Loyola University Chicago

JD Admissions

School of Law

First Year Scholarships and Fellowships

Merit Scholarships: Since 1988, the School of Law has been able, through the generous grant from the University, to award a number of merit scholarships to highly qualified applicants selected by the Admission Committee. Students must be in good standing with the School of Law and meet specified criteria to have the scholarship renewed in subsequent years. No additional application is required.

Need-based Scholarships: A limited number of need-based scholarships are awarded to incoming students based on their financial need. A completed FAFSA and a School of Law Financial Aid Application are required to be considered.

Special Scholarships: In most cases, scholarship awards made to entering JD students are renewed in the same amount for the second and third years of law school, as long as eligibility requirements are met. Scholarship assistance is not available for transfer students. Some awards are made to recognize outstanding achievement for other upper class JD students who did not receive scholarship assistance as first-year students. Scholarships will not increase as tuition increases.

For Fall 2015, more than 80 percent of the entering students received a scholarship.

Special Scholarship Requirements:

  1. FAFSA: Students must complete the Free Application for Student Financial Assistance (FAFSA) in a timely fashion, so that the results are received to Loyola by the scholarship deadline. Since the FAFSA takes up to six weeks to process, we recommend filing the information no later than February 15.
  2. Application Requirements: Specific requirements and/or an application form may need to be completed and returned by the deadline stated for each scholarship. All supporting documentation must also be received by that date. Only candidates admitted to the School of Law by the deadline date will be considered.  
  3. Application Submission: All scholarship applications should be sent electronically to law-admissions@luc.edu, unless otherwise noted. Please submit all documents as one PDF or Word document. Documents should be titled by the following: Last Name, First Name – Name of Scholarship (i.e. Smith, John – Judge William J. Campbell Public Interest Scholarship).
  4. Letters of Recommendation: For special scholarships requiring a letter of recommendation, please request that your recommender submit their letter of support to law-admissions@luc.edu.

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

Loyola University Chicago School of Law Scholarships - Available to Entering JD Students

Fall, 2016 – the Joseph W. Bernstein Scholarship
Fall, 2017 the Feinberg Scholarship
Fall, 2018- the Kenneth Adreani Scholarship

 

The amount for each scholarship is up to one-half tuition, and may replace any other institution funding previously awarded.

 

Selection for each scholarship is competitive. Interested candidates must submit a resume, cover letter applying for the scholarship, one letter of recommendation, and an essay of no more than 300 words addressing their goals upon successful completion and awarding of a legal degree. Preference is for the candidate to address in their essay how overcoming an obstacle in their life has affected their decision process for attending law school. Eligibility for the scholarship is limited to those students who are U.S. citizens, enrolling full-time in the law school, with demonstrated financial need. Completing the FAFSA in a timely fashion is required.

 

The successful recipient will be selected by a committee composed of the donors and members of the law school. A personal interview may be part of the process; this may be conducted by phone and will be with reasonably short notice.

Deadline: March 1.

The Circles of Advocates of Loyola U Chicago School of Law annually awards a scholarship, in the amount of at least $5,000, to an entering JD full-time student.

This fund was created in 2001 by the Circle of Advocates group to assist students in pursuing their legal education.

The criteria for the scholarship is that the student have achievements in the areas of debate, moot court, or mock trial and have demonstrated financial need. This scholarship is renewable for three years on the condition that the student remains in good academic standing.

Interested candidates must submit an application that includes a cover letter, one letter of recommendation, an essay, and resume. The essay should not exceed 300 words, and must include one paragraph containing a description of your achievements in debate, moot court, or mock trial and a second paragraph stating your reasons for applying for this scholarship.

The resume should include any honors received in college and/or graduate school, your extracurricular activities within your school and your community, and public or civic activities outside school or after graduation.

Deadline: March 1.

This $4,000 renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an entering full-time JD student with proven public interest experience. Eligibility for the scholarship is limited to those students who are U.S. citizens, enrolling full-time in the law school, with demonstrated financial need. Completing the FAFSA in a timely fashion is required.

