KU Law offers a robust scholarship program for J.D. students. Nearly 80% of students in the incoming class receive scholarships.
Learn about available scholarships and how to apply for them on this page.
There are four types of scholarship funding opportunities for KU Law students. All admitted students are automatically considered for KU School of Law scholarships with the submission of their admission application. Scholarship recipients are notified at the same time they receive their admission decision.
Once enrolled, students may apply for KU School of Law scholarships with specific eligibility criteria. Throughout the year, a number of scholarship opportunities are presented from private organizations. KU Law students are regularly notified of these scholarship opportunities.
Merit-based scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and the student's potential for success in law school. A number of these scholarships are funded through privately endowed resources. These scholarships are awarded to both resident and nonresident first-year students.
There is no application process to be considered for merit-based scholarships. Any student admitted to the School of Law is automatically considered.
Rice Scholar Program
The Rice Scholar Program brings Kansas residents with outstanding academic records and proven leadership ability to the University of Kansas School of Law. A committee of faculty members selects Rice Scholars from the first-year admitted student candidates. Selection is based on merit only, as evidenced by undergraduate academic achievement, LSAT score, and record of leadership. Final selections are made after interviews with the Rice Scholarship committee. Each year five Rice Scholars are selected.
The scholarship covers tuition and fees for first-year students and is fully renewable for the second and third year if the recipient maintains a prescribed grade-point average.
Prospective law students from the Kansas City, Missouri, metro area have one more reason to consider the University of Kansas for their law degree: the KU Vantage Scholarship.
Vantage gives students who have established residency in one of 11 Missouri counties the chance to pursue a KU law degree at an in-state tuition rate.
Students from these 11 counties are eligible: Bates, Buchanan, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Henry, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte and Ray.
With Vantage, the KU School of Law adds affordability to a compelling list that includes invested faculty, small class sizes and hands-on opportunities. Interested? Contact the KU Law Office of Admissions or apply today.
Only applications received by the Feb. 15 scholarship priority deadline will be eligible for the Vantage Scholarship.
Scholastic Achiever Awards
The Scholastic Achiever Award provides scholarships for current students finishing in the top 20% in class rank for their class year. Students finishing in the top 10% class rank for their class year will be eligible for this award, granting them a maximum aggregate scholarship award of $10,000. Students finishing outside the top 10% class rank for their class, but within the top 20%, will be eligible for an award granting them a maximum aggregate scholarship award of $5,000.
For example, if a student with zero scholarship awards finishes in the top 10%, they will receive a $10,000 Scholastic Achiever Award. If the student already has a $3,000 scholarship, they will receive a $7,000 Scholastic Achiever Award. If the student already has a $15,000 scholarship, they will receive no additional scholarship awards. For determining the award amount, any scholarship administered by either the Office of Financial Aid or the School of Law will be considered. This includes Rice, Weigand and other similar awards. Award eligibility will be determined at the end of the spring semester. Awards will be divided equally between the fall and spring semesters for the following years. Awards are not automatically renewed.
Need-based scholarships are only available for applicants that have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Application forms and information may be obtained online at fafsa.gov. Applicants should obtain the forms at the earliest possible date. The KU Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships begins accepting applications on October 1.
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