MSU College of Law


  1. Dean Charles H. King Scholars Program

    Students 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 renewable scholarship GPA requirement. Example: All King Scholar students are also awarded a renewable scholarship, but not all renewable 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. 2L Year

      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.

    4. 3L Year

      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. Renewable Scholarships

    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 renewable scholarship of at least one half of the student's tuition,

      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 (3.60 for a student matriculating in Fall 2017 or later) 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 renewable 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.

      A MSU Law student who matriculates with a renewable scholarship may qualify for an increase in their scholarship award (example: increase from 75% to 100%). The scholarship award 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 renewable scholarship increase, only first-year students who have just completed their first year courses.

      In addition to the renewable 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. Renewal

      Renewal of a scholarship is contingent upon maintaining the required minimum cumulative GPA, in accordance to the terms of the initial scholarship offer at the end of each academic year. An academic year consists of two regular semesters, fall and spring.

    3. 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.

      If the student first matriculated in Summer 2017 or earlier, the student may regain the renewable 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 scholarship will again apply.

      If the student first matriculated in Fall 2017 or later, the student may have 50 percent of the scholarship reinstated, 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 scholarship will again apply.

    4. Notification

      Students are notified of their renewable scholarship  awards, increases, or cancellations automatically by the Assistant Dean for Student Engagement. Eligibility is reviewed by the Assistant Dean for Student Engagement only after all spring semester grades are posted.

Updated December 20, 2016