Additional resources for financing law school

Understanding financial aid — scholarships, loans, and repayment options — is critical for every aspiring law student. Learn as much as you can before you make the final decision to attend law school. The following resources can help.

Federal Student Aid – StudentAid.Gov

Federal government website providing a wide range of tools and resources for understanding your options for financing your legal education, and for applying for federal aid. The FAFSA can be found here.

AccessLex – Center for Education and Financial Capability

A wide range of resources and tools to help you understand your options for financing your legal education and repaying your debt.

AccessLex Law School Scholarship Databank

A carefully vetted and maintained database of scholarships for law students, both first year and returning.

MAX Pre-Law from AccessLex

Comprehensive set of resources about law school with special emphasis on financing your legal education financing. Includes online workshops, webinars, and coaching, all free of charge.

Equal Justice Works, How to Manage Your Student Debt While Pursuing a Public Interest Legal Career

Equal Justice Works provides an excellent and comprehensive guide to managing law school debt on a public interest salary. Updated annually.


Excellent, comprehensive source of information on all types of higher education aid, including scholarships and loans.

Student Loan Borrower Assistance

Information and resources from the National Consumer Law Center on all your debt repayment options.

Community Foundation of Western Mass

Hundreds of scholarships available to students in or from Western Mass, for both undergrad and law/grad school.

Other Community Foundations in Massachusetts

A complete list of all community foundations in Massachusetts. Some, but not all, of these offer scholarships for higher education.

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

The American Bar Association offers 20 3-year $15,000 scholarships to support racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.


A free online database of scholarships.

See more “Financing Law School” resource pages from UMass Amherst Pre-Law Adviing

See an overview of the entire application process