Types Of Aid

 
Few students can afford to pay for law school without some form of educational loan. Scholarships, work-study and other forms of aid typically do not cover the cost of a law school education. Many students find they must supplement their savings and scholarship assistance with educational loans. Ave Maria School of Law participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program which includes the Federal Direct Stafford Loan and the Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan.

General Loan Information

  • Loans must be repaid.
  • Always borrow conservatively. Develop a budget on which you can live reasonably and frugally. Make sacrifices to avoid all unnecessary expenditures. Remember, you will only be in law school for a short time. Sacrifice now while you are a student, so you do not have to when you are no longer a student.
  • Generally, you will repay $3 for every $1 that you borrow. Only borrow what is absolutely necessary.
  • Keep copies of all loan forms you have signed and all correspondence from your lender.

Federal Direct Stafford Loan
Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan
Private Education Loan

Federal Direct Stafford Loan (TOP)
The Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program offers unsubsidized loans to graduate students.  Eligibility for the unsubsidized Stafford Loan is not based on financial need; students are responsible for interest that accrues on the loan from the time the loan funds are disbursed until the loan is repaid in full. You may choose to pay the interest while you are in school to reduce your final repayment amount. Otherwise, you may choose to capitalize the interest, which means to defer interest payments while enrolled in school and let the accrued interest be added to the loan principal, thus increasing the amount that must be repaid.

Terms
  • Annual Borrowing Limit – Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 each academic year.
  • Aggregate Borrowing Limit – Graduate students may borrow up to an aggregate total of $138,500 including undergraduate loan amounts.
  • Interest rates - The interest rate on Federal Direct Stafford loans is fixed at 5.41% as of July 1, 2013.
  • Origination Fee - An Origination Fee of 1.072% will be charged.  The fee goes to the federal government to help reduce the cost of the loans.
  • Repayment – Federal Direct Stafford Loan repayment begins six months after you graduate, or are no longer enrolled at least half-time.
  • Master Promissory Note - If you are borrowing a Federal Direct Stafford Loan for the first time, you must complete a Master Promissory Note online. The Master Promissory Note that you sign will be used for all of your subsequent Federal Direct Stafford Loans at the Law School. You will not need to sign a new promissory note for each academic year, nor will you sign a new note if you decide to change the amount of your Direct Loan.
  • Disclosure Statements - The Master Promissory Note does not list the amount of your loans. When each loan is disbursed you will receive a Disclosure Statement from the U. S. Dept. of Education listing the amounts and types of your Direct Loans. You will receive a new Disclosure Statement for each new loan that you borrow, and if any changes are made to the amount of your loans. Be sure to keep your Disclosure Statements as a record of the loans you have received at the Law School.
  • Entrance Counseling – If this is the first time that you have borrowed a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, you are required to complete an Entrance Counseling Session to inform you of your rights and responsibilities as a borrower. Your loan funds will not be disbursed to the Law School until you have fulfilled this requirement.  The Entrance Counseling Session may be completed online

Grad PLUS Federal Loans (TOP)
The Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan is a fixed interest (7.9%), non-need based loan. In order to be eligible, the student borrower must not have an adverse credit history; otherwise, the student can apply with an endorser (co-signer) whose credit history will be considered.  
Ave Maria School of Law bears no responsibility for the financial support of students who have been denied Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans for reason of credit, default, bankruptcy, or other financial problems.

