Admission and Scholarships
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 attention to ensuring 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 to finance your education. Ninety-six percent of our Entering Class of 2020 3-year and 2-year degree students received a scholarship varying in amount from $10,000 to full tuition.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, conditional scholarships awarded to some students have been reduced or eliminated by the law school. The law school provided a one-time extension of conditional scholarships for two additional terms, which ends at the conclusion of the fall 2020 semester.
Below is a description of the various kinds of scholarships available to students. This information provides a basic description of funding resources; we encourage you to work with our Financial Aid office to get a more complete picture of the types of financial support that are available.
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. The school's most prestigious merit scholarship, the Rising Advocate Scholarship, recognizes outstanding undergraduate academic achievement. The RAS 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.
Among the school’s merit-based scholarships are scholarships for individuals who have served in the Peace Corps or Teach for America.
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.
Courtroom Scholarship Program
The Kline School of Law offers up to five Courtroom Scholarships—scholarships, potentially ranging as large as a full scholarship, for outstanding undergraduate mock trial competitors who are admitted to the Kline School of Law.
Public Interest Scholarship Program
The Public Interest Scholarship program expands the Kline School of Law's long-standing commitment to pro bono service and legal practice by financially supporting qualified students committed to the public good. The program is limited to up to five students each calendar year. Scholarships are potentially as large as full tuition.
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.
The Keystone Scholarship is awarded in an effort to further the Kline School of Law’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion. All applicants that submit a Diversity Essay when completing an application for the JD program are eligible. Awards range from $10,000 to full tuition.
The DiveIN Scholarship is offered to applicants that have successfully completed the Kline School of Law’s Summer Immersion Program. This $5,000 award is a standalone scholarship in addition to any awarded merit scholarship, not to exceed full tuition.
Drexel Alumni Scholarships
Drexel offers special incentives for our undergraduate alumni. All Drexel Alumni will be awarded a $1,000 grant each year of full-time study. In addition, a Distinguished Dragon Scholarship is awarded to exceptional Drexel Alumni who have demonstrated strong academic performance.
Throughout the year enrolled students are introduced to other opportunities to earn funding that may supplement their educational expenses.