Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law

Fellowships, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Information for JD and LLM Students


  • Civitas ChildLaw Fellowship 
    Each year between 7 and 10 entering first year law students are selected as ChildLaw Fellows. Fellows receive a total of $20,000 in scholarship funding over three years in exchange for completion of program requirements and a commitment to working in the field of child and family law for at least two years after graduation. For additional information about the ChildLaw Fellows program or to obtain an application, please click here.
  • Other Scholarships
    Through the generosity of individual and institutional donors, Loyola University Chicago and the Public Interest Law Society, eligible students may be awarded additional scholarship support either as entering students and/or during law school. For information, click here.
  • Grants and Loans 
    Loyola law students may apply for grants and loans to support their legal education. These include need-based grants as well as federal and private loans. Please address all financial aid issues to the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
  • Summer Internships
    Students may be eligible for financial aid to support their summer internships. Each year, for example, a small number of students receive a grant to help pay expenses associated with an internationally-focused summer internship. Information is available here. In addition, students interested in child welfare law may apply for a Bergstrom Fellowship, a three-day subsidized training at the University of Michigan in May that serves as an orientation for students who have secured a summer internship in child welfare law. Information is available here. Information on funding for other public interest summer internships for JD students is available through Loyola’s Office of Career Services website.
  • Loan Payment Assistance Programs
    Recent graduates who are employed full-time in public interest positions may qualify for Loyola’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). Law students who pursue public interest careers in the area of child and family law are eligible for loan forgiveness after 10 years of full-time employment in public service under the federal College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007. Detailed information can be found here. For a list of additional public service loan forgiveness programs, please visit http://www.finaid.org/loans/forgiveness.phtml.


Each year the Civitas ChildLaw Center awards a fellowship totaling up to 25% of tuition to a full-time incoming LLM student. In exchange for graduate fellowship support, LLM Fellows may be asked to serve as research or teaching assistants, contribute to the Center’s monthly newsletter, assist in conference and event planning, and/or perform administrative tasks. Fellowship applicants must apply and be accepted into the LLM in Child and Family Law degree program before a fellowship application will be reviewed. To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and short writing sample no later than August 1 to: LLM Fellowship Committee, Civitas ChildLaw Center, 25 E. Pearson, 11th Fl., Chicago, IL 60611 or e-mail the materials to childlaw-center@LUC.edu or gsanch3@luc.edu.