Terms
  • Annual Borrowing Limit – Graduate students may borrow up to the cost of attendance minus all other financial aid received including Federal Direct Stafford Loans.  
  • Aggregate Borrowing Limit – None.
  • Interest rates - The interest rate is fixed at 6.41% as of July 1, 2013. Interest starts accruing on this loan at the time of disbursement.
  • Origination Fee - An Origination Fee of 4.288% will be charged.  The fee goes to the federal government to help reduce the cost of the loans.
  • Credit Check - Borrower cannot have an adverse credit history.  Adverse credit is defined as being 90 days or more delinquent on any debt, having a credit report that shows bankruptcy, default, discharge, foreclosure, repossession, tax lien, wage garnishment or write off of a Title IV debt during the 5 years preceding the date of the credit report.  Lack of credit history or insufficient credit history is not considered adverse credit.
  • Repayment – Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan repayment can be delayed until six months after you graduate, or are no longer enrolled at least half-time.
  • Master Promissory Note - If you are borrowing a Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan for the first time, you must complete a Master Promissory Note online. The Master Promissory Note that you sign will be used for all of your subsequent Direct Grad PLUS Loans at the Law School. You will not need to sign a new promissory note for each academic year nor will you sign a new note if you decide to change the amount of your Direct Loan.
  • Disclosure Statements - The Master Promissory Note does not list the amount of your loans. When each loan is disbursed you will receive a Disclosure Statement from the U. S. Dept. of Education listing the amounts and types of your Direct Loans. You will receive a new Disclosure Statement for each new loan that you borrow, and if any changes are made to the amount of your loans. Be sure to keep your Disclosure Statements as a record of the loans you have received at the Law School.
  • Entrance Counseling – If this is the first time that you have borrowed Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans, you are required to complete an Entrance Counseling Session to inform you of your rights and responsibilities as a borrower. Your loan funds will not be disbursed to the Law School until you have fulfilled this requirement.  The Entrance Counseling Session may be completed online.

Private Education Loans (TOP)
There are a variety of private education loan programs available. These loans are also known as alternative loans. Interest rates, repayment terms and credit criteria vary from lender to lender. We strongly encourage you to consider borrowing through the Federal Direct Loan Program (Federal Direct Stafford Loan and Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan) before you decide to borrow a private education loan.
The interest rates on the Federal Direct Stafford Loan and the Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan are fixed at 6.8% and 7.9% respectively. The interest rate on private education loans are variable, adjusting over the life of the loan. Although these variable interest rates may be low now, they may exceed the fixed interest rates of the federal loans over time.

Private education loans cannot be consolidated with federal student loans into a Federal Consolidation Loan. Unlike federal student loans, private education loans are not eligible for loan forgiveness under the Income Based Repayment Plan.



Bar Exam Loans are special loans designed by private lenders specifically for third-year law students who are planning on sitting for a Bar Exam shortly after graduation and are looking for assistance in paying for exam-related expenses.

Bar Exam Loans are different than the loans that students borrow to pay for law school. Students who want to borrow funds to pay for Bar Exam preparation activities and for living expenses while they are preparing for the Bar Exam can apply for a Bar Exam loan from a private lender. Students should contact the lender of their choice, either on the web or by phone, to find out more about their Bar Exam Loan Programs. Listed here are the lenders we found who offer Bar Exam Loans.


The School of Law expects to award scholarships to every member of the Fall 2014 Entering Class. Scholarships range in value between $2,500 per year and full-tuition. There are a limited number of scholarships exceeding full-tuition for candidates with exceptional credentials. Scholarship awards are of two types - academic excellence awards and service and leadership awards. Both types of awards are renewable for all three years of law school.

Applicants for admission who wish to receive consideration for scholarship aid are not required to complete an application, as each admitted candidate is considered for assistance immediately following the Admission Committee's decision to admit the candidate to the School of Law. In most cases, scholarship awards are communicated to the candidate in the letter of acceptance. To receive consideration for scholarship assistance an applicant should apply for admission at the earliest possible date prior to April 1. With the exception of St. Thomas More Full-Tuition Scholarship recipient, entering students are eligible to receive both types of awards.

Academic Excellence Scholarships
Academic Excellence scholarships are provided to entering students whose academic records suggest that they will excel academically as evidenced by performance at the undergraduate level, results of the Law School Admission Test, and other relevant indicators of academic ability.

St. Thomas More Full-Tuition Scholarship
Primary criteria include an LSAT Score of 155 or above and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.50.

Dean's Scholarship: $20,000 - $25,000
Primary criteria include an LSAT score of 150 and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.30.

Board of Governors' Scholarship: $10,000 - $15,000
Primary criteria include an LSAT score of 148 and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00.

All other candidates will be considered for scholarships ranging from $2,500 per year to $8,000.

