Law School Merit Scholarships
The Law School awards a small number of merit-based scholarships to entering students each year. All applicants offered admission to the Law School are automatically considered for merit scholarship awards as long as funds remain available; there is no separate scholarship application to submit. If an admitted applicant is awarded a scholarship she/he will be contacted directly by the Admissions Committee. Generally, a potential merit scholarship award is not decided at the time an offer of admission is made, but would be decided before the admitted student is asked to pay a tuition deposit. The majority of students at Marquette Law School finance their educations entirely through a combination of federal and private alternate loans; consequently, timely submission of the FAFSA is crucial for prospective law students at Marquette University.
In a typical year, about one-third of enrolling first-year students are awarded merit scholarships. Merit scholarship awards vary in amount from about $2000 per year up to and including full tuition. In most recent years, the median scholarship award – for the one-third of students receiving awards – has been in the $6000-$10,000 per year range. Most students enrolling at Marquette Law School – in a typical year, about two-thirds, many with outstanding academic and service records – receive no merit scholarship awards. Scholarships are granted on the basis of merit, as judged by the Admissions Committee, and not on the basis of need. Need-based financial aid is provided to law students in the form of loans. The Law School has developed a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to assist graduates who choose careers in the public sector, where starting salaries are usually lower than those in the private sector. More information on the Law School's LRAP may be found on this website.
Marquette Law School does not offer "conditional scholarships" as that term is defined in Interpretation 509-4 of Standard 509 of the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools. More specifically, the retention of a scholarship awarded to a student who matriculates at Marquette Law School is not conditioned upon the student's maintaining a minimum grade point average or class standing, other than that ordinarily required to remain in good academic standing. A 2.000 cumulative grade point average is required to remain in good academic standing.
In recent years, high-performing students at the conclusion of the first year (e.g., those in the top ten to fifteen percent of the class) have received scholarship awards of a few thousand dollars. The Law School is expected to continue that policy for the foreseeable future.
ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund – Fall 2013
The American Bar Association (ABA) sponsors the Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund is intended to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance for the scholarship recipients.
The Scholarship Fund will award $5000 of financial assistance to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. Awards are renewable for two additional years, potentially resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during a recipient’s time in law school.
A scholarship application may be downloaded from the ABA website at www.ambar.org/DiversityScholarship. Completed scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2013, and should be submitted to the ABA. For more information see the website referenced above, or contact the Legal Opportunity Scholarship Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.