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Merit Scholarships

Penn Law awards merit scholarships to a select number of students based primarily on their academic achievements and intellectual ambition, but also based on nonacademic factors such as leadership, service, and professional or life experiences. All applicants who are admitted to the Law School are considered for our merit scholarships.

Although there is not a separate application for merit scholarships, applicants who are nominated by the Admissions Committee may be asked to complete an interview or to submit an essay for particular scholarships. Scholarship nominees and recipients are notified on a rolling basis between January and late April.

  • We choose a select number of students for merit scholarships based on academic and personal achievement.
  • Merit Scholarships do not require a separate application.
  • If you are admitted to the Law School, you will be considered for all merit scholarships.
  • If you are nominated for certain merit scholarships, you may be asked to write an additional essay.
  • Nominations are made on a rolling basis, starting in January.

The Law School does not award conditional scholarships.  Students must remain in good academic standing and be enrolled as a full time student to retain their Law School scholarship. Good academic standing requirements can be found in the Academic Review section of the Student Policy and Procedures outline.

Levy Scholars Program

The Levy Scholars program provides Scholars unique access to faculty and the opportunity to attend exclusive programs in areas of their academic interest, emphasizing and supporting the cross-disciplinary interests of these fine students.

In 2002, the Chair of our Board of Overseers, Paul Levy L’72, decided with his wife Karen to make an incredibly generous gift to create the Levy Scholars Program. This prestigious program is all encompassing, starting with a merit scholarship of full tuition and fees for three years of study at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. It will also include establishing mentoring relationships with faculty in areas of interest to the recipients, specialized programmatic support, research assistant opportunities, and more.

Penn Law’s commitment to a broad and modern legal education and our proximity to some of the nation’s finest graduate and professional schools make cross-disciplinary study one of the defining characteristics of Penn Law – though it is by no means a requirement for consideration or participation in the Levy Scholars Program. Rather, it is our hope that Levy Scholars will want to avail themselves of these rich opportunities and resources by exploring joint degree or certificate programs or by taking cross-disciplinary classes at the Law School.

There is no special application to be considered for this scholarship. The Office of Admissions will select nominees for consideration from among our candidates for admission.

James Wilson Scholarship

The James Wilson Scholarship provides awards ranging from $60,000 to $75,000 in tuition coverage. James Wilson, signer of the Declaration of Independence, architect of the Constitution, and one of the original justices of the United States Supreme Court, was Penn’s first professor of law. Our selection committee seeks accomplished individuals who embody the pioneering spirit and leadership of James Wilson, and who will be fully engaged in the unique academic community at Penn Law.

Silverman-Rodin Scholars

This scholarship was established in 2004 by alumnus Henry Silverman, in honor of Judith Rodin, former President of the University of Pennsylvania. Selection is primarily based on the student’s academic achievement and demonstration of leadership. The Silverman-Rodin Scholars receive a full tuition scholarship for their first year of law school and half tuition scholarship for their second year of law school. Two students from the Class of 2017 will receive a Silverman-Rodin Scholarship.

Dean’s Scholarship

This award is a one-year merit scholarship based primarily on academic achievement and nonacademic factors such as leadership, service, and life or work experience. They range from $4,500 - $60,000 over three years. The number of Dean’s Scholarships that are awarded varies from year to year.

Toll Public Interest Scholars Program

The Toll Public Interest Scholars Program combines financial support with a challenging academic program for select students seeking academic training and practical experience in public interest law. We have two scholarship programs:

  • The Robert and Jane Toll Public Interest Scholars Program, created by Robert Toll L’66 and his wife Jane.
  • The Public Interest Scholars Program, supported by the generous contributions of Morris M. Shuster and the Class of ’54, with significant support from Valla Amsterdam.

Both of these scholarships include full tuition for the first year of study and two-thirds tuition for the second and third years. Details about this program are available at the Toll Public Interest Center.

Teach For America Scholarship

Penn has a long standing partnership with Teach for America (TFA). All current TFA corps members and alumni are eligible for an application fee waiver. We also provide a two year deferral for students who are admitted to the program and choose to join TFA. Finally, Penn offers a merit-based $45,000 scholarship for up to three qualified alumni and exiting corps members annually. 

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