Law School Grants
The decision to go to law school can’t be made lightly. LSATs have to be studied for and taken, interviews conducted, and of course, you have to figure out how to fund the next level of your education. Fortunately, you have some options. In addition to other sources, law school grants are available.
- Scholarships. Most law school financial aid advisors can assist you in applying for these grants. They will know which ones are available at your school, in your specific course of study, and in your state. They can usually tell you which ones you qualify for, even before you’ve done the paperwork. These grants are designed to help the student further their law education and to help them decide which branch of law they are going to practice in. You can find out more about these grants at sites like CollegeScholarships.org.
- American Bar Association and Other Professional Organizations. These organizations, such as the American Bar Association, hope to advance the law profession by supporting qualifying students in their education. The ABA also holds a yearly writing contest in which prize money can be used to help pay law school tuition.
- Minority Law School Grants. Grants for minorities have increased tenfold in the last several years. Some of these are specific to certain national or ethnic groups, including African American, Latino, Native American, and Puerto Rican. For others, the law student only needs to be a minority of any sort. The ABA also has fund for law school grants to minorities.
- Law Firm Grants. These are primarily grants that are given to by individual firms to people who are already connected with them. These might be interns, paralegals, or other employees who work for the firm and wish to become lawyers. If you work for a law firm, check with your human resources office for the availability of these grants.
- Institution Grants. These are grants that you can get through special institutions. One example is the grant through the Food and Drug Law Institute. If you are considering going into food and drug law, this would be one source of funding for your law education.
- Federal Government Grants. These are grants for those who meet a specified financial need. If you do not qualify for any of the other grants that are available, you can apply for grants through the federal government.
Law school can become quite expensive while you are working on your law degree. Law school grants, which don’t have to be repaid, can help ease some of the financial burden.