Service and Leadership Awards
Consideration for Service and Leadership Awards will be given to candidates whose involvement is detailed in their law school application, resume, personal statement or other addenda. We encourage applicants with such involvement to include a supplementary essay of no more than 150 words. While students may be eligible for an academic excellence scholarship as well as a service and leadership award, the total amount of scholarship assistance may not exceed full tuition.

Advocate For Life Award: $5,000 - $10,000
Provided to students who have a record of extensive involvement with a pro-life organization at the collegiate, municipal, state, regional, or national level.

Armed Services Scholarship: $5,000 - $10,000
Provided to students who have served honorably in any branch of the U.S. military for at least two years. Consideration also will be given to incoming students who are committed to serving their country as a member of the JAG corps.

Catholic Student Leadership Award: $5,000 - $10,000
Provided to incoming law students with a record of extensive involvement in extra-curricular activities that support and enrich their Catholic faith (e.g. leadership position in a local parish or diocese, Newman Center, Catholic Student Center or other Catholic organization).

Knights Of Columbus - Fr. Michael J. McGivney Award: Varies
Provided to incoming law students who have been actively involved with the Knights of Columbus.

Salt And Light Award: $5,000 - $10,000
Provided to deserving students who have two or more years of full-time work or volunteer experience in a church supported ministry (e.g., a director of religious education; a missionary; service through FOCUS, ACE, JVC.).

* Please note that the stated criteria for Academic Excellence Scholarships are adjusted according to each admitted candidate's particular circumstances (e.g., graduate degree; rigor of undergraduate courses or particular circumstances; upward grade trends; length of time since graduation, etc.) The Scholarship Committee, similar to the Admissions Committee, does not employ a strictly numerical approach to the assessment of an admitted candidate's potential for academic excellence.

Renewal of Awards: Scholarships provided by the School of Law are renewed for years two and three at the law school contingent upon the recipient's academic performance at the end of the first and second year. The requirement for full renewal is a minimum GPA 3.0 (approximately the middle of the class).When a recipient is below the required 3.0 minimum, the award may be revoked in its entirety. In limited circumstances, the amount of the initial award may be reduced at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee, depending on the student's class standing and other relevant information.



Student employment is available through the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program. 

  • FWS jobs are available on-campus in the Library, the Bookstore and Café, and various administrative offices (e.g. Admissions Office, Career Services Office, Development Office).  Jobs are also available as Research Assistants for Law School faculty members.
  • FWS jobs are available at select non-profit and government organizations.  A limited number of FWS jobs are also available at private law firms in the law school locale.  
  • FWS jobs are available through the FWS Reading Tutor program which provides one-on-one and group reading tutoring to children in after-school programs at local elementary schools during the academic year.
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  • ABA Business Law Section Scholarship Council of Legal Education Opportunity
    For the past decade, the Committee on Diversity, through the Section of Business Law, has awarded four to five $1,000 scholarships annually to CLEO Fellow Scholars. CLEO Fellow Scholars are selected based on an essay competition to attend the Section of Business Law Spring Meeting.
    Eligibility: Must be a CLEO Fellow Scholar, a 1 or 2L who participated in a CLEO pre-law summer institute program or a pre-law weekend program, is a member of the ABA Law Student Division and is interested in pursuing a career in business law.
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: Jul-29
    Contact: Leslie Banas
    Section of Business Law American Bar Association
    321 North Clark Street
    Chicago, IL 60654
    Email:banasl@staff.abanet.org


  • ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship
    The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school. Although each recipient will need to re-apply for the scholarship in his or her second and third year, the expectation is that the scholarship will be renewed each year if satisfactory performance in law school has been achieved. The student is otherwise eligible if funding is available. Applicants are encouraged to be members of a racial and/or ethnic minority that has been unrepresented in the legal profession, and demonstrate financial need. The applicant's personal, family, and educational background, personal statement, and participation in community service activities will also be considered.
    Eligibility: entering 1L, cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 grading scale) at his or her undergraduate institution, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
    Amount: : $5,000, up to $15,000
    Deadline: Mar-1
    Contact: Sharon Tindall
    American Bar Association
    321 North Clark Street
    Chicago, IL 60610
    Email:Dfrankling3@staff.abanet.org


