Financing Your Legal Education
UK Rosenberg Law offers financial assistance through a variety of sources including federal financial aid, as well as merit and diversity scholarships to assist students in financing their legal education.
Cost of Attendance
The cost of attendance at the UK J. David Rosenberg College of Law in Lexington, Kentucky, for the 2020-2021 academic year is as follows.
Tuition and Fees
Room & Board
Books and Supplies
UK Rosenberg Law tuition rate is an annualized rate, meaning this includes fall, spring, and summer courses.
**The UK J. David Rosenberg College of Law Office of Admissions is not responsible for completing Financial Aid Packaging. If you are an Admitted Student and have a question about your scholarship/loan packaging, please use this link to find your Financial Aid Counselor.
UK has a central office for all federal financial aid. You can contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (SFA) at 859.257.3172 or visit them in 128 Funkhouser Building on UK’s main campus. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15 for priority consideration for all federal financial aid.
You are eligible to apply for federal financial aid if you meet the following conditions:
- You will be enrolled in a degree program for the purpose of obtaining a degree offered UK
- You are enrolled in at least 5 credit hours
- You are a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen (See the FAFSA)
Filling out the FAFSA online is the most expedient way to apply for assistance and includes built in "edits" that help filers avoid common mistakes. You must complete the application and list the University of Kentucky in Step 6. The University of Kentucky's Title IV code is 001989. UK Law does not have an individual Title IV code.
Federal financial aid is available in the following forms:
- Federal Perkins loans
- Federal Direct Loans (unsubsidized)
- Federal Graduate/Professional PLUS loans
- Federal Work Study (please review UK Law's Outside Work Policy)
The maximum loan funds per year provided under the Federal Direct Loan program is the lesser of $20,500.00 or the amount that SFA determines to be your need. If you disagree with the need assessment, you can find instructions to appeal here.
A Federal Direct Loan is federal loan assistance which must be repaid. At least half-time enrollment status is required. Half-time status for law students is 5 credit hours. Repayment begins six months after you cease to be at least a half-time student. You must complete entrance counseling and you must sign a promissory note at Student Loans.gov. Law students are eligible for unsubsidized loans only. This means loan interest accrues immediately. You may either pay the interest quarterly or you may request that interest be capitalized (added to the loan principle).
Perkins Loans of varying amounts up to $4,000.00 also are available for qualifying students.
The maximum Direct Loan amount for an independent student is $20,500.00 per year. Please Note: At least $12,000.00 of this amount must be in an unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan.
Federal Graduate/Professional PLUS Loans
If you require funds beyond the amount you are awarded under these federal loan programs listed above, there are private and Federal Graduate/Professional PLUS loans available. For the Graduate/Professional PLUS loan program, you must be enrolled at least half-time. Half-time status for law students is 5 credit hours. This loan can be borrowed in addition to the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans. A graduate or professional student is eligible to borrow up to an amount that does not exceed their cost of attendance minus other financial aid. Students may apply at StudentLoans.gov. This website allows students to apply for the loan, receive immediate notification of the credit check, and sign a promissory note and complete entrance counseling.
The current interest rate is 7.9% fixed. A Graduate/Professional PLUS borrower may receive a deferment while enrolled at least half-time. The repayment period begins 60 days after the final loan disbursement of the academic year, unless deferred. This loan does not have a 6 month grace period.
If you wish to use Federal Work Study as a part of your financial aid package, you must complete the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and indicate your interest in Federal Work Study in FAFSA Question 31. If eligible, your work study award will be included in your financial aid award package. If you receive an award package without work study, but would like to work through the program, please contact your financial aid counselor.
First-time borrowers of the Federal Direct Loan at UK must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and entrance counseling. These steps must be performed electronically at StudentLoans.gov. Electronic signature of the Master Promissory Note requires the pin number assigned to you by the federal government when you completed the FAFSA. The loan will not be released until all requirements have been satisfied.
The Federal Direct Loan requires exit counseling when the borrower withdraws, graduates, or drops below half-time attendance. The online session helps you understand your rights and responsibilities, and prepares you for repayment. Complete the exit counseling at StudentLoans.gov.
The University of Kentucky is providing you with information regarding alternative loans to assist you in making an informed decision about funding your education. Before you look at alternative loan funding, make sure you have researched and used all federal and state financial aid funds that are available to you. As you explore alternative loan options, keep in mind what is most important to you and select the program that meets your personal financial situation. Choosing an alternative loan is a long-term decision — it will be with you long after you have graduated. Being informed now could save you time, difficulties, and money later.
If you would like to access a comprehensive comparison chart of all lenders used by University of Kentucky students within the last three years, please click on the Alternative Loan Comparison Chart. The University of Kentucky does not recommend one lender over another, nor do we participate in any agreements or arrangements with any lender. You are not limited to the lenders listed on the Comparison Chart and may borrow with any lender of your choice.
