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The College of Law automatically considers all admitted students for scholarships based on their applications for admission. Scholarship awards are based on merit and special circumstances. Each academic year, a substantial majority of law students received some scholarship assistance.
Effective December 2012, the UW College of Law adopted a policy that all scholarships awarded to incoming students are offered on a three-year basis, meaning that scholarship recipients will retain the full amount of the initial scholarship award throughout their three-year course of study. The scholarship will not increase or decrease in amount so long as said student:
To receive this merit scholarship offer, you must (i) pay the seat deposit specified in future correspondence by the requisite deadline (total of $500 paid in full, or in two installments of $250 each), (ii) enroll full time at the University of Wyoming College of Law, and (iii) submit a letter of appreciation/thank you letter, and (iv) after the seat deposit is paid, fill out the General Scholarship Form from Financial Aid. Foregoing the scholarship offer will not have any effect on your admission to the College of Law.
Conditional Scholarships: To the extent that a scholarship recipient does not achieve a cumulative 2.5 grade point average by the end of the academic year, the merit scholarship award will be revoked. Each year, we have between zero and three students within our entire student body fall below the 2.5 grade point average mark. Retention data for conditional scholarships can be found HERE, as well as in the College of Law’s Standard 509 Information Report posted on its website and in its conditional scholarship letters to admitted students receiving scholarships.
If a scholarship recipient attends a study abroad program or visits at another law school, the scholarship award will be placed on hold and reinstated when the student returns to the UW College of Law. For all students enrolled in joint degree programs or students seeking to take courses outside of the College of Law (e.g. languages courses, etc.), scholarships do not cover courses taken in other University academic units. Also, if a student drops all courses before the add/drop deadline or completely withdraws from the University, their entire scholarship award is automatically rescinded in full.
In addition to incoming scholarships, the University of Wyoming may award additional monies during subsequent years in association with graduate assistantships, clinic directorships, and other special scholarship awards (e.g. Brimmer Scholarship, alumni scholarship, etc.). These monies will not affect the scholarships awarded at the time of admission. Also, the College of Law has received some scholarship funds that must be awarded in compliance with the wishes of the donor. Each year, the Scholarship Committee will receive a complete list of endowment funds and accompanying award criteria. The Committee will meet to assign these scholarships to fund incoming and/or continuing law student scholarship awards.
Please note: International students are not eligible for scholarships.
Questions? The College of Law contact person for scholarships is Lisa Nunley, Director of Admissions and Student Services. Please do not hesitate to reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-766-5419.
Lastly, there are many external scholarships and writing competitions for which you might be eligible:
AccessLex Law School Scholarship Databank
AccessLex is a nonprofit corporation that provides financial education resources and services for law students. Search over 800 carefully curated and vetted scholarship opportunities and writing competitions - totalling more than $3 million in aid - through their robust databank featuring extensive filtering options.
American Bar Association
Several ABA groups offer scholarships for law students. Browse the full library!
Law School Admissions Council
A plethora of schoalrships, regularly updated to provide new opportunities as they become available.
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