Scholarships, Financial Aid and other Financial Support
Generous Renewable Scholarships
Richmond Law's financial aid program includes awards ranging from $10,000 to full tuition. Law scholarships are renewable annually for up to 6 semesters as long as a student is enrolled full time and making satisfactory academic progress toward their law degree. There are no additional stipulations.
All applicants to Richmond Law are considered for scholarship awards. It is advisable to have your application on file as soon as possible, allowing test scores (February and/or June) and support documents to follow. Awards are based on applicants’ academic records, Law School Admission Test scores, and potential for leadership in the legal profession.
For the class entering in 2015, 77% of students received a scholarship and the average award was $27,514.
|Total # of Students||175|
|# Receiving Scholarships||135|
|# of Awards Less than Half Tuition||26|
|# of Awards Half to Full Tuition||109|
|Average Scholarship Award||$27,514|
All students at University of Richmond School of Law are eligible to finance their education through the use of federal loan programs. Federal Direct Loans are available to students regardless of the demonstration of eligibility for need-based aid. We strongly recommend that students take advantage of the Federal Direct Loan program before opting for private loans, which generally have higher interest rates and higher fees than federal loans. For more information on our financial aid resources visit our Financial Aid Office page.
Information regarding loan repayment may be found at http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans.
Other Financial Support
Guaranteed Summer Stipend Awards
The summer stipend program offers funding for students who take an unpaid, law-related summer placement at a government or non-profit entity. Last year the stipend amount was $2,500. All students are guaranteed a stipend for at least one of their two summers provided that they file a timely application and find a qualifying position. Last year 131 students participated in the program.
Research Assistant Positions
There are many opportunities within the law school for students to work as research assistants for faculty. Research assistants are paid $8.60 per hour during the academic year and $10.75 per hour during the summer. ABA rules prohibit students from working more than 20 hours per week in any paid employment in the law school or elsewhere.
Bridge-to-Practice Fellowship Program
Each year the school offers several Bridge-to-Practice Fellowships to graduating students. The fellowships provide a stipend of $2,000 per month for up to three months for students who take an unpaid position government or public interest position. Last year we provided five bridge-to-practice fellowships.