Scholarships

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 LSAC.org. 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.

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.

    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.

    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.

    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 sziegler@lawyersweekly.com.

    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

    Rhode Island Bar Foundation Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
    The Rhode Island Bar Foundation’s Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1989 to support and foster high legal practice standards by assisting Rhode Island residents who show promise that they will become outstanding lawyers and who need financial assistance to study law. The Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is a $25,000 one year, non-renewable award for full-time students who are Rhode Island residents entering their first year of law school in September 2021. More information and application forms are available on the Rhode Island Bar Association website.

    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.

     

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