LL.M. Students

There are a limited number of fellowships and scholarships available to LLM students at the law school, awarded by Graduate Admissions. The law school does not award need-based grants to LLM students.

If you are an International applicant to the LLM degree program, inquire about financial aid directly through the International Graduate Programs Office.  

Fellowships and Scholarships

The following fellowships and scholarships are available to graduate law students. If you wish to be considered, submit a letter of interest to the appropriate admissions office at the time you apply for admission. The admission application, as well as all supporting documents, must be received by the relevant deadline in order for you to be considered for a fellowship. 

  • Randolph C. Shaw Graduate Fellowship
    Randolph C. Shaw (LLB 1915, LLM 1923) established a fellowship for those pursuing an advanced degree in law. The Shaw Fellowship for full tuition is reserved for a student in the Environmental Law Program who will assist the director of that program on a part-time basis throughout the academic year.
  • Faculty Research Fellowships
    The Law School has limited funds available to assist graduate students who work with faculty on research and other projects during the academic year in exchange for tuition remission. The amount of individual awards varies.
  • Thomas Buergenthal Scholarships
    Thomas Buergenthal Scholarships, which cover full or partial tuition, are awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need to non-U.S. law school graduates. The amount of the award is determined by the International Graduate Programs Office. Contact the LLM Admissions Office to apply for a Buergenthal scholarship. 
  • Momsen, Leonardos Scholarship for Brazilian Law Graduates
    The Momsen Scholarship provides tuition assistance to Brazilian graduate law students with a special interest in U.S. constitutional law or intellectual property law. The amount of the award is determined by the International Graduate Programs Office. Contact the LLM Admissions Office to apply for Momsen, Leonardo scholarships.
  • The Honorable Gerald J. Mossinghoff Fellowship for Graduate Research in Intellectual Property Law
    The Mossinghoff Fellowship is awarded annually to either an LLM or SJD degree candidate. Preference will be given to a candidate who is specializing in the pharmaceutical field.

Scholarship Forms may be obtained from the LLM Admissions Office.

Please pay careful attention to all e-mail messages that you receive from GW Law, and be sure to let the Law Financial Aid and Graduate Admissions offices know of any changes in your e-mail address.

2014-2015 Cost of Attendance, LLM Program* 

Nine-Month Academic Year Costs     

Full-Time LLM (12 credit hours per semester)       

Part-Time LLM (5 credit hours per semester)

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Tuition and fees






1) 2014-2015 LL.M. tuition is charged at a per-credit rate of $1,830.00. For planning purposes, LL.M. students should expect an annual increase in tuition of 3- 5%.

2) Health insurance will no longer be included in the 2014-2015 academic year cost for most students. Only F1 and J1 visa holders, and medical and health sciences students, are required to have health insurance for enrollment. F1 and J1 visa holders may have the cost of GWU’s student health plan added to their cost of attendance.

3) Students studying with permission at another law school are charged a $35 continuous enrollment fee per semester. The cost of attendance provided by the host school is used by the GW Law Financial Aid office to determine loan eligibility.

4) SJD tuition is charged at the full-time J.D. academic year rate applicable to the year in which the candidate is admitted, and then divided over four semesters. For example, S.J.D. candidates admitted in either fall 2014 or spring 2015 pay the full-time J.D. tuition for 2013-2014, $52,033, divided into four equal payments of $13,008.25, one for each of the first four semesters of their enrollment in the S.J.D. program.

Required Course Loads for Federal and Private Loans

LLM students must be enrolled at least half-time (5-8 credit hours) in each semester for which they are requesting loans. Any enrollment change may result in financial aid changes.




Fall/Spring semesters

9 or more credits

5-8 credits

Summer semester

5 of more credits

3-4 credits

Federal and Other Student Loans

Federal Direct Student Loans

For details on the terms of these loans and eligibility requirements, refer to the pages on Federal Direct Stafford Loans and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans.

To have your eligibility determined for Federal Direct Loans, you must submit:

1) The 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA with your (and your spouse's, if applicable) information.

2) The GW Law Financial Aid Request Form [pdf] If you are a returning student, please complete the form on Banweb/GWeb under the Financial Aid Menu.

Federal Direct Stafford Loans

All students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may borrow up to $20,500 each year in the Federal Direct Stafford Loan, regardless of credit-worthiness. The interest rate on the Federal Direct Stafford Loan is variable, based on the 10-Year Treasury bill, adjusted each July 1. The current rate for the 2014-2015 is 6.21%, with up-front loan origination fees charged of 1.072% (this will change on October 1, 2014 to 1.073%). Unless an extended payment plan is chosen, the Federal Direct Stafford Loan must be repaid within 10 years. The aggregate maximum a student can borrow through Federal Direct Stafford Loans is $138,500.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

All students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who do not have “adverse credit” may borrow the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan in an amount up to the total COA less all other financial aid. The interest rate on Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans is variable, based on the 10-Year Treasury Bill rate, adjusted annually on July 1. The 2014-2015 rate is 7.21%. Borrowers will be charged an up-front origination fee of 4.288% (this will change on October 1, 2014 to 4.292%) of the principal amount of the loan, deducted proportionately from each semester disbursement. Unless an extended payment plan is chosen, the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan must be repaid within 10 years of graduation or dropping to less than half-time enrollment. There is no aggregate maximum amount for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS. All PLUS loans require a credit decision. You must complete the PLUS Request process at www.studentloans.gov. You and/or your endorser’s credit report will be pulled by the Department of Education, or its contractors, and a hard hit on your/your endorser’s credit report will result. Credit decisions are good for 90 days.  

