The University of Georgia School of Law is redefining what it means to be a great national public institution – offering a world-class, hands-on, purpose-driven educational experience while never surrendering our commitment to accessibility. The School of Law awards a wide variety of partial and full scholarships to members of the entering class based on academic achievement, potential for the study of law, ability to make significant contributions to the legal field, and a number of other factors as specified by the particular awards.
These scholarships are a true illustration of the authentic relationships the school maintains with its alumni, alumnae and friends of the legal community. Scholarships are primarily funded through endowments or gifts made to help defray the cost of a student's legal education. In many cases, students have the opportunity to connect with the donor who funded their particular scholarship, many of whom also become a source of authentic support and guidance.
More than half of School of Law students are scholarship recipients. Merit scholarship awards range from a few thousand dollars to full tuition plus a fellowship or graduate assistantship. Scholarships are awarded to accepted applicants after a review of their admission files. No separate application is necessary. The School of Law does not award scholarships conditional on law school academic performance; therefore, we do not post an ABA conditional scholarship retention worksheet. Students who plan to borrow to finance all or part of their legal education should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid.
School of Law scholarship opportunities are made possible by generous and impactful gifts to the School of Law. View a full list of scholarship funds.
Each year, the School of Law awards a number of prestigious awards valued at or above full tuition to admitted students. Examples of these awards include, but are not limited to, the following:
Philip H. Alston, Jr. Distinguished Law Fellow
The Alston Distinguished Law Fellowship is reserved for outstanding students who demonstrate extraordinary academic achievement and exceptional professional promise. The fellowship provides for full tuition as well as a stipend after both the first and second year of law school to be used in consultation with the Dean of the School of Law towards professional development. Potential uses of this stipend include a summer work opportunity with the government, a study abroad experience or performing research for a professor. Distinguished Law Fellows will also be invited to join the Dean of the School of Law at one or more annual professional development events that offer an exceptional opportunity to interact and build relationships with leading legal and judicial figures.
Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham Leadership Annual Scholarship
The Benham Leadership Annual Scholarship focuses on maintaining and increasing diversity in the legal profession. These scholarships are reserved for students who hail from or show a demonstrated interest to practice in legally underserved communities.
James E. Butler Scholarship
The Butler Scholarship is a full tuition award reserved for students who have a demonstrated record of academic excellence, significant personal achievement and a strong desire and commitment to practice public interest law and to serve the public good.
Stacey Godfrey Evans Scholarship
The Evans Scholarship is a full tuition award reserved for students in law school who represent the first generation member of his or her family to graduate college and pursue a professional degree.
Aubrey & Marilyn Motz Scholarship
The Motz Scholarship is an award reserved for students who demonstrate interest in and commitment to the mission of the Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) Clinic.
Tuition Equalization Scholarships
Tuition Equalization Scholarships are available for qualified admitted students who are not residents of Georgia. This scholarship reduces tuition for the recipient from the non-resident to resident rate. No application is required. Tuition Equalization Scholarships are awarded for the first year of law school only, however, non-resident students may be able to continue to pay resident tuition for the second and third years of study at the School of Law.