Merit Scholarships

For first-year students, qualification for a merit scholarship is based on undergraduate academic records, Law School Admission Test scores, probability of superior scholarship in the School of Law, potential for leadership in the legal profession, and character.  Scholarships are automatically renewed for the second and third year at Washington and Lee School of Law as long as a student maintains good academic standing and a standard of behavior representative of a prospective member of the legal profession.  We anticipate that scholarship award decisions will be made beginning in November, and will accompany an applicant's admission letter.  Thereafter, awards are made periodically throughout the remainder of the admissions cycle.

Applicants whose files are completed by February 1 will receive full consideration for merit-based scholarships.  Application files completed after February 1 will be considered for merit-based scholarship assistance to the extent funds remain available.  For the 2016-2017 admissions cycle, we anticipate that scholarship award decisions will be made beginning in November, and scholarship letters will acompany an applicant's admission letter. 

While we encourage applicants to complete their applications by February 1 in order to be eligible for merit scholarship consideration, this is not a hard deadline.  We make scholarship awards throughout the entire admissions cycle, but have less money with which to work with each successive month. Consequently, though the chances of you receiving a scholarship award are much better the earlier you complete your application, it is nevertheless possible to receive a scholarship even if you do not complete your application until after February 1.  As with many other aspects of the law school application process, the sooner you can complete your application the better.

Special Note to Yellow Ribbon Applicants

Washington and Lee University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.  W&L Law applicants or current students who are awarded the VA Yellow Ribbon (YR) benefit will receive an award consisting of the VA YR grant and a W&L YR grant in a total amount not to exceed W&L Law School Tuition and Fees.  The YR Tuition and Fees benefit replaces all eligibility for any W&L Law grant that would cause a student's total award to exceed full tuition and fees at the law school.

More information about the Yellow Ribbon Program can be found here