Skip to:Main Content

Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University
Washington and Lee University Campus Image

Law Students

Washington and Lee assists students in financing their legal education through University merit scholarships, educational loans from state, federal and private lenders, and participation in federally-sponsored work and loan programs (Title IV).

Scholarships and Grants:

There are no need-based grants available for law students.

Merit-based scholarships and grants are awarded by the Law School Admissions Office based on undergraduate academic records, LSAT scores, probability of superior scholarship in the School of Law, and potential for leadership in the legal profession. Please visit the Admissions website or contact the Law School Admissions Office at for more details. These awards are not handled by the Financial Aid Office.

Graduate Student Loans:

Absent unique circumstances, admitted students are offered loans to meet the total cost of attendance at W&L Law. Qualification for state and federal educational loans is determined by applicable regulations and by the availability of funds. Graduate student loans are handled by the Financial Aid Office.

All students who wish to finance their legal education with loans must complete a FAFSA and direct that it be sent to the Washington and Lee Financial Aid Office. The FAFSA becomes available in January 2014. The Financial Aid Office will not begin processing your file until your FAFSA has been received.

For more information regarding graduate student loans, please visit Loan Information or contact Cynthia Hintze, Senior Assistant Director of Financial Aid, at (540) 458-8032 or

Federal Work-study:

Financial aid award letters for law students do not include federal work-study.  However, funds are available to students who demonstrate financial need.  If you would like to request work study funding, you will need to contact Shawn McShay at for approval.  If approval is granted, he will notify the Financial Aid Office.