University of Pittsburgh

Scholarships

Scholarship Retention Information

All admitted students are reviewed for merit scholarship awards at time of admissions to Pitt Law.  The merit scholarships are renewable for the second and third years of law school provided the recipient maintains a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in their legal studies.  Scholarship renewal review is conducted at the end of the academic year.  Students whose scholarship is not renewed may request to have their scholarship reinstated at any time based upon earning the cumulative 3.0 grade point average in their legal studies. 

Below is the ABA Consumer Information for Scholarship Retention at Pitt Law:

 

Students Matriculating In

Number Entering with Conditional Scholarships

Number Whose Conditional Scholarship have since been reduced or eliminated

2012-2013

69

13

2011-2012

71

8

2010-2011

121

33

 

Law School Scholarship Funds

Approximately 50 percent of the student body receives scholarship funds from the School of Law in the form of merit or need-based scholarship awards. 

Dean's Scholarships

The School of Law offers scholarship for academic merit to incoming first year students. There is no application necessary for merit scholarships. Admitted students are automatically considered for merit scholarships on the basis of past academic performance as documented in their admissions materials. Students admitted prior to February 1st earning a high LSAT score of 161 or better and an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) are guaranteed the Dean's Scholarship. All admitted students are reviewed for consideration for a merit scholarship. Students awarded a merit scholarship will be notified in writing with their admit letter. The minimum award amount starts at $10,000 per academic year with two equal payments of $5,000 per term.

Merit scholarships are renewable as long as a student maintains at least a "B" average, defined as a 3.0 cumulative GPA, or better in their legal studies. Merit scholarship can only be applied to your tuition at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. If you are attending another school or a study abroad program, your scholarship will be placed on hold and reinstated when you return to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Tuition Scholarships

The School of Law offers a Tuition Scholarship for diversity/adversity to incoming first year students. There is no separate application necessary for the Tuition Scholarship. Admitted students are automatically considered for the Tuition Scholarship based on the personal statement and/or Supplementary Questionnaire that was included in the admission application material. Students awarded the Tuition Scholarship will be notified in writing with their admit letter. The typical award amount starts at $10,000 per academic year with two equal payments of $5000 per term for those students admitted prior to April 15th.

Diversity/adversity scholarships are renewable for the second and third year of legal studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Merit scholarship can only be applied to your tuition at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  If you are attending another school or a study abroad program, your scholarship will be placed on hold and reinstated when your return to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Endowments Funding

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law offers endowment funds. Funding for the  endowments come from generous donations from various sources (alumni, law offices, attorneys, professors, etc.). Funds from these sources are available to all students that complete the application process listed below. Endowments are NOT automatically renewed each year; therefore you should follow the application process listed below to be considered each year.

Application Process for Prospective First Year Students
To be considered for any endowments, the only form prospective first year students must complete is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1st. The FAFSA can be completed on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov using your U.S. Department of Education PIN and the University of Pittsburgh's school code 008815. Prospective students awarded an endowment will be notified in writing by April 1st.

Application Process for All Continuing Students
For continuing students to be considered for any endowment, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Endowment Scholarship Worksheet with your resume and essay attached by April 1st. The FAFSA can be completed on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov using your U.S. Department of Education PIN and the University of Pittsburgh's school code 008815. Continuing students awarded any endowment will be notified in writing generally by June.

Endowments

  • Arnold B. Silverman Endowment - 2L & 3L only
    This endowment is available to students who exhibit a commitment to pursue the field of intellectual property as evidenced by (a) an express statement of an intent to specialize in intellectual property and having taken at least one intellectual course at the School of Law and/or (b) participation in an intellectual property pursuit in law school, such as an intellectual property moot court competition, an intellectual property paper or other pursuit deemed as ample evidence of a genuine interest in intellectual property.
  • Morris M. Berger Scholarship - 2L & 3L only
    The purpose of this scholarship is to support financial aid for a student with an interest in torts. The recipient should demonstrate excellence in the field of torts. Consideration will be given to a student who has evidenced an interest in preserving the rights of individuals who have been injured as the result of the negligent or other improper conduct of others.
  • Jack McGregor Scholarship - 2L & 3L only
    The purpose of this endowment shall be to provide scholarship support to financially needy student who have demonstrated strong academic performance in prior studies and who have made a commitment to utilize their law degree working in the public sector.
  • Alfred V. Papa Memorial Scholarship - Incoming 1L 
    The purpose of this endowment is to provide scholarship to a student based on both academic merit and financial need. Consideration will be given to students from Western Pennsylvania area - primarily Lawrence, Butler, Beaver, and Allegheny counties.
  • George Bloom Scholarship - 2L & 3L only
    This endowment is available to second year law students with possible renewal for the third year provided that an application is submitted in the third year. The recipient will be a resident of Pennsylvania and demonstrate financial need and high moral and scholastic achievement.
  • Arthur J. Murphy, Jr. Scholarship - All students
    This endowment is available to a needy student with a surname of Murphy.
  • Norman Gluck Scholarship - 3L only
    This scholarship is available to two third year students. The recipients are to be selected based on financial need and academic merit.
  • Edward A. and Charles S. Perlow Scholarship - Incoming 1L
    This scholarship represents a three-year financial aid commitment to an incoming student, assuming a satisfactory level of academic performance. The amount of the annual award is to decrease from the first to the third year.
  • Walter Griffith Powell Scholarship - Incoming 1L
    This scholarship is available to a male resident of Allegheny County.
  • George E. Schumacher Memorial Lecture - 2L & 3L only
    This endowment is available to a second or third year student who demonstrates financial need.
  • John H. Sorg and Thomas Howell Burchfield Scholarship - Incoming 1L
    This scholarship is available to a worthy male student demonstrating financial need.
  • Nathan M. Raphael Memorial Fund - 2L & 3L only
    This endowment is available to a student from Southwestern Pennsylvania. Award recipients are to be entering their second year of study and will be selected based on outstanding academic performance in their first year of study and financial need. The award may be renewed for a recipient's third year of study if the selection criteria are maintained.
  • Spector Scholarship - Incoming 1L 
    This scholarship is available to an incoming first year student and renewable for the second and third year providing the student maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • W. Edward Sell and Cordelia F. Sell Scholarship - 2L & 3L only
    This scholarship is available to second and third year students that have successfully completed their first year of law school at the University of Pittsburgh. The recipient will demonstrate high academic achievement as exemplified by their cumulative grade point average. Candidates must also demonstrate personal responsibility, as well as commitment to the School of Law.
  • Judge Harry A. Kramer Scholarship Fund- Incoming 1L or 2L only
    This scholarship is available to incoming first year or second year law student interested in pursuing public interest law.

