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

Outside Scholarships

We have a list of several local and interest-specific scholarship opportunities below, and encourage students to explore outside scholarships at the AccessLex Law School Scholarship Databank. This database makes it easier for students to find money that’s already available to help pay for law school and lower student loan burdens. Students can search nearly 800 carefully curated and vetted scholarship opportunities and writing competitions, with filters to find options that apply specifically to each student.

Scholarship Requirements Deadline
Scholarships Available to American Indian Law Students Criteria vary - please see full list Criteria vary - please see full list

Adams Broomfield Bar Association Scholarship 2021

Resident of Adams or Broomfield counties

Currently enrolled law student

Friday, March 12, 2021

for application

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties First year law students who intend to work in areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties

Completed Application is due by Friday, April 16, 2021.

Email with questions.

Positive Futures Scholarship

$1,500 academic year scholarship for undergraduate or graduate students whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS or who are involved in public health advocacy. Additionally, students must be enrolled full-time, must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Complete the university’s general scholarship application in Buff Portal (See instructions here)

Karen Raforth Scholarship in LGBTQ Studies

Administered by the LGBTQ Studies Program, the Karen Raforth Scholarship was created to help support students who show an aptitude for leadership and involvement with LGBTQIA issues. Students must be currently enrolled full-time as undergraduates or graduates on the CU Boulder campus. Additionally, students must demonstrate leadership and involvement with LGBTQIA issues and community and should exemplify steadfastness, visibility, and effectiveness in the quest for LGBTQ rights and the rights of all marginalized people.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

Award Amount: $1,000

Apply online at Buff Portal 

Roger Klein Scholarship

The Roger Klein Scholarship, established on November 4, 2011 at the Weld Community Foundation by his friends and colleagues, is awarded to a second or third year student who demonstrates an interest and aptitude in water law.  Roger Klein (’67) served for many years as the Judge of Water Court Division One.

Materials must be received by April 15, 2021.

Students must submit a cover letter indicating they are applying for the Roger Klein Scholarship, enclosing a resume, current transcript and essay indicating why they are deserving of the scholarship directly to:

Rand E. Morgan, President
Weld Community Foundation
2425 35th Ave., Ste. 201
Greeley, CO  80634

Third Annual LGBT Public Interest Scholarship 

The LGBT Public Interest Scholarship Program is sponsored by the ABA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Commission.

The Scholarship will provide financial support to a first, second or third year law student, or recent law graduate to enable the student or recent law graduate to work in the LGBT public interest arena for the Summer and/or Fall of 2021. Learn more and find application details here.

Complete application online.

Submit all required documents (resume, transcript, and personal statement) to by April 30, 2021.

LMJ Scholarship The LMJ Scholarship is a diversity pipeline program that seeks to nurture the academic and professional careers of outstanding diverse law students. Apply today for a chance to receive $10,000 in scholarships and be a part of a community of peers, alumni, and mentors, who provide professional and personal support and guidance throughout your legal career. 

Learn more about MCCA and the LMJ Scholarship and apply today.

The LMJ Scholarship Program Application Deadline Extended to Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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, 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).

Leaders in Law and Community (LILAC) Fellowship Program offers a very limited number of three-year, full-ride scholarships to incoming students who will contribute to the diversity of the legal profession and the Colorado Law community. The admissions committee makes all offers of this scholarship based on the contents of the application package. Details on this program can be found here:

Timing: Selection of scholarship recipients may begin as early as mid-October to mid-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 (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. 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.

For 2L/3L Students Applying for the Bryan Shaha Scholarship (as part of the 2L/3L application):

Please read both Mr. Shaha's obituary and the biography below.

Mr. Shaha's Obituary

Biography of Mr. Shaha

Bryan Shaha was born in 1941 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  His father worked for Wilson Meat as a factory worker.  His mother worked in clerical or secretarial positions.  When Bryan was two years old, his dad was drafted into World War II and served in the infantry as an enlisted man, although he was older than most of the other men he served with.  Bryan graduated from US Grant High School and went to Central State University.  He excelled at sports and was a gym rat his entire life.

Bryan says he joined the Marine Corps to get out of Oklahoma.  He enlisted in 1965 and served in Viet Nam, flying A-6 jets for the Marine Corps.  He was a Captain at the time of his termination of service.  After his active military service, he enrolled in law school at the University of Colorado, graduating in 2 and ½ years.  At the time of his graduation, he was married and had son Colin.  He worked in law school as a waiter and his wife taught school.  In law school, Bryan was classmates with people who protested the war.  It was a strange time, but Bryan was friends with everyone.  In fact, Bryan had a nick name for just about everyone he met.  In law school, he participated in the clinical program and found the work for poor and minority clients to be his calling.  He graduated in December, 1971, but was considered a member of the class of ’72.

After law school, Bryan worked for Colorado Rural Legal Services in Greeley and Fort Collins, then for the Office of the Public Defender.  Bryan devoted his energy to representing poor and disadvantaged people.  He was in private practice for a few years and even then, managed to be appointed to defend a death penalty case.  At one time, Bryan had tried more death penalty cases than any other lawyer in Colorado.  None of his clients were ever executed.  He fought tirelessly to train other lawyers to defend death cases, especially in using the jury selection method he developed with David Wymore. 

In 1996, Bryan was appointed the first director of the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel, an assigned counsel program created by the State of Colorado.  He developed the program and recruited lawyers to take cases where the public defender had a conflict of interest.  He retired in 2006.  He died of colon cancer in 2007.  At the time of his death, Bryan was married to Carol Haller (Law, 1985), had two children, Colin and Meaghan, and one grandson, Beck.

Bryan came from modest circumstances.  He served his country and used the GI bill to pay for law school.  He used his talent, education and passion to help poor and disadvantaged people.  Bryan believed in the right of the accused to the best attorney in the courtroom, not just a lawyer.  He strove to be the best lawyer he could be.