Financing Your Legal Education
Attending law school is a significant investment of not only time but also money. The cost of a three-year law school education may exceed $150,000 (one must take into account not just tuition, but the cost of books, a computer, living expenses, etc.). While the cost is high, going to law school is not out of reach for many students, as there are several possible sources of financial aid. The three main sources are:
- Scholarships, grants, and fellowships. Awards, usually made by the law schools themselves, based on merit and/or financial need.
- Student loans. The federal government, individual law schools, and other private agencies support student-loan programs.
- Federal work-study funding. A program that provides funding for students who work part-time during the school year and full-time during the summer.
The Law School Admission Council website, which includes Financial Aid for Law School: A Preliminary Guide, is an excellent starting point for your further research into identifying primary sources of aid, learning the basic facts about eligibility, and finding out where to get more information. Because policies and availability of funding varies by school, you should also review financial-aid information provided by the law schools in which you are interested.
Minority Student Scholarship Opportunities
- ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship
- Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association Scholarship Program