Every student admitted to the University of Chicago Law School is automatically considered for scholarships. 

Admitted students who would like their financial need to be considered must complete the FAFSA and a need application (candidate and parent sections).  The FAFSA and need application are due February 15 (or, for applicants admitted after February 1, two weeks after the date of your admission).

Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered unless approval from the Admissions & Financial Aid Office has been received.

Please note: students who are age 28 or younger must provide parental financial information on both the FAFSA and need application even if parents will not be contributing financially to law their law school education.


David M. Rubenstein Scholars Program

The renewal of the David M. Rubenstein Scholars Program in 2016 will fund an additional 60 full-tuition scholarships over three years, starting with the Class of 2020.

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Debra A. Cafaro Scholarship Program

The Cafaro Scholarships will enable at least three students with financial need each year to obtain a legal education with no debt.

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James C. Hormel Public Interest Scholarship

A substantial gift from James C Hormel, '58, will provide a three-year full-tuition scholarship each year to an entering student who has demonstrated a commitment to public service.

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Zubrow Scholars Program

The Zubrow Scholars Program awards a full-tuition scholarship to a student admitted into the Doctoroff Business Leadership Program.

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JD/PhD Fellowships

The University of Chicago Law School has established a special and generous fellowship program to support students pursuing a joint JD/PhD at the University of Chicago.

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Patiño Fellowship

The Tony Patiño Fellowship is a prestigious merit award created to support law students whose personal, educational and professional experiences exemplify leadership, character, academic success, good citizenship and initiative.

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ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

The Scholarship Fund is intended to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance. The fund awards $5,000 annually to each recipient and may be renewable for two additional years. For further information and an application, please visit the ABA website.

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Outside Scholarships

The University of Chicago would like to encourage you to apply for outside scholarships. To help with  your search, we have put together this list of some of the available scholarships for law students. Remember, outside funding reduces your borrowing dollar for dollar.  Please note that since the Law School does not administer these outside programs, you will need to contact the agencies directly for questions about applications, deadlines and selection processes.

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