Scholarships

St. John's School of Law is fortunate to be able to offer a large number of scholarships to our incoming students. Many of our incoming first year students are awarded scholarships upon admission.

As an applicant to St. John's School of Law, you will be considered for scholarship at the time your application for admission is reviewed. No supplemental application is required. If you have been awarded a scholarship, you will be notified of this award and the retention parameters thereof in your admission materials.

There is no specific LSAT score or undergraduate GPA required to be awarded a scholarship. However, those who are most likely to receive some amount of scholarship are those who have LSAT scores and undergraduate GPA's at or above our medians. For the class entering in Fall 2013, our median LSAT score was a 156, and our median undergraduate GPA was a 3.39.

LL.M. Bankruptcy Scholarships

Dean's Merit Scholarship
Partial scholarships are available to LL.M. in Bankruptcy students. Scholarships are awarded based on the individual’s credentials, potential for success and need. Students interested in applying for such scholarships must complete the Scholarship Application form and submit it with their applications.  A scholarship request has no impact on the admission decision, but due to budget planning needs, scholarship requests not included with the application are not likely to be granted. 

ABI Scholarship
The American Bankruptcy Institute currently awards a $15,000 annual scholarship to a student in the LL.M. in Bankruptcy Program. The scholarship is awarded based on the student’s credentials, demonstrated interest in bankruptcy law and potential for success in the field. Students wishing to apply for the ABI Scholarship should send an application letter to the Director of the Program outlining the student’s eligibility based on the foregoing criteria with appropriate supporting materials.

The Robert M. Zinman Bankruptcy Scholarship
The Robert M. Zinman Bankruptcy Scholarship Fund provides an annual scholarship to a deserving LL.M. in Bankruptcy student at the Law School based on the student’s credentials, demonstrated interest in bankruptcy law and potential for success in the field. Students willing to apply for the Robert M. Zinman Bankruptcy Scholarship should send an application letter to the Director of the Program outlining the student’s eligibility based on the foregoing criteria with appropriate supporting materials.

The Richard Lieb Bankruptcy Scholarship
The Richard Lieb Bankruptcy Scholarship Fund provides an annual scholarship to a deserving LL.M. in Bankruptcy student at the Law School based on the student’s credentials, demonstrated interest in bankruptcy law and potential for success in the field. Students willing to apply for the Richard Lieb Bankruptcy Scholarship should send an application letter to the Director of the Program outlining the student’s eligibility based on the foregoing criteria with appropriate supporting materials.

Continuing Student Scholarships

Academic Achievement Awards
In addition to the entering scholarships available to Law School students, students may become eligible for scholarship assistance after completing their first year. Such awards are made in lieu of, and not in addition to, scholarship awards made upon admission to the Law School and are granted for extraordinary academic achievement. Continuing students will be notified in the summer if they are eligible for such an award.

External Scholarships
We also make continuing students aware of a number of external scholarships. These are emailed to current students throughout the year and also posted on the Online Student Center.

Scholarship Retention

For merit scholarships awarded to the incoming classes of Fall 2011 and after, the scholarship retention policy is as follows. Recipients must rank in the top 40% of the class after each academic year to retain 100% of their scholarship, the top 55% of the class after each academic year to retain 75% of their scholarship, or the top 65% of the class after each academic year to retain 55% of their scholarship.

Students awarded a Ron Brown or Vincentian Scholarship retain the scholarship each academic year provided their cumulative grade point average remains in good academic standing.

Regardless of the retention policy under which a student enters, all students awarded scholarships have the opportunity to regain all or part of their scholarship at the completion of their second year of law school should they lose all or part of their merit scholarship after their first year.

The retention statistics for the Fall 2012 and Fall 2011 incoming classes are as follows:

Matriculation Year# Entering
with Conditional Scholarships
# Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated# Retaining 100% of Scholarship# Retaining 75% of Scholarship # Retaining 55% of Scholarship% of Students Retaining All or a Large Portion of Their Scholarship
>20121436479181478%
20111526685191176%