  • Alabama Law Foundation Inc. Cabaniss Johnston Scholarship
    Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal is distinguished as having one of the oldest law practices in Alabama. The scholarship is awarded annually to one or more law students entering their second year at any accredited law school in the United States.
    Eligibility: Alabama resident, 2L and superior academic achievement
    Amount: The first place scholarship will cover tuition and books for the second year of law school, to
    Deadline: Jun-1
    Contact: Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship Committee
    Alabama Law Foundation, Inc.
    Post Office Box 671
    Montgomery, AL 36101


  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) Trial Advocacy Scholarship
    This scholarship is open to all second and third-year AAJ Law Student Members. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best: (1) demonstrates a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through extensive involvement in AAJ student chapter activities; (2) expresses a desire to represent victims; (3) exhibits an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy; (4) shows a financial need for the scholarship Eligibility: Second and third-year AAJ Law Student Member
    Eligibility: Second and third-year AAJ Law Student Member
    Amount: $2,500
    Deadline: May-31
    Contact: American Association for Justice, AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship
    Attn: Kay Eckstein
    777 6th Street, N.W., Suite 200
    Washington, DC 20001
    Email:kay.eckstein@justice.org


  • American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA) Richard D. Hailey AAJ Law Student Scholarship
    This scholarship is open to all second and third-year AAJ Law Student Members. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best: (1) demonstrates a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through extensive involvement in AAJ student chapter activities; (2) expresses a desire to represent victims; (3) exhibits an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy; (4) shows a financial need for the scholarship
    Eligibility: First-, second-, and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American and Bi-Racial AAJ Law Student Members.
    Amount: $2,500
    Deadline: Apr-1
    Contact: American Association for Justice, AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship
    Attn: Kay Eckstein
    777 6th Street, N.W., Suite 200
    Washington, DC 20001
    Email:kay.eckstein@justice.org


  • American Association of Attorney-CPA Foundation AAA-CPA Foundation Scholarship
    The Attorney-CPA Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the study and understanding of the fields of Law and Accounting and those related professions. The Foundation regularly sponsors a National Scholarship Program, as well as a number of scholarships offered at specific universities and law schools.
    Eligibility: Student graduating law school in 2011; commitment to the profession of accounting as evidenced by a CPA certificate; outstanding academic performance; leadership in school and community
    Amount: Various awards from $250-$1,000
    Deadline: Apr-15
    Contact: Attorney-CPA Foundation
    3921 Old Lee Highway
    Suite 71A
    Fairfax, VA 22030


  • American Association of Law Libraries George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
    George A. Strait Minority Scholarships are awarded annually to college graduates with meaningful law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines, are degree candidates in an accredited library or law school, and who intend to have a career in law librarianship. Applicants must show evidence of financial need.
    Eligibility: Minority. Plan to pursue career as law librarian
    Amount: Variable
    Deadline: Apr-1
    Contact: Chair, Scholarships Committee
    53 West Jackson Boulevard
    Suite 940
    Chicago, IL 60604
    Email:scholarships@aall.org


  • American Association of University Women Career Development Grants
    Career Development Grants support women who hold a bachelor's degree and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force. Special consideration is given to women of color, and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.
    Eligibility: Female, U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident, Last degree earned before 6/30/1994, AAUW member & Minorities given special consideration
    Amount: $2,000-$12,000
    Deadline: Dec-15
    Contact: AAUW
    Dept. 60
    301 ACT Drive
    Iowa City, IA 52243-4030
    Email:aauw@act.org


