law scholarships

Prospective ONU law students should submit their application by May 1 in order to receive maximum consideration for merit-based scholarships and need-based grants.
Merit Scholarships ($5,000-$28,000)

These awards recognize exceptional students who posses outstanding academic credentials, diverse backgrounds and leadership abilities that indicate the applicant’s potential to excel in law school. Scholarships are based on LSAT score and undergraduate GPA; quality of courses taken; employment experiences; community involvement; and extracurricular activities. Once submitted, a student’s application is automatically considered for merit-based aid.

Judicial Scholarship ($23,000-$28,000)

Barristers Scholarship ($18,500-$22,500)

Dean’s Scholarship ($13,500-$18,000)

Counselor Scholarship ($5,000-$13,000)


Private Scholarships

Many private companies and organizations award private scholarships to law students. Begin your search for private scholarships at or

Need-based Grants

ONU Law awards a limited number of need-based grants to those students whose FAFSA indicates significant need for financial assistance. Once a FAFSA is submitted, a student’s application is automatically reviewed for a grant.

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 students 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.