Law School Funding Resources
Testing and Application Resources
LSAC offers LSAT and Credential Assembly Waivers to law school candidates who cannot afford to pay for the LSAT and the Credential Assembly Service. This program is part of their mission to reduce barriers for determined law school applicants.
Individual law schools also allow applicants to request application fee waivers and some of the Diversity Pipeline Programs offer application assistance scholarships.
Financing Your Law School Education
Deciding to go to law school is an investment in your future and it is a serious financial commitment that you should evaluate thoroughly and plan for. The single best source of information about financing a legal education is the financial aid office (or the website) of any LSAC-member law school. LSAC.org provides links to many law schools as well as several good sources of financial aid information.
The AccessLex Center for Education and Financial Capability offers a Free Student Loan Helpline; Call, Email or chat with a team of Accredited Financial Counselors (AFC®) and they also have a comprehensive Financing Your Legal Education booklet.
Admissions Dean – Law School Scholarship Finder is a comprehensive law school scholarship database.
Similar to financing an undergraduate degree you can apply for need based aid including federal and state aid which requires filling out a FAFSA. This will help you assess eligibility for loans such as Stafford loans and Grad Plus. Private Loans are also offered at a variety of interest rates and repayment plans.
Finally, many law schools do provide merit aid in varying amounts to some admitted applicants based on a variety of criteria including your undergraduate or graduate GPA and your score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). These differ from need-based scholarships because they only take your achievements into account rather than your financial situation.