Diversity and Inclusion in Law School and Higher Education

How Scholarship Programs Impact Students and The Culture of Law School

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Journal Article

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student financial aid, law school diversity, merit-based financial aid


This article focuses on three key areas. First, it attempts to describe how different scholarship models might impact recruiting by analyzing how two “identical” law schools embracing these two different approaches to scholarships likely would yield first-year classes with different compositions. Second, the article describes what law schools actually do in terms of scholarship programs, explains why law schools might embrace different scholarship models, and explores how scholarship programs with different renewal criteria likely would impact the well-being of law students and the competitive environment of the two law schools. Third, this article describes best practices and makes recommendations regarding appropriate disclosure of information regarding scholarship programs