Financial Information – BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School

Financial Information

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.

Tuition
LDS $13,060/year ($6,530/semester)
Non-LDS $26,120/year ($13,060/semester)
Tuition is due 7 days before the first day of class each semester.
For more information regarding tuition please check here
Other Fees
Books & Supplies $1,864
Room & Board $12,720
Personal Expenses $3,684
Transportation $2,864
Loan Fees $204

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.

Student Loans

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

Scholarships

Merit Scholarships*

Clark Scholars Program

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.

Scholarship Components:

  • 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.

Application:

  • 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.

Selection Process:

  • 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.

 

Fritz B. Burns/Joseph E. Rawlinson 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.

Other Merit Scholarships

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

 
Students   Matriculating  in Granted Prior to   Matriculation   Conditional   Reduced   Withdrawn  Granted or Increased after   matriculation   One-time   Awards* 
2017 85 2 19 5
2016 78 0 0 0 14 1
2015 59 0 0 0 9 2

* These scholarships are granted for one or two semesters only

Competitions & Contests
ABA List
Berkeley 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

FEBRUARY

Raiser & Kenniff Law School Scholarship ($4500 renewable)
https://www.losangelescriminallawyers.com/law-school-scholarship/

Farar & Lewis Law Education Scholarship ($1,000)
https://www.fararlawgroup.com/legal-scholarship/

MARCH

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship ($15,000)
http://www.ambar.org/ABALOS

John M. Borcia Law School Scholarship ($1,500)
http://www.borcialaw.com/scholarship

APRIL

“One Lawyer Can Change the World” ($5,000-$10,000 for 1L students)
https://lawpreview.barbri.com/10000-get-information/

Federal Circuit Bar Association ($5,000 – $10,000)
https://www.fedcirbar.org/Pro-Bono-Scholarships/Scholarships/Rules-Applications

George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy (Up to $5,000)
http://www.agbell.org/NoferScholarship/

George H. Nofer Scholarship ($5,000 – Hearing loss)
http://www.agbell.org/Document.aspx?id=285

Society of Satellite Professionals International Scholarship ($2,500 – $3,500)
http://www.sspi.org/cpages/scholarships

Energy & Mineral Law Foundation ($1,000 – $5,000)
http://www.emlf.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=scholarship&category=About

Foley Diversity Fellowship (Up to $10,000 for 2L and 3L year)
https://www.foley.com/careers/lawstudents/#!/student/1418/2

Armenian Bar Association (Undisclosed Amount)
http://www.armenianbar.com/scholarship

Earl Warren Scholarship ($30,000 – Racial Justice)
http://www.naacpldf.org/earl-warren-scholarship

Buckfire & Buckfire Diversity and Disability Scholarships
https://www.buckfirelaw.com/library/scholarships.cfm

Mike Eidson Scholarship (Award Varies, Convention Attendance & Travel Paid)
https://www.justice.org/what-we-do/enhance-practice-law/professional-recognition-awards-scholarship/scholarships/mike-eidson

HOWARD C. SCHWAB MEMORIAL ESSAY CONTEST

MAY

Empowering Women In Law Scholarship
http://thepearcelawfirm.com/empowering-scholarship/

Fleming’s Fundamentals of Law Scholarship (Free Bar Prep Course)
http://www.lawprepare.com/why-flemings/law-scholarship/

American Intellectual Property Law Association Awards ($2,500 – $10,000)
http://www.aiplef.org/scholars/

Plaxen & Adler Scholarship
https://www.plaxenadler.com/plaxen-adler-scholarship/

Buckfire & Buckfire Diversity Scholarship ($2,000)
http://www.buckfirelaw.com/library/law-school-diversity-scholarship-2016.cfm#top

NDAF Dental Scholarship for Minorities (Up to $10,000 towards Health Care Law)
http://ndafoundation.org/dental-scholarships.html

Farar & Lewis LLP Scholarship ($1000 renewable)
https://www.fararlawgroup.com/legal-scholarship/

Katzman Lampert & McClune Aviation Law Scholarship ($2000 for students interested in Aviation Law)
http://klm-law.com/the-katzman-lampert-mcclune-aviation-law-scholarship/

Lloyd M. Johnson Jr. Scholarship ($10,000 for students interested in Diversity)
http://www.mcca.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&PageID=477

McGuirewoods Diversity Scholarship ($5,000 for Diverse Students)
http://media.mcguirewoods.com/publications/Diversity-Scholarship-Program.pdf

The 2017 Weiss & Paarz Annual Law Scholarship ($1,000)
http://www.weisspaarz.com/the-2017-weiss-paarz-annual-law-scholarship/

Trial Advocacy Scholarship ($3,000)
https://www.justice.org/what-we-do/enhance-practice-law/professional-recognition-awards-scholarship/scholarships/aaj-trial

National Speaker Association Scholarship ($5,000)
http://www.nsaspeaker.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/MASTER-Scholarship-Application.pdf?0e7c30

The Ankin Law Offices College Scholarship ($5,000)
http://ankinlaw.com/aaaa_scholarship/

Keller Law Offices Scholarship for Higher Education ($5,000)
http://kellerlawoffices.com/keller-higher-education-scholarship/

George T. Bochanis Law Offices College Scholarship ($5,000)
http://lvaccident.com/scholarship/

Cogburn Law Offices Adversity Scholarship ($5,000)
http://cogburnlaw.com/scholarship/

CGTrader Scholarship (Up to $2,000)
https://www.cgtrader.com/scholarships

Bruce Lee Foundation Scholarship ($2,500-$10,000)
https://www.cappex.com/page/scholarships/details.jsp?scholarshipID=39509

