MSU College of Law


  1. Dean Charles H. King Scholars Program

    Admitted students are extended an invitation to participate in the King Scholars Program during the admissions process, based on entering credentials.  Students who were not extended an invitation at the time of admissions are eligible for the program one time only in the semester following completion of twenty-four (24) graded credit hours at MSU College of Law.  Students must possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.80 (example: 3.795 or above) at the conclusion of their first year.

    1. Requirements to Stay in the Program

      In order to stay in the program, each participating student must complete the required academic courses and activities from the time that the student enters the program until graduation, including maintenance of a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.50 or above.

      King Scholars must maintain a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.50 at the end of each academic year. This GPA requirement is distinct from the Merit Scholarship GPA requirement. Example: All King Scholar students are also awarded Merit Scholarships, but not all Merit Scholarship students are eligible for the King Scholarship Program.

      If a student falls below the GPA requirement, readmission into the King Scholars program will not be allowed.

    2. Benefits to the Participating Students

      • full tuition scholarship;
      • many opportunities for small group discussion regarding law and law-related matters;
      • heightened intellectual challenges and engagement in professional activities; and • recognition on students' transcripts.

    3. First-year Program

      Applies to all 1L King Scholars. Participating students will meet from time to time throughout the year to hear selected speakers or visit courtrooms, as arranged by the program director. Speakers may be professors discussing policies or principles in more depth than might be expected in first-year courses. There also might be sessions at which the Dean could discuss broader issues of legal education and public policy, or at which the leaders of student organizations such as the Moot Court & Advocacy Board and the Michigan State Law Review will discuss their programs and encourage program participants to join and assume a leadership role in these organizations.

      Students also have had the opportunity to visit a courtroom. The program director has arranged the trip with the judge for motion day or for a day when an interesting case is being tried. The coordinator has also arranged for the students to meet with the judge after viewing court proceedings so as to be able to discuss with him or her what was observed.

      Participating students will be encouraged to participate in the Moot Court & Advocacy Board, Michigan State Law Review, or Michigan State Journal of International Law. Students also may participate in a one-credit book discussion group held during the second semester.

    4. Second-year Program

      Applies to all 2L Scholars, regardless when admitted into Program. Participants will receive an Introduction to Jurisprudence course taught by the program director during their third semester. Two credit hours will be awarded upon the completion of the course.

      In the second semester, participating students will begin the process of choosing a topic and a mentor from the faculty for their senior paper. Each student will be required to submit a written proposal and to obtain the approval of the faculty project director. The long lead time should allow students the opportunities to conduct research and to discuss topics with professors over the summer.

    5. Third-year Program

      Participating third-year students will be assigned as mentors to first-year participating students.

      Each participating student will be required to take a special senior seminar in their final semester that will entail writing and presentation of a paper. Each student will lead a session of the seminar during which his or her topic is discussed. The paper will be graded with the understanding that the quality of the writing will be a component in arriving at a grade. The students' presentation skills will be a component of the final grade. Each student who completes the seminar will receive two hours credit. This paper can be used to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement if so approved by the Director of the program.

  2. Merit Scholarship

    1. Eligibility for Matriculated Students

      A student who has already matriculated at MSU College of Law is given one opportunity for review of his or her law school academic performance, to be considered for eligibility to receive a waiver of at least one half of the student's tuition ("Merit Scholarship"),

      1. based on a review of the student's academic performance at the end of the regular semester (fall or spring) in which the student has completed at least twenty-four (24) MSU Law graded credits in first-year required courses; and
      2. if the student has achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 in all the required courses taken (grades and credits earned in all first-year required courses that have been taken at the time the requirements of Paragraph 1 have been met will be used to determine whether a student has met minimum GPA requirements); and
      3. provided the student has not withdrawn from any first-year required course during the period that the student is attempting to satisfy the requirements stated in Paragraphs 1 and 2.

      Students who qualify for a Merit Scholarship will begin receiving it in the first regular semester (fall or spring) after the student has completed at least twenty-four (24) MSU Law credits in first-year required courses.

      In addition to the Merit Scholarship, a student is eligible to receive an invitation to participate in the King Scholars Program. Admission into the King Scholars Program will be granted by the Program Director, based on criteria established by the Director.

    2. Increases

      MSU Law rewards incoming Merit Scholarship 1L students who continue to improve their cumulative GPA during their first year of studies with an increase in their scholarship award (example: increase from 75% to 100%). However, the Merit Scholarship increase can occur only one time after the student completes their first twenty-four (24) MSU Law graded credits. In other words, 2L and 3L students are not eligible for a Merit Scholarship increase, only first-year students who have just completed their first year courses.

    3. Renewal

      Renewal of the Merit Scholarship is contingent upon maintaining a 3.00 cumulative GPA at the end of each academic year. An academic year consists of two regular semesters, fall and spring.

    4. Loss and Recovery

      If a student fails to maintain the minimum GPA requirement, in accordance to the terms of the student's admissions offer, the scholarship funding will be withdrawn for at least one academic year, beginning with the upcoming fall semester.

      However, the student may regain the Merit Scholarship, but only beginning in a fall semester, after the withdrawal period has been satisfied, provided the student meets the minimum GPA requirements, as stated above. Once scholarship funding has been regained, the above requirements for renewal of the Merit Scholarship will again apply.

    5. Notification

      Notification of Merit Scholarship awards, increases, or cancellations are automatically issued by the Associate Dean for Student Engagement. Eligibility is reviewed by the Associate Dean for Student Engagement only after all Spring semester grades are in. Students are notified of their Merit Scholarship decision.

Updated August 15, 2015