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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









Loan Origination




$44, 231


UK Rosenberg Law tuition rate is an annualized rate, meaning this includes fall, spring, and summer courses.

For more information on UK Tuition and Fees, click here. For the Refund and Fee Liability Policy, click here

**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.

Financial Aid

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 Loans

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 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 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.

Work Study

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.

Entrance Counseling

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 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.

Exit Counseling

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

Alternative Loans

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.


Merit Scholarships

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.


Diversity Scholarships

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 Fellowships

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:

  1. An LSAT of 163 or above and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.7 or better 
  2. An LSAT of 165 or above and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better or 
  3. 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.  


Outside Scholarships

The UK Rosenberg College of Law maintains a list of outside scholarships sent to us, which can be viewed here:

Additionally, we recommend you view for further financial aid.


Scholarship Retention

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 Scholarships

The 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 qualities


Deadline: June 1, 2021

Award Amount: $10,000

Application Information Here


           The 2021 Weiss & Paarz Annual National Law Scholarship
Deadline:September 30, 2021

Each year, Weiss & Paarz will award a $1,000 Law Scholarship to a student starting or continuing law school anywhere in the United States of America!

As a law firm that exclusively handles medical malpractice, our attorneys, paralegals, and staff members have dedicated their careers to helping victims of preventable catastrophic injury. Just as we never let a client’s financial restrictions get in the way of achieving justice, we firmly believe that no student should be deprived of the opportunity to succeed due to a lack of financial resources.  We are especially interested in young individuals who plan to become lawyers. We are confident in the youth of America’s ability to change our world for the better through strong character development, community enrichment, and higher education.

We are thrilled to announce the fifth year of this exciting scholarship opportunity. Scholarships will be awarded each year to the student who demonstrates all of the following qualities and characteristics:

  • Financial need
  • Exceptional work ethic
  • Strength in the face of adversity
  • Outstanding academic achievement
  • Commitment to the local community and charitable giving
  • Ability to lead others
  • Overall moral character

Students must submit their application using the website link by 09.30.21 and all applications must include the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume listing work experience, educational background, and high school and college grade point average and class rank, if applicable;
  • Personal Statement, which includes a description of your career goals and what you plan to use the scholarship funding for (2 pages maximum);
  • Confirmation of enrollment in an ABA-accredited law school or copy of your current student ID; and a copy of your state ID or driver’s license

Deadline: September 30, 2021

Award Amount: $1000

Application Information Here


                        GJELL Law Student Scholarship

Deadline: August 1, 2021

This scholarship is graciously being provided by the staff at GJELL Accident Attorneys for the 2021 and 2022 school years. The attorneys at GJELL understand the financial burdens law students go through when working towards their degrees and are providing this essay contest for eligible students.

There will be two $1,000 awards annually for this scholarship program. There will be one winner per scholarship period.

This is an essay contest on the topic:

“Reasons I wanted to go to law school”.

Submissions will be posted publicly and will be viewable to the general public.

Scholarship Eligibility

In order to be eligible for this award, the student must be enrolled in an accredited United States Law School by Fall 2021. Students must provide a copy of a valid school-issued ID or an acceptance letter at the time of their submission to prove enrollment.

Important Scholarship Dates

The next scholarship will be awarded September 1, 2021. Please review the following important dates. Applications received after the deadlines will not be considered.

Fall Semester Scholarship (One, $2,000 award)

  • Application Deadline: August 1, 2021
  • Winners announced September 1, 2021

How to Apply

This scholarship is based on an essay contest. Students must write a 1,000 – 2,000-word essay on the topic: “Reasons I wanted to go to law school”. All essays submitted for this contest will be exclusively published on the website. Winners will be selected on  September 1, 2021.

Winners will be selected based on the following criteria from the attorneys at GJELL.

  • The quality of the writing
  • The thoughtfulness of the writing
  • Original content

To apply for the scholarship you will need to send the following information to casey(at) before the cut-off dates mentioned above.

