The Faculty Admissions Committee makes a determination of a merit scholarship award at the time of admission. All admitted students are automatically considered for merit scholarships. Students who are selected as recipients of a merit scholarship are notified of their award via email. These scholarships may be awarded on the basis of academic merit which includes your LSAT score and undergraduate GPA. Scholarship funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so you should apply early to ensure that funds are available.
Awards range from $2,500 to $36,000 and are awarded to both full-time and part-time students. Recognizing that the traditional indicators of LSAT score and undergraduate GPA are imperfect predictors, if you did not receive a scholarship as a first-year student, you may apply for a rising 2L scholarship. Scholarships for rising 2L students will be awarded based on your academic performance in the first year of law school.
Merit scholarships are renewable each year based on law school performance at the end of each academic year. Approximately one-third of the first-year class enters with a merit award and more than 70% of those awarded retain their scholarships in full.
Reputable scholarship search engines do not charge a fee; those that charge are typically scams. Two excellent search engines are www.fastweb.com and www.finaid.org. It is never too early to begin exploring scholarship options that are not administered by the NSU Law. In fact, many of the scholarships you discover will have deadlines that come before you have learned of an admission offer or decided where you will enroll. You should still apply - if successful, those awards can be used at any school.
NSU Law is expanding the financial planning resources for all students. Carefully managing your student loans is critical to your long-term repayment plans and financial health. The MAX by AccessLex program is integrated into the first-year Legal Study Skills program and available for all students. Register at https://www.accesslex.org/maxonline Information on AccessLex Scholarship incentives: https://www.accesslex.org/max-scholarship-incentives.