We recognize that financing a legal education is of great concern to our students. We want to reassure you that law school is affordable and there are a variety of scholarships which may help you reduce your overall debt. This website contains information about scholarship opportunities at the Law School as well as those offered by outside parties. We hope this helps you to determine your scholarship eligibility.
All applicants admitted to the Law School are considered for merit-based scholarships, with few exceptions.
Types of Scholarships
The Law School offers have a combination of awards ranging from non-renewable awards from specific donors to full-tuition renewable scholarships. Scholarships vary in size and terms.
The Connecticut scholarship program offers renewable full tuition scholarships to admitted students. To maintain the scholarship, recipients must maintain a 3.0 grade point average. All admitted students from Connecticut are considered for Connecticut Scholarships. In 2011, 10 matriculants were awarded the Connecticut Scholarship and in 2012, 20 Scholarships were awarded. No Connecticut Scholarship has been revoked based on the 3.0 grade point average requirement.
These scholarships are awarded annually to incoming first-year students who have shown exceptional promise. Dean's Scholarships are partial tuition scholarships and are not renewable. All admitted applicants are considered for Dean’s Scholarships.
Dean's Public Interest Scholarships
The Law School has a commitment to fostering a profession dedicated to public service. The Dean's Public Interest Scholarships will be awarded to incoming students who have shown a commitment to public interest and plan to pursue a public interest career. Students wishing to be considered must complete the Dean’s Public Interest Scholarship Application.
The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees established the Ellsworth Scholarship to enhance geographic diversity. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding out-of-state residents.
Law School Foundation Scholarships
The University of Connecticut Law School Foundation, Inc. was established in 1974 to raise funds from the private sector to promote the educational and research objectives of the University of Connecticut School of Law. The Law School Foundation solicits, receives, invests, and administers gifts and financial resources from private sources for the benefit of the Law School.
There is no separate application required for Law School Foundation Scholarships; however, if you believe you meet the criteria for a Scholarship, the committee will accept a statement regarding your qualifications.
In addition to merit scholarships, the Law School also awards need-based scholarships and grants. Tuition remission, opportunity grant and Federal Work Study money is awarded by the Student Finance Office.
Regardless of whether or not an admissions decision has been rendered, applicants must apply for need-based aid and meet all financial aid deadlines.
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
From time to time, outside organizations and private firms establish scholarship opportunities for students. We encourage all students to view the list frequently as the Additional Scholarship Opportunities page will be updated when we receive notice of new opportunities.