Admission and Scholarships
We pledge to offer our students an outstanding legal education. Our diverse faculty has exceptional qualifications; our curriculum is rich in breadth and depth; and our library and physical facilities are among the most modern and technologically advanced in the nation.
We seek students whose academic and personal qualifications are of the highest order and who will become leaders in the legal profession and the community. To ensure we reach that goal, we carefully review the academic record, Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores, and college and community activities of every applicant, as well as the recommendations of those who know each individual's accomplishments and potential. We give substantial consideration to ensure that our student body reflects the diversity of our community in order to serve it best.
Scholarship awards will be made with your admission decision, so you will have ample time to plan how you will finance your education.
Below is a description of the various kinds of financial aid available to students. This information provides you a basic description of funding resources, for full assistance we encourage you to work with our Financial Aid office to plan for your law school experience.
School of Law Merit Scholarships
We are committed to enrolling the highest caliber of students to our law school. To recruit competitive law students, we have dedicated significant financial resources to the law school's merit based scholarship program.
Among the school's merit-based scholarships are scholarships for individuals who have served in the Peace Corps or Teach for America.
The school's most prestigious merit scholarship, the Rising Advocate Scholarship, recognizes outstanding undergraduate academic achievement. The scholarship allows a student to retain his or her award regardless of a change in GPA from year to year as long as the student remains in good academic standing.
Students are considered for a merit scholarship when they submit an application for admission; there is not a separate application. A recipient will be notified of the award at the time of his or her offer of admission.
92.85% percent of our Class of 2018 received academic merit scholarships varying in amount from $2,500 to $40,000 per year.
Scholarship awards are based on the strength of a student’s academic success and aptitude. The Rising Advocate Scholarship and the Global JD Scholarships require students to maintain full-time status (at least 9 credits) and to remain in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.20. Students receiving other merit scholarships are required to maintain full-time status and a 2.95 minimum cumulative GPA from the completion of their first year studies.
Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program
The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program provides scholarship funding to returned Peace Corps volunteers who complete a degree-related co-op or clinic placement in an underserved American community while they pursue their studies.
Throughout the year enrolled students are exposed to other opportunities to earn funding that may supplement their educational expenses.