 

Public Interest Scholarship

First year applicants who are U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents and have a strong commitment to public interest law can apply for the Public Interest Scholarship. The Public Interest Scholarship will be emailed to all admitted students.  Based on an evaluation of the application materials provided, the Scholarship Committee is looking for students who possess a strong commitment to the area of public interest. The strength of their commitment will be judged based on their prior work in the area, the ideas they have for work during their legal education and the career they have planned after graduation. The Committee is also looking for students who have done well academically in their undergraduate and/or graduate work.

Awards will be renewed for the second and third years of law school as long as all renewal criteria specified at the time of application are met. When accepting the scholarship offer, recipients must make a moral commitment that they will be dedicated to public service work throughout their legal career.

The Office of Admissions must receive the scholarship application and all supporting documentation by February 15th. In order for a completed application to be considered by the Scholarship Committee, the applicant must be admitted to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law; therefore, it is imperative that students apply for admission early in the process.

Questions regarding this scholarship can be addressed to the Office of Admissions by calling (412) 648-1805. For more information about Pitt Law's public interest student organization please visit Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation (PLISF).

K. Leroy Irvis Fellowship Program

This program is designed to address the critical need to recruit and retain African American graduate and professional students, and to ultimately enhance the African American presence in the University. It will provide full in-state tuition to one academically outstanding applicant. The scholarship committee reviews all accepted applicants in the spring and the award will be made prior to our April 15th deposit deadline.

David and Carl Janavitz Fellowship in First Amendment Law

First Amendment Law has a long history of importance to the academic legal community as well as all citizens of this country. Given the legal and policy concerns and possibilities created by applying First Amendment Law to traditional areas as well as new technologies such as the Internet, it remains essential today to demonstrate how scholarly legal writing, research, and legal work generally can awaken and inform public awareness of the profound issues at stake.

This Fellowship was created to provide funding for one J.D. student with a special interest in and demonstrated talent for analysis of legal and public policy issues concerning First Amendment Law. The fellowship appointment will be for one year with an award of $10,000. The selection of the fellow will be made by a committee after reviewing the application along with the required supporting documents. All incoming first year, rising second and third year students are eligible to apply. The deadline for David and Carl Janavitz Fellowship application is March 1st.

University of Pittsburgh Law Alumni Association Scholarship

The Law Alumni Association Scholarship is awarded annually to third year Pitt Law students.  This Scholarship gives students the freedom to pursue career goals by helping to offset educational loans.   The Law Alumni Association typically awards three scholarships annually.  Consideration is give to grades, activities, interest and financial need.  Pitt Law students in the spring of their second year are invited to apply by completing the University of Pittsburgh Law Alumni Association (UPLAA) Scholarship application and submitting the required supporting materials by the March deadline.  The Law Alumni Association will select a number of applicants for a required interview prior to the final awarding of the scholarship.  Please visit the Law Alumni Association website for more information.

Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy Scholarship

In profound gratitude for his devoted service to the University of Pittsburgh and as an enduring tribute to his distinguished legal career, the University established the Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy Endowed Scholarship.  The Cappy Scholar will be a Pennsylvania resident with high academic qualifications, who holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and intends to pursue a career in public interest.  Admitted students who fit the Cappy Scholar qualifications will be invited to submit an application.   The Cappy Scholarship will distribute a $15,000 scholarship annually towards your Pitt Law tuition.  This scholarship will be renewable for the second and third years of law school as long as a cumulative 3.0 GPA is maintained in at the law school.  In addition, Cappy Scholars will have their Cappy Scholarship matched with the Dean's Scholarship creating a full tuition scholarship.

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