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What if I Can't Afford
to Apply to Many Law Schools?

Do Any Schools Give Fee Waivers?

We asked this question at the San Francisco Law Forum on November 12, 2007.  In a single afternoon we were able to get answers from 115 law schools.  If a law school is not on this list, you might want to contact them on your own.  And if you get an answer from a school that's not on this list, or a more recent answer, we'd appreciate it if you'd email us.

Also, many schools give fee waivers through the CRS, or Candidate Referral Service. If you meet some criterion the school is looking for — LSAT score, state of residency, years of work experience — the school may send you an invitation to apply, along with a fee waiver code. When it's time to pay for the app, you enter the code and save some money.

Every application includes two fees: the law school's fee and the LSAC processing fee ($16 per app in 2011). A fee waiver does not cover this LSAC fee, but $16 per school is way better than $70 plus $16.

So here's the data we gathered in 2007:

NAME APPLICATION FEE WAIVED?
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ALL FREE ONLINE UNTIL 1/15
GOLDEN GATE ALL FREE ONLINE UNTIL 12/31
SAINT THOMAS MN ALL FREE ONLINE UNTIL 12/31
TEXAS WESLEYAN ALL FREE ONLINE UNTIL 12/31
WIDENER (DELAWARE) ALL FREE ONLINE UNTIL 12/31
CASE WESTERN RESERVE ALWAYS FREE ONLINE
CLEVELAND STATE ALWAYS FREE ONLINE
GEORGE MASON ALWAYS FREE ONLINE
HAMLINE ALWAYS FREE ONLINE
HOFSTRA ALWAYS FREE ONLINE
LOYOLA-CHICAGO ALWAYS FREE ONLINE
PHOENIX ALWAYS FREE ONLINE
TOLEDO ALWAYS FREE ONLINE
WASHINGTON & LEE ALWAYS FREE ONLINE
MICHIGAN STATE attend recruiting event
MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE attend recruiting event
OREGON attend recruiting event
PENN STATE attend recruiting event
RICHMOND attend recruiting event
ALBANY email request with explanation
ARIZONA STATE email request with explanation
BOSTON UNIVERSITY email request with explanation
BRIGHAM YOUNG email request with explanation
CAL-UCLA email request with explanation
CATHOLIC email request with explanation
CHICAGO-KENT email request with explanation
COLORADO email request with explanation
COLUMBIA email request with explanation
DEPAUL email request with explanation
LOUISVILLE email request with explanation
LOYOLA-NEW ORLEANS email request with explanation
MICHIGAN email request with explanation
NORTHEASTERN email request with explanation
NOTRE DAME email request with explanation
PACIFIC email request with explanation
QUINNIPIAC email request with explanation
RUTGERS-NEWARK email request with explanation
SAINT LOUIS email request with explanation
SAINT THOMAS FL email request with explanation
SUFFOLK email request with explanation
THOMAS JEFFERSON email request with explanation
TOURO email request with explanation
UTAH email request with explanation
VALPARAISO email request with explanation
VERMONT email request with explanation
WAKE FOREST email request with explanation
WASHINGTON U. email request with explanation
WISCONSIN email request with explanation
YALE email request with explanation
ARIZONA need based -- requires documentation
BOSTON COLLEGE need based -- requires documentation
BROOKLYN need based -- requires documentation
CAL-BERKELEY need based -- requires documentation
CAL-DAVIS need based -- requires documentation
CALIFORNIA WESTERN need based -- requires documentation
CARDOZO need based -- requires documentation
CHAPMAN need based -- requires documentation
CORNELL need based -- requires documentation
DENVER need based -- requires documentation
DUKE need based -- requires documentation
DUQUESNE need based -- requires documentation
EMORY need based -- requires documentation
FORDHAM need based -- requires documentation
HOWARD need based -- requires documentation
LEWIS AND CLARK need based -- requires documentation
LOYOLA-L.A. need based -- requires documentation
MIAMI need based -- requires documentation
MISSOURI-COLUMBIA need based -- requires documentation
NEW ENGLAND need based -- requires documentation
NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL need based -- requires documentation
NORTH CAR. CHAPEL HILL need based -- requires documentation
NORTHWESTERN need based -- requires documentation
OREGON need based -- requires documentation
PACE need based -- requires documentation
PENN need based -- requires documentation
ROGER WILLIAMS need based -- requires documentation
SAN DIEGO need based -- requires documentation
SAN FRANCISCO need based -- requires documentation
SANTA CLARA need based -- requires documentation
SETON HALL need based -- requires documentation
SOUTHERN CAL. need based -- requires documentation
SOUTHERN METHODIST need based -- requires documentation
SOUTHWESTERN need based -- requires documentation
STANFORD need based -- requires documentation
TEMPLE need based -- requires documentation
TEXAS WESLEYAN need based -- requires documentation
TULANE need based -- requires documentation
VILLANOVA need based -- requires documentation
VIRGINIA need based -- requires documentation
WESTERN STATE need based -- requires documentation
WHITTIER need based -- requires documentation
WILLIAM MITCHELL need based -- requires documentation
WASHINGTON need based -- WA residents ONLY
AMERICAN not unless LSAC fee waiver
CAL-HASTINGS not unless LSAC fee waiver
CHICAGO not unless LSAC fee waiver
DETROIT MERCY not unless LSAC fee waiver
GEORGETOWN not unless LSAC fee waiver
GONZAGA not unless LSAC fee waiver
HAWAII not unless LSAC fee waiver
IDAHO not unless LSAC fee waiver
ILLINOIS not unless LSAC fee waiver
INDIANA-INDIANAPOLIS not unless LSAC fee waiver
IOWA not unless LSAC fee waiver
JOHN MARSHALL Chi not unless LSAC fee waiver
MARYLAND not unless LSAC fee waiver
NEVADA not unless LSAC fee waiver
NEW YORK - CUNY not unless LSAC fee waiver
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY not unless LSAC fee waiver
SAINT JOHN'S not unless LSAC fee waiver
TEXAS SOUTHERN not unless LSAC fee waiver
GEORGE WASHINGTON rarely given -- extreme need
LIBERTY rarely given -- extreme need
OHIO STATE rarely given -- extreme need
PEPPERDINE rarely given -- extreme need
REGENT rarely given -- extreme need
SYRACUSE rarely given -- extreme need
TEXAS rarely given -- extreme need

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