Let’s face it. Law school isn’t cheap … and every year it’s getting more expensive. This year, tuition at Yale University will cost students over $57,000. But, if you think Yale might be a little too difficult to get into, you could try somewhere like DePaul University. There, you’ll spend a little bit less, at just over $45,000 per year in tuition.
Now, not every school is that expensive … but the fact is, law school is not cheap. In 2014, the average law school debt for graduates was just under $112,000. That’s like purchasing a house in many places in the U.S.
You’ll be wise to look for ways to get law school scholarships as a means to lower your potential debt in the future.
What kinds of law school scholarships are out there?
I’ve seen scholarships for people with hearing loss, and for people who get good grades.
The point is, there are scholarships out there for everyone. The only thing holding people back is that locating these scholarships can be time consuming.
How to find law school scholarships.
I read somewhere that many scholarships go unused every year because nobody applies for them. I have to believe that’s true. Some of the scholarships out there are so specific, only a few people would qualify for them.
The first thing you should do is the most obvious: search “law school scholarships” on Google. That will turn up some large databases of potential scholarships. Here’s a couple for you to take a look at:
- DiscoverLaw.org is run by the Law School Admissions Council, and is always getting updated.
- Admissions Dean is a great, searchable database with hundreds of scholarship opportunities.
The next thing you’ll want to do is go to the American Bar Association’s website.
Make a list of scholarships you think you’ll qualify for, and then, the most important step: fill out the applications.
If you can do that, you’ll be much further along than just about every other law student out there.