Scholarships: University of Miami School of Law

Scholarships for Entering JD Students

All scholarships for incoming students are merit-based and awarded by the Office of Admissions. Scholarships are highly competitive, and we have a committee review process to determine the awards. The majority of scholarships are awarded between January and March of each admission cycle or until the scholarship funds are exhausted. Applicants may be considered for merit-based scholarships through application review, faculty/administrator nomination, and/or interview. To be optimally positioned for scholarship consideration, competitive applicants should complete their application for admission, including their final LSAT score, no later than the first week of January.

Scholarship notifications are emailed separately from admission decisions. All inquiries regarding availability of scholarships for incoming students should be directed to the Office of Admissions.

At the conclusion of the spring semester of each academic year, Miami Law reviews scholarship recipients to ensure they have maintained eligibility based on the scholarship retention policies outlined below.

DEAN'S SCHOLARSHIPS

 Dean's Scholarships (full and partial scholarships)

Each year, Miami 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. Specific requirements to maintain the award may be found in the student’s initial scholarship notification and in the Scholarship Retention Policies section below.

No separate application is required for the Dean’s Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded based on admissions credentials and achievements, without regard to financial need. Recipients must accept their scholarship award and pay the two $500 seat deposits by the required dates. The scholarship award letter will outline the scholarship acceptance process.

FULL-TUITION NAMED SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS 

 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 Miami Law. The recipient is selected based on merit, with preference given to a student with an interest in transactional work.

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, he 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. He 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, Mr. Chaplin worked as a sales supervisor, company comptroller, and operations manager. In 1987, he 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, he was appointed to the Company’s Executive Management Committee and became an officer and director at that time. In 1994, he 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 Mr. Chaplin.

In addition to Mr. Chaplin’s above-noted corporate-related philanthropic activities, he volunteers in various leadership activities at the University of Miami. Currently, he serves as Vice Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and the Chair of the University’s School of Law 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.

The Chaplin award provides full law tuition (fall and spring) for up to 88 credits, including six approved non-law course credits taken in other departments of the University and applied toward the JD degree, plus an annual stipend of $1,000. In addition, recipients 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 may be found in the student’s initial scholarship notification and in the Scholarship Retention Policies section below.

Additionally, students who meet the scholarship renewal criteria 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 LLM program directly upon graduation (or in a joint degree JD/LLM offering before graduation). Miami Law offers LLM 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 Chaplin Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded based on admissions credentials and achievements, without regard to financial need. Recipients must accept their scholarship award and pay the two $500 seat deposits by the required dates. The scholarship award letter will outline the scholarship acceptance process.

 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, Miami Law established the Soia Mentschikoff Scholarship program to honor the late Soia Mentschikoff, a great legal scholar who served as Miami Law’s dean from 1974 to 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 up to 88 credits, including six approved non-law course credits taken in other departments of the University and applied toward the JD degree, plus an annual stipend of $1,000. In addition, recipients 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 may be found in the student’s initial scholarship notification and in the Scholarship Retention Policies section below.

Additionally, students who meet the scholarship renewal criteria 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 LLM program directly upon graduation (or in a joint degree JD/LLM offering before graduation). Miami Law offers LLM 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 based on admissions credentials and achievements, without regard to financial need. Recipients must accept their scholarship award and pay the two $500 seat deposits by the required dates. The scholarship award letter will outline the scholarship acceptance process.

 I. Eric and Grace Leef Endowed Scholarship

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 Miami Law to memorialize the name of I. Eric and Grace Leef. The Leef Scholarship is awarded every third year to an entering full-time student.

The Leef award provides full law tuition (fall and spring) for up to 88 credits, including six approved non-law course credits taken in other departments of the University and applied toward the JD degree, plus an annual stipend of $1,000. In addition, recipients 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 may be found in the student’s initial scholarship notification and in the Scholarship Retention Policies section below.

Additionally, students who meet the scholarship renewal criteria 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 LLM program directly upon graduation (or in a joint degree JD/LLM offering before graduation). Miami Law offers LLM 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 based on credentials and achievements, without regard to financial need. Recipients must accept their scholarship award and pay the two $500 seat deposits by the required dates. The scholarship award letter will outline the scholarship acceptance process.

