Funding Law School Resources
As you will see, there are many options to help finance your law school education. Please explore this compilation of resources to help you start the process of securing funding.
>Remember to plan your finances wisely and explore multiple options to minimize your debt burden and make your legal education more affordable. The non-profit organization AccessLex offers complimentary one-on-one financial advising to those interested.
ScholarshipsThere are literally THOUSANDS of scholarships to help you fund law school. don’t let a lower GPA hold you back from applying- not all scholarships are solely based on your GPA. Please apply to as many as you feel comfortable- it can only help!
GrantsExplore grants available through federal or state government programs, nonprofit organizations, or foundations. These grants can be based on financial need, academic achievements, or specific criteria related to your background or career goals.
FellowshipsFellowships are often awarded based on academic excellence or specific areas of interest. They may provide financial support or other benefits like research opportunities, mentorship, or networking.
Work-Study ProgramsSome law schools offer work-study programs that provide part-time employment opportunities on campus. These jobs can help you earn money to cover your educational expenses.
Law School Financial AidContact the financial aid offices of the law schools you are interested in attending. They can provide information about loans, grants, and scholarships available specifically for law students. American Bar Association (ABA) 509 Reports are required disclosures that accredited law schools must file each year regarding how many students receive scholarship assistance at each law school.
Employer SponsorshipSome employers offer tuition reimbursement or sponsorship programs for their employees who want to pursue higher education, including law school. Check if your current or potential employer has such programs in place.
Loan repayment assistance program (LRAP)Loan repayment assistance program (LRAP) might be available for those interested in public interest sector careers. Given that the salaries in the public interest sector tend to be much lower, the US government subsidizes LRAP. You MAY be eligible for federal loan repayment/forgiveness depending on your salary.
Part-Time or Summer EmploymentConsider working part-time during your studies or securing a summer job to help cover your expenses. Look for legal internships, clerkships, or related positions in law firms, corporations, or government agencies.
Savings and Personal ContributionsIf possible, start saving money early on to contribute to your law school expenses.
Student loan calculatorDetermine what you might need to borrow based on the law schools you are considering. Use this resource to explore repayment plans, etc.
LSAC Financial Aid Information
LSAT and CAS Fee Waiver Information
What is AccessLex?
AccessLex Institute is a nonprofit organization committed to helping talented, purpose-driven students find their path from aspiring lawyer to fulfilled professional. As a nonprofit organization underpinned by nearly 200 American Bar Association-approved nonprofit and state-affiliated law schools, AccessLex is intently dedicated to the betterment of legal education.
Student Loan Calculator
Know what you’ll need to borrow. Explore repayment plans. Identify loan consolidation and refinancing options. Determine how much you can have forgiven under PSLF (Public Service Loan Forgiveness). Realize the power of prepayment. And more!
Understanding Law School Admissions and Financial Aid
Law schools make admission and financial aid offers on a rolling basis, so there is an application window rather than a due date. Check out the steps you need to take, and when to take them, to increase your odds of admission and your potential scholarship dollars.
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Scholarship databank from AccessLex
Search over 800 carefully curated and vetted scholarship opportunities and writing competitions — totaling more than $3 million in aid.