Scholarships


Scholarships Overview (2021-2022)

BYU Law Achievement Fellowship

In a season of continuing pandemic, divisiveness, and social unrest, BYU Law is seeking to address problems of social injustice and systemic racism close to home. We are committed to respect and value people of all races, ethnicities, and classes and to ensure that these differences are not just tolerated but actively welcomed in our communities. In collaboration with law firms and companies with offices in Utah, we are making a tangible investment to the diversity of Utah’s law student population by establishing Achievement Fellowships to attract, recognize, and support students who have qualified themselves for admission to BYU Law in the face of significant challenges or hardships.

The Achievement Fellowship ensures that students who have overcome significant challenges or hardships in preparing for law school will have every opportunity to maximize their potential. Recipients of the BYU Law Achievement Fellowship will receive full tuition for each of three academic years,* provided they remain students in good standing.** In addition, Achievement Fellows will have access to mentorship activities with local law firms and companies.

The reviewing committee will consider a broad spectrum of life challenges, including, but not limited to, socioeconomic disadvantage, disability, being the first in their family to attend college, attending under-resourced schools, and status as an immigrant or former refugee. Hardships such as homelessness, living in foster care, working multiple jobs or long hours in high school or college, and living in a family struggling with poverty, incarceration, abandonment, physical or mental health issues, domestic abuse, and/or substance abuse are examples of the types of disadvantages that may be considered when selecting recipients of these awards. In all cases, the reviewing committee will be looking for evidence of personal growth, initiative, perseverance, and character development.

The Achievement Fellowship program is considered an early admissions decision program, and the applicants selected for the Achievement Fellowship must withdraw their applications from all other law schools by March 1, 2022, to accept the Achievement Fellowship.

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

The Burns/Rawlinson Scholarship will be awarded to the top 2-3 (based on available funding) applicants in the entering class who have the highest entering credentials in their class. Burns/Rawlinson Scholars receive the following benefits: 

  • Full tuition for three years of law school
  • $15,000 per year stipend for three years of law school
  • Retention of scholarship is conditioned only upon remaining in good standing
  • Retention of stipend is conditioned upon maintaining at least a 3.5 GPA during law school (if a student drops below a 3.5, provided that a stipend was previously offered, the student will receive the previously offered stipend in lieu of the Burns/Rawlinson stipend)
  • Recognition at the Burns Foundation Dinner
  • Invitation to Clark Scholars dinners/events (provided that the student completed their application by the Clark Scholarship deadline)
  • 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 1, 2022, to accept the Clark Scholarship.  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
  • 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 outside of the early admission programs. Recipients of the Dean’s Scholarship receive the following benefits:

  • Full tuition for three years of law school
  • $5,000 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, and disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • Scholarships range from 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 from which students can receive private low-cost loans 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

Achievement Fellowship 

All applicants wanting to be considered for the BYU Law Achievement Fellowship for Fall 2021, must

 

  • Complete a BYU Law application (available through lsac.org), including a two-level new applicant ecclesiastical endorsement (see the instructions at: https://honorcode.byu.edu/ecclesiastical-endorsements), by December 31, 2021, and 
  • Demonstrate in your personal statement or a one-page addendum why you should be selected to receive a BYU Law Achievement Fellowship.

Late applicants will still be considered for admission, but not for the Achievement Fellowship. (Please note that it takes several weeks for LSAC to process an applicant’s transcripts; plan accordingly.)

 

Burns/Rawlinson

All eligible applicants will be considered for the Burns/Rawlinson Scholarship upon receipt of their completed application.  No separate application is required.  The top 2-3 (based on available funding) applicants in the entering class who have the highest entering credentials in their class will be notified after the seat deposit deadlines that they will be awarded the Burns/Rawlinson Scholarship.

Clark

Students who would like to be considered for a Clark Scholarship for Fall 2021 must have scored at least 167 on the LSAT and must submit a complete application (including the ecclesiastical endorsement) by December 31, 2021.

Application Process

All eligible applicants will be considered for the Clark Scholarship upon receipt of their completed application.  No separate application is required.  After December 31, 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 nominees) and
  • Attend the Clark Scholars recruiting dinner and interviews on campus February 3-4 (a travel stipend will be provided to nominees attending from out of state).

Award Process

  • Clark Scholar recipients will be announced February 18.
  • Clark Scholars must indicate their acceptance by withdrawing from all other law schools and paying their seat deposit by March 1

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 2020, 72% of students received some type of three-year merit scholarship award (35% 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 award offers not associated with the Clark Scholars program or Achievement Fellowship program will be made starting March 2.

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, and disadvantaged backgrounds.  Some of these scholarships will be offered starting March 2, and some may be offered through a separate application process to interested students after the second seat deposit deadline.

 

 

*All three-year scholarships are for six semesters only and do not apply to summer externships or courses 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.