  • Copy of school ID that shows enrollment year. The ID should show your full name. If you do not have a school ID, a copy of official school paperwork showing your name will suffice.
  • Original essay covering the topic: “Reasons I wanted to go to law school”
  • A picture of you we can use on our website to showcase your essay
  • Include the following information in the body of your email: Full Name, Law School, Graduation Year, Email Address, Phone Number

Only fully completed applications will be considered for the award.

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Award Amount: $1000

Application Information Here


The Blanch Law Firm Scholarship Award 

Deadline: Rolling - Submissions due within 14 days of receipt of assignment. 


  • 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.

Deadline: Rolling - Submissions due within 14 days of receipt of assignment.
Award Amount: $5,000 
Application Information Here





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 ( 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

Suite 200

Washington, DC 20001


For more information, contact the AAJ Membership Department at

Award Amount: $5,000
Application Information Here




             The Idaho Advocates Scholarship

Deadline: January 31st - Fall Term
                 June 30th - Spring Term

Here at the Advocates, we are committed to improving ourselves and our communities. One of the best ways to do this is through continuing education. We understand that law school can place a tremendous financial strain on both law students and their families.  To help with the costs of attending law school, we are offering the Idaho Advocates Scholarship. For further information about what to include in the essay submit to The Advocates, please visit our car accident page.

Scholarship Eligibility

All current or prospective students must be enrolled in an accredited law school located within the United States.

Scholarship Application:

  • Write a 300-500 words essay on the following topic:

What is the most common cause of distracted driving? How many car accidents are caused by distracted driving? What can you do to help prevent distracted driving?

  • Essays should follow a basic essay and paragraph format including an introduction with a thesis statement, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Bibliography must be included. 

Scholarship Terms and Conditions:

    • By submitting your essay, you agree to our terms, namely all the rights of ownership to the Advocates, regardless if you are selected as the scholarship recipient or not. We reserve the right to republish all submitted essays.
    • We will not provide this information to any 3rd party. Your name and the name of your school may be used if you are selected as a prizewinner, or if you are part of our honorable mentions.
    • If you do not fill out all necessary information, you will forfeit your consideration for this scholarship.
    • As previously mentioned, if you are selected as the prizewinner, we will contact you through email or phone, and the award will be sent to your accredited institution.
    • If you are selected as the scholarships winner, we will contact you for a profile photo to be included with your scholarship on our scholarship page.

DeadlineJanuary 31st - Fall Term

                 June 30th - Spring Term

Award Amount: $1000 offered biannually

Application Information Here 


The Reiff Law Firm Legal Scholarship

Deadline: July 1, 2021

Scholarship Eligibility

All applicants for the Scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must be a citizen of the United States.
  2. You must demonstrate plans to enroll for admission‚ or have proof of current full-time enrollment at an accredited institution in pursuit of a J.D. If you have not yet received your acceptance into law school‚ you may still apply‚ but the scholarship will not be released without proof of acceptance and enrollment.
  3. Undergraduate students may apply; however, they should be able to meet the scholarship eligibility criteria outlined in bullet item two.
  4. Your GPA must meet a minimum score of 3.0.

The recipient must provide the following documents in order to be considered eligible:

  • A transcript reflecting the student’s current academic standing, including a minimum GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Proof of admission and enrollment at an accredited institution of higher education in pursuit of a J.D.
  • Proof that you are attending law school either this or next calendar year in the form of a transcript or acceptance letter.

Application Materials

All applicants need to submit the following application materials by July 1, 2021:

  • A completed Legal Scholarship Application (provided on our website).
  • A 650-word essay on what goals he or she hopes to accomplish through eventual employment in the legal field.
  • A valid transcript (college or university) reflecting current academic standing, including at least a 3.0 GPA, and proof of acceptance and/or enrollment.

Failure to include all required application materials will result in a rejection of the application.

Deadline: July 1, 2021
Award Amount: $1000
Application Information Here      




                             PURSUING LAW SCHOLARSHIP 


Deadline: December 1, 2020 


Our firm is committed to helping those that need appropriate representation. Dagney Johnson Law Group is interested in providing individuals with high-quality legal services, and seeks to support law students that share a similar vision of helping others.


