Merit-based Tuition Scholarships

The School of Law offers merit-based tuition awards to select admitted applicants. These decisions are made through a committee process and take into consideration factors such as leadership skills, years of work experience, academic achievements and overcoming adversity. Merit-based scholarships can only be applied to tuition.

Public Interest Law Scholarship

As one of the nation’s leading public interest law schools, we are committed to developing a community of intelligent, thoughtful and inspired lawyers. To this end, the law school and its graduates developed the Public Interest Law Scholarship (PILS) Program in 1999. Our most generous award program, this full-tuition scholarship is granted each year to several exceptional applicants who possess impressive academic profiles and extensive experience in social justice. All prospective students who submit their applications by the March 1 application deadline will automatically be considered for the Public Interest Law Scholarship. No additional application is required; however, students who wish to bolster their candidacy for PILS may respond to the social justice optional essay question. This essay should be labeled as a PILS essay in the heading of the document and should be submitted with their application materials via For more information about the Public Interest Law Scholarship and its selection process, visit our  Public Interest Law Support web page.

Health Policy and Law Scholarship

The Health Policy and Law Scholarship is Northeastern University School of Law’s highest honor for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the field of health policy and law. This full-tuition scholarship is awarded to admitted applicants with a demonstrated interest in health law and related fields. Health Policy and Law Scholars also receive a $2,000 co-op stipend, specialized mentoring and guidance, access to professional connections and networking events, and opportunities to work closely with the Center for Health Policy and Law. Scholarship decisions are made based on a variety of factors.

Intellectual Property and Innovation Scholarship

The Intellectual Property and Innovation Scholarship is the School of Law’s highest honor for students who are interested in pursuing careers in intellectual property, technology, privacy and related fields. This full-tuition scholarship is awarded to admitted applicants with a demonstrated interest in intellectual property or technology law. Intellectual Property and Innovation Scholars receive a $2,000 co-op stipend; specialized mentoring and guidance; waived exam fees for privacy certification with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP); meet-and-greets with faculty from the Center for Law, Information and Creativity; and opportunities to participate in competitions such as the trademark moot court competition. Scholarship decisions are made based on a variety of factors.

Law, Equity and Race Scholarship

The Law, Equity and Race Scholarship is Northeastern University School of Law’s highest honor for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the field of race, equity and law, specifically civil rights and restorative justice and criminal justice reform. This full-tuition scholarship is awarded to admitted applicants with a demonstrated interest in racial justice and related fields. Law, Equity and Race Scholars also receive a $2,000 co-op stipend and opportunities to work closely with the Center for Law, Equity and Race. Scholarship decisions are made based on a variety of factors.

Peace Corps, City Year and Teach For America Scholarships

The goals of the Peace Corps, City Year and Teach For America are a natural match with the mission of the School of Law. Many alumni/ae from these organizations wish to pursue a law degree to advance social justice and make a difference in society. To support their continued efforts, the law school offers merit-based tuition scholarships.  

Northeastern University Law Grant

Northeastern University Law Grants (NULG) are tuition scholarships awarded to first-year students based on need. Recipients of this institutionally funded program are not required to repay this award. The Financial Aid office determines all NULG award decisions. To be eligible, you must be an admitted student and file a FAFSA.

Endowed Scholarships

A variety of modest need-based tuition scholarships are awarded annually to upper-level students; some of these scholarships have very specific eligibility criteria. The application process for these named scholarships is separate and distinct from the application for financial aid.

The application process for these scholarships is separate and distinct from the application for financial aid. Endowed scholarships are awarded each fall. The application will be posted in the Weekly Wire during the beginning of the fall term.

The following endowed scholarships are awarded exclusively to second- and third- year law students, as noted below.

2Ls: Northeastern University School of Law Alumni Association Scholarship
2 & 3 Ls: School of Law Diversity Scholarship, Melvin R. and Audrey E. Wintman Scholarship
3Ls: Jeffs Scholarship, David and Dorothy Ramler Scholarship

Outside Scholarships

Outside organizations offer limited scholarships for prospective and current law students. We encourage you to explore our list of outside scholarships below.

AAUW Empower Career Development Grants
AAUW Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or reenter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Applications for AAUW Career Development Grants are open August 1–November 15.

