Merit Scholarships

At GW Law, merit scholarships are partially funded through the generosity of our alumni. The Admissions Office automatically considers all admitted applicants for law school merit scholarships on the basis of the information contained in your admission file; no additional information is required.

The law school begins awarding merit scholarships in early February via email, and continues to make awards every few weeks until all merit funds are exhausted.  In order to accept a merit scholarship, the Admissions Office must receive your first seat deposit by April 1.

Merit scholarships are renewed automatically every year and are disbursed half at the beginning of the fall semester, the other half at the beginning of the spring.  Merit scholarships are not available during the summer semester.  There are no specific conditions for maintaining a scholarship for the duration of your fall and spring semester studies, other than those designated in our policies on good academic standing for all students.  Details are available under the Dean of Students.

If you receive a merit scholarship of $16,000 or more, you are ineligible to receive need-based grants. If you already have been awarded a GW need-based grant and are later awarded a merit scholarship, your level of need will have changed.  Therefore it is more than likely that the need-based grant may be adjusted or even revoked.

The Admissions Office awards scholarships to incoming 1Ls only. If you do not receive a merit scholarship for your first year of law study, you are ineligible to receive one as an upperclassman.

GW Law does not award scholarships that are conditional on law school academic performance, therefore we do not post an ABA Scholarship retention worksheet for years beginning in 2012.

Students Matriculating In

Students Entering with a Conditional Scholarship

Conditional Scholarships Reduced or Eliminated

2012-2013 Academic Year 


Not applicable


Not applicable

2011-2012 Academic Year



2010-2011 Academic Year



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