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
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Adams Broomfield Bar Association Scholarship 2021

Resident of Adams or Broomfield counties

Currently enrolled law student

Friday, March 12, 2021

Email law.admissions@colorado.edu 
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 masur@typemediacenter.org 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

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: https://www.colorado.edu/law/leaders-law-and-community

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.