Students are admitted to the law school without regard to their financial need (need-blind). Every attempt is made to provide full financial assistance in the form of federal and private educational loans to eligible students. Total loans, grants, and scholarships cannot exceed CU-Boulder's educational budget guidelines.
A number of scholarships, fellowships, and awards are awarded annually on a competitive basis including both academic and financial considerations. A list of all scholarships funded by our generous community of alumni and friends is available here.
Admitted first-year students do not need to apply for specific scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee after an offer of admission has been made. Merit awards are based predominately on admission credentials for first-year students.
We are committed to supporting our students throughout their time here, but some of our 1L scholarship awards are for the first year only. You can then apply for the 2L/3L Scholarships for your 2L and 3L year funding (see below). If you receive a multi-year award, as in indicated in your scholarship award letter, we allow you to retain your scholarships for six semesters in accordance with your original offers, so long as you are eligible to continue in law school (our rules do impose a satisfactory progress standard of at least a 1.7 GPA for first semester and a 2.0 cumulative GPA after first semester; for more on this requirement, see the Law School Rules).
Timing: Selection of scholarship recipients begins in January, and in most circumstances, recipients will be notified before their enrollment deposit is due. If a recipient declines a scholarship, then a new recipient is chosen. It is possible for scholarships to be awarded through the middle of August.
Continuing students may apply for any of the 100+ scholarships Colorado Law offers to students who have completed their first year of law school. These scholarships range from $500 to one award for full tuition, but the average is $2,000.
Scholarship award decisions are based on a variety of criteria, most often established by the donors of the scholarship funds. Awards based solely or partially on financial need will take into consideration information obtained from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); students must submit a FAFSA during the spring semester in order to be considered for need-based scholarships for the following year. Merit scholarships are based on academic performance in law school and other factors. Many scholarships give special consideration to unique factors, such as interest in a particular area of law, attending law school as a parent, or serving the law school community.