Award Terms and Criteria
Scholarships cover tuition charges for courses taken at MSU Law, online courses taught by MSU Law faculty during the fall and spring semesters, and courses taught by MSU Law faculty in our Washington, DC, Semester Program. More than 90 percent of MSU Law scholarships are renewable and cover three years of study (fall and spring semesters; summer is excluded). The great majority of renewable scholarships are renewed at full value for years two and three; scholarship recipients whose awards are not renewed for year two may have the award reinstated at half value for year three if the required GPA criterion is met based on the cumulative GPA at the end of the student's second year of studies. Learn more about renewal rates.
Academic awards are provided based on the strength of a candidate’s academic record and highest Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. Academic awards include the Faculty Scholarship, Academic Excellence Scholarship, and Alumni Scholarship. Academic scholarships are awarded primarily based on the candidate’s cumulative GPA and (highest) LSAT score; consideration also is given to factors such as rigor of academic program, grade trends, and extenuating circumstances.
Trustee awards are provided to incoming students whose personal and professional backgrounds will contribute to a richer diversity within the student body and the legal profession. Trustee scholarships are awarded primarily based on the candidate’s personal statement and resume, with secondary consideration given to academic accomplishment performance on the LSAT.
Indigenous Law Awards are provided to candidates with an interest in issues affecting Native Americans, as demonstrated in their personal statement and/or resume. Preference is given to individuals who are enrolled tribal members.
Intellectual Property Law Awards are provided to candidates who have studies chemistry, computer science, electrical or mechanical engineering, and other majors that provide the necessary background for the patent exam.
Excellence in Oral Advocacy Awards are given to incoming students who have a demonstrated record of accomplishment in an area of public speaking (e.g., successful participation in a college's moot court or debate team).
Public Interest Awards recognize and support incoming students who have a record of service to others and whose career goals include public-interest work.
Note: The Scholarship Committee, when making decisions about level of funding for the Career Interest Awards, considers the candidate's academic record and the highest score earned on the LSAT.
Effective with the fall 2017 incoming class, MSU Law students whose first-year GPA (based on a minimum of 24 credits) is 3.60 or higher receive scholarship assistance of up to 100 percent of tuition, as follows:
- Students who achieve a GPA of 3.80 or higher receive a full-tuition scholarship
- Students who achieve a GPA of 3.70 through 3.79 receive a scholarship equivalent to 75 percent of tuition
- Students who achieve a GPA of 3.60 through 3.69 receive a scholarship equivalent to 50 percent of tuition