The tuition at BYU Law School is among the lowest in the nation because more than 50 percent of the cost of operating the Law School is paid from the tithing contributions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All students benefit greatly from this support. Found below are the costs of attendance for the 2018-2019 school year.
Financing Your Legal Education
As you have already discovered, the cost of obtaining a legal education is a critical element to consider in planning where you will attend law school. The amount of your post-graduation debt load can have a direct impact on your ability to maximize future employment opportunities, i.e., the freedom you will have to choose the type of practice you will pursue as well as the geographical area of the country or the world where you work. Speaking quite candidly, the debt load you shoulder once you leave law school can dramatically affect the quality of life you have as you begin your career as a practicing lawyer.
We are grateful to the Board of Trustees of the University for generously subsidizing the cost of educating each law student. Notwithstanding this tuition subsidy, students who have demonstrated truly superior undergraduate academic performance are generously awarded significant scholarship assistance, both from general scholarship funds of the university and from special scholarship fund donations to the Law School.
There are many loan products available to assist you in financing your legal education. It is usually very helpful to speak with a counselor who can help you understand what is available and the positives and negatives of each loan source. Counselors in the Enrollment Services office provide financial aid counseling for Law students. To speak with an Enrollment Services Counselor, call 801-422-7075. You can schedule phone or in-person appointments. You are also welcome to send a YMessage with your financial aid questions.
Federal Stafford and Grad Plus Loans
The Law School encourages students to carefully consider undertaking loan debt in order to finance the law school education. The Federal Stafford Loan and Grad Plus Programs enable students to borrow funds necessary to their legal education. Availability of funds through these sources depends on state and federal legislation and regulation as well as independent participation in the programs by individual banks. For more information on Stafford Loans, you may wish to visit: financialaid.byu.edu
In honor of J. Reuben Clark’s legacy of academic excellence, dedicated service and extraordinary work ethic, the law school awards the prestigious J. Reuben Clark Scholarship to up to 12 outstanding applicants. Clark Scholars receive an array of financial and scholastic benefits during their BYU Law experience.
- Full tuition scholarship plus a $10,000 per year stipend for all three years of law school, with retention conditioned only on remaining a full-time student in good standing.
- Clark Scholars reception and dinner at the beginning of each school year with faculty and deans.
- Membership on the Clark Scholars Board with opportunities to interact with visiting scholars, jurists, and leaders.
- Funding to attend two domestic academic conferences during the Scholar’s time in law school, providing exposure to academic experts, distinguished legal practitioners, and other thought leaders in areas of interest to the individual Clark Scholar.
- A minimum 164 LSAT and 3.8 GPA are required for eligibility. GPA means the cumulative GPA as computed by LSAC.
- Eligible applicants may apply by indicating interest on the BYU Law School application. If an eligible applicant becomes aware of the opportunity after submitting the application, an email notice to Gayla Sorenson, Dean of Admissions, will be accepted.
- To be considered as a Clark Scholar, a student’s law school application, including ecclesiastical endorsement, must be completed by January 26, 2018. The LSAT must be taken no later than the December administration to meet this deadline.
- Applicant files will be reviewed, interviews will be conducted and final selections made by the Clark Scholarship Selection Committee, composed of BYU Law faculty members and the Dean of Admissions.
- Clark Scholar recipients will be notified on February 16, 2018.
- Recipients must notify BYU Law by March 20, 2018 of their acceptance of the J. Reuben Clark Scholarship and of their withdrawal of all other law school applications.
- Recipients who do not complete these actions by the deadline will not be eligible for the Clark Scholar program benefits but will retain their admission status and may be considered for other merit scholarships.
Two full tuition scholarships plus $10,000 per year stipends are granted to the entering students with the highest LSAT scores and GPAs. If a Burns/Rawlinson Scholar is also a Clark Scholar, the recipient will receive full tuition plus a total of $20,000 in stipends. However, the $10,000 stipend from the Burns/Rawlinson Scholarship is conditioned on maintaining a 3.5 GPA during law school.
BYU Law awarded more than 60 endowed full- and half-tuition scholarships plus numerous other partial-tuition scholarships to the entering class. As a result, over half of the entering students at the J. Reuben Clark Law School received scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. All admitted students are considered for these merit-based awards. Although LSAT scores and undergraduate GPAs are the primary factors, other achievements and contributions, including those required by specific endowments, are considered by the Scholarship Committee. Incoming students for the 2018-19 academic year will retain their scholarships as long as they remain a full-time student in good academic standing unless otherwise required by a specific scholarship grant.** Scholarship awards that are less than full tuition also include access to low interest loans from the BYU Law Woolley Loan Fund for the balance of the recipient’s tuition costs.
*All scholarships require full-time status (a minimum of 8.5 credit hours) and good academic standing (a minimum 2.7 GPA and ongoing compliance with the BYU Honor Code).
