For first-year students, qualification for a merit scholarship is based on undergraduate academic records, Law School Admission Test scores, probability of superior scholarship in the School of Law and potential for leadership in the legal profession. Scholarships are automatically renewed for the second and third year at Washington and Lee School of Law as long as a student maintains good academic standing and a standard of behavior representative of a prospective member of the legal profession. We expect to make our first round of merit scholarship awards by mid-January. Thereafter, awards are made periodically throughout the remainder of the admissions cycle.
We typically make our first round of scholarship awards in mid-January, and applicants whose files are completed by December 31 will receive full consideration for merit-based scholarships. Application files completed after December 31 will be considered for merit-based scholarship assistance to the extent funds remain available. After the first round of scholarship awards, which occurs around mid-January, scholarship notification can be expected two to three weeks after admission.
While we do encourage applicants to complete their applications by December 31 in order to be eligible for merit scholarship consideration, this is not a hard deadline. We make scholarship awards throughout the entire admissions cycle, but have less money with which to work with each successive month. Consequently, though the chances of you receiving a scholarship award are much better the earlier you complete your application, it is nevertheless possible to receive a scholarship even if you do not complete your application until after December 31st. As with many other aspects of the law school application process, the sooner you can complete your application the better.
For a comprehensive analysis of our scholarship practices, please see our Scholarship Data Analysis webpage.