JD Scholarships and Scholars Programs

NYU School of Law offers a host of scholarships to both incoming and current students. Entering students are considered for our main source of scholarship aid—Dean’s Awardswith their application for admission to the Law School, and they can submit additional applications to the specialized scholarships listed below. Once on campus, students can apply to other opportunities for both financial and programmatic support.

Current students should review our list of scholarships for 1Ls and for 2Ls. We also offer additional information about fellowships and postgraduate options.

Prospective Students

Dean’s Awards

Most of our scholarship aid comes from Dean’s Award scholarships, which are merit- and/or need-based grants in amounts up to full tuition. These are meant to be used while enrolled full-time at NYU Law, with half of the award distributed at the beginning of each semester. Dean’s Awards are reduced by 50% in the 3L year if the recipient has gross earnings in excess of $15,000 during the summer between their 2L and 3L year. A small number of enrolling students who demonstrate exceptional merit will be awarded Vanderbilt Scholarships. Vanderbilt Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic excellence, professional and other extra-curricular accomplishments, and potential to become a successful leader in the legal profession.

All students admitted to NYU School of Law are considered for Dean’s and Vanderbilt Scholarships through the financial aid process. To be considered for these scholarships, admitted students must complete the Need Access financial aid application. All admitted students should submit the Need Access application, including students who applied for a named scholarship program as part of their application for admission. Upon receipt of your completed financial aid application, the Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid will review the application together with your application for admission. You will be notified of any award(s) following the committee’s review.

All institutional financial aid determinations are made upon admission on a rolling basis (during the spring that immediately precedes a fall enrollment) and apply to all three years of the JD program. Please note that students are not re-evaluated in subsequent years for Dean’s Awards.

Programmatic Scholarships

Students with a strong interest in a specific field should apply for our programmatic scholarships. In addition to generous financial support, these programs offer fully integrated academic and professional programs that begin on the first day of class and continue throughout scholars legal careers.

To apply to our programmatic scholarships, you must complete your application by January 1 and have a complete law school application ready to be requested by the Office of Admissions no later than January 1:

Furman Academic Scholars Program

Mitchell Jacobson Leadership Program in Law & Business

ASPIRE Cybersecurity Scholarship

First-Generation Students
AnBryce Scholarship Program

International Law
Institute for International Law and Justice Scholars

Public Interest
Latino Institute for Human Rights
Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholarship Program
Sinsheimer Service Scholarship

Public Policy
Furman Public Policy Scholarship Program


For Current 1L Students

1Ls with a passion for a particular field of study can seek additional opportunities in the form of scholarships and fellowships:

For Current 2L Students

Looking toward their third year, 2Ls should consider taking advantage of these NYU Law programs: