Paying for Law School

An education in law is expensive. However, there are a number of ways that students can lower their costs and receive financial aid in order to pay for their legal education.

Some students who have worked their way through their undergraduate education often assume that they can do the same in law school. However, this is not the case for most full-time law students. Law school is so intense that law schools assume (and sometimes require) that their students devote all of their time and energy to their legal studies. This means that most students must support themselves and pay for their legal education through some other means.

Student Loans

Most law students who receive financial aid do so through the federal student loan program. Students may apply for subsidized and unsubsidized student loans through the U. S. Department of Education. Unlike undergraduate student loans, a student's family income generally does not impact the financial aid decision for graduate and professional education. Of course, students must begin repaying their loans after graduating from law school. The student loan programs offer an accessible means by which large numbers of students pay for their education.


Law school scholarships are also available for qualifying students. Although scholarships vary among schools, many law schools offer full or partial tuition waivers through scholarship awards.

Shop Around

Another way to lower legal education expenses is to attend a law school which has lower tuition and fees. The cost of law school can vary dramatically from school to school. 

Although law school is expensive, you don't have to be rich to become a lawyer. Fortunately, there are ways to pay for law school and/or minimize law school expenses.