AccessLex Law School Scholarship Databank
AccessLex maintains a database of over 800 carefully curated and vetted scholarship opportunities and writing competitions — totaling more than $3 million in aid.

Alexander G Gray, Jr. Scholarship
The Alexander G. Gray, Jr. Scholarship Award will be awarded each academic year to a law student who demonstrates a commitment to and involvement in the LGBTQ community, leadership, maturity, and responsibility. Other indicia of excellence (including positive personal, professional or academic traits) will also be considered.

AT&T Legal Scholars Program
The AT&T Legal Scholars is a collaboration between AT&T’s Legal Department, Lawrence & Bundy LLC, and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP as part of these entities’ efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the legal profession. AT&T Legal Scholars is a two-day intensive workshop designed to provide participants with insight into the legal profession and the tools necessary to succeed in law school. Among other things, selected scholars will experience simulated law school classes and will receive feedback on graded homework assignments; will receive instruction on legal writing; will be guided on case‐ briefing, outlining and time management; and will hear from law school deans and current law students on how to successfully transition from the last year of college to the first year of law school. Scholars will also have the opportunity to network with and develop personally and professionally from in‐house counsel in a Fortune 10 corporation and other prominent members of the Atlanta legal community.  The 2022 AT&T Legal Scholars program will take place virtually July 21 – 22. Space is limited. Thus, interested students are encouraged to apply early.

QUALIFICATIONS: We are particularly seeking candidates with stellar academic credentials that have demonstrated an active commitment to the furtherance of diversity and inclusion. Preference will be given to individuals entering law school in Fall 2022 or Winter 2023.

APPLICATION PROCESS: If interested, please apply by emailing the following to

  • Completed application (Please email for an application if interested)
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement of 500 words or less, double‐spaced, describing why you want to participate in the program.

Applications will be reviewed as received, and applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis until the program is full. Materials received after June 15, 2022 and incomplete applications will not be considered. Please email with any questions.

BARBRI Law Preview Scholarships Sponsored by WilmerHale
BARBRI Law Preview (the nation's largest law school prep course) has teamed up with WilmerHale to provide Law Preview Scholarships to ten (10) NUSL entering 1Ls.  Select members of the entering class can attend a law school prep course this summer at no cost. To learn more about this academic enrichment opportunity and see if you qualify, visit the webpage.

BARBRI Law Preview's "One Lawyer Can Change the World" Scholarship
Each year, BARBRI Law Preview honors ten future change agents who are starting law school and awards scholarships toward their 1L tuition: First Place ($10k), Second Place ($5k), and Eight Runners-up ($1k). You can review scholarship details prior to applying.

For the People - Morgan & Morgan Scholarship
For more than 30 years Morgan & Morgan attorneys have joined us to work “for the people,” and it’s been a commitment that has long extended beyond the courtroom. We want to inspire young lawyers to approach their careers with the same mindset. Our $5,000 For The People Scholarship will be awarded to an individual who is accepted or currently enrolled in law school and is driven to fight for those who need it most. Submissions for the For the People Scholarship have closed and will reopen in winter 2021.

Gleason/Kettel Summer Law Fellowship
The Gleason/Kettel Summer Law Fellowship is committed to inspiring law students to pursue careers in sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy and to identifying the next generation of leaders committed to promoting rights and equity for the LGBT community. Through the fellowship, students gain experience and insight into the field and provide much-needed support to various organizations and scholars. Fellows must spend at least ten weeks at their placements. Students working at LGBTQ-focused organizations are eligible to apply.
Deadline to apply: June 12, 2022

Hudson County Bar Foundation Law School Scholarship
The Hudson County Bar Foundation will award scholarships to students who are attending law school or who have been accepted to law school for the September 2022 – May 2023 term. The Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Fund is one of the oldest providers of financial assistance to Hudson County law students.  Esteemed members and families of the Hudson County legal community have funded these 50 scholarships. Students must be bona fide residents of Hudson County; must demonstrate financial need; must provide two (2) current Letters of Recommendation and must account for appropriate academic standards. Interested applicants can write to the Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Committee, 583 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306 or call (201) 798-4708, or send an e-mail to, or go to our web site for an application. You may also email for questions or an application.