  • American College of Legal Medicine Letourneau Writing Competition
    Legal medicine is the professional and academic discipline that concerns itself with legal aspects of medical science, medical practice and other health care delivery. Practitioners of the specialty have sufficient training, knowledge and expertise to address the scope of the specialty from a scholarly, scientific, and practical perspective.
    Eligibility: (1) All authors must have previously achieved a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution and must be currently enrolled in an accredited law, medical, podiatric, nursing, dental, health science or health care administration program in the United States or Canada. (2) No paper that has been previously published in any form will be considered; however, papers written for scholarly classes will be allowed as long as they have not been published. (3) All papers submitted will receive consideration for publication in the Journal of Legal Medicine or other medical legal publications. (4) 4. Authors can submit their papers to only one of ACLM's student writing competitions.
    Amount: $1,000 for each essay category
    Deadline: Jan-9
    Contact: Student Writing Competition
    Two Woodfield Lake
    1100 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 520
    Schaumburg, IL 60173


  • American Foundation for the Blind
    Various scholarships available to students who are visually impaired.
    Eligibility: Legally blind, Need based
    Amount: Various scholarship amounts
    Deadline: Mar-31
    Contact: AFB Information Center


  • Arent Fox Annual Diversity Scholarship Program
    Arent Fox is seeking applicants for its fifth-annual Diversity Scholarship Program. The firm will award three first-year law students $15,000. The scholarship recipients will also join Arent Fox's 2008 summer associate program. Each of the firm's three offices – Washington, New York, Los Angeles – will host one of the recipients for the summer.
    Eligibility: 1L
    Amount: $15,000
    Deadline: Jan-15
    Contact: Washington and Los Angeles; Jessica L. Salvaterra, Recruitment and Career Development Manager;
    New York; Lisa J. Visconti, Attorney Recruitment Manager;
    Los Angeles; Kimberly Harrell, HR/Benefits Manager


  • Armenian General Benevolent Union
    The Armenian Professional Society Scholarships are open to students who have been accepted or enrolled in graduate school in the United States. An eligible candidate shall be awarded for a scholarship for no more than a total of two times.
    Eligibility: Selection is based on financial need, scholastic achievements, faculty recommendations, and involvement in the Armenian Community.
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: Aug-31
    Contact: Armenian Professional Society
    P.O. Box 1944
    Glendale, CA 01209-1944


  • Arthur Lockwood Beneventi Law Scholarship
    The Arthur Lockwood Beneventi Law Scholarship is a one-time preferred amount $2,000 scholarship awarded to a student who is either enrolled in or attends an accredited law school and has a minimum GPA of 3.25. The scholarship is not automatically renewable; however, recipients may reapply for consideration each year.
    Eligibility: Law student, 3.25 minimum GPA
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: Feb-15
    Contact: Committee Services Office
    Attn: Scholarships
    Attn: Scholarships
    Washington, DC 20006-5303


  • Association of American Indian Affairs
    The mission of the AAIA, as approved by our Board of Directors, is to promote the welfare of American Indians and Alaska Natives by supporting efforts to: sustain and perpetuate their cultures and languages; protect their sovereignty, constitutional, legal and human rights, and natural resources; and improve their health, education, and economic and community development.
    Eligibility: American Indian (1/4), live in the U.S., and be a full-time graduate school student
    Amount: Variable
    Deadline: Jan-31
    Contact: Lisa Wyzlic, Director of Scholarship Programs
    966 Hungerford Drive, Suite 12-B
    Rockville, MD 20850
    Email:lw.aaia@verizon.net

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  • ABA Business Law Section Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest
    Eligibility: ABA-accredited law schools may nominate papers on a business law topic written in the 2009-2010 or current academic year by a student currently enrolled in the law school's J.D. program.
    Deadline:Jan-13
    Award amount: $500 - $2,500
    Description:To encourage and reward law student writings on a business law subject of general and current interest.

  • ABA Commission on Domestic Violence Law Student Writing Competition
    Eligibility: Authors must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school at the date of their submission or may have graduated in December 2009 or later.
    Deadline:May-31
    Description:Law students are invited to submit articles addressing domestic violence and the law from a national or international perspective.

  • ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
    Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in law school including students who will graduate in Spring or Summer 2011.
    Deadline:Feb-15
    Award amount: $1,000
    Description:Entries should demonstrate original thought on a question of significance in the field of environmental justice.

