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Scholarships for entering students

Admitted J.D. students are automatically considered for merit-based first-year scholarships, which are awarded on the basis of the contents of the admission application. The Admissions Committee considers the same factors when awarding scholarships as when making admissions decisions.

Merit-based scholarships awarded to entering students are renewable. Scholarship renewal is assessed at the end of the fall semester of the first year and then at the end of the spring semester of each year thereafter.

Scholarships for the fall 2013 entering class are subject to the following renewal standards:

  • In order to continue a scholarship past the fall semester of the first year, the student must achieve at least a 2.30 cumulative GPA (approximately the 30th percentile) as of the end of the fall semester.

  • In order to continue 100% of a scholarship into a subsequent year of law school, the student must achieve at least a 2.90 cumulative GPA (approximately the top 33% of the class) as of the end of the spring semester.

  • In order to continue 50% of a scholarship into a subsequent year of law school, the student must achieve at least a 2.80 cumulative GPA (approximately the top 40% of the class) as of the end of the spring semester. This 50% renewal potential only applies to select candidates and would be so specified on the supplements to the scholarship offer letter.

  • Failure to achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.80 as of the end of the spring semester of any year of law school will result in the loss of the scholarship.

Scholarships for the fall 2011 and 2012 entering classes are subject to the following renewal standards:

  • In order to continue a scholarship past the fall semester of the first year, the student must achieve at least a 2.30 cumulative GPA (approximately the 30th percentile) as of the end of the fall semester.

  • In order to continue 100% of a scholarship into a subsequent year of law school, the student must achieve at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA (approximately the top 10-15% of the class) as of the end of the spring semester.

  • In order to continue 50% of a scholarship into a subsequent year of law school, the student must achieve at least a 2.80 cumulative GPA (approximately the top 40% of the class) as of the end of the spring semester.

  • Failure to achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.80 as of the end of the spring semester of any year of law school will result in the loss of the scholarship.

Scholarships that are lost or partially lost will not be reinstated or increased based on improved academic performance in subsequent semesters.

The following describes the expected renewal pattern of merit-based scholarships awarded to first-year students:

Fall 2013 Entering Class:

  • 33% of scholarship recipients renew 100% of the scholarship
  • 7% of scholarship recipients renew 50% of the scholarship
  • 30% of scholarship recipients lose the scholarship after the first year of law school
  • 30% of scholarship recipients lose the scholarship after the first semester of law school

Fall 2011 and 2012 Entering Classes:

  • 15% of scholarship recipients renew 100% of the scholarship
  • 25% of scholarship recipients renew 50% of the scholarship
  • 30% of scholarship recipients lose the scholarship after the first year of law school
  • 30% of scholarship recipients lose the scholarship after the first semester of law school

The above only describes the expected renewal pattern. This pattern may vary slightly from year to year. In any given year, a greater or lesser percentage of scholarship recipients might renew their scholarships, depending on the distribution of grades, which are assigned based on individual merits and not according to a forced grading curve.

Click here for scholarship retention data.

Need-based scholarships are also available for entering students. These scholarships require a separate application. The application is provided to all admitted applicants at the time of admission.

No scholarships are available for entering transfer, transient, or LL.M. students.

Scholarships for Upper-Division Students

Beginning in late spring of the first year, students may apply for upper-division scholarships, which typically range in value from $500 to $3,000 and are awarded on the basis of academic merit, financial need, or some combination thereof.

Click here for a listing of upper-division scholarships.

External Scholarships

As they become available, external scholarship opportunities are communicated via e-mail to the student body at the School of Law.

Scholarship Inquiries

Adam Messner
Director, 
Admissions and Financial Aid
apm@uakron.edu

Other Scholarship Resources

On the web:

In addition to these resources, contact your local bar association for information on scholarships that they might offer for law students.