Law School funding of student events or travel is centralized in the JD Grants Committee, which was created by the Dean in 2014 to ensure a fair, consistent, and transparent process for distributing law school funds. Students and student organizations must direct their funding requests to the committee, not to individual administrators or deans.

Please review the instructions, forms, and deadlines below before applying for funding.

Planning in response to covid-19 (Information updated 4-2-2021)

For the foreseeable future, no one should make any financial commitments related to student travel.  Please monitor campus updates closely.  Non-compliance can be subject to disciplinary action through the University's misconduct process.

Local Events

Effective March 8, 2021, the University is implementing Dane County's PHMDC Emergency Order #13 related to university affiliated events on or off campus with one exception: the university is not allowing food or drinks at events.  In addition, only those individuals who are participating in the on-campus Safter Badgers testing program will be permitted to attend university-sponsored events; no guests or visitors are allowed.  

Effective March 8, campus events may be held for up to 50 people indoors and up to 150 people outdoors.  Facial coverings and maintaining physical distancing are required.  Learn more.

Also view the updated policy regarding student organization events and meetings, effective March 8, 2021: UW-Madison Registered Student Organization COVID-19 Policy for 2020-2021 Academic Year Events and Meetings, 

The Law School continues to encourage student groups to sponsor and participate in virtual events whenever possible.  The Law School is not allowing room reservations in the building until further notice.  If you plan an off-campus event, it must comply with Dane County orders and University policies.


On March 24, the University announced changes to policies regarding University-sponsored travel.  Registered student organizations (RSOs) may travel inside Dane County without prior approval.  All travel should follow current campus health protocols.  This includes wearing face coverings when driving or riding with others.  In addition, for RSOs, vehicle occupancy is limited to no more than 50% of capacity (e.g., two people in a car that seats four) and all occupants are required to have a green Badger Badge.

RSOs traveling outside Dane County or staying overnight regardless of location are required to obtain approval from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (or designee).  Requests will be facilitated by the Center for Leadership & Involvement and should be submitted at least 14 calendar days in advance via this form.  Additional health protocols may be applied to such travel.

Travelers on University-related business without approval are subject to personal financial responsibility and potentially individual or group corrective action.   

Campus will continue to monitor and make adjustments to travel policy as necessary.  Read the complete announcement:  Updates to university travel for employees, students and student organizations.


  • If you have questions about committee plans, please contact Mary Ann Polewski, Chair of the 2020-2021 JD Grants Committee, at
  • If you have questions that can best be answered by the Law School Business Office, please contact Myra Sun at

About JD Grants

Below is information on how the JD Grants process works and the required eligibility and criteria to receive funding as a UW Law student.

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Apply for Funding

When you are ready to apply, be sure to meet the deadlines and use the correct forms. 

Although the last deadline for spring 2021 events was March 1, please contact Mary Ann Polewski, committee chair, at if you have questions about sponsoring an event later in the spring semester.

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