Law School for Free for Veterans

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Understanding Military Benefits for Law Students

If you’ve ever served our country in the armed forces, you’ve earned not only our admiration and respect, but also the opportunity to attend the nation’s top law schools at a fraction of the cost.

I truly enjoy working with my military clients and seeing how the law schools appreciate their leadership and judgment. Recently one of my former clients at Georgetown Law forwarded me a link that breaks down the cost of every T50 law school for veterans. It factors in the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program and shows available housing stipends. It even gets updated annually by a group of veterans! I am really excited about this resource and happy to share it with my blog readers.

Most people know the story of the original GI Bill. It was signed into law by President Roosevelt in 1944 to give returning veterans access to low-interest mortgages and tuition grants. It quickly led to a massive influx of veteran students, and in 1947 veterans accounted for nearly half of college admissions. The bill was most recently updated in 2008 to cover more educational expenses, provide a living allowance, and offer transferability to spouses and kids. But still, it covers only in-state tuition at public schools.

The Yellow Ribbon Program fills the void. It enables veterans to attend private schools and graduate programs—like law school—that cost more than the state-tuition cap. How? The VA agrees to match veterans-only scholarships at participating institutions dollar-for-dollar, up to the full cost of tuition. Some schools limit the number of students it will grant money, but many do not.

Between the benefits of the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program, over 30 of the T50 law schools—including Stanford, Notre Dame, and Duke—are essentially tuition free. Numerous others have tuition under than $10,000 per year. This knowledge can be valuable even at schools without the biggest tuition breaks. The former client who sent me this link, for example, used the fact that most T14 schools are tuition-free for veterans to negotiate scholarship money from GULC, even though he was an ED acceptance and below their medians.

The list of schools and their benefits are here. 2014-15 Law School GI Bill – Yellow Ribbon

10 thoughts on “Law School for Free for Veterans

    • Rebecca Dellicker on said:

      Yes, what about benefits for a spouse of a Desert Storm veteran with 100% service-connected disability? I am also currently a reservist with 15 years in but haven’t been activated so I seem to fall through all the cracks as far as education benefits. I have DEA benefits, but that won’t come close to funding law school – is there a program that will match DEA funds or something?

  1. Do you know if there are some benefits for the spouses that wants to go to Law School? I heard about My CAA but its more focused to short careers.

  2. Kelly Springer Neferis on said:

    My husband is finishing his degree in the spring (17) and taking the LSAT’s this coming September. He is getting a lot of run around from vocational rehabilitation and needs direction-guidance . He has good grades and will nail that LSAT out the park- he also received his project management certificate. Any advice would be greatly appreciated –

  3. Cassidy Andreason on said:

    I am a veteran that is seeking a law degree in order to further serve my country. I am an avid reader who thrives around self-discipline. I am not your average breed. I enjoy reading case law because I know how powerful it can be to know more. I have a very good memory only because I attach it to practicality. I am the odd ball who will drag 500 books in a courtroom through an extended effort to include an extreme breadth of knowledge when applying reasonable material against overwhelming odds in order to strengthen litigation. I intend to bring an element unforeseen in an effort to add an intriguing element of innovation to the courtroom so that America’s justice system can reidentify itself to a more natural course of business. It is my belief that through the practice of insightful litigation, we can overcome and at least minimize the manipulative nature of evasive testimony/arguments, unrealistic punitive judgements and oppressive continuations and rulings. I am confident and wholeheartedly believe to possess the characteristics of an individual that is necessary in achieving the improbable goal of making a justice system a better process than it was when I found it. I will be a modern-day Cato The Younger. What I am asking of you is any advice or direction to help a not-so-well-off Veteran make a selfless mark on his country.
    Thank you,

    Cassidy

  4. Heather Stephens on said:

    Hi,

    I am a U.S. Veteran who received an Honorable discharge. I graduated from Lipscomb University and am looking to go to Law School. Any assistance would be appreciated.

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