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Presidential Law Scholarships

St. Mary’s University School of Law is dedicated to graduating exceptional legal professionals with strong dedication to service and the common good. The Presidential Law Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship awarded by St. Mary’s Law. With it, the School of Law seeks to identify exceptional incoming students who demonstrate a strong capacity for leadership and whose personal ethos is a strong match to the mission of this University. It is an honor granted to up to five incoming students per year.

The Presidential Law Scholarship is open to incoming first-year applicants who exhibit outstanding academic achievement, commitment to justice, service to others, and the potential for a life of community leadership. A Presidential Scholar can be planning to enter either public service or the private sector, with a demonstrated commitment to community leadership and service to others.

Each Presidential Law Scholar will receive scholarship funding to cover the full amount of tuition and fees for their full-time or part-time enrollment in the Doctor of Jurisprudence at St. Mary’s Law. Every Presidential Law Scholar will be expected to be active in the law school community while a student and to complete his/her degree at the St. Mary’s University School of Law. In order to maintain the scholarship, each awardee must maintain a cumulative letter grade in law school of a B or higher.

The Scholarship Application Process:

  • Submit a completed application for admission to the J.D. program.
  • Compose an essay of not more than 500 words, describing how your personal ethos and educational and career objectives connect to the mission of St. Mary’s University.
  • Send an email to attesting as follows: “If I enroll at St. Mary’s Law, I will commit to completing my J.D. at St. Mary’s and endeavor throughout my time on St. Mary’s campus to engage in meaningful leadership and service work.” You may elaborate on your interest in St. Mary’s and commitment to enrolling in our J.D. program, if you wish.
  • In the subject line of the email, type your LSAC account number and “Presidential Law and Leadership Scholarship Application”
  •  Attach the essay to the email, and submit.

The priority deadline for submission of the application for the Presidential Law and Leadership Scholarships is March 25. Applications will be accepted through March 31, but only those submitted by March 25 will receive a decision during the first week in April. The Scholarship Committee and the Dean will review the essays submitted in conjunction with the materials included in the application for admission.

For questions about the Presidential Law Scholarship, please contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at 210-436-3523 or by email at

Leadership Scholarships

The Leadership Scholarships, with criteria similar to the Presidential Law Scholarships, provide $25,000 per year for incoming first-year students. All applicants who submit an application for the Presidential Law Scholarship will be considered for the Leadership Scholarships as well.

The application period for the Presidential Law and Leadership Scholarships for Fall 2020 is closed. The application will reopen when the Fall 2021 application session begins.

For more information and with questions, contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, at 210-436-3523 or by email at

Dean’s Scholarships

Dean’s Scholars are students who are recognized during the application process or at the end of each year of study for their prior demonstrated academic success and their commitment to the mission of St. Mary’s University School of Law. Every admitted law student is considered for eligibility for a Dean’s Scholarship soon after the student’s admission to the law school. There is no separate scholarship application.

Endowed Scholarships for Incoming First-Year Students

Alumni and friends have established more than 100 scholarships to recognize the achievements of our students and to enable the men and women of the next generation of legal professionals to complete their studies, as ethical leaders who are committed to justice, peace, excellence in the techniques of legal practice and readiness for change in the law.

The Office of Law Student Recruitment and Admissions considers every student for eligibility for each of the endowed scholarships soon after the student’s admission to the law school. These endowed scholarships provide the financial support for scholarships offered through the Office of law Recruitment and Admissions. Without the generous support of alumni and friends there would be fewer scholarship resources. There is no separate scholarship application.

Scholarships and Dean’s Scholarships for Second- and Third-Year Students

Scholarships for second- and third-year law students are based on merit and performance and are evaluated and awarded by the faculty and the administration on a regular basis throughout the year. There is no application process for these scholarships. Students will be notified if they have been awarded a scholarship.