We are asking students to write a 300-400 word essay about the following:

Why did you choose to pursue a career in law?

We want students to describe any influences and experiences that shaped them into wanting to enter the legal profession. Students are encouraged to explain what they want to achieve once they become practicing attorneys as well.


  • Applicants must be enrolled or accepted into a law school in the United States as of the fall 2020 semester.


Deadline: December 1, 2020 
Award Amount: $2,500

Application Information Here   


Young, Marr & Associates Annual Scholarship
Deadline: August 1, 2021

The Philadelphia bankruptcy lawyers at Marr & Associates has been representing clients in bankruptcydisability, and criminal defense cases for over 30 years. We are pleased to announce the 2021 Young, Marr & Associates Legal Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship available to law students. Scholarship applicants must be either:

  1. Studying for an undergraduate degree in paralegal studies, political science, or pre-law.
  2. Earning a J.D. in any legal concentration.

Scholarship Eligibility

To apply for the scholarship, you must meet four requirements:

  1. You must be a U.S. citizen.
  2. You must either (1) be able to demonstrate that you intend to enroll, or (2) provide proof of full-time, current enrollment at an accredited educational institution where you are pursuing your J.D. *Note that you may apply while your acceptance into law school is pending, but may not receive the scholarship until supplying proof of acceptance and enrollment.
  3. If you meet the criteria above, you may apply if you are an undergraduate student.
  4. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

In addition to satisfying the requirements above, you must also provide the following materials:

  • Your academic transcripts, which must verify a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Proof of admission and enrollment at an accredited institution where you are pursuing a J.D.
  • Proof of your attendance at law school, whether this or the following calendar year. Acceptable forms of proof include your acceptance letter or transcripts.

Application Materials

Scholarship applicants must submit the following materials no later than August 1, 2021:

  • A completed Legal Scholarship Application (found on website).
  • A 650-word essay on the goals you hope you achieve by studying a legal profession.
  • A valid college transcript or university transcript that indicates your current academic standing. This must include a minimum 3.0 GPA, in addition to proof of acceptance and/or enrollment.

Note that failure to submit any of the above materials will disqualify you from consideration.

Deadline: August 1, 2021
Award Amount: $1000
Application Information Here      




DeadlineJanuary 10, 2021

For more than 30 years, Morgan & Morgan attorneys have joined us to work “For The People,” and it’s been a commitment that has long extended beyond the courtroom. Our core philosophy is that we don’t shy away from a challenge. We do what’s necessary to bully the bullies, whether that means winning large jury verdicts against big corporations and insurance companies, fighting unscrupulous employers, or advocating for civil rights, among other things.

We want to inspire young lawyers to approach their careers with the same mindset. Applicants will be evaluated primarily on the quality of their answers, but also on their creativity.

Scholarship Submission Form

We get so many moving entries every year, and while we can only pick three winners, we want to lift up as many voices as possible this year. In submitting your essay and photos, you may get the chance to be featured on our social channels (with your permission), even if you're not selected as a recipient of the scholarship. We hope to highlight as many of you and your inspiring words as we can.

*If you are more on the shy or private side, don’t worry. By clicking “no” on the form for having your essay and photo shared, it does NOT disqualify you from being selected as a winner."


In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following requirements:
Currently accepted or enrolled at a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) or the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).
Scholarship funds are paid directly to the winner’s school for use during a law school tenure.
Morgan & Morgan employees and their family members are not eligible to participate.
Past scholarship awardees are not eligible to participate.


Applicants will submit an essay addressing one of the following questions:

  1. COVID-19 has changed all facets of life. In light of this, what permanent changes do you think should be made to the criminal and/or civil justice system to ensure that the swift and fair administration of justice is possible in perpetuity?
  2. Discuss a Supreme Court case you believe was wrongly decided.
  3. What role should personal beliefs play in consideration of the appointment and confirmation of judicial nominees?


The essay must be between 500 and 800 words.

Deadline: January 10, 2021
Award Amount: $5000
Application Information Here