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/1L) Students

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. Accordingly, we allow all students receiving merit scholarships as 1Ls to retain their scholarships for six semesters in accordance with their original offers, so long as they 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 end of August.

Continuing (2L/3L) Students 

Continuing students may apply for any of the 100+ scholarships Colorado Law offers to students who have completed their first year of law school. In the spring (typically in late April/early May), this website will list those scholarships and detail the application requirements and deadline.

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.

Timing: Each year, we post application directions and a tentative list of available scholarships during the spring semester. We also announce the process and the application deadline by email to all students. Please read the description of each scholarship carefully. Some scholarships are open to everyone, whereas others are only open to selected class years.

Additional Scholarships

Please visit this website periodically for new scholarship opportunities, which are posted as we receive notice of them. Unlike our 1L and continuing student scholarships, the following may be open to students at other schools.

Name of Scholarship

Eligible Students

Date Posted

Date Due

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship Rising 2L and 3L African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American law students. All rising 2L and 3L female law students are eligable regardless of ethnicity. Any other rising 2L and 3L students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply. 2/5/2015


National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Annual Law Student Writing Competition All currently enrolled law studnets. 2/20/2015


Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C 2015 Law School Diversity Scholarship Currently enrolled law students who are members of an ethnic, racial, or other minority or any individual who demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. Eligible students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. 10/9/2014 5/31/2015
Harris Injury Law Scholarship Currently enrolled law students who have suffered serious injury, and are committed to demonstrating a determination to rebuild their lives 10/9/2014 5/31/2015
Ladah Law Firm, PPLC Injury Scholarship Currently enrolled law students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 10/20/2014 5/31/2015
Edelman, Kasin & Jaye Currently enrolled students who are living with a chronic illness 12/3/2014 6/30/2015
Katz & Phillips Single-Parent Scholarship Currently enrolled law student who is a single parent 10/22/2014 7/31/2015
The Tix Team 2014 Law Scholarship for Veterans Currently enrolled law students who are military veterans 11/10/2014 7/31/2015
Yanez & Associates Family Law Scholarship Program Currently enrolled law students 10/7/2014 7/31/2015
Meinhart Smith & Manning Scholarship Currently enrolled law students who have themselves, or a family member/friend, experienced malpractice or personal injury 11/14/2014 8/1/2015