Finding and Applying for Scholarships
Finding and Applying for Scholarships
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 for 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, 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.
AdmissionsDean provides the country’s largest free database of private law school scholarships. Our scholarship finder allows you to search for available scholarships based on specific criteria including demographics, topical categories, by law school and more. Don’t settle for the financial aid package your law school offers, create a free account to start searching for scholarships today.
Attending law school is expensive. When you think about how much law school is going to cost you, it’s important to remember that you most likely are not only paying for tuition. Living/lifestyle expenses add up quick, and it’s important to factor each expense when calculating your budget. Get an estimate of how much law school will cost you by using our law school cost calculator.
Law schools offer 3 main kinds of scholarships/grants which provide tens of millions of dollars in financial aid to students each year: (1) need-based scholarships; (2) merit-based scholarships; and (3) criteria-based scholarships. We’re giving you the run down of each of these scholarships and helping you figure out which ones you should be applying for.
Loans, in one form or another, are the dominant method of financing law school for students. 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. Learn about different types of federal and private loans.
Learn about the 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.
If you’re thinking about attending law school and you’ve got the Internet handy, then you’ve probably come across a lot of scary articles about how expensive the cost of law school is and whether it’s really even worth going. Learn about the median cost of law school, the true cost of law school and what causes law school tuition to continue to rise.
Understanding the financial aid process can be long, confusing and essential. Entering an agreement without having a full understanding could be dangerous. Not sure where to start? Browse/search our financial aid glossary to learn more about the financial aid process and to gain a better understanding of what you’re singing up for when you take out a loan or are awarded a scholarship.
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“We review the undergraduate transcript closely, with attention to such factors as trends in the applicant’s grades, class rank, the ratio…”
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