Paying for Law School – J.D.

Law school is a significant investment in a student’s professional future. As a public law school on a land-grant university campus, the College of Law is committed to educational accessibility, affordability, and strong return on investment. The College offers an extensive number of scholarships – including full-tuition and half-tuition scholarships – for students who show particular promise for success in the study and practice of law. The College also offers a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to graduates who choose careers within government and non-profit organizations.

To provide students with complete transparency with respect to educational costs, the College has adopted The Illinois Guarantee, which provides J.D. students with a stable tuition rate over all three years of their legal studies, and guarantees scholarships for as long as the recipient remains enrolled.


All students are automatically considered for scholarships, which are awarded to students who show the greatest promise for success in the study of law and their future professional endeavors. College of Law scholarships are not conditional upon maintaining a minimum grade point average or class standing. Learn more about Scholarships.

Financial Aid

Federal Direct Loans include unsubsidized Stafford and GradPLUS loans and are administered through the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid (OFSA). Learn more about Financial Aid.

Loan Repayment Assistance Program

The College of Law is committed to encouraging and assisting its graduates to pursue public interest careers. LRAP gives graduates more flexibility in career selection by offering partial loan forgiveness to qualifying applicants. Learn more about LRAP.