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The Charleston School of Law Office of Admission offers both merit-based and need-based scholarships.
Current Charleston School of Law students may also be eligible for the Presidential Honors Program, which includes a scholarship, based on outstanding academic performance during their first year or first thirty credits earned at the law school.
The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship is intended to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to these students. The fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. Twenty awards will be made to entering first-year students and may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during each student’s time in law school.
Please visit the ABA’s website for more information and to access the application.
The Diversity Scholars Program at Charleston School of Law provides financial scholarship and leadership training to qualified first-year law students to build diversity and inclusion at Charleston School of Law and in the legal profession.
To be considered for the program, applicants must be accepted to the full-time JD program at the Charleston School of Law, submit a diversity addendum with their law school application, and have a undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
A variety of scholarships exist for current and prospective law students. Many are offered through private law firms and various organizations. To learn more about some of these opportunities, use the link below. In addition, SallieMae and AccessLex have useful scholarship search tools.
- SallieMae Graduate School Scholarship Search
- AccessLex Law School Scholarship Databank
- Peterson’s: Offers a search engine for graduate school scholarships
- Fastweb: A popular scholarship search engine
- Alpha Iota Boulé – Matthew J. Perry, Jr. Scholarship
- Central Carolina Community Foundation Scholarships
- LMJ Diversity Scholarship
- Marshall-Motley Scholars Program
Disclaimer: The Charleston School of Law has no authority in the selection of recipients of non-institutional scholarships. Students who apply to external scholarships agree to do their due diligence and not hold the Charleston School of Law accountable for any damages.
Your application to the School of Law is also your application for merit scholarships. Decisions will be based on two factors: GPA and LSAT score. Typically, the Office of Admission makes merit scholarship offers at the time of acceptance. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admission by email or by phone at 843.377.2143.
The priority deadline to be considered for a merit scholarship for fall enrollment is March 1.
The priority deadline to be considered for a merit scholarship for spring enrollment is December 1.
Need-based scholarship decisions will be made by the Office of Admission based on financial need. There are no GPA or LSAT score requirements to qualify for need-based scholarship funds. Accepted students who are offered a merit scholarship do not also qualify for a need-based scholarship. There are separate applications for students enrolling in the spring semester and those enrolling in the fall semester. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admission by email or by phone at 843.377.2143.
Applicants for spring or summer admission who wish to be considered for need-based scholarship funds should complete the scholarship application. This application is only for students enrolling at the law school for the first time during the spring or summer semester. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15.
Applicants for fall admission or current Charleston School of Law students who wish to be considered for need-based scholarship funds should complete the scholarship application. The deadline to apply is July 1.
The Presidential Honors Program recognizes full-time and part-time students at the Charleston School of Law for their outstanding academic performance. Students invited to join the program will be eligible for several benefits, including the Presidential Honors Scholarship. To read more about the eligibility requirements and the benefits offered, click here.