General Counsel, P.C. First Generation Law Student Scholarship
The $1,500 General Counsel, P.C. First Generation Law Student Scholarship is open to 2nd year law students who are the first in their family to attend law school. Applicants will be judged based on review of a short essay, letter(s) of recommendation and academic performance. Applications will be accepted from October 1 to October 31, 2021. Winners will be announced on or before December 18. Additional information and instructions can be found on General Counsel, P.C. First Generation Law Student Scholarship website.

Hon. Frederick E. McKelvey Memorial Scholarship Writing Competition
This writing competition, sponsored by the American Association of Patent Judges, is being held in memory of the Honorable Frederick E. McKelvey, former Chief Judge of what is now the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Entrants must fill out an entry form and identify ways patents “promote the progress of … useful arts” (Const.; Art. I, Sec. 8, Cl. 8) and explain how the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) can encourage that. Entrants are asked, in their answer, to define “useful arts.”  Entries must be no longer than 1,500 words. A $500 cash prize will be awarded to the winner, and two runners up will receive a cash prize of $250.  The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2022, at Midnight.

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Leadership Scholarship
The Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Leadership Scholarship is awarded to a student who is currently enrolled in law school in Massachusetts and who demonstrates high academic achievement, exceptional leadership qualities and involvement with community service. Applicants should submit a resume, current transcript and essay of 1,000 words of less discussing their academic, personal and professional accomplishments. If you would like to apply or know someone who would, please contact Scott Ziegler at 617.218.8211 or

MCCA Diversity Scholarships
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) maintains a list of numerous law school scholarships and fellowships for diverse students. Visit MCCA's website for a list of opportunities.

National LGBTQ+ Bar Association Need-Based Grant
The National LGBTQ+ Bar Association is offering a need-based grant for graduating transgender and/or nonbinary law graduates of color. The grant is designed to assist 2022 trans/nonbinary law graduates of color financially to ensure that you are fully welcomed and supported by the broader LGBTQ+ legal community as you move on to post-graduation careers and networks.  Graduating law school, taking the Bar exam, and finding a post-school legal job all in a short period of time can be daunting in and of itself. Our goal is to ease this burden for graduating transgender and/or nonbinary law graduates of color as you take your immediate post-law school steps to enter the workforce and become a successful alumnus.

The 2022 Trans/Nonbinary Law Graduates of Color Grant Fund will award three unrestricted $1,000 grants, to help offset the costs associated with the period of time between graduation and taking the Bar Exam/employment. Accepted grantees will also receive a 1-year free membership with the National LGBTQ+ Bar. Applicants must meet all of the following criteria: 2022 U.S. law school graduate, trans and/or nonbinary, person of color, and either registered to take a U.S. Bar exam in the summer of 2022 and/or their first legal job does not start until September 1, 2022 or later.

Students must submit a completed application by end of day, April 1, 2022.  Law students can apply here using our online form.  If students would like an alternative method of submission (the above link requires a Google account), please contact Vanessa Hensey at for the application form.

Scott Riemer Scholarship
The Riemer Social Security disability scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded every year to a law student who submits a winning video essay explaining why he or she chose to pursue a legal career. Submissions from entering and continuing Northeastern law students are welcome. All submissions are due by August 15 each year, but applications are accepted year round.

Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholar Program
The Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law offers admissions assistance to STEM-educated law school applicants who are interested in exploring a career in patent law. Through its Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholar Program, individuals identifying as members of racial or ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the patent law profession can receive both financial and non-financial support throughout the law school admissions process, as well as continuing patent law career-readiness support during law school. Scholars are eligible for consideration for $30,000 law school tuition grant awards, payable over the Scholar’s 1L-3L years. Applications that are completed and submitted during the same calendar year in which the applicant is planning to enroll in law school must be submitted before April 1.

Trial LawHER Scholarship
The Trial LawHER Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship to be given to a female rising 3L who aspires to become a plaintiff trial lawyer. All law students who fit the above description are invited to apply - applications are now open and will remain open through July 3, 2022. Further information and instructions to apply can be found here. If you need a resource on where to begin your essay, please click here.

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