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Graduate Admissions

Scholarships and Financing Your Degree

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The Law School offers highly competitive scholarships to full-time LLMs, and full funding for four years to JSD students.

Cost of Attendance

A graduate legal education is a significant investment. In most cases, students are responsible for the financing required to meet the cost of attendance. We recommend that you prepare a financial plan well before you receive a decision on your application.

For full-time students, NYU estimates just over $100,000 in educational expenses for the academic year. This estimate includes tuition, fees, living expenses, books, and health insurance, and is calculated for a graduate student's simple lifestyle.

View the Student Expense Budget

Part-time students are billed on a per-credit basis, and usually take between three and five credits a semester when working full-time. 

Law School Financial Aid

You do not need to file a financial aid application to be considered for Law School funding; all required materials are collected in the admission application. US JDs should apply to the LLM by the scholarship priority deadline.

LLM Scholarship Programs

Hauser, Podell and Vanderbilt Scholarships, and Dean's Graduate Awards

Taxation Program Scholarships

Except for the Podell Global Graduate Legal Scholarship, LLM scholarship decisions are based on merit without regard to financial need. Admitted students selected to receive one of these awards typically combine it with other forms of financial aid—scholarships from external agencies, loans, etc.—to meet the cost of attendance.

If you are selected to receive a scholarship, you will be notified by email along with further instructions on how to accept the offer. All scholarship decisions are final and non-negotiable. 

View the profiles of some of our recent LLM Scholars

JSD Program Funding

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.

Part-time Students

The Law School does not offer scholarships for part-time study.

Financial Aid from Other Sources

We encourage you to explore financing options throughout the application process, including:

If you're an international student, we suggest that you connect with your local EducationUSA office and investigate options in your home country. 

All students should beware of scams when researching outside funding sources.

Resources for Students with Families 

If family members will be joining you in New York, we encourage you to plan for the associated expenses in advance. The US government requires that international students document the availability of funds to support a dependent visa application.

Many of our graduate students find these resources helpful as they plan for their spouse or child(ren) to accompany them: