Scholarships: University of Miami School of Law

For Entering J.D. Students

All academic scholarships for incoming students are awarded by the Office of Admissions. Scholarships are highly competitive and granted to admitted students on a rolling basis. The majority of scholarships are awarded between December and February of each admission cycle or until the scholarship funds are exhausted. Competitive applicants who wish to be optimally placed for scholarship consideration should complete their admission files no later than the first week of January.

Notification of an institutional scholarship award usually takes place three to four weeks after admission. All inquiries regarding availability of scholarships for incoming students should be directed to the Office of Admissions

SCHOLARSHIPS WITH SEPARATE APPLICATIONS

 Miami Scholars Public Interest Program

The Miami Scholars Public Interest Program targets candidates from across the globe who, in addition to excellent academic achievement and strong scores on the LSAT, have demonstrated interest in public service. The Program offers its students exclusive opportunities for legal advocacy training and mentoring from the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center team of attorneys, including individualized curriculum advising and career planning assistance. Miami Scholars also receive mentoring by upper-class Scholars and public interest and pro bono attorneys. Specifics:
•    Full tuition scholarship 
•    Miami Scholar awards are available for full-time students only; if a Scholar is given permission to enroll less than full-time, the award will be prorated accordingly.
•    A stipend is provided for public interest work that is performed during the first or second year summer
•    Or, Scholars may choose to engage in one summer of study through a University of Miami Law summer program
•    Tuition awards are automatically renewed if a scholar is not on academic oversight. Students with GPA's below 2.5 are placed on academic oversight.

Additionally, Miami Scholars who retain their awards also receive a half-tuition scholarship if they are admitted to and enroll in one of our LL.M. programs upon graduation (or, in the case of the School's joint LL.M. degree offerings, before graduation).

Apply Now: Click here to access the Miami Scholars Public Interest Program Supplemental Application Form

 Veteran Information: Yellow Ribbon Program

For the 2017-18 academic year, University of Miami School of Law is participating in the Yellow Ribbon program, a supplemental grant designed to assist eligible veterans pay for college, graduate school, or professional school. The University will provide up to $1,500 — to be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - for a maximum grant of $3,000 ($1,500 per Fall/Spring Semester) for as many as 15 veterans or eligible dependents.

Yellow Ribbon Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. All information is located on the application form. Additional information regarding this program may be found on the VA website.

For additional information from UM, contact: Esther Molina at: veterans@miami.edu

FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS LISTING:

 Chaplin Family Scholarship

In 2004, Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc. (now Southern Glazer's) established the Chaplin Family Scholarship at the University of Miami School of Law to be awarded every three years to an outstanding entering law student. The scholarship covers tuition expenses for three years of study at the Law School. The recipient is selected on the basis of merit, with preference given to a student with an interest in transactional work.

The Chaplin award provides full law tuition (fall and spring) for all credits, including six approved non-law course credits taken in other departments of the University and applied toward the juris doctor degree, plus an annual stipend of $1,000. In addition, Scholars are granted a full-tuition scholarship for one Miami Law summer session following their first or second year of law school. Specific requirements to maintain the award are detailed in the student's initial scholarship notification.

Additionally, students who maintain their required renewal GPA upon completion of their JD degree, are eligible to receive a full tuition scholarship if they are admitted into and enroll in a Miami Law LL.M. program directly upon graduation (or in the case of the School's joint degree JD/LL.M. offerings, before graduation). The School offers LL.M. programs in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law, International Law, International Arbitration, Tax Law, Real Property Development, Estate Planning and Maritime Law.

Wayne Chaplin, President and COO of Southern Wine and Spirits of America, was born in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Wayne Chaplin received a law degree, also from the University of Miami. Following a period practicing law at a Miami-based firm, he joined Southern Wine and Spirits of America in 1984. Mr. Chaplin quickly learned the importance of customer service in all aspects of his work as he prepared himself for a future leadership role.

In his first three years at Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Wayne Chaplin worked as a sales supervisor, company comptroller, and operations manager. In 1987 Wayne Chaplin was appointed Vice President in charge of operations, and in 1989 he was named First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all divisions of the company's distributing operations. In 1992, Mr. Chaplin was appointed to the Company's Executive Management Committee and became an officer and director at that time. In 1994, Chaplin was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc. "Since our founding in 1968, Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc. has taken a progressive, active and constructive role in community, state and national affairs. These are fundamental values of the Company. At Southern, we want to 'give back,' and we strive every day to be responsible members of the communities in which we live," said Wayne Chaplin.

In addition to Wayne Chaplin's above-noted corporate-related philanthropic activities, he volunteers in various leadership activities at the University of Miami, which is his alma mater for both his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts Degree and Graduate Law Degree. Currently, he serves as Vice Chair of the University's Board of Trustees and the Chair of the University's School of Law's Visiting Committee. Mr. Chaplin serves as Chairman and Member of the Executive Committee at the Mount Sinai Hospital of Miami Beach and on the Board of Trustees at the Miami Country Day School.

 Dean's Scholarships (full and partial scholarships)

Each year the School of Law awards renewable Dean's Scholarships to entering law students who have strong academic records and possess other outstanding qualifications for the study of law. Over the past few years, the Law School has awarded an annual average of more than $10 million in scholarship money to admitted students.

  • Specific requirements to maintain the award are detailed in the student's initial scholarship notification (Dean's Scholarships are typically for the fall and spring semester Law School tuition only).
  • No separate application is required for the Dean's Scholarships; all admitted students are automatically considered for them. Typically, the award process begins in mid-December and continues on a rolling basis as long as funds are available.
  • To ensure the award of the Scholarship, recipients must accept their scholarship award and pay the two $500 seat deposits by the required dates. The letter of admittance and enclosure outline the enrollment verification process.

Each academic year the School of Law reviews Dean's Scholarships and Full-Tuition Scholarship recipients to ensure they have maintained eligibility for these scholarships. To maintain eligibility for these scholarships, students must achieve a required minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) as stated in their original scholarship acceptance letter. Please contact Lidiette Esquivel at 305-248-2730 with questions regarding scholarship retention requirements.

 Harvey T. Reid and Soia Mentschikoff Awards

·         The Harvey T. Reid Scholarship program was established in 1970 by the late Harvey T. Reid, former chairperson of West Publishing Company, and friend and benefactor of the School of Law. In 1994, the Law School established the Soia Mentschikoff Scholarship program to honor the late Soia Mentschikoff, a great legal scholar who served as the Law School's dean from 1974-1982. These prestigious scholarships are awarded to outstanding members of the entering class who possess exemplary academic records, demonstrate leadership qualities, and exhibit the potential for making substantial contributions to the legal profession and society.

·         The Reid and Mentschikoff awards provide full law tuition (fall and spring) for all credits, including six approved non-law course credits taken in other departments of the University and applied toward the juris doctor degree, plus an annual stipend of $1,000. In addition, Scholars are granted a full-tuition scholarship for one Miami Law summer session following their first or second year of law school. Specific requirements to maintain the award are detailed in the student's initial scholarship notification.

·         Additionally, students who maintain their required renewal GPA upon completion of their JD degree, are eligible to receive a full tuition scholarship if they are admitted into and enroll in one our LL.M. programs directly upon graduation (or in the case of the School’s joint degree JD/LL.M. offerings, before graduation). The School offers LL.M. programs in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law, International Law, International Arbitration, Tax Law, Real Property Development, Estate Planning and Maritime Law.

·         No separate application is required for the Reid and Mentschikoff Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of admissions credentials and achievements, without regard to financial need.

·         Those selected for these prestigious awards participate in a scholarship conference held the last weekend in February. By mid-February, finalists are notified and invited to participate in the scholarship conference at the School's expense.

·         To ensure the award of the Scholarship, recipients must accept their scholarship award and pay the two $500 seat deposits by the required dates. The letter of admittance and enclosure outline the enrollment verification process.

