The law school continually seeks to develop new sources of non-loan funds to help defray the cost of legal education. Several scholarships are available to incoming JD students.
All applications received will automatically be considered for a standard merit-based scholarship, without the need for an additional scholarship application or statement.
Please note: scholarship and fellowship awards will be posted to student accounts and appear on Patriot Web after students are registered for fall classes in late July or early August.
Scalia Law School Scholarship Programs:
Applicants to these scholarships should attach a scholarship statement describing their qualifications for each of the scholarships to which they are applying.
Antonin Scalia Scholarship
Awarded to JD students with excellent academic credentials.
A. Linwood Holton, Jr. Leadership Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to JD students who have overcome barriers to academic success, demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities, or have helped others overcome discrimination in any facet of life.
F.A. Hayek Law, Legislation, and Liberty Scholarship
Named in honor of the 1974 Nobel Prize winner in economics, this scholarship will be awarded to JD students who have a demonstrated interest in studying the application of economic principles to the law.
Maureen McCarthy Scalia Scholarship
Named after Justice Antonin Scalia’s wife, this need-based award is offered by the law school on top of a merit-based scholarship.
Scalia Law Scholars Early Decision Program:
The Scalia Law Scholars Program is a binding, early decision program. Students admitted through it will receive a full-tuition scholarship. This program is designed for applicants who are confident that Scalia Law is their top choice and who have demonstrated exceptional academic and leadership qualities. Scalia Law Scholars applicants must submit a separate essay describing their interest in and eligibility for the Scalia Law Scholars Program, as well as a signed Scalia Law Scholars Program Agreement. Apply to be a Scalia Law Scholar.
We graciously thank the following donors, organizations, and companies for their continued support of Scalia Law students. The following scholarships are awarded to JD students just before classes begin.
The Professor Richard S. Murphy Scholarship
Awarded each year to an incoming first year JD student based on merit. No application is necessary. This scholarship is a lasting memorial to Professor Murphy, who served on the School of Law faculty from 1994 until his death in 1997. Professor Murphy was a brilliant and energetic scholar, a gifted professor, and a beloved friend and colleague.
The Cloudigy Law Scholarship
Provides support for JD students pursuing a degree within the School of Law. Recipient may be a full-time or part-time student; and may be an in-state or out-of-state student. Recipient will qualify on the basis on academic merit and financial need. The scholarship may be renewable.
Senator Leroy S. Bendheim Scholarship
Named after the Virginia senator who bequeathed the funds for this award, the scholarship is given to one or more outstanding JD applicants, with preference given to applicants who have excelled in the study of economics or finance. No application is necessary.
The Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox Intellectual Property Law Scholarship
For the second consecutive year, the Washington, D.C., law firm of Sterne Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C., is funding an intellectual property law scholarship. An entering first-year JD student in the Intellectual Property Law Track will be awarded a scholarship in an amount ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 to help cover expenses during the first year of study.
Ann Southard Murphy and Cornelius F. Murphy Jr. Tuition Assistance Award
This award was established in 1999 by Betty Southard Murphy, a former George Mason University Trustee, and her husband, Dr. Cornelius Francis Murphy, and is given to a JD student who is a good citizen of the law school and who is expected to be a good alumnus or alumnae. Mrs. Murphy has also established two book awards, the Betty Southard Murphy Award in Constitutional Law and the Betty Southard Murphy Award in Labor Law.
The Smolen Plevy Scholarship
Founded by 1977 graduates Jason Smolen and Alan Plevy, the law firm Smolen Plevy provides representation and counsel to businesses, families, and individuals. Smolen Plevy has endowed a scholarship that will be used to help defray the out-of-state tuition expense for one or more entering first-year JD students coming to Scalia Law from outside Virginia.
Mary Fischer Doyle Public Service Scholarship
In memory of Administrative Appeals Judge Mary Fischer Doyle, the Scalia Law School, with the collaboration of alumnus Administrative Appeals Judge David Phillips, JD, '84, and alumnus Robert Doyle, JD, '88, has established this scholarship fund out of which awards will be made to one or more evening JD students who work for state, local, or federal agencies.
The Law School Alumni Association Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an incoming JD student with excellent academic credentials.
The Curran and Whittington Scholarship in Trial Advocacy
This scholarship is awarded to the second- or third-year JD student who places first in the Scalia Law Trial Advocacy Intramural competition held each fall.
Dr. Lawrence Cranberg Scholarship Endowment in Science and the Law
Awarded to one or more JD students pursuing a degree at Scalia Law School and who hold a PhD in a science such as physics, chemistry, or biology.
The Banner & Witcoff Intellectual Property Law Scholarship
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd., an intellectual property law firm with offices in Washington, Boston, Chicago, and Portland, Oregon, has established a scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to be awarded to George an outstanding intellectual property law student enrolled in the JD program.
Venable Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an incoming first-year JD student with superior academic credentials and an interest in public service work.
David and Carrie Jolly Scholarship for Working Professionals at Scalia Law
Awarded to an incoming first-year, part-time JD candidate who has excellent academic and professional credentials and who is engaged in a professional full-time job.
Craig Young and Shirley Keisler Scholarship
Awarded to an incoming, first-year JD student with excellent academic credentials.
Philip H. Dorsey, II Law Library Scholarship Fund
This fund provides a scholarship award to a JD student pursuing a degree at the law school who works, or worked during the academic year immediately prior to the scholarship award, at the Law Library.
The Marc P. Katz Law Student Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded each year to a rising, second-year, full-time JD candidate who demonstrates academic merit and is ranked in the top 15 percent of the class.
The Lorraine H. Cichowski Law Student Scholarship
The scholarship is for evening students pursuing a JD degree. The recipient will qualify on the basis of academic merit, and may be either full-time or part-time. The student may be an incoming or returning student. The scholarship is renewable.
Scholarships from Outside Organizations:
A number of outside organizations, including local bar and community associations, law firms, and other groups sponsor scholarship programs for law students. Many of these scholarships are targeted at women and minorities. As we become aware of these programs, we will post the information on the Scholarships from Outside Organizations page.
Created through the generosity of Dr. Robert A. Levy, a 1994 graduate of the law school, this generous fellowship program seeks to encourage young scholars to enter the academic field of law and economics by sponsoring their pursuit of a JD degree. Fellowship grants cover tuition and fees and provide a substantial stipend for up to three years. To be eligible for a Levy Fellowship, an applicant must either (1) have earned a PhD from an accredited university in economics, or a closely related field such as finance or political science; or (2) have successfully completed all course work in one of the above fields and have passed the general exam for a PhD from an accredited university.
School of Law Fellowships
A small number of fellowship grants are awarded to outstanding incoming JD students each year based upon the strength of their applications for admission.