Scholarship 4 Dads ($10,000)
http://scholarships4dads.com/

AEL Collegiate Essay Contest (up to $2,500)
http://infoguides.pepperdine.edu/AEL

NOPLAG Scholarship Essay Contest ($3,500)
https://noplag.com/students-scholarship

Scholarships4Moms ($10,000)
http://scholarships4moms.net/scholarship-application-for-moms

Patrick Malone & Associates Scholarship ($5,000 – Civil Justice)
http://www.patrickmalonelaw.com/patrick-malone-associates-scholarship/

IP Video Contest ($5,000)
http://www.ipvideocontest.com/

Reiff & Bily Legal Scholarship ($1,000)
http://www.reiffandbily.com/legal-scholarship/

Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship ($10,000 – $15,000)
410/685-3813 Email Janette Mannin, jam@wamcd.com, to request an application.

Cooley Diversity Fellowship ($10,000 per year for students who promote diversity)
https://www.cooley.com/diversityfellowship

Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship ($10,000)
http://www.bakerdonelson.com/diversity-scholarship-diversity-practices/

CAPPEX Easy College Money Scholarship ($1,000)
https://www.cappex.com/page/account/quickApply.jsp?scholarshipID=gp&code=HO1038-5-

ASHRM Educational Scholarship Program ($3,000)
http://www.ashrm.org/about/scholarship.dhtml

JULY

Frankowski Firm Annual Academic Scholarship Award
https://frankowskifirm.com/scholarship/

Tracy McKay Scholarship for Single Mothers

2017 FMH Tracy McKay Scholarship for Single Mormon Mothers: Application and Deadlines

JRCB Mid-Atlantic Chapter Writing Competition (Up to $4,000)
http://jrclsdc.blogspot.com/p/intl-religious-liberty.html

AFIO Scholarships (Various Awards)
https://www.afio.com/13_scholarships.htm

DAR Scholarships (Various Awards)
http://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships/specific-scholarships-0

William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition ($2,500)
http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/criminal_justice/greenhalgh_rules.authcheckdam.pdf

Console & Hollawell Scholarship ($1,000)
http://www.consoleandhollawell.com/law-scholarship-2016/

Future Leaders Scholarship ($2,000) – (Personal Injury Interests)
http://washingtoninjury.com/scholarship/

ALex & Saavedra American Liberties Scholarship ($1,000)
http://asinjurylaw.com/american-liberties-scholarship/

Scholarship for Child Advocates ($1,000)
http://www.injurylawyers.com/child-advocate-scholarship/

The Clark Law Office Scholarship ($1,000)
https://theclarklawoffice.com/scholarship/

Carole Bailey Scholarship ($5,000)
http://www.cfcbar.org/carole-bailey-scholarship

Bond & Botes Hardship Scholarship ($2,000)
http://www.bondnbotes.com/scholarship/

Brotman Law Scholarship ($500)
http://info.sambrotman.com/scholarship

Hale Injury Law’s Distracted Driving Scholarship ($2500)
http://haleinjurylaw.com/about-us/hale-law-distracted-driving-scholarship/

Criminal Defense Law Ventura Scholarship ($500)
http://criminaldefenselawventura.com/law-school-scholarship-500/

New Jersey DUI Defense Lawyers: 2017 Criminal Defense Scholarship ($1,000)
http://newjerseyduilawyer.com/2017-legal-scholarship/

Boonswang Law Scholarship ($1000)
http://www.boonswanglaw.com/scholarship/

The Max McElhaney Memorial Educational Scholarship ($2,500)
https://www.rockylawfirm.com/max-mcelhaney-memorial-educational-scholarship/

AUGUST

Baumgartner Law Firm Law Student Scholarship Application
https://baumgartnerlawyers.com/baumgartner-law-firm-scholarship-application/

Law Enforcement Family Member Scholarship ($1,000)
https://www.faleslaw.com/law-enforcement-family-member-scholarship.html

Christensen & Hymas Married Student Law Scholarship ($1,000)
https://christensenhymas.com/about-us/community-involvement/scholarship/

Orr Law Scholarship ($1000)
http://www.orrlaw.com/scholarship/

Brown, PC National Tax Law Scholarship($500)
http://www.browntax.com/National-Tax-Scholarship.shtml

Brown, PC National Business Law Scholarship($500)
http://www.browntax.com/National-Business-Law-Scholarship.shtml

SEPTEMBER

Mayfirm “Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship” ($1,000).
(
https://www.mayfirm.com/santa-barbara/)

Wilshire Law Firm Scholarship ($1,000).
(https://wilshirelawfirm.com/legal-scholars-award/)

Accident Law Scholarship ($1,500)
(http://accident.usattorneys.com/scholarship-program/)

OCTOBER

Utah Minority Bar Association (From $500 to $6,500)
http://utahminoritybar.org/scholarship

NOVEMBER

Mark T. Banner Scholarship – Intelectual Property Law ($5,000)
http://www.linninn.org/Pages/scholarship.shtml

Chapman LLC Scholarship for Law Students ($1,000)
http://www.johnschapman.com/law-school-scholarship/

DECEMBER

The Fitch Law Firm Scholarship ($2,500)
http://www.thefitchlawfirm.com/scholarship.html

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers’ Annual Single Mother Scholarship ($1,000)
https://www.rosenfeldinjurylawyers.com/scholarship.htmlBrandy Austin Law Scholarship 2017 ($1,000)
http://brandyaustinlaw.com/brandy-austin-law-scholarship-2017/

JANUARY