How do I pay for law school?

Law school is expensive, and most students will have to take out large amounts of loans to pay for it. It is important to take this commitment seriously, to really think through why you want to go to law school and how you’re going to pay for it, factoring in long-term costs such as continued student loan payments for some time in the future.

Most students rely heavily on student loans to finance their legal education. The most commonly relied-upon loans (and the ones the most flexible payment options), are federal student loans. Many schools also provide a number of merit-based scholarships, but the number of scholarships available and their amounts vary considerably from school to school.

Financing your legal education can be made easier by decisions you make now, as an undergraduate. Keeping your credit card debt as low as possible, minimizing your undergraduate student debt, and saving money wherever possible can help you keep your law school debt lower.

Among the best sources of information about paying for law school are the financial aid offices at the schools you are considering. You should talk to them about your goals and your concerns.

The LSAC’s website is a valuable source of information about financing your legal education.