Grants and Scholarships

The Law School administers an extensive program of grants and scholarships, all of which are awarded on a combined basis of merit and financial need. These awards are available through endowed funds, gifts from alumni, and general funds from the University. To receive full consideration for scholarship or grant assistance, the Office of Financial Aid must receive your complete financial aid application by the program deadline. Detailed instructions and forms for completing your financial aid application can be found on the "Apply for Financial Aid" page.  

Because grant and scholarship funds are limited, we are not able to award scholarships or grants to all admitted applicants whose financial aid applications are received by the deadline. Therefore, it is best to apply for financial aid well in advance of the deadline. Candidates who submit their financial aid applications after the deadline will most likely receive aid only in the form of loans.

Some of our scholarships (pdf) are made possible by the generous contributions of our benefactors. The Admissions Committee determines the recipients of these scholarships based on the information provided in the applications for admission and for financial aid. Students must apply for financial aid to be considered for these scholarships.

ABA Standard 509(e) requires law schools to publish a conditional scholarship retention worksheet. Under ABA Interpretation 509-4, the ABA defines a conditional scholarship as “any financial aid award, the retention of which is dependent upon the student maintaining a minimum grade point average or class standing, other than that ordinarily required to remain in good academic standing." Northwestern Law does not award any conditional scholarships. Scholarships awarded to entering students are automatically renewed for the second and third years, provided the recipients maintain good academic standing and remain enrolled in classes at the Law School. 

Scholarship Retention Data Worksheet

Students Matriculating In

Number Entering with Conditional Scholarships

Number Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated

2012-2013 Academic Year

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0

2011-2012 Academic Year

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0

2010-2011 Academic Year

0

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