Graduate legal education is a significant investment of students’ time and money, and should be approached with a full understanding of both the benefits and costs. While the Law School has several selective scholarship programs, in most cases, financing a graduate education rests primarily with the student. Therefore, all applicants are strongly encouraged to investigate all available financing options.
NYU Law offers a number of highly competitive scholarships to full-time LLM students, which are described below. Admission and scholarship decisions are made based on merit without regard to a student’s financial need. All scholarship decisions are final and non-negotiable.
All students admitted to the JSD program receive full funding for three years, subject to satisfactory progress in the program.
The Law School’s Office of Student Financial Services has assembled online information about various external financial aid opportunities. This information is not exhaustive and your own research may be very beneficial. All applicants are advised to confirm all application deadlines for external aid directly with the granting organization. International students should also explore financing options in their home countries.
Cost of Attendance
Each year, the Office of Student Financial Services develops the student expense budget to estimate a student’s annual projected educational expenses—including tuition, fees, living expenses, books, and health insurance—keeping in mind the simple lifestyle of a graduate student. Note that this is an estimated budget; an individual’s actual costs during the academic year may vary depending on his or her choices regarding discretionary expenses.
Prospective students are advised to plan for additional financial resources beyond those which comprise the student expense budget. For example, all foreign-trained lawyers are required to attend two introductory summer courses which run concurrently and take place before the formal start of the academic year. While no additional tuition is charged for these courses, there are additional living and health insurance costs which are associated with arriving early, and which are not a part of the student expense budget. Similarly, any master’s student who plans to stay after graduation in order to take the New York bar exam will need to plan for the additional costs associated with preparing for the exam and remaining in New York for the period May through late July/early August.
Students with Families
Students who expect to bring spouses and/or children to New York for the academic year should consider planning appropriately. Admitted international students receive advice from the Office of Global Services about applying for visas for their dependents, including the additional financing the US government requires. Students may apply for the limited family housing available in the Law School's residences, but should also be prepared to seek accommodation on the private market in the case that the demand for family housing exceeds supply. Those students covered by NYU's health insurance plans have the option of including qualifying family members in the coverage for an additional cost. And, NYU Law's graduate students are eligible to apply for the Childcare Subsidy from the University's Student Resource Center to assist in meeting the costs of childcare.