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Award Terms and Criteria

Scholarships and grants may be used for tuition for courses taken at MSU Law; in our Washington, DC, Semester Program; and in MSU Law study abroad programs. More than 90 percent of MSU Law scholarships and grants are renewable for up to 88 credit hours. The vast majority of scholarship and grant recipients’ awards are renewed for all three years of their legal education. Awards may be reduced or eliminated if renewal requirements are not met. Learn more about renewal rates.

Academic Awards

Academic awards are provided based on the strength of a candidate’s academic record and highest Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. Academic awards include the King Scholarship, Faculty Scholarship, Academic Excellence Scholarship, and Alumni Scholarships. Academic scholarships are awarded primarily based on the candidate’s GPA; consideration also is given to factors such as rigor of academic program, grade trends, and extenuating circumstances.

Trustee Awards

Trustee awards are provided to incoming students whose personal and professional backgrounds will contribute to a richer diversity within the student body and the legal profession. Trustee scholarships are awarded primarily based on the candidate’s personal statement and resume, academic accomplishment, and highest LSAT score.

Academic Interest Awards

Indigenous Law Awards are provided to candidates with an interest in issues affecting Native Americans, as demonstrated in their personal statements and/or resumes. The level of funding provided to recipients of these awards varies based on the strength of the student’s academic record and highest LSAT score.

Intellectual Property Law Awards are provided to candidates with majors in computer science, engineering, or science. Awards also are based on the strength of the student’s academic record and highest LSAT score.

Need-Based Grants

Need-based grants are available to students who meet specific criteria, demonstrate financial need, and do not receive other non-repayable aid from MSU Law. Admitted candidates who want to be considered for these awards must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and provide a statement (300 words or less) describing their qualifications and financial need. Statements must be sent to the Office of Admissions (admiss@law.msu.edu) by February 20.

Career Transition Grants are intended to assist incoming law students who have substantial prior work experience. Candidates must have spent a minimum of five years in full-time employment, in graduate study, or serving as full-time family caregivers. Priority will be given to candidates who demonstrate financial need. These grants will be renewed annually based on academic standing and the absence of other assistance from the MSU Law.

Part-Time Program Grants assist incoming law students whose work or family obligations require them to enroll in the Law College on a part-time basis during the day. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate financial need. These grants will be renewed annually based on academic standing and the absence of other assistance from MSU Law.

Public Interest Grants cover the cost of tuition for a three-credit public interest law externship (to be completed the summer following the first year of law school) and a $3,000 stipend to assist with associated summer living expenses. Priority will be given to candidates who demonstrate financial need.

Continuing Student Scholarships

All MSU Law students whose first-year GPA (based on a minimum of 24 credits) is 3.50 or higher receive scholarship assistance of up to 100 percent of tuition, as follows:

  • Students who achieve a GPA of 3.80 or higher receive a full-tuition scholarship
  • Students who achieve a GPA of 3.70 through 3.79 receive a scholarship equivalent to 75 percent of tuition
  • Students who achieve a GPA of 3.50 through 3.69 receive a scholarship equivalent to 50 percent of tuition
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