Named Scholarships are available to current JD students only. New and prospective students should review our first-year scholarship opportunities. Students in the LLM or Master’s programs should contact the Graduate Legal Studies Office for information on scholarship opportunities.
Applications for named awards are collected two times per year: September and February. We currently collect applications for about 80 scholarships each year. Most scholarships are awarded in the Spring Semester (about 75) and a much smaller number of awards are made in the Fall (3-5).
Scholarship requirements are determined by each donor, read through the scholarship description to see if you qualify. Total scholarship awards (which can consist of multiple Named Scholarships) vary in amount from year to year, last year total awards ranged from $1,275 to $30,000, with most in the $6,000 to $15,000 range.
- You must apply online for each scholarship in which you are interested; we cannot take emailed or paper applications. The fall application will be available in mid-September.
- Attach a current resume.
- Attach a personal statement that describes how you meet the criteria for the scholarship for which you are applying.
Attach a copy of your most recent DU transcript – official or unofficial.
To get a free, unofficial DU transcript: Visit the Registrar’s Office in room 235 and fill out the request form at the front desk (allow 1-2 business days for processing). This copy is preferable over the one that can be printed from webCentral.
- Please note: this free transcript copy is only available for the purpose of applying for Named Scholarships. All other unofficial transcripts must be requested through the “Courses” tab in PioneerWeb.
- Students who are in their 1st semester at DU: Please attach a transcript (official or unofficial) from the school that granted you your undergraduate degree or the law school from which you transferred.
- To get a free, unofficial DU transcript: Visit the Registrar’s Office in room 235 and fill out the request form at the front desk (allow 1-2 business days for processing). This copy is preferable over the one that can be printed from webCentral.
- Some scholarships require additional documents, read the scholarship description to determine if additional documents are necessary.
- Scholarships that require that you have “financial need” can only be awarded to students who file their FAFSA and demonstrate financial need.
Please note: Applications and application documents may be shared with donors or their representatives.
Fall Semester Applications
- Fall Semester applications must be submitted by October 15th.
- Awards will be made in November for the Spring Semester; scholarship recipients will be notified by email if selected for a scholarship.
Spring Semester Applications
- Spring Semester applications must be submitted by February 28th.
- Awards will be made in April and May. Some awards may be awarded later in the summer. Scholarship recipients will be notified by email if selected for a scholarship
All Named Scholarship recipients are required to submit a thank you letter, photo and biographical paragraph to the Office of Alumni and Development. Recipients are also expected to attend a reception honoring the donors of Named Scholarships.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I write in my statement?
The key thing is to address the criteria in the scholarship description and let the Committee know a little bit about yourself and your plans in, and after, law school.
If the scholarship is for students with an interest in business law – you need to specifically highlight your interest in business law. Some possibilities to articulate are what drew you to that type of law, what you have done that demonstrates your interest in that type of law (internships, volunteer work, etc.), what you hope to do in that area of law.
The scholarship description just says “academic merit and financial need,” so what do I say in my statement?
Your transcript will show your GPA, and we get your financial need information from the FAFSA, but you can still talk about what academic accomplishments you are proud of and if you have unusual circumstances, such as a lot of medical bills which affect your financial need.
I don’t have a 3.9 GPA, should I even bother applying if the scholarship says “academic merit?”
Academic merit is relative. If five people apply for a scholarship and the highest GPA is 3.2, that person would have the most academic merit of the group. Another thing to remember is that most scholarships have other criteria. If you are deeply passionate about health law, and you articulate that passion in your statement, you may get a scholarship for health lawyers even if you have a lower GPA. As a general guideline, students receiving scholarships that require “academic merit,” usually have a GPA above 3.0.
Can I get more than one scholarship? What if I already have a scholarship?
Yes, you can get more than one Named Scholarship, and you can get Named Scholarships even if you were offered a scholarship when you started law school.
Can scholarships be used to cover books or living expenses?
No. Scholarships will only pay for Denver Law tuition.
I had a scholarship last year, can I apply for the same one again?
Yes, you can and should apply for scholarships again if you still meet the criteria. Students can be awarded the same scholarship several years in a row if the Scholarship Committee thinks they are the most qualified of the applicants.