Whether or not you receive a scholarship as a first-year student, you may apply for second- and third-year continuing student scholarships in the spring of each academic year. These scholarships are based on a variety of criteria, including academic performance in law school, service to the law school and community, and financial need.
UK Law awards scholarships based on merit, primarily LSAT and cumulative GPA. With your admission to UK Law, you will automatically be considered for merit scholarships on the basis of your application. Merit scholarships are available for both resident and nonresident candidates.
UK Law awards scholarships based on a broad definition of diversity, including, but not limited to educational disadvantage, socioeconomic status, minority status, or other contributions to the diversity of the UK Law community. With your admission to UK Law, you will be automatically considered for diversity scholarships on the basis of your application. However, you may choose to add an addendum to supplement your application addressing your contribution to diversity. Diversity scholarships are available for both resident and nonresident candidates.
UK has several fellowships for UK undergraduates who continue their graduate or professional education at UK. These include the Charles T. Wethington, Jr. Fellowship; the W.L. Matthews Jr. Fellowship; and the Otis A. Singletary Fellowship. The Fellowships are for $12,000.00-$20,000.00 and are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and contributions to UK as an undergraduate. All UK Fellowships require a separate application. The deadlines for each fellowship can be found here. The application process is handled by UK's Graduate Fellowship Office. For specific information on UK Fellowships, click here. If you have further questions about the UK Fellowships, please contact the Graduate School directly at 859.257.4613.
The Bert Combs Scholars and Ashland Inc. Legal Scholars*
The Bert Combs Scholarship was endowed in 1992 to memorialize the achievements of Kentucky's 50th governor, Bert Thomas Combs. The Bert Combs Scholars Program at UK Law rewards the brightest and best law school applicants, from among resident and nonresident candidates. One Bert Combs Scholar is selected each year for the entering class. The Combs Scholar receives a three-year scholarship that includes resident tuition (excluding fees) plus an annual stipend. Only candidates applying by February 1 will be considered for the Combs Scholarship, which requires an interview.
The Ashland Inc. Legal Scholars program, initiated in 1995, is endowed by gifts from UK Law alumni in partnership with matching funds from Ashland Inc., one of Kentucky's best corporate citizens. The Ashland Inc. Legal Scholar receives a three-year scholarship of $20,000.00 per year. To be considered for the Ashland Inc. Legal Scholars program, you must demonstrate that you will need to borrow funds to attend law school and be a resident. Only candidates applying by February 1 will be considered for the Ashland Inc. Legal Scholarship, which requires an interview.
To be a strong candidate for the Bert Combs Scholarship and the Ashland Inc. Legal Scholarship, you must not only meet all criteria for admission to UK Law, but also have demonstrated high academic achievement as an undergraduate and in your performance on the LSAT. The recommended academic credentials are:
- An LSAT of 163 or above and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.7 or better
- An LSAT of 165 or above and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better or
- An LSAT of 167 or above and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or better.
The UK Law Scholarships and Advisory Group will invite a limited number of exceptional candidates to interview for these scholarships.
*These scholarships are subject to change.
The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is intended to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to these students. The Scholarship Fund will award $5,000.00 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. Twenty awards will be made to entering first-year students across all ABA accredited law schools and may be renewable for two additional years. Completed scholarship applications must be received, not postmarked, by the deadline indicated. The application and more specific details can be found here.
The UK College of Law maintains a list of outside scholarships sent to us, which can be viewed here: http://law.uky.edu/admissions/outside-scholarships.
Additionally, we recommend you view http://www.fastweb.com/ for further financial aid.
Students retain their scholarships by remaining in good academic standing with a 2.0 or better. The University of Kentucky College of Law does not award scholarships that are conditional on law school academic performance, other than requiring a student to remain in good academic standing with a 2.0 GPA or better. Therefore, we do not post a conditional scholarship retention data worksheet.