  • ABA Section of Family Law Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
    Eligibility: Persons eligible to compete are students at ABA-approved law schools who are second or third-year full-time students.
    Deadline:Apr-27
    Award amount: Varies
    Description:The subject may be any aspect of family law. The primary focus of each essay should be an issue of law, although some interdisciplinary material may be useful in addressing a legal issue.

  • ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Student Writing Contest
    Eligibility: Any student enrolled at a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
    Deadline:May-15
    Award amount: $500
    Description:Authors may write on any topic in labor or employment law. Editors will evaluate submissions for novelty, usefulness, and success in meeting the goals described in the journal’s editorial statement.

  • ABA Section of Science and Technology Law Writing Competition
    Deadline:Mar-1
    Award amount: Trip and Publication
    Description:Topic is emerging legal issues in the storage of personally identifiable information. The contest is designed to encourage law students to write on subjects related to science and technology law and encourage a cutting-edge or innovative take on the topic.

  • ABA TIPS Section Admiralty and Maritime Law Writing Comp
    Eligibility: The competition is open to any law school student in good standing, over the age of 18, who is currently attending an ABA-accredited law school within the United States and its possessions.
    Deadline:Apr-8
    Award amount: $500
    Description:Papers should address a topic that relates to Admiralty & Maritime law. The writers should be able to address these issues by considering cases published in this area, as well as the changing market place in the maritime world. Entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest, not state-specific issues. Entrants must submit their own original essay.

  • ABA TIPS Section Law Student Writing Competition
    Eligibility: open to any law school student in good standing, over the age of 18, who is currently attending an ABA-accredited law school within the United States and its possessions.
    Deadline:Mar-7
    Award amount: $500 - $1,500
    Description:The goal of the competition is to encourage and reward law student writings on legal subjects within the scope of the Section and general and current interest. It is also designed to attract students to the civil trial, tort and insurance fields, and to strongly encourage scholarship in these areas.

  • American Bankruptcy Institute Law Student Writing Competition
    Eligibility: Students from participating law schools will be eligible to submit a paper for this Competition.
    Deadline:Mar-1
    Award amount: $750 - $2,000
    Description:We invite papers on current issues regarding bankruptcy jurisdiction, bankruptcy litigation, or evidence in bankruptcy cases or proceedings. The paper may address business or consumer cases and may include matters such as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts.

  • American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
    Eligibility: Current students and faculty
    Deadline:Dec-1
    Award amount: $1,000 - $2,500
    Description:Awards will be presented for a) the best book, b) the best publishable article, book chapter or substantial book review c) the best student note or comment dealing with consumer financial services law.

  • American College of Employee Benefits Writing Competition
    Eligibility: Any J.D. and graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D) law students enrolled at any time between August 15, 2011 and August 15, 2012.
    Deadline:Jun-1
    Award amount: $1,500
    Description:Topics might include any legal issues related to employee benefits. For example,eligible submissions could address legal issues involving health benefits, pensions, 401(k) plans, severance, executive compensation, claims, appeals, current or former spouses' or domestic partners' benefits, collectively-bargained benefits, benefits in bankruptcy, ERISA benefits litigation, fiduciary obligations or the tax treatment of benefits or contributions.

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig
    Eligibility: Open to any law student in good standing (full-time or part-time) who is currently enrolled as a J.D. or LL.M. candidate in an ABA-accredited law school
    Deadline:Jun-1
    Award amount: $1,000 - $5,000
    Description:Entrants should write on issues of general interest, rather than state specific issues. Entrants should only write on issues within a topic (e.g., business planning, employee benefits, professional responsibility or elder law) that are specifically relevant to the trusts and estates area.

  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy Writing Competition
    Eligibility: Law students nationwide.
    Deadline:Feb-17
    Award amount: $1,000 -$3,000
    Description:ACS welcomes all student papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy. Entrants are encouraged to view this topic broadly, and we welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas.

  • American Indian Law Review Writing Competition
    Eligibility: Open to students at accredited law schools in the U. S. and Canada who are enrolled as of the competition deadline.
    Deadline:Jan-31
    Award amount: $250 - $1,000
    Description:Papers will be accepted on any issue concerning American Indian Law. However, topics recently published in the American Indian Law Review will not be favored.

