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Paying for Law School

It is important, as you decide what law school to attend, that you give thought to how you will pay for your legal education. Law school is expensive; the cost for three years can easily exceed $100,000. Moreover employment options following graduation from law school will likely be determined in large part by the size of the debt acquired in paying for law school. In other words, the chances of pursing your dream job may depend on your ability to control the cost of your legal education.

The majority of law students rely on education loans as the primary source of financing law school. Aid exists in the form of scholarships and grants, work study, and the like, but most students primarily rely on loans, either from governmental or private lenders. The amount of aid and the form it takes are largely determined by the law schools themselves, and they should be relied upon as the main sources of information regarding financial aid. Please make sure you explore finances and cost in depth as you investigate law schools.

Scholarship programs vary widely from school to school. Some are merit based, others based upon financial need. Loans are available from the government (both federal and state) and private lenders. To apply for federal aid, you will need to obtain the application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from your college financial aid office or from the law school to which you are applying. The application cannot be submitted until after January 1, but you should try to get it in as early as possible after that date. The law schools to which you apply will determine your eligibility for federal financial aid. You also will want to inquire about financial aid that might be available from the law school itself. Be sure to contact the financial aid office for that school to determine available programs and application procedures. Many schools have early filing deadlines, so you will want to do this in a timely fashion.