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Scholarships for Those Who Pursue a Law Degree: From the UK to Switzerland

Programs in law are very popular among students, along with medicine, engineering, and IT. A law degree abroad is prestigious and promises a successful career and good money. The problem is that not everyone can afford it.

Thank God there are scholarships! Here, we've selected funding programs for law students in the UK, USA, France, and Switzerland.

Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarship, the University of Oxford

The Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffman Scholarship and Leadership Programme offers outstanding students from countries with transitional and developing economies the opportunity to obtain law degrees at the University of Oxford. The scholarship program is administered by the  Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust.

Who is eligible? Nationals from eligible countries enrolled in bachelor’s and master’s programs at the University of Oxford. Students in the following law programs can apply for the scholarship:

Successful candidates must demonstrate a link between the major they picked and their long-term career goals.

N.B.: Students awarded the scholarship are expected to come home after graduation to work for the community at the regional and international levels.

What's covered? The scholarship fully covers the cost of university tuition. Successful applicants will also receive a living expenses grant of at least £15,609 ($21,442). The scholarship is granted for the entire period of study.

How to apply? Those who want to be considered for a scholarship need to pick a program and apply to the University of Oxford. When filling out the application, select "Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffman Scholarship and Leadership Program" in the Funding section. You will also need to fill out the Weidenfeld-Hoffman Scholarship application and upload it with your application.

Depending on the program, the application deadline for the 2022/2023 academic year is January 7 or January 21, 2022. To find out more about how to complete the application form, follow the Application Guide.

PIPS Program, University of Washington School of Law

Since 2001, the American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) has provided financial support to talented students as part of the PIPS Program. All students regardless of their citizenship can apply for the scholarship.

Who is eligible? All international students applying to the J.D. (Juris Doctor) programs at the University of Washington College of Law. Applicants have to demonstrate a brilliant academic performance, a commitment to community service, and an intention to make a career in Public Interest and Public Service.

N.B.: There are two types of law programs in the US: the J.D. (Juris Doctor) and the LLM (Master of Laws). The first runs for three years and is equivalent to Graduate School. One can enter it only after a bachelor's degree. After completing a J.D. degree, a graduate can take a licensing exam and work as a practicing lawyer in the US. Below, you’ll learn more about LLM programs in the US.

What's covered? Successful students receive grants for all years of study. The scholarship fully covers tuition fees, living expenses, meals, and learning materials. A year in a J.D. program at the AUWCL costs $82,842.  

How to apply? You can apply on the College’s website until January 31, 2022. Remember that the scholarship application process will be over before the admission deadline for academic programs. Your scholarship application should include an application for a J.D. program, a CV, an essay, and a letter of recommendation.

Learn more about the selection process here.

Fulbright Scholarship, the US

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the US Government, was developed to enhance cultural and academic ties between the US and other countries. This scholarship makes it possible for students from over 160 countries to study for free in US graduate programs for one year.

Who is eligible? Those who completed an undergraduate program and now pursue a US master's degree, as well as graduate students who intend to conduct research and gather material for a thesis at a US university. Applicants can be of any age and must show an excellent command of English.

The scholarship is available for law students. We already shared the story of Tanya Zinyakova, who won a Fulbright scholarship and studied law in a master’s program in North Carolina.

N.B.: The Fulbright Program does not fund J.D. degrees, only LLMs. This scholarship is suitable for international students who have studied law in undergraduate programs but do not want to spend another three years studying. Graduates of LLM programs can do specific research in law or take the US bar exam.

Note that the program requires you to come back home for at least two years after you finish. Also, you cannot choose a university, but only an academic program.

What’s covered? The scholarship covers everything, including tuition at a US university, health insurance, transport expenses, and visa costs. Every month, you get extra money for a living.

How to apply? The contest for the Fulbright Scholarship goes in three stages. 

To participate, you must first fill out an application online by May 15 each year. Your application must be accompanied by research objectives and a personal statement. The research objectives should contain your expectations for the program and how you’re going to apply your new knowledge and experience in practice. The personal statement should tell the committee about your experiences, goals, and values.

The second stage of the selection process is the interview at the US Embassy with the Fulbright admissions committee. If you are approved, the third stage is when the organization sends your application to universities, and then you are accepted.

Emile Boutmy Scholarships, France

The Sciences Po university in Paris launched the Emile Boutmy Scholarship, named after the founder of the institution. It aims to financially support promising international students from non-EU countries. The scholarship is available for undergraduate and graduate programs, including the Sciences Po Law School.

Who is eligible? Non-EU students are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applicants must be either enrolled at Sciences Po for the first time or studying there already. The scholarship is awarded for academic achievements and committed community service activities. However, the applicant’s “social" profile is taken into account too.  

The scholarship is available for students taking Master in Economy Law, LLM in Transnational Arbitration & Dispute Settlement, and the Joint Master of Law and Finance.

What's covered? Successful applicants will receive a grant of €5,000 (412,635 rubles) or  €10,000 (805,270 rubles) per year to cover the costs of their master’s studies. The scholarship is paid for the entire period of study. Programs generally run for two years.

How to apply? When applying to Sciences Po, indicate in Financial Aid

that you are applying for a scholarship.

Note that students may be asked to provide proof of income and marital status. One can apply until November 30, 2021.

Scholarships from the Geneva Academy of International Law

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Switzerland offers partial and full scholarships for international students pursuing graduate programs.

Who is eligible? Scholarships are available for international students from non-Western countries who are enrolled in one of the following master's programs:

The number of scholarships is limited and varies each year depending on the Academy's financial resources. Scholarships are awarded as part of a contest based on the academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and financial capabilities of the applicant.

What's covered? Full scholarships cover tuition fees of CHF 18,000 (€16,794) and living expenses for ten months in Geneva. Partial scholarships only cover tuition fees.

How to apply? One has to submit a scholarship application online along with an application for one of the academic programs until January 28, 2022. Applicants have to pick one of two application tracks: with or without a scholarship.

N.B.: If you apply within both tracks, your application will automatically be considered as one without a scholarship. So if you cannot afford to pay tuition fees yourself, you should only apply for the scholarship track.