Scholarships, Financial Aid and other Financial Support
The law school offers generous scholarship with awards ranging from $7,500 to $30,000. For the class entering in 2012, 58% of students received a scholarship and the average award was $17,390.
Awards are based on applicants’ academic records, Law School Admission Test scores, and potential for leadership in the legal profession. All applicants are considered for merit scholarships and a separate application form is not required.
For the class entering in 2012, the breakdown is:
|Total # of Students
|# Receiving Scholarships
|# of Awards Less than Half Tuition
|# of Awards Half to Full Tuition
|Average Scholarship Award
Scholarships are awarded when a student enters the first year of law school, and scholarship assistance in the student’s second and third year will continue in the amount originally awarded, provided the student is in good standing and meets the standards on Satisfactory Academic Progress.
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 $2,200. 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 120 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 $2000 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.
University of Richmond School of Law
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: (804) 289-8189
Fax: (804) 287-6516