Merit-based financial aid is awarded by the College of Law in the form of merit-based scholarships ranging in amounts from $1,000 to full tuition. All admitted first-year students are given automatic consideration for scholarships. Ninety-eight percent of first-year students were awarded scholarships in 2017. Recipients are determined by the Admissions Committee, which evaluates several factors, including the candidate’s evidence of academic promise and potential contribution to the quality of the entering class. Scholarships are awarded without regard to nationality or citizenship.
Typically, students who earn above a 160 LSAT score and a 3.5 undergraduate GPA are eligible for the Presidential Scholarship. There is no separate scholarship application. Scholarships are renewable with a 2.9 GPA. Presidential Scholarships are guaranteed for all three years.
Students who intend to enroll in the Joint Degree Program in law and business management should know that the College of Law and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management award scholarships separately. A scholarship provided by one school applies only while a student is studying at that school.
Students are also encouraged to review the range of external scholarships available. Especially notable is the Coverdell Fellowship, a partnership between Willamette Law and the Peace Corps, provides graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers who complete a degree-related internship in an underserved American community while they pursue their studies.