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.
HLS has a long-standing relationship with AccessLex; many of our students have won aid money through their programs, grant applications, and scholarship lotteries. AccessLex offers an extensive database online that tracks hundreds of scholarships for law school students.
Additionally, Sallie Mae is looking for applicants to their Bridging the Dream Scholarship program for graduate students. This scholarship aims to assist outstanding students from minority and other historically underserved communities attend graduate school. The deadline for this $10,000 scholarship is October 25, 2021. You’ll see a photo on the home page with a previous HLS winner! Maybe this year that person will be you!
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.