1L Scholarships

merit scholarship information for j.d. candidates

UDM Law awards scholarships to first-year J.D. students based on demonstrated success, including their undergraduate grade point averages, LSAT scores, and other accomplishments. The Scholarship Committee reviews all admitted applicants for scholarship eligibility, and recipients are notified of their award when they are admitted to the Law School. First-year renewable and one-year scholarship awards recognize not only prior achievements but the potential for success at UDM Law. Applicants are urged to complete their applications by February 1 for consideration of these scholarships, as funds available are limited.

The Dean’s Scholarships for Excellence award renewable scholarships at the 20%, 40%, 60%, and 75% level for students with demonstrated success. Scholarship decisions are based on the following considerations:

  • Excellence in undergraduate studies
  • LSAT scores indicating a strong potential for success (generally 150 or higher)
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to our law school community

The scholarships translate into the following discounts and tuition balances:

Tuition Scholarship Discount* 1L Tuition Balance*
20% $8,084 $32,338
40% $16,168 $24,254
60% $24,253 $16,169
75% $30,316 $10,106

*Based upon 2014-2015 tuition. Renewable awards are based upon the percentage of the current tuition.

Those offered a 75% renewable scholarship may be invited to apply for a UDM Law Fellows Award based on exceptional leadership, service or other accomplishments. Fellows Awards may increase the renewable scholarship to an 80% or 100% scholarship.

Students with excellent credentials may also be awarded a one-time merit scholarship of $5,000 - $7,500.

Students who do not receive a merit scholarship upon admissions to UDM Law School may earn one through excellence in the first year program.

For additional information, please contact:

Elizabeth Hallack, Office of Admissions
            (313) 596-0264 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To retain a renewable scholarship after Terms I and II of the first year, a student must fulfill the following conditions:

  • The student has not had the School take formal academic or disciplinary action against him/her that resulted in sanctions against the student;
  • The student is not considered an at-risk student, cumulative grade point average less than 2.6, at the end of Term II of the first year;
  • The student earned the minimum passing grades in Terms I and II first-year courses, Constitutional Law, and Evidence.

One-year scholarship is applied in equal amounts to Terms I and II in the first year.

Scholarship Retention

The School tracks renewable scholarship retention from year to year, beginning with the Fall 2011 incoming class:

Student Matriculating in (year) # Entering with Conditional Scholarships # Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced # Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Eliminated
Fall 2012 23 4 7
Fall 2011 26 4 4

merit scholarship information for Dual j.d. candidates

UDM Law awards scholarships ranging from 30% to 100% to American citizens based on demonstrated success, including their undergraduate grade point averages, LSAT scores, and other accomplishments.
University of Windsor Faculty of Law awards generous scholarships to Canadian citizens.  Please see www.uwindsor.ca/awards

For additional information, please contact:

            Stephanie Winbigler, Canadian & American Dual JD Program
            (313) 596-9841 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.