Scholarships and Fellowships

Three-Year Guarantee for Scholarships

Washington University School of Law recognizes the substantial investment students are asked to make in their legal education.  We are committed to working closely with individual students on their financial aid needs and offer numerous scholarship awards thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends of the University. The majority of our students receive merit and/or merit/need-based law school scholarships that we guarantee for a full three years of study. Students continue to receive at least the same scholarship they were awarded before they began law school, regardless of their GPA or where they are ranked in their class. Couple this with St. Louis's low cost of living and Washington University School of Law may be a smart financial choice for your graduate education.

In an effort to go green, all applicants are notified of scholarship awards via email.  Admitted applicants who matriculate must sign a copy of the scholarship award letter upon arriving at Washington University for Orientation. 

None of our scholarship awards are conditional on law school academic performance, therefore our school does not post an ABA “conditional scholarship retention worksheet.”   

Scholar in Law Awards

Scholar in Law Awards are merit based and awarded to candidates who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievements and LSAT performance. Every applicant is automatically reviewed for scholarship consideration whether or not he or she applies for financial aid. 

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 Webster Society Scholarship

The Webster Society program offers students committed to public service generous financial support along with membership in a distinctive, intellectually stimulating community of students. The program is named in honor of one of our most distinguished alumni, Judge William H. Webster, for his commitment to public service. Students selected for this award receive a full tuition scholarship and a stipend. Webster Society Scholars participate in several activities each year.

The Webster Society Scholarships are awarded to entering first-year JD students with exemplary academic credentials and an established commitment to public service. Interested applicants should submit a short statement summarizing involvement in public service activities. In order to be considered for this prestigious award, applications and the additional statement should be received in the Admissions Office by February 1. [view website

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Buder Scholarship for American Indian Law Students

The Gustavus A. Buder and the Gustavus A. Buder, Jr. Scholarship for American Indian law students provides up to three years full tuition at the Washington University School of Law for an American Indian (Native American) student. It is awarded on the basis of the applicant's demonstrated potential for success in law school as evidenced by undergraduate academic performance, performance on the Law School Admission Test, and other relevant factors. If admitted, candidates will be asked to sign a release form allowing Washington University to provide a copy of the candidate's completed application file to the Buder Charitable Foundation, for the purpose of scholarship candidacy. The Buder Foundation makes all scholarship selections. Students who are Buder Scholarship recipients are required to provide some service in support of the Native American community at Washington University. To be eligible you must be enrolled in a tribe and have an interest in or experience with American Indian issues.

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