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Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships, Grants and Eligibility

The University of Dayton School of Law awards scholarships to the majority of students in each entering class. Most of our scholarships are merit-based, with the goal of diversifying the class taken into consideration. Renewal of merit scholarships is dependent upon academic performance at the end of the preceding two semesters. No separate application for scholarship consideration is required.

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 annually as long as the recipient maintains at least a 2.40 cumulative grade point average. When tuition costs are already covered by other funding sources, they can be used for housing or other educational costs. Legal Opportunity Scholarships are renewed annually on an unconditional basis.

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 you drop below 12 credits in a Fall or Spring semester (less than full-time) your scholarship may be adjusted accordingly.

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

Additional Scholarships for Upper-Level students

We occasionally offer additional scholarships to upper-level students, but only when funding is available. These awards are funded through endowed scholarships and an application is required. In addition, several scholarships are awarded on an annual basis to upper-level students to recognize their commitment to public service, social justice, and to the School of Law. 

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

Scholarships for continuing students only apply to the Fall or Spring academic term, not to the summer term.

Academic Excellence Scholarships

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

Students will be notified of these awards sometime in late June. No application is required for consideration of these awards.

Other School of Law Scholarships

The following scholarship applications are available in the Spring semester of each year. All documents are available in PDF format.

Scholarship Retention Data

Year #Students #Entering With Conditional Scholarships #Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated
2020 167 123 32
2019 120 96 3*
2018 102 80 17

For the 2020-2021 1L year, we awarded 66 unconditional schoalrships.

At the end of the 2020-2021 1L year, 5 students received an increase to their original award.

For the 2018-2019 1L year, we awarded 35 unconditional scholarships.

At the end of the 2018-2019 1L year, 6 students were awarded a conditional scholarship, or received an increase to their original award.

*Please note due to the abrupt disruption of the Spring 2020 semester because of 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.



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