Everyone loses when financial constraints prevent a promising student from enrolling in law school. LMU Law is pleased to provide substantial merit-based scholarships. Scholarships are reserved for students with superior academic backgrounds, outstanding leadership qualities, a track record of community service, need, and other qualities worthy of recognition. These financial awards recognize each recipient’s potential for success in our program and will be credited toward their tuition.
We are committed to eliminating financial barriers that stand in the way of students with the potential to benefit from a legal education. Students offered admission should be able to attend and remain at LMU Law without regard to personal financial circumstances. To this end, we are strongly committed to ensuring equality of opportunity to admitted students lacking sufficient financial resources. Every applicant's file is considered for scholarship opportunities as it is considered for admission.
Admission and scholarship decisions are based on a thorough review of each applicant’s file. While an applicant’s score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) figure prominently in admission decisions, multiple factors are considered in making both admission and scholarship recommendations/decisions. Among the factors considered are the breadth and difficulty of academic background, diversity, military service, fulfillment of the University's mission, advanced academic degrees awarded, extracurricular and community activities, leadership roles assumed or earned, participation in collegiate athletics, participation in volunteer experiences, personal background, and any other pertinent information provided by the applicant.
Subject to eligibility, current students can apply for new and/or additional scholarship awards at the end of each academic year.
LMU Law Scholarship Guarantee
Beginning in 2016, any scholarship awarded to an entering law student will be renewed automatically as long as the student remains in good standing academically and graduates within the number of years of the program for which he or she was admitted. To remain in good academic standing, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.000.
External Scholarship Opportunities
In addition to the generous scholarships LMU Law provides, numerous outside/external scholarship opportunities exist. Most of them can be found at admissionsdean.com.
For applicants who may be considering a career in the area of civil rights, we want you to be aware of a new scholarship opportunity offered by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The Marshall-Motley Scholars Program (MMSP) is the next phase of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s (LDF) commitment to identify and invest in brilliant minds who have a deep personal desire to bring about racial justice in the South.
The program guarantees a debt-free educational experience as well as internships, fellowships, and trainings for law students who seek to defend and empower Black communities. Over the next five years, the MMSP will invest in the establishment of a corps of 50 civil rights attorneys who will work to pursue racial justice on behalf of Black communities in the South.
Scholars who demonstrate a commitment to this mission will be afforded:
- A full law school scholarship for tuition, room and board, and incidentals;
- Summer internships with national and regional civil rights organizations;
- Two-year postgraduate fellowship at civil rights law organizations in the South; and
- Access to special trainings sponsored by the NAACP's LDF.
Given LDF’s history and our ongoing commitment to racial justice, we strongly encourage those who identify as Black/African American, those who have attended a historically Black college or university, and those with strong ties to the communities we seek to serve in the South to apply. Candidates beginning law school in the 2021 academic year are eligible to join our inaugural cohort.