Types of Financial Assistance

Wondering how to finance this next phase of your learning? Scholarships, student loans and other aid programs are available to help meet the cost of your legal education.

Merit-Based Scholarship Programs

Thanks to the strong support of our alumni, we are able to award significant scholarships to approximately two-thirds of each entering class. Every applicant with an exceptionally strong record is considered for a scholarship. Candidates who apply for admissions before February 1 have a greater chance of receiving an award.

Unlike most law schools, our scholarships are not conditional upon GPA. When you receive a scholarship from our law school, it’s yours for as long as you maintain good academic standing at Case Western Reserve.

Once you are admitted to our program, you will be automatically considered for our internal scholarships, which are merit based. There is no special application form or process that you need to complete for scholarship consideration.

Student Loans

There are a number of loan programs, both federal and private, that can help you meet your educational expenses. The loans can be used to meet any or all of the established cost of attendance. It is possible to borrow funds for both the direct tuition expenses, as well as for reasonable living expenses.

Loans must be repaid. They may be government-sponsored low-interest loans or regular bank loans at a reduced interest rate.

On some loans, interest may not start to accrue until after graduation. On others, interest accrues immediately.

Loans may be based on demonstrated financial need. Learn more about types of loans.

To be considered for a loan, you must complete the financial aid application process. We encourage you to begin the financial aid application soon after you've been admitted to our school because it may take up to three months to complete the entire process. You should start the application process before the end of June to have funds available early in the fall semester.

You must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States to be eligible for most loan programs.

Other Aid Programs

There are two additional financial assistance opportunities available through our law school after enrollment.

Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)

Open to JD graduates licensed to practice law and who are making substantial use of their legal training to provide services that are in the public interest, the LRAP program pays a certain percentage of the awardees' monthly loan payment. Once funded, a recipient may apply for renewal of funding for up to eight years, provided that they maintain eligibility.

Since its inception, LRAP has provided loan repayment assistance to more than 115 alumni.

Saul S. Biskind Public Interest Fellowships

This fellowship program provides stipends to students and graduates pursuing careers in public interest law.