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Paying for Law School: If your goal is to become a lawyer, you may be wondering how to pay for law school. Luckily there are a few options that may help you with your investment of time and money. The cost of attending (COA) law school includes fixed expenses like tuition and fees. Then there are extras like food, housing, books and travel. Most people enter law school after earning a bachelor’s degree. Law school then takes three years and awards a Juris Doctor or JD degree. Once you graduate with a JD degree and pass the Bar Exam, one option may be to practice law. According to the BLS.gov, many lawyers today earn from $58,220 to more than $208,000. That’s something to keep in mind when you weigh the pros and cons of each type of aid. Especially because one pays back a loan back with future income. Average cost of law school and average amount of financial aid received: The cost of law school will vary depending on where you study. Tuition and fees for instance, differ across institutions. And the extras (like housing, books and travel) reflect the cost of living in a state and region. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average cost of law school is $8,698 per year at a public school. Or, $42,227 per year if you earn your degree at a private school. As these are only norms, you’ll find a range of more expensive law schools. And ones that may be more affordable to you budget and keep your debt down. This is pretty important. The NCES found that 75% of students who completed a professional doctorate (such as a law degree) had student loans. They also report the average total loan balance was about $186,600 per borrower. Three most common ways to pay for law school: Loans, grants, and scholarships are three of the most common ways to pay for law school. Some students may also get part-time employment through the federal work-study program. This tends to be in their second and third years of law school. First-year students are expected to focus fully on schoolwork. Also, there is an ABA-mandated limit on the number of hours full-time law students are permitted to work. Here is a bit more information about popular sources of funding. Compare these guidelines to your goals so you can make an informed choice. 1. Scholarships and Grants Both scholarships and grants are “free money”. Unlike loans, you do not repay the money you get from a scholarship or grant. But you may need to sign a contract and agree to any terms. To apply for either a scholarship or a grant, you need to first qualify. There are ones for certain groups (minority, women) attending law school. And for students who want to practice a specific kind of law. Apart from your law major, eligibility may also depend on your GPA and test scores. Providers may also want to see your level of financial need and any efforts you make to serve your community. 2. Federal Student Aid The federal gov’t also offers financial aid. Federal Pell Grants are one kind, and these go to low income undergrads and some post-bachelor’s students. Bear in mind though that 12 terms is the max any student can receive Pell Grants. So, if you’ve maxed out on the grants, you may need to think about a loan. Federal student loans are another type of aid available through the gov’t. Unlike a grant which you do not repay, a student loan is money you borrow and pay back. With interest. There are three types of federal student loans for grad students. One is a direct subsidized loan which is not based on financial need. The second is a direct PLUS loan. Also called grad PLUS loan when referring to professional students. Grad PLUS loans pay education expenses not covered by other financial aid. And, while eligibility doesn’t depend on financial need, you must pass a credit check. Last are Direct Consolidation loans. These allow you to meld all your eligible federal student loans into a one loan with a single provider. 3. Private Student Loans Another option if you want to borrow money to pay for law school is to take out a private student loan. Private student loans often help qualified students who are not eligible for federal loans. These loans tend to be available through lenders such as banks. If this is your preferred form of aid, make sure your provider is credible and has a solid reputation. Then you might shop around for competitive interest rates, grace periods and repayment plans. When you go looking for funding, you need to complete a FAFSA: To find out if you qualify for a grad PLUS loan, you must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This gives the gov’t a picture of your unmet financial need. Unmet need is the difference between two things. Your Estimated Financial Contribution or EFC. And the cost of attendance (COA) of college. As an undergrad, your EFC reflects your parental income. But as a grad or professional student, your status is “independent”. It also explains why lenders look at your credit report before giving the OK on a loan request. That said, law school policies about independence vary and some do ask for family info. Above all when you apply for institutional grants, loans and scholarships. Then, armed with this info, the financial department is able to figure out how much aid to award you and what type of aid you are eligible for.