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter applying for the scholarship, one letter of recommendation, resume, and a typewritten essay, not to exceed 300 words, addressing their goals in the area of public interest law.

The resume should include a description of your extracurricular activities within your school and your community, highlighting your public or civic activities outside of school or after graduation. Please include the organization or group with which you worked, the amount of time donated to these activities weekly, the nature of your responsibilities, and the duration of your affiliation with each group listed.

Deadline: March 1.

Unlimited one-year $4,000 scholarships awarded to entering JD students who have participated in Americorps, City Corps, City Year, Peace Corps, VISTA, Teach for America or Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Applicants who completed active military duty also qualify. No application is required. Please submit proof of participation and completion of the program. The term of service must be at least one full year.

Deadline: March 1.

Students who are chosen to receive the Teach for America Americorps Education Award from the Child and Family Law Center are not eligible for the Loyola Law Community Service Scholarship.

Individuals who have completed service programs of one year or more that are not listed above are encouraged to apply for the Judge Joseph J. Campbell Public Interest Scholarship.

This fund was created in 2001 by Mr. and Mrs. Novak for the law school to assist students in pursuing their legal education. The criteria for the scholarship is that the student have achievements in their academic and extra-curricular activities, show financial need, and be a member of a trade union, or the son/daughter of a member of a trade union. Applicants should submit - a letter of interest with a resume and proof of trade union membership.

Deadline: March 1.

The scholarship is given to a student who is the first in their family to receive a college degree. In addition, preference is given to a student who is interested in advocacy, or representing individuals injured in their person. This scholarship was funded by Martin J. Healy Jr., an alumnus of the class of 1968. Mr. Healy has a very successful personal injury law firm in the City of Chicago, and an active member of the Loyola law alumni community.

Deadline: March 1.

This scholarship is given to an entering full-time(s) student who demonstrated exceptional academic performance. The recipient must also have attended a Chicago Public School for at least two years. Established in 2013, the Parrillo Scholarship is funded by members of the Parrillo family, Robert Parrillo and Elizabeth Ackerman. Candidates for this scholarship should send a letter to law-admissions@luc.edu indicating which Chicago Public School they attended and the years of attendance at said school.
Deadline: March 1.

Eight to ten fellowships are awarded annually to entering day students through a competitive selection process. Candidates for the fellowship must complete an extensive application form.  Interviews are conducted mid to late March for those individuals selected by the members of the Child and Family Law Center. Financial need is not a requirement for this program.

Deadline: March 1.

For further details on the ChildLaw Fellowship, please click here or call the ChildLaw Center at 312.915.6481. To go directly to the application click here

The Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law offers fellowships to entering students who are interested in health law. All students entering Loyola's JD program are eligible to apply. Beyond the financial benefits of a health law fellowship, recipients are automatically admitted to the specialized health law legal writing section, which provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about health law during their first year. Fellowships awarded to entering students are not automatically renewable but all recipients are eligible to apply for Upper-class Health Law Fellowships after their first year. See application below for requirements.

Deadline: March 1.

For further details on the Health Law Fellowship, please click here or call the Beazley Institute at 312.915.7174.

To go directly to the application, click here

In addition to a monetary scholarship received as IP fellows, recipients are admitted to the specialized IP Legal Writing Section; this provides students with the unusual opportunity to learn about IP during their first year of law school. In addition to mastering the traditional legal writing skills, students admitted to the IP legal writing section will receive special lectures on various aspects of IP by the Director of Loyola's IP program.

A formal application is required, which includes two essays. A personal interview will also be part of the process; this may be conducted by phone and will be with reasonably short notice.

Deadline: March 1.


Click here for application

Scholarship Retention Data (ABA Standard 509)

Loyola University Chicago's merit scholarships are automatically renewed if the student is in good standing. Consequently, all students receiving merit scholarships retain them as long as they are enrolled in the school.

 

Students Matriculating In: # Entering with Conditional Scholarships

#Whose Conditional Scholarships Have
Since Been Reduced or Eliminated

Fall 2015  0  0
Fall 2014 0 0
Fall 2013 0 0