Paying for law school is almost as important as getting into the right law school. After receiving that "fat envelope" in the mail letting you know that you've been accepted to the school of your choice, it hits you: how are you going to pay it?!? According to a recent Government Accountability Office report, most law students graduate with more than $100K in debt.  Because this type of debt can severely limit your career options after law school (you can't afford not to work for a big private law firm) or your lifestyle (get ready for more Cup-O-Noodles!), it's important that you start thinking now about ways you can begin your legal career with minimal debt.

Many websites provide basic information about financial aid for law school. In this section of AdmissionsDean, we also provide concise information about the traditional kinds of financial aid for law school (scholarships, grants, federal loans, private loans, and work study.)

Yet we wanted to do more than just explain the various ways you can finance your law school education -- we want to help you fund and fully understand your educational investment. So we have built powerful tools that allow you to obtain scholarship money that keeps your debt load to a minimum, and that help you better understand the financial commitment you’re about to undertake.



Each year, law students collectively take on millions of dollars in additional debt -- in some cases, completely unnecessarily. Why? Because they could have paid for part or all of their law school education if only they had applied for one of the hundreds of private scholarships and writing competitions that exist specifically for law students. That’s unfortunate, because most law students never even hear about these scholarship opportunities.

At AdmissionsDean, we are trying to change that by building the largest free database of private law school scholarships on the Internet. We’ve organized our Scholarship Finder by demographic and topical categories, as well as by specific law schools that offer private scholarships to their own students. While we constantly update our Scholarship Finder, please email us if you come across a scholarship we’ve missed and we’ll add it to our database.

So don’t stop at the financial aid package your law school offers -- there are thousands of more dollars that can be yours if you ask nicely! Try our Law School Scholarship Finder today so you can earn some free scholarship money and keep your debt load to a minimum. And when you earn that scholarship, remember: you learned about it here first!

Scholarship Finder

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Law School Cost Calculator

Financial aid, from scholarships and grants to public and private loans, can help you pay for law school, but it cannot alter a few fundamental truths: (1) for more than a decade, the average cost of attending law school has increased much faster than the rate of inflation; (2) according to a Government Accountability Office Report, the average debt for a private law school student is nearing $100,000; (3) the cost of three years of law school can easily exceed $150,000. From 1997 to 2007, the median resident public law school tuition increased from $2,124 to $14,313, the median non-resident public tuition increased from $5,706 to $26,432, and the median private tuition increased $8,690 to $32,168.

Use our Law School Cost Calculator below (which relies on the most recently reported tuition and living expenses data that law schools have provided to the LSAC/ABA) to see how much you’re likely to pay for your law school education.

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Law School Scholarships/Grants
In general, law schools offer 3 main kinds of scholarships/grants:

  • 1   need-based scholarships
  • 2   merit-based scholarships
  • 3   criteria-based scholarships

Most law schools promote at least 1 of these 3 kinds of scholarships, with need-based scholarships being by far the most popular and lucrative. Some of these scholarships are funded directly by the law schools themselves, others indirectly through endowments (often from generous alumni), while still others are funded by third parties and third-party organizations.

Federal & Private Loans

Loans, in one form or another, are the dominant method of financing law school for students today. According to the LSAC, roughly 80% of law school students today use loans to finance a significant part of their legal education, and the average student graduates from law school with approximately $100,000 in debt.

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Loan Repayment/Forgiveness Programs

In general, there are 4 main kinds of loan repayment/forgiveness programs that, together, provide tens of millions of dollars in financial assistance to law school graduates each year: (1) Law School Loan Repayment Assistance Programs; (2) Federal Loan Repayment Assistance Programs; (3) State Loan Repayment Assistance Programs; and (4) Private Employer Repayment Assistance Programs. Many, but not all, of these programs exist to help law school graduates who choose public service careers to manage their debt loads. Others, like the federal Income-Based Repayment Program and Private-Employer Repayment Assistance, do not require that a graduate work in the public service sector, although they can benefit those who do. We provide an overview of each kind of program, as well as helpful information on whom to contact and where to learn more.

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