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.
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.
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.
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.