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J.D. Scholarships

Scholarship Eligibility

The University of Dayton School of Law provides significant scholarship support to our students. All applicants to the School of Law will be considered for scholarships and, therefore, need not submit a separate application for scholarship support.

Scholarship renewal and eligibility are reviewed each academic year at the end of the Spring semester (Fall semester for Summer starters in the 2-year J.D. program). President’s and Dean’s Merit Scholarships are renewed for the next academic year as long as the recipient has at least a 2.3 cumulative grade point average at the completion of the 1L year. Legal Opportunity Scholarships and the Law@Dayton Awards are unconditional and will be renewed so long as students remain in good standing at the School of Law. Specific award parameters are explained in the recipient's acceptance and scholarship award letter.

The academic year is defined as Fall and Spring semesters combined. While upper-level courses are available during the Summer, scholarships do not apply to courses taken during the Summer term (Fall start students in the traditional 3-year J.D. program). In addition, if at any time full-time residential students drop below 12 credits in a Fall or Spring semester (less than full-time) your scholarship may be adjusted accordingly. When tuition costs are already covered by other funding sources, the scholarships can be used for housing or other educational costs. Students who lose their conditional scholarship after the 1L year can submit an appeal to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Appeals are reviewed and considered based on funding available for the next academic year.

Outside scholarships and grants

Outside scholarships and grants are highly competitive and often have early application deadlines. Examples include awards by county bar associations and various local, regional, and national philanthropic organizations. We post information about outside scholarships, as it becomes available, in the e-newsletter that students receive weekly.

More information about applicable outside scholarships is available at FinAid.org.

UDSL Scholarships for Continuing Students

Students with scholarships are reminded that such scholarships have renewal requirements based on academic performance at the conclusion of the Fall or Spring academic year. If you have questions about these awards, refer to your acceptance letter or contact the School of Law Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at 937-229-3555 or by email at lawinfo@udayton.edu.

Scholarships for continuing students in the traditional 3-year program only apply to the Fall or Spring academic term, not to the Summer term.

Academic Excellence and Endowed Scholarships

Additional scholarships may be awarded to current students at the end of the academic year, dependent on budget availability. These awards are based on high academic performance and have renewal requirements.

Current students are also eligible to apply for endowed scholarships at the end of the Spring term. The endowed scholarship application is available in the Spring in the weekly e-newsletter.

Students will be notified of these awards by late June.

Lorraine Nancy O'Sullivan Memorial Award

The Lorraine Nancy O'Sullivan Memorial Award application is available in the Spring semester of each year. The scholarship was established by friends and family members in memory of 1991 University of Dayton School of Law graduate, Lorraine Nancy O'Sullivan. The scholarship seeks to recognize and assist a financially needy female student who has demonstrated leadership concern for others.

Scholarship Retention Data

Year #Students #Entering With Conditional Scholarships #Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated
2021 131 93 24
2020 167 123 32
2019 120 96 3*

For the 2021-2022 1L year, we awarded 59 unconditional scholarships.
At the end of the 2021-2022 year, 3 students received an increase to their original award.

For the 2020-2021 1L year, we awarded 66 unconditional scholarships.
At the end of the 2020-2021 year, 5 students received an increase to their original award.

*Please note due to the abrupt disruption of the Spring 2020 semester due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, students still in their first year were awarded their conditional scholarship for the next semester (Fall 2020). Grades were reviewed for scholarship retention at the end of the Fall semester.

CONTACT

School of Law

Keller Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2760
937-229-3555
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