Law School Merit Scholarships

Incoming First-Year Students

All applicants offered admission to the Law School's first-year JD class are automatically considered for merit scholarship awards as long as funds remain available; there is no separate scholarship application to submit. Scholarship awarding begins typically in February each year. If an admitted applicant is awarded a scholarship, they will be contacted directly. Generally, a potential merit scholarship award is not decided at the time of an offer of admission but would be decided before the admitted student is required to pay a tuition deposit. Most Marquette law students, including those who receive scholarships, rely upon a combination of loan programs to finance their educations and to pay for living expenses while in Law School; consequently, timely submission of the FAFSA is crucial for entering law students.

In typical recent years, more than two-thirds of incoming first-year students have been awarded merit scholarships of varying amounts. Merit scholarship awards vary in amount from about $2000 per year up to full tuition. Scholarships will be applied to tuition only; they may not be applied to other expenses. In most recent years, the median scholarship award – for those incoming students receiving awards – has been in the $20,000 to $24,000 per year range. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit (that is, based upon a review of the application for admission) and not on the basis of need.

Marquette Law School does not offer "conditional scholarships" as that term is defined in Interpretation 509-3 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.

Continuing Students

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 expects to continue that policy for the foreseeable future. Again, scholarships must be applied to tuition.

Outside Scholarship Resources