Scholarships

Scholarships awarded by Seattle University School of Law do not require a separate application process except for the Scholars for Justice Award, the Law Librarianship Scholarship, and the Outlaws Civil Rights Scholarship.

Scholarship List:

Alaska Scholarships

Alaska Scholarships are awarded to Alaskan residents who demonstrate exceptional aptitude for the study of law, coupled with a strong history of service and/or commitment to issues relevant to the Alaskan community. The scholarship is renewable, with conditions, for three years of legal study. The annual award amount is $6,000.

The Alaska scholarships were created by George and Mary Sundborg, parents of Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J., president of Seattle University. George Sundborg helped pave the way for Alaska statehood and was an elected delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention. The Sundborg gift is used to further the goals of the School of Law as a legal education resource for Alaska.

Since the Alaska Scholars Program began 13 years ago, almost 40 students have benefited from the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Sundborg's gift.

Dean's Diversity Scholarships

Dean's Diversity Scholarships recognize selected students whose merit and personal success has been achieved despite significant, if not extraordinary, obstacles. The scholarships are a vehicle by which the law school rewards persons possessing characteristics it believes are essential to the makeup of a broadly representative student body. The scholarship is renewable, with conditions, for three years of legal study. Scholarship amounts range from $6,000 to $14,000.

The Community Service Stipend

The Community Service Stipend awards $3,000 to entering students, for their first year only, who have participated in Americorps, City Year, Peace Corps, VISTA, Teach for America, military service or Jesuit Volunteer Corps. No application is required. Please submit a cover letter with proof of participation and completion of the program. This information must be included with your completed application for admission to Seattle University School of Law.

The Law Librarianship Scholarship

The Law Librarianship Scholarship provides annual support for a Seattle University School of Law student who is interested in law librarianship. Eligible candidates include Seattle University School of Law 2Ls and 3 Ls who already have an MLS degree, or who have expressed interest in pursuing an MLS degree after law school graduation...(Application Information)

The Douglas R. Nash Native American Law Scholarship

A three-year, full-tuition scholarship will be awarded to an admitted student who is an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe.  The recipient will demonstrate a commitment to Native issues, academic achievement and promise.  Native Americans have one of the smallest bars in the nation, and Seattle University School of Law is committed to increasing the number of American Indian and Alaska Native students who attend law school.  The deadline for application is February 1st.  Students are required to provide an additional two page statement discussing their commitment to and involvement in Native law issues.  Applicants are also highly encouraged to provide a letter of support from a tribal elder.

The Outlaws Civil Rights Scholarship

The Outlaws Civil Rights Scholarship provides support for a student actively committed to and engaged in public interest law that benefits the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (“LGBT”) community. Eligible candidates include Seattle University School of Law 1L’s, 2L’s, and applicants for admission. Students seeking admission are encouraged to apply and remain eligible if they are accepted to Seattle University School of Law and enroll...(Application Information)

Presidential Law Scholarships

Presidential Law Scholarships are awarded to selected persons among the top five percent of the applicant pool who demonstrate exceptional aptitude for the study of the law, coupled with a strong history of and/or commitment to public service. The scholarship is renewable, with conditions, for three years of legal study. Annual award amounts range from $12,000 to $20,500.

Scholars for Justice Awards

Scholars for Justice Awards are awarded to two students in each entering class who demonstrate commitment to a career in public interest law. Scholarships are full-tuition and will be given based on a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career as a public interest lawyer, involvement in significant public service and/or social justice activities prior to coming to law school and academic achievement. Those eligible for consideration are drawn from the top twenty five percent of the applicant pool...(Application Information)

Trustee Law Scholarships

Trustee Law Scholarships are awarded to students in the top 25 percent of the applicant pool who possess attributes–by virtue of their age and experience, academic background, career history, community service, socioeconomic status, or special talents–that contribute to a diverse, dynamic student body. The scholarship is renewable, with conditions, for three years of legal study. Award amounts range from $6,000 to $11,000.

Washington State Scholars

Washington State Scholars are in the top one percent of the applicant pool and receive a $22,500 scholarship award based on an exceptional aptitude for the study of law, along with a strong history of service or commitment to issues relevant to the mission of Seattle University School of Law. Candidates must be Washington residents. The award is guaranteed for three years of legal study.

Named Scholarships

A growing number of Named Scholarships are available to our students, made possible by gifts to the School of Law from alumni and friends. Eligibility for these awards varies upon the conditions determined by the respective donors or sponsors. Award amounts range from $500 to $10,000.


Note:  Law School scholarships, in the form of tuition remission, are offered in addition to other financial aid for which a recipient may qualify, but may impact the levels and types of funding for which a student qualifies. Scholarship amounts are divided equally between fall and spring terms. Conditions of award accompany scholarship funding.

Outside Scholarships

Outside Scholarships may be researched at:

Announcements of organizational scholarships are posted in the law school student newspaper and under outside scholarships on the Student Financial Services Web site. Good luck!

If you receive an outside scholarship or receive employer or government education tuition benefits, you must notify our office. We are required to include these benefits as part of your financial aid award package. If we are informed after packaging, your award may be adjusted.

Veterans receiving Veterans Education Benefits need to contact the Veteran's Coordinator in the Registrar's Office at lawreg@seattleu.edu or 206.398.4150.

For answers to any questions you have about financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services at lawfa@seattleu.edu.

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