Cardozo offers numerous scholarships based on academic merit.  Full-time admitted students are automatically considered for merit scholarships based on the strength of their admissions application. Following their first year, the dean’s committee also reviews current students for merit awards based on their academic performance.  

The Dean’s Merit Scholarship is offered to full-time entering students nominated by the Admissions Committee on the basis of academic credentials and demonstrated potential for success in the legal profession.

The Monrad Paulsen Scholarship, named after Cardozo’s esteemed first dean, is the most prestigious and highly selective scholarship at Cardozo. It offers full tuition and is awarded to full-time entering students nominated by the Admissions Committee for outstanding academic credentials.

The Cardozo Scholars Program awards full-tuition scholarships to full-time entering students nominated by the Admissions Committee for outstanding academic credentials.


Most merit scholarships at Cardozo are renewable for the second and third years at our school, provided that recipients maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.950 (which is approximately the top 80% of the class) at the end of each academic year.

For recipients of such conditional scholarships at Cardozo, the breakdown is:

Students Matriculating in: Number Entering with Conditional Scholarships: Number Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated:
2013 160 14
2012 146 13
2011 130 11


Full- and part-time entering students are also considered for the following scholarships and grants, as applicable:

The E. Nathaniel Gates Scholarship, named after a former Cardozo professor, recognizes outstanding potential in those who are first-generation graduate students or who come from backgrounds under-represented in the legal profession. Professor Gates, a member of the Cardozo faculty from 1992 until his death in 2006, was the first member of his immediate family to attend college and law school.  He served as advisor to important student initiatives and organizations, including the Diversity Coalition and the Black, Asian, and Latino Law Students Association, and at the time of his death was working on a sweeping examination of race in American law dating back to the colonial period.

The Floersheimer Law & Humanities Institute Fellowship provides an annual scholarship to an incoming J.D. student who shows the most promise in the area of "law and literature" or, more broadly, in "law and humanities." Members of the Law & Humanities Institute review the files of J.D. candidates and recommend a chosen individual to the Admissions Committee.

The Barbara Olson Scholarship, named for the 1989 Cardozo graduate who lost her life in the hijacked airplane that crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11/01, is awarded to an incoming female student who is chosen through an essay, written by the applicant, describing how she exemplifies Ms. Olson’s ideals and values, including her love of law and politics. The scholarship is renewable for the student’s second and third year, subject to a GPA requirement. 

The Cardozo Law Achievement Grant is offered to select members of entering students, acknowledging academic or professional accomplishments prior to law school. Recipients are nominated by the Admissions Committee. The grant is a one-time offer, awarded during a student's first year, and is not renewable for the student's second and third year.

The Dean’s Distinguished Scholars Program recognizes exemplary performance after the first year of law school at Cardozo. Students are automatically considered for this distinction, which is typically bestowed on those who place within the top 10% of their first year class. Dean’s Distinguished Scholars may receive a new or additional scholarship award for their second and third years at Cardozo.

Cardozo awards a limited amount of need-based grants to qualifying J.D. students. Students must file a FAFSA (international students should file the International J.D. Student Financial Aid Application) by April 15 each year to be considered for these awards. Additional information may also be requested.

PLEASE NOTE: Cardozo does not offer scholarships or grants above the full cost of tuition.

Organizations such as civic groups, alumni associations and local bar associations may have scholarship programs. Please feel free to utilize the following websites to help conduct your search:

Additionally, we have a listing on Angel and in the Office of Student Finance of various 3rd party scholarship applications and information.

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