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Scholarships - New Students

All applicants are automatically considered for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. and Academic Scholarships as part of the admissions process. However, there are some additional scholarship opportunities (indicated by an * below) through our Centers and Institutes that require the submission of additional materials in order to be eligible for consideration. Details about those requirements are listed in the application.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Scholarships -- The Holmes Scholars Program is a full-tuition scholarship program designed for students who have demonstrated academic excellence.  These are students who typically score in the top twenty-five percent of the LSAT nationally and finish near the top of their undergraduate classes. This scholarship will automatically renew each year provided that the recipient remains in good academic standing.  

Academic Scholarships -- Academic scholarships are partial tuition scholarships awarded to students whose academic accomplishments promise strong performance at law school and in legal practice. These scholarships are renewed automatically each year to all recipients in good standing. Full-time recipients are eligible for their awards for three years and part-time recipients are eligible for four years.

*Public Interest Scholarships -- The Public Interest Scholars Program is designed for students who are committed to pursuing careers in Public Interest law. Each year the School of Law awards significant tuition scholarships and one-time $3,500 summer stipends for qualifying public interest experiences to six entering students. The scholarship portion of the award is renewable each year provided the recipient stays in good academic standing. These students are assigned faculty advisors to mentor them in course selection, clinical and externship options, and career paths. To be considered for the Public Interest Scholars program, students must submit their résumé, an essay addressing his or her interest in and qualifications for entering the Public Interest Scholars program, and may be asked to participate in an interview process. Apply for the Public Interest Scholarship via email at admissions@law.wne.edu, or via your admissions application.

*The Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies Scholarship -- The Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies serves as a focal point for work in a broad number of areas relating to gender and sexuality, ranging from civil rights issues affecting women and sexual minorities to feminist and queer theory. The Center works to engage with the legal community, with the University, and with members of the School of Law on core issues of gender and sexuality across a broad spectrum of law, including criminal law, immigration, employment, family law, health law, discrimination, prisoners’ rights, legislation, leadership and business, and international and comparative law. To be considered for the Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies Scholarship, you must submit a statement of interest explaining why you believe you are a good choice for the scholarship program. This scholarship award may be renewed annually provided that the recipient remains in the top 70 percent of their class.  

*The Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs Scholarship -- The Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs offers students the opportunity to participate in activities relating to the legislative process. Through participation in the Institute, students engage in the practical application of law by assisting public officials in drafting legislation, exploring the codification and progressive development of laws, and examining recently enacted bills. To be considered for the Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs Scholarship, you must submit a statement of interest explain why you believe you are a good choice for the scholarship program. This scholarship award may be renewed annually provided that the recipient remains in the top 70 percent of their class.