Scholarships

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.

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 mid-March), 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

EB-5 Visa Awareness Scholarship Currently enrolled law students w/an interest in immigration law. 11/14/2013

Deadline varies

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarships

Law students enrolled full time at one of the Foundation’s Constituent Law Schools (Colorado Law meets this requirement) and who can demonstrate a commitment to the study of natural resources law is eligible to apply for these scholarships.

1/6/2014

JD Applicants 3/31/2014

LLM Applicanats
4/15/2014

 George H. Nofer Scholarship

- Applicant uses spoken language as the primary mode of communication.
- Applicant has a pre-lingual hearing loss (diagnosed prior to the fourth birthday).
- Applicant’s hearing loss is bilateral and in the moderately severe to profound range (see link for additional details).
- Applicant has been accepted at or is enrolled in an accredited law school or masters/doctoral program in public policy or public administration as a full-time graduate student for the 2014-2015 academic year.

12/23/2013

 4/10/2014

Napoleon Beazley Defender Award

Applicants must be law students who graduate during the 2013-14 academic year, are registered to take the bar in one of the following states: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah, and planning to practice in some area of children and the law. 

4/3/2014

 4/18/2014

The Sawaya Law Firm Driver Safety Scholarship

 All law students are eligible.

4/7/2014 4/25/2014
 Mike Eidson Scholarship 2014

Rising 3L female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs' lawyer or criminal defense lawyer.

2/10/2014 5/1/2014
LSAC Diversity Committee Writing Competition

Current JD candidates who are in good standing at accredited LSAC-member law schools.

2/17/2014 5/1/2014
2014 Energy Law Student Writing Competition

Any student enrolled in an accredited law school in the U.S. during 2013-14.

2/10/2014 5/16/2014
Davis Levin Livingston Scholarship 

- U.S. citizen or otherwise authorized to work in the United States.
- Intends to practive public interest law.
- Accepted, and will be attending their law school in the fall of the same year following the application.
- Academic achievement as reflected by an undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA.

 4/6/2014  7/1/2014
 The Console & Hollawell Legal Leaders Scholarship

- Must be a U.S. citizen.
- Must be a full-time student attending an accredited institution of higher education.
- Must provide proof of current enrollment in an accredited institution of higher education.
- Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA.

10/23/2013 7/15/2014