Scholarships and Financial Planning

Merit-based Scholarships

Scholarships ranging from a few thousand dollars to full tuition are made available through endowments and gifts provided by generous alumni, faculty, administrators, staff and friends of the law school. They are awarded based on academic abilities, potential for the study of law and other considerations. Scholarships are awarded to accepted applicants after a review of their admission files. All accepted applicants are considered for scholarships. No separate application form is necessary to be considered for a merit-based or endowed scholarship. Each scholarship may be renewed for all three years of law school, provided that academic performance criteria detailed in award letters are met.

Presidential Scholars

The Presidential Scholarship honors a small number of admitted students who have demonstrated extraordinary academic achievement, exceptional character, commitment to service, and leadership. This scholarship recognizes entering students who demonstrate great promise to become leading contributors to the legal community or society as a whole. 

Dean’s Scholars

Dean’s Scholars are selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, significant community service involvement and potential for success in law school and the legal profession. The scholarship is awarded to a select number of admitted applicants.

Oaks Scholars

Oaks Scholars are selected based primarily on academic and personal attributes such as leadership, service, and life or work experience. The scholarship is awarded to a select number of admitted applicants.


Download the document, Financing the Law Degree at Elon University, which includes information on the law school's scholarships, fellowships, internal and external student loan programs, and procedures for seeking financial assistance.

Download the 2014-2015 Elon Law Financial Aid Application.

Access Elon Law's Conditional Scholarship Retention Data.



Named & Endowed Scholarships

  • Banks-Arendell Scholarship
  • Carole W. Bruce Scholarship
  • Joy B. Davis Scholarship
  • Gail Drew Annual Scholarship
  • Sam and Vicki Hunt Scholarship
  • McMichael Law and Leadership Fellow Scholarship
  • Sidney J. Stern, Jr. Scholarship

Business Fellows Program

The Business Fellows program is designed to provide students with the essential knowledge and practical, hands-on experience needed to become exceptional business attorneys. In addition to receiving a scholarship and externship stipend, Business Fellows engage leaders in business and business law through externships, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities. The Business Fellows application will be posted here in early 2015.

Leadership Fellows Program

As part of Elon Law’s mission to infuse legal education with leadership development, the school has created a Leadership Fellows program, providing monetary scholarships and unique leadership experiences to students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership ability and who exhibit potential to develop enhanced leadership capacities while in law school and beyond. The Leadership Fellows application will be posted here in early 2015.

Veterans Benefits

  • Montgomery GI Bill
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • Yellow Ribbon Program

For more information regarding veteran benefits, please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

For more information regarding military funding options at Elon Law, please contact Nicole Jones at (336) 278-6676 or

Federal Student Aid

Many students borrow funds to finance their legal education. To be eligible for Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Elon’s federal school code is 002927. Law students may be eligible to borrow additional funds through the Federal GradPlus loan program. Applicants should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1. The FAFSA may be obtained online at This form is used to calculate a student’s expected family contribution (EFC) to his or her education. Elon also requires the Elon Aid application, which will be sent to applicants upon acceptance to the School of Law. The Financial Planning office will determine a student’s financial need based on the cost of attendance (tuition and living allowance) and the expected family contribution. For more information, please contact the university’s Financial Planning office at (800) 334-8448 or (336) 278-7640. The fax number is (336) 278-7639.

Law school scholarships from outside sources

The law school is often contacted by other institutions making scholarships available to prospective and current law students. Click here for a list of some external scholarship opportunities, including links to websites for many of the organization's granting these scholarships.