Indiana Law scholarship opportunities

The IU Maurer School of Law considers every applicant to our LLM and MCL programs for one of our Graduate Legal Studies scholarships, with preference given to those who meet our application priority date. Scholarship decisions are based on academic and professional merit and financial need, as well as a number of other factors, including geographic diversity and relationship of the applicant to one of our partner institutions (see below).

Multiple scholarships may be awarded in combination, and total awards range from a few thousand dollars to 50 percent of tuition. Even without a scholarship, our overall costs are often less than you would pay elsewhere. We offer one of the best values in legal education in the United States.

Merit scholarships (LLM, MCL)

All admitted students are automatically considered for merit scholarships. Qualified students are selected on the basis of academic and professional merit. Merit considerations include the student’s previous academic performance, English proficiency (if applicable), academic achievements and awards, as well as professional experience. Scholarship funds are limited, so it is advisable to apply as early as possible.

Need-based scholarships (LLM, MCL)

All admitted students are automatically considered for need-based aid, as demonstrated by their admission file. Need-based scholarships are awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need as described in the student’s personal statement, application, or other indicators during the application process. To be considered, your personal statement should indicate and demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

Diversity scholarships (LLM, MCL)

You are welcome here! Indiana Law makes every effort to broaden our incoming class and extend the reach of legal education by reaching out to and assisting underrepresented groups. Our diversity awards are for graduate law students who are a member of a diverse group, which can vary from year to year or evolve with time. Diversity awards are primarily defined by students of underrepresented origin or ethnicity, but may also be applied based on gender, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical disability, or other broadly defined diversity traits.

George P. Smith, II Fellowship (LLM, MCL)

George P. Smith, II, an internationally recognized scholar, lecturer and a professor emeritus of law, received his undergraduate and JD degrees from Indiana University. He also received an honorary doctorate in laws from IU in 1998 and was inducted into the Law School’s elite Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2007. In 2008, a fellowship in the LLM program was created in his honor. The fellowship is available to students pursuing a Master of Laws degree (LLM) at the Maurer School of Law, with a preference for a student who is a citizen from any of the 53 countries that make up the British Commonwealth. The number of recipients and amount of scholarship funds will be determined by the school’s Scholarship Committee.

Partner institutions and organization scholarships (LLM, MCL, SJD)

We have established formal and informal partnerships with universities and higher education organizations around the world to assist graduate students in continuing their legal education at the Maurer School of Law. If you are a current or past student of one of our partner institutions, or working with a partner organization such as Fulbright, IIE, EdUSA, FUNED, COLFUTURO, or others, you may be eligible for a scholarship of up to 50 percent of tuition. Because our list of partners is constantly expanding, please check with your university’s law department, or the local education organization you are working with, to inquire about an existing partnership with the Law School. If one does not exist, encourage them to reach out to us to discuss the possibilities.

Third-party fellowships and scholarships

The following third-party funding sources may also provide options for Indiana Law graduate students:

Domestic student financial assistance

To qualify for federal student aid, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States (i.e. US permanent resident).
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in an eligible program as a degree seeking student
  • Have repaid any financial aid for which you were not eligible.
  • Have made satisfactory arrangements to pay off any defaulted student loan.

Contact our Director of Financial Aid for questions about aid for domestic students.

Other helpful sources of information

The Institute for International Education (IIE) Web site is a clearinghouse for information on a large number of scholarships and fellowships available to non-U.S. students.