• First Year Scholarships and Fellowships

    Hamline scholarships help make your JD more attainable

    All incoming first-year Hamline Law students are considered for merit and endowed scholarships outlined below. You do not need to submit any additional applications. If you have been selected for a scholarship you will be notified in the acceptance letter.

    Returning law student scholarships and fellowships.

    First-year merit scholarships

    Presidential and Dean's Scholarships

    • Merit-based: awarded based on LSAT scores and undergraduate GPA
    • Renewable through the semester in which you complete 88 law school credits
    • Awarded as admission decisions are made
    • No separate application is needed
    • You must possess a 2.000 GPA at the end of the spring semester to maintain scholarship

    Justice Thurgood Marshall Scholarships

    • Supports inclusive excellence for all students, reflective of the diversity of our larger community
    • Renewable tuition scholarship
    • Awarded based on academic credentials, predicted academic promise, and demonstrated evidence of inclusive community-building efforts

    Institute Scholarships

    • Offered by Hamline Law’s three renowned institutes – business law, dispute resolution, and health law
    • Renewable scholarships
    • Awarded to incoming students who express a demonstrated interest in those specialized areas
    • Awarded to first-year students based on predicted academic performance and non-academic factors such as: employment history, community involvement, and undergraduate and graduate work
    • No separate application is necessary; however, you should reference your specific interest in your personal statement or an addendum to receive full consideration for institute scholarships
    • Students selected for the institute scholarships may be eligible for further opportunities such as research assistantships, externships, and alumni mentors

    Minnesota Private College Scholarships

    • Available to graduates of one of Minnesota’s 17 private liberal arts institutions
    • Renewable based on maintaining a 2.000 GPA
    • No separate application is necessary


    First-year endowed scholarships

    Aaniin! Niiji Scholarship

    Aaniin! Niiji is an Ojibwe greeting meaning "Hello friend." This scholarship is

    • Awarded to an entering first year student who is:
      • A recognized member of a Native American community
      • Has a demonstrated need for financial assistance to attend Hamline Law
      • Has demonstrated either a high degree of collegiate academic achievement or a commitment to service that benefits Native American people
    • No separate application is required

    Anne Marie Fairbanks (Williams) Scholarship

    • Established by Marilyn J. Mitsch, in memory of her grandmother
    • Annual tuition scholarship for one or more law students who are American Indian and who demonstrate financial need
    • Preference given to those who have demonstrated commitment to and/or plan to serve the American Indian community after completing their law degree
    • No separate application is required

    Douglas J. McFarland Scholarship

    • Awarded to a first-year student from South Dakota who has demonstrated academic promise
    • No separate application is required.  

    Edwin J. Butterfoss Scholarship

    • Awarded annually to a first-year student whose presence will enhance the diversity of the first year class.
    • Preference given to students who enhance the racial or ethnic diversity of the class, or who belong to groups historically underrepresented in law schools and the legal profession, and who have overcome economic or other obstacles and/or demonstrated outstanding leadership or service to their community.
    • No separate application is required

    Judge Kenneth G. Brill Scholarship

    • Awarded to a first-year student on the basis of financial need and demonstrated superiority in scholarship, citizenship, leadership, and character
    • Award amount varies
    • No separate application is required

    Justice James C. Otis, Jr. Minority Scholarship

    • Established to support one or more ethnic minority students who demonstrate a commitment to serving their communities
    • No separate application is required

    Stinson Leonard Street Scholarship

    • Awarded annually to a first-year student of color who:
      • possesses high academic promise
      • demonstrates leadership skills and performance
      • demonstrates connection to the state of Minnesota
      • demonstrates service to the community
      • demonstrates commitment or desire to pursue private practice in Minnesota following graduation
    • Includes a unique mentorship opportunity with a member of the law firm
    • No application is necessary
    • The admissions committee forwards ideal candidates to the firm for final selection

    Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. Minority Scholarship

    • Awarded annually to a first-year student of color who demonstrates:
      • leadership skills
      • academic promise
      • financial need
    • No separate application is required

    Wendy K. Watson Scholarship

    • Awarded to an entering non-traditional female student with significant outside obligations
    • In March, application invitation letters are sent to female admitted applicants

    First-year fellowships

    Constance L. Bakken Fellowship

    • Awarded to incoming students with the strongest credentials
    • Supplements a Presidential Scholarship with a research stipend of $6,000
    • Pairs fellows with a faculty member to conduct scholarly research
    • Results in research in numerous legal areas: business law, child advocacy, dispute resolution, intellectual property, and health law
    • During 1L, fellows are invited to participate in special events and programs with their fellowship cohort

    Law Library Fellowship

    • Open to law students who hold a master’s degree in library science and who are interested in exploring a career in law librarianship
    • Includes a $3,000 stipend each fall and spring semester (for a total of $6,000 each academic year)
    • Provides valuable experience working alongside Hamline Law library's highly skilled and dedicated full-time staff
    • During 1L, fellows work 10 hours/week in the library. In 2L and 3L, fellows work 15 hours/week
    • Involves extensive reference work and special projects within the public services department
    • Law library director selects the recipient