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Financial Aid for Graduate Programs

Due to the many outstanding applications we receive, the demand for financial aid always exceeds available funds. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek public and private outside funding, and to contact their home governments and employers, as well as the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, to seek advice and sponsorship for study abroad. Students admitted to our program often secure outside funding, receiving financial support from employers (law firms, companies, government agencies, and universities), from government and private scholarship organizations, and from loan programs in their home countries. Please refer to the suggestions at the bottom of this page for more details.

Discover and Sallie Mae are two U.S. lenders that offer loan programs to international students who can provide a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as a cosigner. Loan programs available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents include federal Stafford Loans, federal Grad PLUS loans, and private loans. Applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents and thus eligible for federal loan programs should contact the Law School Financial Aid Office for more information(; 734.764.5289).

Employment during the academic year is strongly discouraged.

Michigan Grotius Fellowships
Applicants to the graduate programs at the University of Michigan Law School are welcome to apply for Michigan Grotius Fellowships to assist in financing their graduate studies. Named after Hugo Grotius, the seventeenth century Dutch jurist generally regarded as the father of modern international law, the fellowships acknowledge superior academic and professional achievement in all areas of law and recognize the promise of a distinguished legal career following graduate study. Applying for financial aid, including Grotius Fellowships, does not affect a candidate’s admissions decision, as all financial awards are determined only after admissions decisions have been made.

In making its selections, the Fellowship Committee evaluates an applicant’s commitment to academic excellence, seriousness and depth of purpose and promise of professional success. It takes a particular interest in an applicant’s pursuit of a career in academia or public service. In a typical year, between 30 and 40 percent of graduate students attending the University of Michigan Law School have been selected as Grotius Fellows. 

Michigan Grotius Fellows are free to pursue their chosen program of graduate legal study and are not subject to any additional academic requirements. Past recipients of Michigan Grotius Fellowships have become leaders of the legal profession in their respective home countries as well as in the international community – serving on the highest courts of their countries, on international courts, and in prominent positions in government, international organizations, and academic institutions around the world.

Financial aid recipients are selected among all admitted students who have requested assistance. Michigan Grotius Fellowships are awarded based on a combination of the student’s financial need and his or her academic and professional background. Students wishing to apply for a Michigan Grotius Fellowship must complete the financial information in the application form.

Italian Alumni Law Fellowship
Michigan Law has a distinguished body of alumni in Italy, many of whom play leading roles in the Italian legal, academic, and business community. In recognition of the value the LLM year in Ann Arbor had for them, they have generously contributed to a scholarship fund to help future applicants, who completed their primary legal studies in Italy, to finance their LLM year at Michigan Law.

The Italian Alumni Law Fellowship provides up to $20,000 for the LL.M. program every year. Recipients are selected by the Law School on the basis of merit as determined through the admissions process. Eligible admitted students will automatically be considered for the Italian Alumni Law Fellowship based on the information provided in their application to the advanced degree law programs. Applicants do not need to fulfill any additional requirements.

Other Funding Sources
Note that typically, the application deadlines for fellowships and scholarship are significantly earlier than law school deadlines. We recommend researching and applying at the latest during the summer before the law school application season.

The following are a few examples of sources of funding for advanced graduate degree students and/or research scholars.


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