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, 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 (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.


Outside Scholarships

Scholarship Requirements Deadline
The Wyss Scholars Program

All current 2L J.D. candidates at the University of Colorado Law School with no grade lower than a B during Law School are eligible to apply.

One Wyss Scholar will be selected each year on the basis of leadership potential, commitment to furthering land conservation in the American West, commitment to pursuing a career in nonprofit or public-sector conservation, financial need, and academic strength. While experience living or working in the West is preferred, all students interested in western lands and sustainability issues are encouraged to apply. 

January 5, 2018
The Reeves Law Group Scholarship

Tell your story in a brief narrative, starting with an introduction about who you are, your interests, and anything else you feel we should know about you. Then, please provide your entry in a 750-1000 words essay, or Prezi presentation. Graphic and creative presentations are welcome.

The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates a genuine desire and goal of using the legal system to fix problems or improve conditions in our society. Worthy deeds that you have already performed will be considered.

Please send your story to

December 15, 2017
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

A currently enrolled law student who can demonstrate a commitment to study natural resources law or who is undertaking the study of natural resources law is eligible to apply for these tuition scholarships. LLM Students and incoming 1Ls: If you have applied but have not yet been accepted, you may still apply for a scholarship.

Criteria for Selection. Applications will be evaluated by the RMMLF Scholarships Committee according to an established set of criteria, which include:

• Potential to make a significant contribution to the field of natural resources law

• Academic ability

• Leadership ability

• Year in law school

• Financial need

JD Applicants - February 28, 2018

LLM Applicants - March 15, 2018

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded to the student who best exemplifies determination to succeed in both their academic endeavors as well as their inclusion efforts.

Criteria to apply

  • Applicant is a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority or any individual who demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their community.
  • Applicant is a U.S. citizen currently attending an accredited law school within the United States.
  • Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA and at least one semester of classes completed at an accredited law school.
April 1, 2018