  • American Inns of Courts Warren E. Berger Writing Competition
    Deadline:Jun-1
    Award amount: $5,000
    Description:Authors should address one or more aspects of legal excellence, civility, ethics or professionalism within the legal profession. The selected issue(s) should be of contemporary significance with clear relevance to the legal community at large.

  • American Intellectual Property Law Assoc Robert C. Watson Competition
    Eligibility: The article must have been written solely by a student or students either in full-time attendance at a law school or prepared in connection with a law school course.
    Deadline:Jun-30
    Award amount: $2,000
    Description:Subject relating to the protection of intellectual property.

  • American Judges Association Law Student Essay Competition
    Eligibility: Open to all full-time law students enrolled in and attending an accredited law school in the United States or Canada.
    Deadline:Jun-1
    Award amount: $1,000 -$3,000
    Description:Essays submitted for the 2011 competition MUST be under the category of “Must a minor student be given his or her rights, including a Miranda warning and the right to have a parent present, before being questioned by police on school grounds.”

  • Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition
    Eligibility: Entrants must be currently enrolled in a J.D. or L.L.M. program at any of the nation’s law schools.
    Deadline:May-25
    Award amount: $500 - $1,000
    Description:Topics: An in-depth analysis of a current issue relevant to customs and international trade law.

  • Assoc of Securities and Exchange Comm Alumni Writing Competition
    Eligibility: Available to students registered at an accredited degree-granting law school in the United States. Both undergraduate and graduate law students are eligible.
    Deadline:Nov-18
    Award amount: $2,000 - $5,000
    Description:The topic may be any subject in the field of securities law.

  • Ayn Rand Institute Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
    Eligibility: Entrant must be in 12th grade or college/university at the time of entry. Graduate students and part-time students are eligible.
    Deadline:Sep-17
    Award amount: $50 - $10,000
    Description:Select ONE of the following three topics: According to John Galt, selfishness is both moral and practical. Explain what he means by this and how events of the story illustrate and dramatize his point. Explain the meaning and wider significance of the following quote: “The words ‘to make money’ hold the essence of human morality.” According to the story of Atlas Shrugged, what ideas underlie the opposing maxims that “money is the root of all evil” and that “money is the root of all good”? Capitalism’s defenders usually appeal to the “public good.” Contrast their approach to capitalism to Ayn Rand’s approach in Atlas Shrugged.

Ave Maria School of Law is approved to provide training to students who are eligible to receive Veteran's Educational Benefits. Students with questions about their benefits should review information available on the Department of Veterans Affairs website. This site provides a way for students to send inquiries electronically to the regional processing center as well as learn of news about changes to benefits and other topics.

Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Veterans must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible. Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill for private schools, the VA will pay the full net cost of tuition and fees up to a maximum of $20,235.02 for the 2014-2015 academic year. For more information about the Post 9/11 GI Bill, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Yellow Ribbon

Students who are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at the 100% level may also be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Beginning with the 2014-2015 year, qualifying eligible military veterans can attend AMSL at little to no out-of pocket tuition cost through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Qualifying, eligible veterans will have a 100% of tuition and mandatory fees met through a combination of Post 9/11 benefits and the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Checklist to Apply for VA Education Benefits:
  1. Go online to the Department of Veteran Affairs and complete an application through VONAPP. Students who have used VA education benefits at another school will need to request a change of place of training.
  2. Provide the Office of the Registrar with the following documents:
    1. Copy of the completed VA application
    2. Copy of your most recent DD-214
    3. The Request for Veterans Administration Certification form
    4. Yellow Ribbon Participation Request form (if applicable)
  3. Students receiving benefits through the Post-9/11 GI Bill will also need to provide the Registrar with a copy of their Certificate of Eligibility. The Certificate of Eligibility is a document provided by the VA indicating your eligibility percentage under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, how many months of eligibility you have remaining, and whether or not you are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

For Additional Information
If you have questions about VA education benefits at Ave Maria School of Law, please contact Angela Kojiro, Registrar at registrar@avemarialaw.edu or by phone at (239) 687-5332.