Graduate Admissions

Scholarships and Financing Your Degree

Graduate legal education is a significant investment, and prospective students should approach it 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.

The Law School’s Office of Student Financial Services has assembled online information about various external financial aid opportunities and loans and lenders. The application process and deadlines for aid or financing from these sources should be confirmed directly with the granting organization. The information online is not exhaustive of all available opportunities, and your own research may be very beneficial. International students should also explore financing options in their home countries.

LLM Scholarships

NYU Law offers a number of highly competitive scholarships in various amounts to full-time LLM students.

JSD Program

All students admitted to the JSD program receive full funding for four years, subject to satisfactory progress in the program. In support of the students’ full-time commitment to their doctoral studies, this funding includes the cost of tuition and fees for required courses, student health insurance, and a living stipend. Prospective doctoral students are also encouraged to seek external funding from third-party sources; students who receive such funding remain eligible for an adjusted NYU stipend.

Cost of Attendance

Student Financial Services develops the student expense budget to estimate a full-time 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 to cover costs beyond those listed in the student expense budget. 

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 finances 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.

Part-time Students 

Tuition and fees for part-time students are assessed on a per-credit basis each semester. The Fall 2020 per-credit rate table is located on the Bursar’s websiteThe Law School does not offer scholarships for part-time study. Eligibility for federal loans depends in part on a student’s credit load each semester. US and international students may also consider private loans.