Scholarships

Scholarships are based on past academic performance and evidence of exceptional promise in a legal career. All accepted applicants are automatically considered and notified at time of acceptance; there is no separate application. Scholarships are renewed automatically, depending on full- or part-time status, so long as a student remains enrolled. 

Need-based scholarships are also available. Selected applicants will be contacted to complete the Needs Access form.

Academic Merit Scholarships

These scholarships are based on past academic performance and evidence of exceptional promise in a legal career. All accepted applicants are automatically considered and notified at the time of acceptance. There is no separate application.

Students are awarded a three-year to five-year scholarship depending on full- or part-time status, renewed annually.

Access to Justice Scholarships

The Dean has established Access to Justice Scholarships to be awarded to outstanding applicants who have overcome substantial obstacles throughout their life and academic careers and have a demonstrated commitment to serving justice.

Foundation Scholarships

Donors to the Law School Foundation annually fund miscellaneous scholarships in varying amounts. The Scholarship Selection Committee chooses recipients from a pool of eligible students for each available scholarship as is applicable.

Hoff Law Scholarships

Eligible students are personally invited to apply for annual Hoff Law Scholarships. The award is $6,000, and the number of scholarships offered varies per award year.

Scholarship Terms

  • US citizens or eligible non-citizens who are permanent residents of Massachusetts

  • full-time students who are alumni/ae of a UMass undergraduate program

  • recipients must have financial need of at least $6,000 by federal aid guidelines

  • preference given to Public Interest Law Fellows and students with higher GPAs

Continuation of Hoff Law Scholarships depends on a student remaining in good academic standing and continued financial eligibility.

Outside scholarships

Every year, Financial Aid updates its information about several outside scholarships

Bar associations, corporations and some organizations to which you or members of your family belong offer scholarships and loans to law students. There are also scholarship search websites such as www.fastweb.com, www.finaid.org, and www.collegenet.com available free of charge. We encourage you to research these potential opportunities for additional financial support.

NOTE: Outside scholarships are counted as financial resources when calculating eligibility for funds based on your total cost of attendance budget. Your cost of attendance budget, determined by enrollment and residency, is listed under the Financial Aid tab in your COIN account at myUMassD or can obtained by contacting Financial Aid.