Scholarships for Entering (1L) Students   |   Scholarships for Continuing (2L, 3L, 4L) Students

Scholarships For Entering Students

The School of Law awards the following scholarships to entering law students in recognition of their outstanding academic and non-academic achievements, and to assist with the first-year law school expenses. Unless otherwise specified in the initial award letter, students must re-apply annually for scholarships. It is possible to receive more than one scholarship award; however, your total institutional scholarships cannot exceed your direct tuition costs.

Incoming Merit Scholarships

All applicants are considered for an Incoming Merit Scholarship award based on the information provided in the application for admission. Awards typically are communicated at the time an offer of admission is extended. The criteria considered for the awarding of these scholarships include, but are not limited to: academic record, LSAT score, career goals, overcoming adversity or obstacles, extensive community involvement, military participation, range of employment and life experiences, DC residency, quality of written documents, diversity, and commitment to public service.

For entering students, no application is required for this scholarship award. The awards are made based on the information in the application for admission.

Incoming Merit Scholarship Appeal Process

Students who fall below the required cumulative GPA at the end of the spring semester will forfeit their Incoming Merit Scholarship for the following academic year. Students who lose the Incoming Merit Scholarship may appeal this loss of merit-based scholarship funding by submitting a completed Appeal Packet to the Scholarship Appeals Committee.

UDC Law reserves the right to modify the scholarship appeal policy at any time. Submission of an appeal does not guarantee restoration of funding. Incomplete or missing documentation will delay the appeal process. Any changes to financial aid awards will be contingent on the types of funds available, eligibility policies, and regulations.

After initial review, additional documentation may be required. Students waiting for an appeal decision should be fully prepared to assume responsibility for all course enrollment and any account balance payment, regardless of the appeal decision. Appeal decisions are final and cannot be overturned or re-appealed.

During the appeal process, all questions or concerns should be emailed to the Scholarship Appeals Committee at lawschappeal@udc.edu.

FAQs

When should a student submit a scholarship appeal?

If the student did not meet the minimum cumulative GPA at the end of Spring semester and can provide documentation of extenuating circumstances, can submit an appeal within 30 calendar days of the notification of the forfeiture of the Incoming Merit Scholarship.

How can a student submit an appeal?
Students wishing to submit an appeal should submit an Appeal Packet to lawschappeal@udc.edu. The appeal should include a written explanation of why the minimum cumulative GPA requirements were not met, a letter of support from a faculty member, and what the student’s plan of action is to meet the minimum requirements.

When will students be notified regarding the appeal status?
Appeals can take up to 10 business days for review. After all documentation is received and reviewed, the student will be notified by email of the decision of the Scholarship Appeals Committee.

Named Scholarships

The School of Law offers several named merit- and need-based scholarships which are generously funded by foundations, law firms and individuals. These scholarships vary in their frequency, amounts, and eligibility requirements. Entering students will be considered for all available named scholarships for which they are eligible based on the information provided in the application for admission (or Need-Based Scholarship Application, as appropriate).

Need-Based Institutional Scholarships

Need-Based Scholarships are awarded to students with demonstrated financial need.

Need-Based Scholarship applicants must apply annually by submitting a Need-Based Scholarship Application.

Outside Scholarships

Students are encouraged to seek out merit- and need-based scholarships from outside sources. View our periodically updated collection here: Outside Scholarship Resources.

Please inform the Office of Financial Aid of any outside scholarships (the amount and expected date of award should be submitted to the school).

Scholarships for Continuing Students

Continuing students (rising 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls) are eligible for institutional merit, named and need-based scholarships. Unless otherwise specified in the initial award letter, students must re-apply annually for scholarships. It is possible to receive more than one scholarship award; however, your total institutional scholarships cannot exceed your direct tuition costs.

Institutional Merit Scholarships

Institutional Merit Scholarships are annual scholarships of varying amounts that are awarded based solely on GPA and applied directly to tuition.

Incoming Merit Scholarship Appeal Process

Students who fall below the required cumulative GPA at the end of the spring semester will forfeit their Incoming Merit Scholarship for the following academic year. Students who lose the Incoming Merit Scholarship may appeal this loss of merit-based scholarship funding by submitting a completed Appeal Packet to the Scholarship Appeals Committee.

UDC Law reserves the right to modify the scholarship appeal policy at any time. Submission of an appeal does not guarantee restoration of funding. Incomplete or missing documentation will delay the appeal process. Any changes to financial aid awards will be contingent on the types of funds available, eligibility policies, and regulations.

After initial review, additional documentation may be required. Students waiting for an appeal decision should be fully prepared to assume responsibility for all course enrollment and any account balance payment, regardless of the appeal decision. Appeal decisions are final and cannot be overturned or re-appealed.

During the appeal process, all questions or concerns should be emailed to the Scholarship Appeals Committee at lawschappeal@udc.edu.

FAQs

When should a student submit a scholarship appeal?

If the student did not meet the minimum cumulative GPA at the end of Spring semester and can provide documentation of extenuating circumstances, can submit an appeal within 30 calendar days of the notification of the forfeiture of the Incoming Merit Scholarship.

How can a student submit an appeal?
Students wishing to submit an appeal should submit an Appeal Packet to lawschappeal@udc.edu. The appeal should include a written explanation of why the minimum cumulative GPA requirements were not met, a letter of support from a faculty member, and what the student’s plan of action is to meet the minimum requirements.

When will students be notified regarding the appeal status?
Appeals can take up to 10 business days for review. After all documentation is received and reviewed, the student will be notified by email of the decision of the Scholarship Appeals Committee.

Named Scholarships

The School of Law offers several named merit- and need-based scholarships which are generously funded by foundations, law firms and individuals. These scholarships vary in their frequency, amounts, and eligibility requirements. Factors considered include law school grades; quality of reference(s); contribution to the School of Law community; outstanding work in clinic; effort expended in academic pursuits, e.g., working part-time, family responsibilities, and community and social activism; and contribution and service to the Washington, DC, community.

The Office of Financial Aid will notify continuing students of application availability and deadlines for named scholarships.

Need-Based Institutional Scholarships

Need-Based Scholarships are awarded to students with demonstrated financial need.

Need-Based Scholarship applicants must apply annually by submitting a Need-Based Scholarship Application. The priority deadline is April 1st.

Outside Scholarships

Students are encouraged to seek out merit- and need-based scholarships from outside sources. View our periodically updated collection here: Outside Scholarship Resources.

Please inform the Office of Financial Aid of any outside scholarships (the amount and expected date of award should be submitted to the school).