Financing Law School

Law school tuition and living costs can be very expensive, and you need a clear plan for how you will finance your endeavor. You may wish to consult a financial planning expert as part of your strategy for financing your education.  Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has the best links and guidelines for those seeking to finance their law school education.

State Loan Programs

Several states offer loan programs whose rates may be more attractive than some of the other loan programs.

Alaska 800-441-2962 
Connecticut 860-947-1800 
Massachusetts 800-266-0243 
Minnesota 800-657-3866 
New Jersey 800-792-8670 
Rhode Island 800-758-7562  
Vermont 800-642-3177

Disabilities

American Council of the Blind Scholarship
Amy Reiss Scholarship
Biunno Scholarship for Law Students with Disabilities
Essex County Bar Association
National Federation of the Blind
New York Bar Foundation
The Silver Cross Ability Achievement Scholarship

Diversity

Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.
Allan R. Bloomfield Diversity Scholarship
Allen, Macon B., Black Bar Association Scholarship
American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship
American Indian Graduate Center
American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation
Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey
Black Bar Association of Bronx County Scholarships
Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati
Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. 2014 Law School Diversity Scholarship
Department of Homeland Security Education Programs
Donald W. Banner & Witcoff, Ltd Diversity Scholarship
Frederikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship
Free Money: Scholarship Opportunities for Minority Law Students
Hearst, William Randolph, Scholarship for Minority Students
Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement
Jenkins & Clayman Scholarship
J. L. Turner Legal Association
Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship
Marshall, Thurgood, Legal Opportunity Program (CLEO)
Metropolitan Black Bar Association Scholarship Fund, Inc.
Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Minority Corporate Counsel Association
NAACP Scholarships
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation Scholarships and Fellowships
National Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Polish University Club of New Jersey
Porsio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C.
Proctor & Gamble Scholarship
Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund Scholarship Program for Law Students
Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarship Program
Serbian Bar Association of America
Supreme Court of Oklahoma
Supreme Court of Oklahoma
The New York Bar Foundation - 2014 Antitrust Section Law Student Fellowship
The New York Bar Foundation - 2014 Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Minority
The New York Bar Foundation - The Honorable Joel K. Asarch Elder Law Scholarship
The New York Bar Foundation - The Miriam Maccoby Netter Fellowship  
The New York Bar Foundation - Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship
The New York Bar Foundation - Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship  
The Linn Inn Mark T. Banner Scholarship
Vinson & Elkins Law Firm
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Scholarship for Minority Students

Geographic Location

Blackmun, Harry A., Scholarship Foundation

Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati Scholarship
Black Women Lawyers Association
Brandeis Association
Bronx County Bar Association Scholarship
Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship (Alabama Law Foundation, Inc.)
Columbian Lawyer's Scholarship Corp.
Cooke, Jack Kent Foundation Graduate Scholarship
County Prosecutors of New Jersey Foundation Harris Y. Cotton Memorial Scholarship
The Defense Association of New York, Inc.
Dutchess County Bar Association & the Community Foundation
Howard Fox Memorial Scholarship Fund
Glennon, Robert C., Fellowship at Albany Law School
Graber, Shirley U., Scholarship
Haneman, Vincent S. – Joseph B. Perskie Memorial Foundation Scholarship
Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship
John Alexander Memorial Scholarship
Kern County Women Lawyers Foundation Scholarship
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Mercer County Bar Foundation
Nassau County Women's Bar Foundation, Inc
Nassau Lawyers Association of Long Island
New Jersey Dept. of Health and Senior Services, Office of Minority & Multicultural Health
New York Bar Foundation
New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association
Ocean County Bar Association
Organization of American States (OAS) Fellowships
Protestant Lawyers Association of New York (PLANY) Scholarship
Queens County Bar Association
Queens County Catholic Lawyers Guild
Queens County Women
Rhode Island Bar Association Thomas F. Black Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Rhode Island Bar Foundation
Rockland County Bar Association Foundation Scholarship
Saratoga County Bar Association
Waterbury Bar Association Scholarship

Law Graduates

Below are several fellowships or scholarships for which you might apply. You may also want to look under other categories, such As Diversity or Geographic location.

Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship
Sutherland, Rick, Fellowship Fund
University of Alabama School of Law

Nationality

Canadian Arbitration Congress
Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights
Columbian Lawyers Association
Iranian-American Bar Association (IABA)
Polish University Club of New Jersey
Puerto Rican Bar Association
Vietnamese American Bar Association

Women

American Association of University Women Educational Foundation
Association for Women’s Rights in Development
BPW/NYS Grace LeGendre Fellowship
Elaine Osborne Jacobson Award for Women in Health Care Law
Lesbian Leadership Scholarship Program
Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women  
Rhode Island Foundation
Women's Bar Association of Orange & Sullivan Counties Foundation, Inc.
Women Lawyers’ Caucus of Mercer County Ruth Rabstein Scholarship
Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP)
Queens County Women's Bar Association - Faith O'Neal Scholarship

Miscellaneous

ABA - Section of Admin. Law & Regulatory Practice
Attorney-CPA Foundation
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Entertainment Law Initiative - The 16th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
Federal Circuit Bar Association
Federal Circuit Bar Association c/o Stephen L. Peterson
Humane Studies Fellowship
Humphrey, Hubert H., Fellowship Program
Joan L. Ellenbogen Memorial Fellowship 
Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship/New York Bar Foundation
Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship/New York Bar Foundation
The Nation Institute  
NLGLA
Protestant Lawyers Association of New York (PLANY) Scholarship
Public Employees Roundtable
Public Justice Foundation
The Richard Linn American Inn of Court
Salzberg, Henry H., Scholarship
Soros, Paul & Daisy, Fellowships for New Americans
The Law Blogger's Scholarship
The Console & Hollawell, P.C. Scholarship 

Additional Resources

FinAid: The SmartStudent(tm) Guide to Financial Aid: Excellent, comprehensive source of information on all types of higher education aid, including scholarships and loans.  This is an award-winning site complete with a comprehensive annotated collection of information about student financial aid on the web.

Equal Justice Works - Guide to Student Debt Relief: The experts in student debt relief. Equal Justice Works is the most reliable and up to date source of information about debt repayment options.

External Scholarships List

FAFSA: Federal Student Aid Application: Law schools use the FAFSA to gather information relevant to aid determinations.

IBRInfo: Developed by the Project on Student Debt, this site offers comprehensive information on income-based repayment of debt, including a calculator to help determine your eligibility.

Student Loan Borrower Assistance: Information and resources from the National Consumer Law Center on all your debt repayment options.

Community Foundation of Western Mass: Hundreds of scholarships available to students in or from Western Mass, for both undergrad and law/grad school.

Other Community Foundations in Massachusetts: A complete list of all community foundations in Massachusetts. Some, but not all, of these offer scholarships for higher education.

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund: The American Bar Association offers 20 3-year $15,000 scholarships to support racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.

FastWeb: Offers free scholarship and college searches and financial aid tools plus a free scholarship search site that has 500,000 scholarships worth more than $1 billion. Registration is required.