 White & Case Scholarship

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 Washington, D.C. office, past president of the American Bar Association (2009-2010), and visiting professor at Miami Law.

Established in 2014, the White & Case award provides full law tuition (fall and spring) for up to 88 credits, including six approved non-law course credits taken in other departments of the University and applied toward the JD degree, plus an annual stipend of $1,000. In addition, recipients 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 may be found in the student’s initial scholarship notification and in the Scholarship Retention Policies section below.

Additionally, students who meet the scholarship renewal criteria 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 LLM program directly upon graduation (or in a joint degree JD/LLM offering before graduation). Miami Law offers LLM 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 Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded based on admissions credentials and achievements, without regard to financial need. Recipients must accept their scholarship award and pay the two $500 seat deposits by the required dates. The scholarship award letter will outline the scholarship acceptance process.

 Miami Scholars Public Interest Program Scholarships

The Miami Scholars Public Interest Program draws candidates from across the globe who have demonstrated interest in public service in addition to excellent academic achievement and strong scores on the LSAT. The Miami Scholars 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 Miami Scholars and public interest and pro bono attorneys.

The Miami Scholars awards provide full law tuition (fall and spring) for up to 88 credits, including six approved non-law course credits taken in other departments of the University and applied toward the JD degree. In addition, a stipend is provided for public interest work performed during the summer after the first or second year of law school, or scholars may choose to engage in one summer of study through a Miami Law summer program. Specific requirements to maintain the award may be found in the student’s initial scholarship notification and in the Scholarship Retention Policies section below.

Additionally, students who meet the scholarship renewal criteria 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 LLM program directly upon graduation (or in a joint degree JD/LLM offering before graduation). Miami Law offers LLM programs in Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law; International Law; International Arbitration; Tax Law; Real Property Development; Estate Planning; and Maritime Law.

To be considered for this award, students must complete the Miami Scholars Public Interest Program section on the LSAC’s JD Flex Application portal.

OTHER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

 Veteran Information: Yellow Ribbon Program

The University of Miami School of Law participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a supplemental grant designed to assist eligible veterans pay for college, graduate school, or professional school.

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

For additional information from the University of Miami, please email Esther Molina, Veterans Affairs Supervisor, at veterans@miami.edu.


Scholarships for Entering LLM Students

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


Scholarships for International Students

Scholarship information for international students is available here.


Scholarships for Law Students from External Organizations

A great source of additional financing is through scholarship awards offered by 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. Miami Law compiles a list of external scholarships here. While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information, we encourage you to confirm details with the sponsoring organization.


Scholarship Retention Policies

The following academic requirement and scholarship limitations apply to all awards listed above.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENT 

  • Scholarship recipients at Miami Law are eligible to retain their awards if they abide by Miami Law’s Honor Code and maintain a minimum 2.5 law school cumulative GPA. Eligibility is reviewed at the conclusion of the spring semester of each academic year. In compliance with Standard 509 of the American Bar Association, Miami Law posts its scholarship retention data as part of the 509 report.

SCHOLARSHIP LIMITATIONS 

  • The total amount of all tuition assistance benefits cannot exceed the total amount of tuition and fees during each semester of eligibility. If you are eligible to receive tuition assistance benefits from outside sources (e.g., scholarships/financial assistance you receive from external organizations such as charitable foundations, community groups, and corporations), in addition to your institutional award, adjustments to lower the amount of your institutional award may be necessary so that the total amount of tuition assistance benefits will not exceed tuition and fees.
  • All scholarships are intended for full-time enrollment distributed evenly over consecutive academic years. Scholarships are to be used for tuition purposes only and up to 88 credits to fulfill the JD graduation requirements. Scholarships may be prorated or adjusted if a student’s course load is less than full-time at the University’s discretion.
  • If a student fails to meet the academic requirements of the scholarship as stated on their original award letter, a revised notification will be sent indicating that the scholarship has been cancelled. Each student should view CaneLink regularly, especially after spring grades are posted, for any changes in the award.

For questions regarding scholarship retention policies, please contact Lidiette Esquivel at 305-284-2730 or at scholarships@law.miami.edu.