There are two resources for financial assistance at the UW Law
School: the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA), and the Law School
Admissions and Financial Aid Office. The OSFA, the University's main
financial aid office, awards all federal loans as well as federal
work-study funds. The Law School Admissions and Financial Aid Office
awards scholarships based on a variety of criteria.
Contact information for the Office of Student Financial Aid: 333 East Campus Mall #9701, Madison, WI 53715, firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 262-3060.
Contact information for the Law School Admissions and Financial Aid Office: 975 Bascom Mall, Room 4314, Madison, WI 53706, email@example.com or (608) 262-5914.
This page focuses on how to apply for law school scholarships. For information on federal financial aid, please see our federal financial aid primer.
How to Apply for Law School Scholarships
The Law School awards scholarships based on a variety of criteria. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, need, academic background, personal qualifications, or some combination depending on the individual scholarship. Many of our scholarships are generously funded by private donors. Learn more about the individual scholarships we offer, and the people who make them possible, here.
Upon submitting a law school application, all incoming first-year students will receive a Scholarship Application Form. The Scholarship Application Form is not required to be considered for scholarships, but it is highly recommended. Incoming students will be considered for scholarships based on their law school application materials and the Scholarship Application Form. Scholarship offers are made on a rolling basis throughout the admissions cycle. Usually, incoming students can expect to receive a scholarship award letter within 2-3 weeks of being admitted.
Scholarship availability for continuing students varies from year to year. Continuing students wishing to be considered for new or increased scholarships must submit a formal request to the Law School Admissions and Financial Aid Office, no later than August 15th prior to the start of the academic year to which the request applies. Requests should include: (1) a letter explaining the student's request, (2) the student's most recent unofficial law school transcripts, and (3) an updated resume. Scholarship requests from continuing students will be considered in late August and early September.
If you are a current student experiencing a financial emergency, please contact the Law School Admissions and Financial Aid Office for counseling on the resources that may be available to you, including the possibility of obtaining an emergency short-term loan.