by submitting a Continuing Legal Scholar Award Application, which includes a personal statement and letter of reference. The priority deadline is March 31st.

Named Scholarships

The School of Law offers several named merit- and need-based scholarships which are generously funded by foundations, law firms and individuals. These scholarships vary in their frequency, amounts, and eligibility requirements.

Continuing students will be considered for all available named scholarships for which they are eligible based on the information provided in the Continuing Legal Scholar Award Application and/or Need-Based Scholarship Application, as appropriate.

Presently, the only named scholarship that requires a separate application from continuing students is the David Niblack Endowed Scholarship, which is a scholarship awarded to one or more third year full-time and/or fourth year part-time students with demonstrated financial need and a commitment to a career in criminal/public defense. Applications are distributed by the Office of Financial Aid during fall semester.

Need-Based Institutional Scholarships

Need-Based Scholarships are awarded to students with demonstrated financial need.

Need-Based Scholarship applicants must apply annually by submitting a Need-Based Scholarship Application. The priority deadline is March 31st.

Outside Scholarships

Students are encouraged to seek out merit- and need-based scholarships from outside sources. View our periodically updated collection here: Outside Scholarship Resources.

Please inform the Office of Financial Aid of any outside scholarships (the amount and expected date of award should be submitted to the school).

 
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