JD Scholarships

Academic Scholarships

The School of Law offers a variety of scholarships based on merit to entering students. Students with strong academic backgrounds, outstanding professional or extracurricular achievements and significant undergraduate cumulative GPA's and LSAT scores are automatically considered for these entering awards. Scholarship awards range from $5,000 to approximately 90% tuition. The Law School offers both 1-year, as well as renewable scholarships. Most awards have academic performance requirements for renewability.  While undergraduate GPA and LSAT scores are not the only metrics of determining merit, strong consideration for these scholarships is extended to accepted applicants in the upper half of our GPA and LSAT percentiles. For fall 2016, our median statistics for enrolled students were 3.51 GPA and an LSAT score of 158.  Below is a listing of USD Law’s scholarship and grant programs.

Dean’s Honor Scholarships    

This prestigious scholarship is awarded to the strongest admitted full-time students.  For the 2017-18 school year, the annual award is $48,000 and is renewable for two additional years provided the student maintains a cumulative grade point average of 2.81 or higher (approximately the 68th percentile) at the end of each spring semester of each academic year and maintains enrollment in the full-time program.  The total value of this scholarship over three years will be $144,000.

Students Matriculating in  Number of Renewable Scholarships Awarded Conditional Scholarships Reduced or Eliminated
Fall 2014 25 0
Fall 2015 63 0
Fall 2016 19 2

Dean’s Outstanding Scholarships

A Dean’s Outstanding Scholarship is awarded to admitted students with superb academic credentials and academic promise. For the 2017-18 school year, for students in the full-time program, the annual award is $40,000. This
award is renewable for two additional years provided the student maintains a cumulative grade point average of 2.81 or higher (approximately the 68 th percentile) at the end of each spring semester of each academic year and maintains enrollment in the full-time program.  If renewed, the total value of this scholarship over three years will be $120,000.

For the 2017-18 school year, for students in the part-time program, the annual award is $40,000. This award is renewable for three additional years provided the student maintains a cumulative grade point average of 2.81 or higher (approximately the 68 th percentile) at the end of each spring semester of each academic year and maintains enrollment in the part-time program. If renewed, the total value of this scholarship over four years will be $116,000.

Students Matriculating in  Number of Renewable Scholarships Awarded Conditional Scholarships Reduced or Eliminated
Fall 2014 8 0
Fall 2015 10 0
Fall 2016 15 3

Faculty Honor Scholarship

Similar to the Dean’s Honor Scholarship and Dean’s Outstanding Scholarship, the Faculty Honor Scholarship is awarded to a group of the most qualified admitted students in the full-time program.  For the 2017-18 school year, the annual award is $35,000 and is renewable for two additional years provided the student maintains a cumulative grade point average of 2.81 or higher (approximately the 68th percentile) at the end of each spring semester of each academic year and maintains enrollment in the full-time program. If renewed, the total value of this scholarship over three years will be $105,000.

Students Matriculating in  Number of Renewable Scholarships Awarded Conditional Scholarships Reduced or Eliminated
Fall 2014 10 0
Fall 2015 15 0
Fall 2016 9 1

Faculty Outstanding Scholar Awards

Faculty Outstanding Scholar Awards are awarded to admitted students in the full-time program with excellent academic credentials. For the 2017-18 school year, the annual award is $29,000 and is renewable for two additional years provided the student maintains a cumulative grade point average of 2.81 or higher (approximately the 68th percentile) at the end of each spring semester of each academic year and maintains enrollment in the full-time program. If renewed, the total value of this scholarship over three years will be $87,000.

Students Matriculating in  Number of Renewable Scholarships Awarded Conditional Scholarships Reduced or Eliminated
Fall 2014 16 0
Fall 2015 31 0
Fall 2016 20 7

USD School of Law Honor Scholarship

Entering students in the full-time or part-time program with strong credentials may be awarded a Law Honors Scholarship.  In 2017-18, the full-time award is $25,000 while the part-time award is $19,000.  This scholarship may be awarded as a 1-year scholarship or it may be granted as a renewable scholarship provided the student maintains a cumulative grade point average of 2.81 or higher (approximately the 68th percentile) at the end of each spring semester of each academic year. Students will be notified in writing at the time the award is made whether they are receiving a 1-year or renewable award.

Students Matriculating in  Number of Conditional Scholarships Awarded Conditional Scholarships Reduced or Eliminated
Fall 2014 26 9
Fall 2015 52 0
Fall 2016 25 9

USD School of Law Faculty Acievement Scholarship

Full-time applicants who exemplify a strong academic record throughout their undergradute and graduate education may be considered for this scholarship. In 2017-18, the award is $20,000 and may be renewed for 2 additional years provided the student maintains a cumulative grade point average of 2.81 or higher (approximately the 68th percentile) at the end of each spring semester of each academic year.

Students Matriculating in Number of Conditional Scholarships Awarded Conditional Scholarships Reduced or Eliminated
Fall 2016 11 3

USD School of Law Merit Scholarship

Students who display strong academic potential are eligible for a Law Merit Scholarship.  In 2017-18, the award totals between $7,000-$16,000 and may be awarded as a 1-year scholarship or it may be granted as a renewable scholarship provided the student maintains a cumulative grade point average of 2.81 or higher (approximately the 68th percentile) at the end of each spring semester of each academic year. Students will be notified in wiriting at the time the award is made whether they are receiving a 1-year or renewable award.

Students Matriculating in  Number of Conditional Scholarships Awarded Conditional Scholarships Reduced or Eliminated
Fall 2014 17 9
Fall 2015 43 0
Fall 2016 11 4

Note:  Between Fall 2012 and Fall 2015 the Dean’s Honor Scholarships, Dean's Outstanding Scholarships, Faculty Honors and Faculty Achievement Scholarships only required the student to maintain good academic standing (2.0 GPA) to have their scholarship renewed. The full-time USD Law Honor Scholarships required a student to be in the top 50% of their class for renewal.

Law Alumni Achievement and Private Scholarships

This scholarship is typically a 1-year award and ranges between $2,000 and $10,000. The scholarship is awarded to admitted students who have had extraordinary personal or academic achievements prior to enrolling in law school.

USD School of Law Grants

The Law School considers entering students for a number of need-based partial tuition grants. These awards are based on the applicant's financial need, academic promise, potential for service to the community and for contribution to the diversity of the USD community.  In 2017-18, the award totals between $10,000 and $25,000. This scholarship may be awarded as a 1-year scholarship or it may be granted as a renewable award for subsequent years. To be considered, applicants must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on an annual basis and continue to establish financial need. Students will be notified in writing at the time the award is made whether they are receiving a 1-year or renewable award.

Academic Achievement Scholarships

After the first year, scholarships for varying amounts may be available to top students. Criteria used for these awards includes academic performance, rank in class and existing scholarship commitments.  The number of awards and scholarship amounts may vary year to year based on fund availability.  

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