Smith and Eulo Legal Scholarship

This is the first annual Smith & Eulo legal scholarship! This law firm is offering a $2,500 scholarship to one current or prospective law student. This scholarship will be for the fall academic semester.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  May 31
2020

Arash Law Scholarship

Arash Law, based in California, specializes in car accident injuries. And, has always been dedicated to helping the next generation of law students and future attorneys to succeed. Arash Law has always perceived monetary concerns as an unnecessary obstacle to succeeding as an attorney. This $1000 scholarship is an offer for all current University students enrolled in law school or hoping to do so in the future. Ideally, the scholarship funds should be used to pay for qualified expenses such as t...

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  June 1
2020

Chapman / Albin Scholarship for Law Students

Chapman / Albin is a Cleveland-based fraud law firm serving clients across the USA. Before receiving the award, recipient will be required to demonstrate enrollment at an accredited law school in the U.S. A check for $1,000 will be made to the scholarship recipient’s law school of choice to cover expenses. Scholarship is to be used exclusively to cover law school tuition and other related expenses such as books or room/board. Recipient is expected to submit receipts in accordance with IRS regula...

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  June 15
2020

Drummond Law Firm Scholarship

The Drummond Law Firm, located in Nevada, specializes in motor vehicle accidents, trial advocacy in personal injury and criminal defense cases. Each year they offer a Drummond Law Firm Scholarship of $1,000. It is for eligible applicants who are either high-school students currently in a JROTC or Boy Scout Explorer program that has been accepted to and will be attending a post-high school institution in the United States. Or, student currently enrolled in a college and a member of their college’...

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  June 30
2020

Avnet Law National Scholarship

Avnet Law is a Noblesville, Indiana law firm focusing on Personal Injury Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, and Business Litigation. They are also dedicated to improving and lifting up their community—and recognizing those who do the same. As their goal is to help all people have equal access to education and civic involvement, especially those with a spirit of volunteerism and community service, they offer the Avnet Law National Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is offered to support a communi...

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  July 15
2020

Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC S

Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC, a Criminal Defense Law Firm in Fort Worth, Texas, is offering a $500 stipend scholarship to one military veteran law student (1L, 2L, or 3L) attending law school in the United States. All of the partners of Barnett Howard & Williams PLLC graduated Texas Tech University School of Law. Partner Brandon W. Barnett served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps following law school. Our attorneys believe firmly in the value of hard work and seek to reward mi...

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  August 1
2020

Rosen Hagood Community Service Scholarship

The Rosen Hagood Community Service Scholarship will award $1,000 to the student who best describes their experiences that demonstrate their commitment to community service and what role that experience with community service has played and will play in their academic career. Pertinent contact information, updated resume, and current status as a student. A 750-word original essay which provides the candidates’ experiences of community service and what giving back to the community means to the...

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  August 1
2020

National Tax Law Scholarship

Brown, PC is a tax controversy and litigation law firm. They are now accepting applications for the firm's National Tax Law Scholarship, a $500 stipend which will be awarded to a second or third year full-time U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in tax law. The award will be paid directly to the student and can be used for any expenses related to legal education, including but not limited to tuition, room, board, books, bar review courses, or commuting expenses.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  August 10
2020

National Business Law Scholarship

Brown, PC is a tax controversy and litigation law firm. They are now accepting applications for the firm's Brown, PC is now accepting applications for the firm's National Business Law Scholarship, a $500 stipend which will be awarded to a second or third year full-time U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in business law. The award will be paid directly to the student, and can be used for any expenses related to legal education, including but not limited to tuition, room, board, books, ...

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  August 10
2020

Elevating Others Scholarship

The recipient of the Elevating Others Scholarship will be chosen during September following the scholarship deadline.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  September 1
2020

Glotzer & Leib Personal Injury Scholarship Fund.

Glotzer & Leib is a personal injury law firm serving accident victims in Southern California. Their mission to empower Californians goes beyond helping after an accident. Education empowers everyone. That’s why they’ve launched the Glotzer & Leib Personal Injury Scholarship Fund. We’re proud to support recipients by helping them cover college-related expenses. The winner(s) will receive a check for $1000 and the scholarship is offered bi-annually. The $1000 check will be made payable directly to...

Total: $1000 Awards:  5
Deadline:  September 15
2020

Stand up for Justice Scholarship

To be eligible for the Stand Up for Justice Scholarship, applicants must be either a current law student at an accredited law school within the United States or an undergraduate student at an accredited college or university in the United States planning to attend law school. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and an interest in the legal field.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  September 30
2020