If you have questions concerning a specific alternative loan program, please contact the lender directly.
UK Rosenberg Law awards scholarships based on merit, primarily LSAT and cumulative GPA (as determined by the Law School Admissions Council's Credential Assembly Service). With your admission to UK Rosenberg 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 Rosenberg 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 Rosenberg Law community. With your admission to UK Rosenberg 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 Rosenberg 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 Rosenberg 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 Rosenberg 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 J. David Rosenberg 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.
Outside ScholarshipsThe LMJ Scholarship Program Deadline:June 1, 2021 The LMJ Scholarship is a diversity pipeline program that seeks to nurture the academic and professional careers of outstanding diverse law students. Over the past 16 years, the LMJ Scholarship program has provided over $3.8 Million to 215 students.
The LMJ Scholarship program grants scholarships of $10,000 to students for their first year of law school. In addition to financial support, LMJ scholars are connected with and have access to MCCA’s extensive community of legal law firms and in house peers, alumni, and mentors, who are available to provide professional support, share opportunities and insights, and offer guidance on addressing academic and professional barriers. Who Is Eligible To Apply?
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
- Proof of acceptance into an ABA-accredited U.S. law school for a full-time Juris Doctorate Program (Fall 2021)
- (NOTE: LLM students, part-time students, and students pursuing dual degree programs are ineligible.)
- An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
- 2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form
- (NOTE: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students with an issued social security number must submit a completed FAFSA form. DACA students who were not issued a social security number must provide proof of DACA status in lieu of the FAFSA form.)
- An interest in corporate law, including an interest in working in a corporate law department and/or law firm
- An interest in diversity, equity and inclusion
Demonstrated community service and leadership qualitiesThe 2021 Weiss & Paarz Annual National Law Scholarship
The Blanch Law Firm Scholarship Award
- The contest is open to all students. Ambitious applicant are permitted to submit multiple articles. No co-authored essays are accepted.
Essays should have a minimum of 2,500 words. Links to all sources must be included in a footnote.
Entrants may seek general feedback on their draft essays from professors, or colleagues. An essay submitted to the competition, however, must be entirely the entrant’s own work product and may not be written or edited by any other person.
The essay should be typewritten, double-spaced on 8 1/2″ x 11″ pages. The number of words on each page should be entered on the bottom right hand corner of each copy. The total number of words should be entered on the last page. In computing the number of words, all articles and prepositions should be counted. Count numbers and abbreviations as words. For example, F.2d = 1 word; 746 F.2d 619 = 3 words.
* Cash awards totaling $5,000.
* Authorship – publication credit
* An opportunity to come work with our lawyers in New York City for a one day.
RICHARD D. HAILEY SCHOLARSHIP
The American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Minority Caucus is pleased to announce that they will award one law student the RICHARD D. HAILEY SCHOLARSHIP.
In 1997, Mr. Hailey was appointed as the first African American president of the American Association for Justice. He possesses over 35 years of legal experience and currently handles a wide variety of complex personal injury cases. Mr. Hailey is recognized nationwide as a trailblazer of justice and change. In 2000, Mr. Hailey traveled to South Africa to assist in the initial formation of the South African Trial Lawyers Association, which was the first organized bar in South Africa after it approved its new constitution under President Mandela. The Minority Caucus of the AAJ honors the accomplishments and trial advocacy skills of Mr. Hailey by providing annual scholarship.
This May, AAJ’s Minority Caucus will award one $5,000 scholarship to a minority law student who is entering his or her 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of law school. By awarding one deserving student the Richard D. Hailey Scholarship, they hope to accommodate a student of color by providing financial assistance to further develop his or her educational growth.
Applicants for the scholarship should demonstrate the following criteria:
· Exhibit a strong interest in trial advocacy;
· Express a desire to represent those who have been injured by negligence or misconduct of others;
· Promote accountability and safety;
· A commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through involvement in the AAJ student chapter and Minority Caucus activities; and
· A financial need for the scholarship.
Each application must include the following:
· A resumé;
· A 500-word essay explaining how you meet the scholarship’s criteria;
· Up to three (3) letters of recommendations from a faculty adviser, trial advocacy professor, dean, AAJ member, or trial lawyer; and
· A completed form verifying your student status. See Attached Form.
Please Note: Every applicant must be an AAJ law student member (https://www.justice.org/membership/join-american-association-justice) and enrolled in an ABA accredited law school. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For all students who apply, please note that following the announcement of the winning scholarship recipient, he or she must attend the AAJ Annual Convention in San Diego, California from July 27th – 30th to receive the award. Travel and accommodations will be provided.
Please submit all membership applications to:
AAJ Membership Department
777 6th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
For more information, contact the AAJ Membership Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award Amount: $5,000
Application Information Here