Funding from outside Harvard Law School is an excellent way to finance your education while reducing total borrowing. We consider “outside resources” to be assistance awarded from outside HLS Student Financial Services, such as private grants and scholarships, fellowships, veterans benefits or other military education benefits, Americorps benefits, and the like.
There is typically a high correlation between the amount of effort spent seeking outside funding and the likelihood of securing it. We recommend that you start by looking closely at organizations with which you and your family are already connected. This may include religious or civic organizations, local law firms, parents’ employers, unions, secondary schools, and the U.S. Military. Many organizations award merit and need-based scholarships to affiliated students.
Current students can also login to the HLS Office of Career Services job database and search under “Diversity” to find law firm scholarship opportunities for students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented at law firms.
Beyond this, we recommend that you start at the local library or book store, where you will find many books that list potential sources of outside funding for education. The web is also a great resource, and we have a set of search links to help get you started, although our list is far from exhaustive.
There are too many possible sources of outside funding for us to comprehensively list, but we do work with many organizations that seek applications from Harvard Law School students. These applications are posted on the Current Sources of Outside Funding page as we receive notification.