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 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 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.
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
|EB-5 Visa Awareness Scholarship||Currently enrolled law students w/an interest in immigration law.||11/14/2013||
|Mark T. Banner Scholarship||Law students through the fall semester 2014. The scholarship will be awarded based on: (1) the applicant’s commitment to the pursuit of a career in intellectual property law; (2) dedication to principles of ethics, civility and professionalism; (3) academic merit; (4) communication skills; (5) community involvement; and (6) whether the applicant is a member of a historically under represented group in IP law (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability).||10/23/2013||12/6/2013|
|Farzad Family Law Annual Scholarship Program||The yearly winner will be awarded $1,500 based on academic achievement, writing skills, and community involvement.||9/18/2013||12/15/2013|
|The Console & Hollawell Legal Leaders Scholarship||
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- 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.