Countless resources are available to students who need financial assistance to attend law school. Some of those resources are outlined below. It is advisable to complete your financial aid forms for each school as early as is practicable; do not wait to receive an acceptance letter.
Given the importance of having a diverse student body, many law schools require a diversity statement that may be used as a basis to award a diversity scholarship. Diversity comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. It includes but is not limited to race, age, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, and disability. Thus, a person may be diverse because of an ailment she battled during her youth, her loss of a loved one, her experience abroad, her interesting family history, or even the cultural/regional background from which she comes. We are each diverse in a number of ways. What sets you apart from everyone else? What unique perspective will you contribute to the law school student body and Society as a whole?
Qualification for a merit scholarship is typically based on undergraduate academic records, Law School Admission Test scores, probability of academic success at the law school, and potential for leadership in the field. Scholarship assistance may also be awarded during law school and may be contingent on academic achievement, school leadership, and involvement in activities and pro bono work.
Educational loans are another source of financial assistance. Students who wish to finance their legal education with educational loans must complete a FAFSA and direct that it be sent to the law school's office of financial aid. Qualification for state and federal educational loans is determined by applicable regulations and by the availability of funds.
Loan Repayment Assistance Programs
Many law schools offer loan repayment assistance programs to graduates who work in the public interest field.
For general information regarding how to finance your law school education, please visit http://www.lsac.org/Financing/Financing-menu.asp.
Additional resources regarding Washington and Lee Law School can be found at http://law.wlu.edu/admissions/page.asp?pageid=314&openpanel=1.