 I. Eric and Grace Leef Endowed Scholarship

  • The Leef Scholarship is awarded every third year to a worthy entering student at the discretion of the Dean. The Leef Scholarship is available for a full-time student only. The Leef award provides full law tuition (fall and spring) for all credits, including six approved non-law course credits taken in other departments of the University and applied toward the juris doctor degree, plus an annual stipend of $1,000. In addition, Scholars are granted a full-tuition scholarship for one Miami Law summer session following their first or second year of law school. Specific requirements to maintain the award are detailed in the student’s initial scholarship notification.
  • Additionally, students who maintain their required renewal GPA upon completion of their JD degree, are eligible to receive a full tuition scholarship if they are admitted into and enroll in one our LL.M. programs directly upon graduation (or in the case of the School's joint degree JD/LL.M. offerings, before graduation). The School offers LL.M. programs in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law, International Law, International Arbitration, Tax Law, Real Property Development, Estate Planning and Maritime Law.
  • No separate application is required for the Leef Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of admissions credentials and achievements, without regard to financial need.
  • Finalists participate in a scholarship weekend held the last weekend in February. By mid-February, finalists are notified and invited to participate in the scholarship weekend at the School's expense.
  • To ensure the award of the Scholarship, the recipient must accept the scholarship award and pay the two $500 seat deposits by the required dates. The letter of admittance and enclosure outline the enrollment verification process.

Grace Leef and her husband, Eric came to Miami from New York. Eric was a prominent attorney in Miami for many years and together they enjoyed the pleasures that the Miami Beach lifestyle has to offer. While Grace and Eric never had children of their own, they adopted the Miami community and established a trust to benefit future generations. Predeceased by Eric, Grace passed away in 2006. She gave the majority of her estate to charitable causes. The I. Eric and Grace Leef Endowed Scholarship was established at the School of Law to memorialize the name of I. Eric and Grace Leef.

 Miami Scholars Public Interest Program Scholarships

The Miami Scholars Public Interest Program targets candidates from across the globe who, in addition to excellent academic achievement and strong scores on the LSAT, have demonstrated interest in public service. The Program offers its students exclusive opportunities for legal advocacy training and mentoring from the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center team of attorneys, including individualized curriculum advising and career planning assistance. Miami Scholars also receive mentoring by upper-class Scholars and public interest and pro bono attorneys. Specifics:

  • Full tuition scholarship 
  • Miami Scholar awards are available for full-time students only; if a Scholar is given permission to enroll less than full-time, the award will be prorated accordingly.
  • A stipend is provided for public interest work that is performed during the first or second year summer
  • Or, Scholars may choose to engage in one summer of study through a University of Miami Law summer program
  • Tuition awards are automatically renewed if a scholar is not on academic oversight. Students with GPA's below 2.5 are placed on academic oversight.

Additionally, Miami Scholars who retain their awards also receive a half-tuition scholarship if they are admitted to and enroll in one of our LL.M. programs upon graduation (or, in the case of the School's joint LL.M. degree offerings, before graduation).

Apply Now: Click here to access the Miami Scholars Public Interest Program Supplemental Application Form

 White & Case Scholarship

Established in 2014, the White and Case Scholarships provide full law tuition (fall and spring) for all credits, including six approved non-law course credits taken in other departments of the University and applied toward the Juris Doctor degree, plus an annual stipend of $1,000. In addition, White and Case Scholars are granted a full-tuition scholarship for one Miami Law summer session following their first or second year of law school. Specific requirements to maintain the award are detailed in the student's initial scholarship notification.

·         Additionally, Scholars who maintain their required renewal GPA upon completion of their JD degree are eligible to receive a full tuition scholarship if they are admitted into and enroll in one our LL.M. programs directly upon graduation (or in the case of the School’s joint degree JD/LL.M. offerings, before graduation). The School offers LL.M. programs in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law, International Law, International Arbitration, Tax Law, Real Property Development, Estate Planning and Maritime Law.

·         No separate application is required for the White & Case Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of admissions credentials and achievements without regard to financial need.

