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Funding for Pre-Law Students and Law School

The vast majority of aid for your legal education comes directly from law schools in the form of academic merit scholarships. A limited number of schools award financial need-based scholarships. Keep in mind that the law school is the primary source of information regarding funding for a legal education. Many law schools provide lists of ‘Outside Scholarships’ on their websites.

The opportunities below may be of interest to students planning a law career. Also see the Pre-Law Category of the Binghamton University SOAR Database for law-related opportunities.

Scholarships/Contests for Pre-Law Students

  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship
    Merit-based awards to outstanding college juniors who intend to pursue careers in government or public service . Students receive a $30,000 scholarship to support any type of graduate program. Applicants need an excellent GPA and extracurricular record. University nomination required.
  • Udall Scholarship
    Merit-based scholarships to sophomores and juniors planning careers related to the environment. They seek to support future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields including law. Recipients receive up to $7,000 for tuition, room and board to support costs during college. Academics are important but they also look for community service. University nomination is required.
  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
    This fellowship provides opportunities for New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen field. A New American is (1) a resident alien, (2) a naturalized US citizen, or (3) the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens. Awards are for two years (possibly three) in any field of study. The stipend is $25,000/year, plus up to $20,000 in tuition support. Applicants should have excellent grades and a record of academic and extracurricular achievement. College senior or first year graduate student can apply
  • United University Professions (UUP) College Scholarship
    This one-time scholarship of $3,000 is awarded to SUNY undergraduates and graduates who demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence, social justice issues and labor ideals.
  • Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
    This is an annual contest designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them today. Topics are suggested each year, but students are free to write about any topic as long as it pertains to ethics. First prize is $5,000, plus there are second and third prizes and two honorable mentions worth $500 each. Open to juniors and seniors. Deadline is early December.

Information on Financing Your Law School Education

  • American Bar Association links to Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAPs)
    These programs have emerged as a solution for relieving the debt burden of some law graduates. LRAPs provide loan repayment or forgiveness, lower interest rates on loans, or postponed payment of law school loans to graduates entering specific types of employment, usually law-related public interest jobs. There are various types of LRAPs, administered by law schools, state bar associations and foundations and federal and state governments, providing debt relief to some law graduates.
  • Equal Justice Works Resources for Pre-Law Students
    Includes information on public interest scholarships at many different law schools.
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
    The Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA) is a national organization including over 2,500 attorneys interested in all aspects of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. One of the organization's missions is to assist law students in need of financial help. The FCBA's Charitable and Educational Fund offers economic assistance to law students who have a potential interest in legal issues that may arise at the Federal Circuit. Such assistance is provided in the form of several scholarships (listed on this website).
  • FinAid’s Financial Aid for Law School
  • Law School Admission Council – Financing Law School
    This site can give you answers to some basic questions you may be asking yourself: What does the process of securing financial aid involve? How is eligibility for financial aid determined? What goes into a financial aid package? What can I do ahead of time to improve my chances of getting financial aid?
  • U.S. Department of Education – Federal Student Aid Options

Opportunities for Underrepresented Minority Students

Last Updated: 6/7/17