Scholarships – BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School

Scholarships

Scholarships Overview (2019-2020)

Fritz B. Burns/Joseph E. Rawlinson Scholarship (“Burns/Rawlinson”)

The Burns/Rawlinson Scholarship will be awarded to the 2-3 (based on available funding) applicants in the entering class who have accepted Clark Scholarships and have the highest entering credentials in their class.

  • Full tuition for three years of law school (does not combine with the Clark Scholar tuition benefit)
  • $15,000 per year stipend for three years of law school* (does not combine with Clark Scholar stipend)
  • Retention of scholarship is conditioned only upon remaining in good standing**
  • Retention of stipend is conditioned upon maintaining a 3.5 GPA during law school (if a student drops below a 3.5, the student will receive the Clark Scholar stipend in lieu of the Burns/Rawlinson stipend)
  • Recognition at the Burns Foundation Dinner
  • Membership on Clark Scholars Board
  • Invitation to Clark Scholars dinners/events
  • Funding to attend the annual BYU Law travel study tour 3L year

J. Reuben Clark Scholarship (“Clark”)

The Clark Scholars program is considered an early admissions decision program and the students selected as Clark Scholars must withdraw their applications from all other law schools by March 2, 2020 to accept the Clark Scholarship.  These “Clark Scholars” receive the following benefits:

  • Full tuition for three years of law school
  • $10,000 per year stipend for three years of law school
  • Retention of scholarship and stipend are conditioned only upon remaining in good standing
  • Invitation to Clark Scholar dinners/events with faculty and deans each year
  • Membership on the Clark Scholars Board which is chaired by the Associate Dean of Research and Academic Affairs and meets monthly
  • Funding to attend the annual BYU Law travel study tour 3L year

Dean’s Scholarship

The Dean’s Scholarship is the highest academic scholarship offered that is not part of the Clark Scholars early admission program.

  • Full tuition for three years of law school
  • $2,500 per year stipend
  • Retention of scholarship and stipend are conditioned only upon remaining in good standing
  • Annual luncheon with the Dean

General Merit Scholarships

  • Quarter tuition up to full tuition for three years
  • Retention of scholarship is conditioned only upon remaining in good standing

Special Purpose Scholarships

BYU has a number of endowed special purpose scholarships that have requirements set by donors which are not based solely upon academic merit, but include other considerations such as financial need, specific areas of legal interest, or disadvantaged background.

  • One time awards of $1,000 up to full tuition for three years
  • Retention of scholarship is conditioned only upon remaining in good standing

Woolley Loan Program

The Woolley Loan Program is BYU Law’s private loan fund where students can receive private low-cost loan to help them complete externships and prepare for the bar exam.  Some students may also receive a Woolley Loan award to help pay for tuition.

Application Process

Merit, Dean’s

BYU Law awards general merit scholarships based on an index of LSAT score and undergraduate GPA as well as the quality of a student’s application and admissions interview.  For the class entering Fall 2019, 77% of students received some type of three year merit scholarship award (39% of the entering class received an award of full tuition or more).  Consideration for merit scholarship awards is automatic – no separate application is required.  Most merit awards are up to full tuition, but some highly qualified candidates will be offered Dean’s Scholarships.  Scholarship awards not associated with the Clark Scholars program will be made starting March 3.

Special Purpose

BYU has a number of endowed special purpose scholarships that have requirements set by donors which are not based solely upon academic merit, but include other considerations such as financial need, specific areas of legal interest, or disadvantaged background.  Some of these scholarships will be offered starting March 3, and some may be offered through a separate application process to interested students after the second seat deposit deadline.

Burns/Rawlinson, Clark, Dean’s

Students who would like to be considered for a Clark Scholarship at the law school for Fall 2020 must have scored at least 165 on the LSAT and must submit a complete application (including the ecclesiastical endorsement) by January 8, 2020.

Application Process

All eligible applicants will be considered for Clark or Burns/Rawlinson scholarship upon receipt of their completed application.  No separate application is required.  After January 8, the Admissions Committee will nominate some students to participate in the Clark Scholar recruiting events.  An applicant who is nominated by the Admissions Committee will be required to:

  • Submit a one page essay (further instructions will be provided to eligible applicants)
  • Attend the Clark Scholars recruiting dinner and interviews on campus February 6-7 (a travel stipend will be provided to students attending from out of state)

Award Process

  • Clark Scholar recipients will be announced February 21
  • The Clark Scholars with the highest entering credentials will be notified after the seat deposit deadline that they will be the Burns/Rawlinson Scholars
  • All applicants invited to compete who do not receive a Clark Scholarship will receive a Dean’s Scholarship
  • Clark Scholars must indicate their acceptance by withdrawing from all other law schools and paying their seat deposit by March 2
  • Dean’s Scholars have until the April 6 seat deposit deadline to accept

*All three-year scholarships are for six semesters only and do not apply to summer externships or course taken outside the law school as part of a joint degree

**Good standing includes full-time status (a minimum of 8.5 credit hours), good academic standing (a minimum of a 2.7 cumulative GPA), and a current ecclesiastical endorsement