·         Those selected for these prestigious awards participate in a scholarship conference held the last weekend in February. By mid-February, finalists are notified and invited to participate in the scholarship conference at the School's expense.

·         To ensure the award of the Scholarship, recipients must accept their scholarship award and pay the two $500 seat deposits by the required dates. The letter of admittance and enclosure outline the enrollment verification process.

White & Case, a global law firm with offices in approximately 40 major cities throughout the world, is recognized as a pioneering international law firm with cross-border expertise. The Miami Office of White & Case, founded over 25 years ago, is a participant in Miami’s on-campus interviewing program and regularly hires Miami Law graduates. The Miami office is consistently awarded and recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers, and other leading industry publications, across a variety of practices.

Miami Law alumni have contributed to the success of this powerhouse firm, including Carolyn Lamm, JD’73, partner and top international litigator in the firm’s D.C. office, past president of the American Bar Association (2009-2010), and visiting professor at Miami Law.


For Entering LL.M. Students

Each year, a limited number of scholarships are available to outstanding applicants on the basis of skills and achievements. Applications for admissions and scholarships will be considered on a rolling basis by each LL.M. program director. 


For International Students

Click here for Scholarship Information for International Students


Scholarships for Law Students from Other Organizations

A great source of additional financing is available through national and regional scholarship awards offered by philanthropic organizations throughout the U.S. These awards are usually limited to particular populations of students based on geography, class year, area of interest in law, or ethnic background. You can find a compilation of this listing of scholarships in external organizations that provide scholarships to law students. While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information, we encourage you to confirm details with the sponsoring organization.


Scholarship Retention

Each academic year the School of Law reviews scholarship recipients to ensure they have maintained eligibility. Eligibility for scholarships is maintained when students are not on academic oversight (unless stated otherwise in the scholarship offer letter). Currently, students with GPA’s below 2.5 are placed on academic oversight. In compliance with Standard 509 of the American Bar Association, Miami Law posts its scholarship retention data as part of the 509 report.


PLEASE NOTE:

Scholarship Limitations: If you are eligible to receive tuition assistance benefits from outside sources (examples would include scholarships/financial assistance you receive from outside providers such as military services, charitable foundations, community groups, and corporations), in addition to your institutional awards, the total amount of all assistance cannot exceed the total amount of tuition and fees during each semester of eligibility.  Adjustments to lower the amount of institutional awards may be necessary so as to not exceed tuition and fees due after considering these outside sources. 
All scholarships are intended for full-time enrollment. Reduction in course load may result in reductions or cancellation of awarded scholarships. During the final semester of enrollment, scholarships may be pro-rated if a student's course load is less than full-time; there is NO exception to this policy.
Rising students with scholarships, awarded during the Admissions process, will be able to view scholarship on his or her current award letter. However, if a student fails to meet the merit requirements of his or her scholarship, a revised notification will be sent with the scholarship CANCELLED. Each student should view CaneLink regularly, after Spring grades are posted, for changes in his or her award.

CONTACT INFORMATION: SCHOLARSHIPS

For current students:
Lidiette Esquivel, Assistant Director
University of Miami School of Law, Room GT 731
E-maillesquivel@law.miami.edu
Phone 305-284-2730

For prospective students:
Office of Admissions & Recruiting
University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Drive, Room F203
Coral Gables, FL 33146
E-mailadmissions@law.miami.edu
Phone: 305-284-6746

 

EXTERNAL RESOURCES: SCHOLARSHIPS
Fastweb
SRN Express
Sallie Mae - scholarship search

CONTACT INFORMATION: SCHOLARSHIPS

For current students:
Lidiette Esquivel, Assistant Director
University of Miami School of Law, Room GT 731
E-maillesquivel@law.miami.edu
Phone 305-284-2730

For prospective students:
Office of Admissions & Recruiting
University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Drive, Room F203
Coral Gables, FL 33146
E-mailadmissions@law.miami.edu
Phone: 305-284-6746

 

EXTERNAL RESOURCES: SCHOLARSHIPS
Fastweb
SRN Express
Sallie Mae - scholarship search