Scholarships and Grants
ONU Law awards merit-based scholarships to highly qualified students each year. These awards recognize exceptional students who possess outstanding academic credentials, diverse backgrounds and leadership abilities that indicate the applicant’s potential to excel in all aspects of the law school experience. Once submitted, a student’s application is automatically considered for merit-based aid.
There are a variety of private companies and organizations that award private scholarships. A student can begin their search for private scholarships on websites such as fastweb.com and careerinfonet.org.
ONU Law awards a limited number of need-based grants to students whose FAFSA indicates significant need for financial assistance. Once a FAFSA is submitted, a student’s application is automatically reviewed for a grant.
Priority Scholarship Deadline - May 1
To be at the top of our list for merit-based scholarships and need-based grant awards, students should submit their application by May 1, 2019. Applications completed after this date may have a more difficult time receiving maximum consideration for our full range of scholarship offerings.
Ranging from $5,000-29,000
Eighty-two percent of the 2018 incoming class received aid in the form of scholarships and/or grants.
ONU Law will award more than $2 million in scholarships and grants to all three classes for the 2018-20 year. Students who have excelled academically may be eligible for merit-based scholarships. Scholarships are awarded primarily on the basis of academic achievements and range between $5,000-29,000. The number and amounts of financial aid awards are based on the number and qualifications of applicants, the availability of funds, and other factors and are subject to change without notice. Our average scholarship award was $16,600 for the 2019 entering class. Scholarships are based on factors such as:
- LSAT score and undergraduate GPA
- Quality of courses taken
- Employment experience
- Community involvement
- Extracurricular activities
Average scholarship for 2019 was $16,600
OUR UNIQUE SCHOLARSHIP PRACTICES
ONU Law has a long history of competitive and fair scholarship practices. The keystone of which is the scholarship review following a student’s first year. All students take the same core courses throughout their first year, so all first-year law studenrs are re-evaluated for merit-based aid based on their performance during their first academic year. Students who exceed their predictors their first year and do exceptionally well have the opportunity for an increase in their award offer for their second and third years. Students who entered without an award offer for their first year who perform exceptionally well also have the opportunity to receive scholarships for their second and third years.
Students who received awards for their first year and met the minimum GPA requirement are not in jeopardy of losing their merit-based aid.
Of the current second-year law students who entered law school with a scholarship, 57 percent retained either their full award or a portion of their original award into their second year, and 26 percent saw a new award or an increase in their award.