**A small number of endowed scholarships have renewal requirements set by the terms of the endowment. These requirements will be explained at the time the scholarship is awarded.
Scholarship Retention Data
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* These scholarships are granted for one or two semesters only
ABA ListBerkeley Technology Law Journal Writing Competition ($1,000)
www.btlj.orgDiversity Writing Competition ($5,000)
Email inquiries to – DiversityOffice@LSAC.org.FBA Tax Law Writing Competition
http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2017/10/fba-tax-law-student-writing-competition.htmlEMPLOYEE BENEFITS WRITING PRIZE ($1,500)
www.acebc.comUnited States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association ($3,500)
http://www.cfcbar.org/writing-competitionExternal Scholarships By Deadline
Farar & Lewis Law Education Scholarship ($1,000)
John M. Borcia Law School Scholarship ($1,500)
“One Lawyer Can Change the World” ($5,000-$10,000 for 1L students)
Federal Circuit Bar Association ($5,000 – $10,000)
George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy (Up to $5,000)
George H. Nofer Scholarship ($5,000 – Hearing loss)
Society of Satellite Professionals International Scholarship ($2,500 – $3,500)
Energy & Mineral Law Foundation ($1,000 – $5,000)
Foley Diversity Fellowship (Up to $10,000 for 2L and 3L year)
Armenian Bar Association (Undisclosed Amount)
Earl Warren Scholarship ($30,000 – Racial Justice)
Buckfire & Buckfire Diversity and Disability Scholarships
Mike Eidson Scholarship (Award Varies, Convention Attendance & Travel Paid)
Empowering Women In Law Scholarship
Fleming’s Fundamentals of Law Scholarship (Free Bar Prep Course)
American Intellectual Property Law Association Awards ($2,500 – $10,000)
Plaxen & Adler Scholarship
Buckfire & Buckfire Diversity Scholarship ($2,000)
NDAF Dental Scholarship for Minorities (Up to $10,000 towards Health Care Law)
Farar & Lewis LLP Scholarship ($1000 renewable)
Katzman Lampert & McClune Aviation Law Scholarship ($2000 for students interested in Aviation Law)
Lloyd M. Johnson Jr. Scholarship ($10,000 for students interested in Diversity)
McGuirewoods Diversity Scholarship ($5,000 for Diverse Students)
The 2017 Weiss & Paarz Annual Law Scholarship ($1,000)
Trial Advocacy Scholarship ($3,000)
National Speaker Association Scholarship ($5,000)
The Ankin Law Offices College Scholarship ($5,000)
Keller Law Offices Scholarship for Higher Education ($5,000)
George T. Bochanis Law Offices College Scholarship ($5,000)
Cogburn Law Offices Adversity Scholarship ($5,000)
Bruce Lee Foundation Scholarship ($2,500-$10,000)
Scholarship 4 Dads ($10,000)
NOPLAG Scholarship Essay Contest ($3,500)
Patrick Malone & Associates Scholarship ($5,000 – Civil Justice)
IP Video Contest ($5,000)
Reiff & Bily Legal Scholarship ($1,000)
Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship ($10,000 – $15,000)
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Cooley Diversity Fellowship ($10,000 per year for students who promote diversity)
Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship ($10,000)
CAPPEX Easy College Money Scholarship ($1,000)
ASHRM Educational Scholarship Program ($3,000)
Frankowski Firm Annual Academic Scholarship Award
Tracy McKay Scholarship for Single Mothers
JRCB Mid-Atlantic Chapter Writing Competition (Up to $4,000)
AFIO Scholarships (Various Awards)
DAR Scholarships (Various Awards)
William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition ($2,500)
Console & Hollawell Scholarship ($1,000)
Future Leaders Scholarship ($2,000) – (Personal Injury Interests)
ALex & Saavedra American Liberties Scholarship ($1,000)
Scholarship for Child Advocates ($1,000)
The Clark Law Office Scholarship ($1,000)
Carole Bailey Scholarship ($5,000)
Bond & Botes Hardship Scholarship ($2,000)
Brotman Law Scholarship ($500)
Hale Injury Law’s Distracted Driving Scholarship ($2500)
New Jersey DUI Defense Lawyers: 2017 Criminal Defense Scholarship ($1,000)
Boonswang Law Scholarship ($1000)
Law Enforcement Family Member Scholarship ($1,000)
Christensen & Hymas Married Student Law Scholarship ($1,000)
Orr Law Scholarship ($1000)
Brown, PC National Tax Law Scholarship($500)
Brown, PC National Business Law Scholarship($500)
Wilshire Law Firm Scholarship ($1,000).
Accident Law Scholarship ($1,500)
Chapman LLC Scholarship for Law Students ($1,000)
The Fitch Law Firm Scholarship ($2,500)
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