Private Loans

Although the Law School does not package financial aid with private loans, students might prefer to borrow private loans through any vendor of their choice. Your financial aid counselor will work with you and your lender to certify and disburse any private loans you wish you borrow. Private loans cannot be consolidated with federal loans, and have stringent credit requirements.  It is the student's responsibility to choose a private loan product; the Law School does not recommend one program over another. 

Student Loans for International Students

Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are not eligible for Federal Direct Loans. International students with need should explore private loans, which generally require a creditworthy U.S. citizen co-signer. Students should complete the GW Law Financial Aid Request form and submit a copy of their loan application and their signed Private Student Loan Counseling Checklist. 

Financial Aid Award Packages

Your application for financial aid will be complete upon submission of a completed FAFSA and, for those selected for verification, all additional required documentation, and the GW Law Financial Aid Request Form [pdf] . Returning part-time LL.M. students should complete the Financial Aid Request form on Banweb/GWeb. You will find this form on the Financial Aid Menu. It is our goal to provide applicants with financial aid award notice (via the GWeb self-service system) in a timely manner.

Please note that we will base your initial financial aid award on the information that we have at the time we make the award. As supplemental information is provided and changes occur (e.g. amended FAFSA data, federal tax returns, or other documents required in the verification process, etc.), we retain the right to modify your financial aid award.  

Award Notification 

We will notify you via Banner e-mail when your award is ready for your review on GWeb. Once you view awards on GWeb, you will be able to accept, decline, or accept a reduced award, if desired. 

From GWeb, you will be able to link directly, if necessary, to the government website for loan applications. You must fill out the Master Promissory Note (MPN) for each of the loans you wish to borrow, Federal Direct Stafford and/or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loans. As federal direct loan entrance counseling is school-specific, you will need to complete it for GW Law even if you may already have done so for a prior school. You may review whether or not you have active MPNs on the Student Loans website under the headings "My Loan Documents" and Completed MPN's where date/time stamps of each will appear if already completed. You must also complete the PLUS Request process if you have accepted a Graduate PLUS loan on GWeb at www.studentloans.gov.

When and How do Funds Arrive?

Federal Direct loans are issued in two equal portions, divided between the fall and spring semesters of the academic year, arriving at the beginning of each semester.  

Student Account e-Refund of Excess Funds

Financial aid award funds are disbursed to your GW Law Student Account at the beginning of each semester. If the awards you have expected exceed the amount owed on the GW Student Account e-Bill system per semester, you will receive a refund to assist with your external educational expenses, such as books, housing, meals, etc. To set up your direct deposit e-refund, please register online through Student Account eBill

Return and Refund Policies of Title IV Funds and Institutional Aid (including merit scholarships and GW Law need-based grants) 

By federal regulation, the GW Law School Financial Aid Office is required to calculate a Return of Title IV Funds amount for all financial aid recipients who withdraw are dismissed, or who take a Leave of Absence during a semester. The policy applies to financial aid recipients who discontinue enrollment in all classes, on or after the first day of the semester. The earned portion of federal loan aid is calculated on a daily basis using calendar days from the first day of instruction. Any aid received in excess of the earned amount is considered unearned. Title IV funds are returned to the federal programs in the amount of unearned federal loan aid you received at the beginning of the semester. 

Depending on the timing in your change in your enrollment status, the Law School Financial Aid Office will also pro-rate or revoke institutional aid depending on the timing of a change in your enrollment status. Contact your financial aid counselor for more details. 

Note for Graduating Students

LLM students who will be taking their first state bar exam may be eligible to increase their Cost of Attendance and Graduate PLUS Loan eligibility for this expense.  Please contact your financial aid counselor for details. Costs associated with taking the bar exam, including prep course fees and summer living expenses, cannot be included in GW Law's estimate of costs for the nine-month academic year. Creditworthy applicants may apply for a bar loan from participating lenders. Please check with your financial aid counselor for more details. 

Summer Courses

Costs associated with taking a half-time or more course load in the summer may be met with private loans or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans. Please work with your financial aid counselor to apply for summer funds. 

GW Law Financial Aid Office

Once you have completed your FAFSA and provided all required information, the GW Law Financial Aid Office will provide information to you about the GWeb self-service system, the procedure for securing your student loans, etc. Feel free to contact the staff at any time with questions about budgeting, borrowing and making plans for the repayment of student loans.

The GW Law Financial Aid Office is located at 700 20th Street NW, Washington, DC  20052 (corner of 20th and G Streets).

The main phone number is 202.994.6592, the fax number is 202.994.3597, and the general e-mail address is finaid@law.gwu.edu.

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