Graduate Programs - Costs and Financing
Financing Your Legal Education
A legal education is a major investment in both time and money, an investment that you should not approach without a full understanding of how you will navigate it.
Most law school students either have personal savings and or funds, apply for student loans through their home countries, or receive assistance from government and/or private sources. Although we attempt to make available as many scholarships as possible to help reduce the cost of tuition, these scholarships will not cover the full cost. Before you commit yourself to law school, you should explore all programs that may assist with your financial obligations and lessen the impact of loan repayment after law school
How Much Does It Cost to Attend Graduate Programs at UNH Law?
The cost of attendance for the twelve-month academic period consists of both direct costs, such as tuition and fees, and indirect expenses, including books and supplies, rent, food and medical/dental costs.
Graduate Programs 2013-14 Estimated Cost of Attendance (nine month period of enrollment)
|Books & Supplies (estimated)||$1,448|
|Living Expenses (estimated)||$10,998|
For the 2013-14 academic year, the full-time tuition for the LL.M. or Master program is $35,900. Tuition for the Diploma certificate is $17,950.
UNH School of Law awards tuition discounts to graduate students (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) who are domiciled in New Hampshire at the time of their application for admission. Please inquire about this at the time of admission.
The academic fee of $90 per year covers activities overseen by the Student Bar Association.
The actual amount may vary by student. This amount covers books and supplies, transportation (private or public), housing, food and health insurance, dental insurance, and miscellaneous expenses.
Please remember, Concord is a small city, outside of the Boston metropolitan area, so the cost of living is less than a larger metropolis.
About two-thirds of students live within walking distance of the law school, in apartments that are part of the residential neighborhoods surrounding the school. Many students commute from farther distances. The housing website will give a wide range of housing options available in the area
How Am I Going To Pay For Law School?
At UNH Law, we take the cost of attending law school very seriously. All admitted students who request financial assistance and who submit their application for admission before April 1 or November 1 will be considered for a Graduate Program scholarship.
Other Sources of Funding
Financing a legal education in the United States can present a set of challenges. Foreign students have limited employment opportunities because of visa and academic restrictions. In addition, foreign students do not have access to US federal loans or Federal Work Study. (The Federal Work Study Program allows a qualifying U.S. citizen or permanent resident to earn money instead of borrowing it. Many campus offices employ students through this program.)
Many governments do have scholarships available for education. A foreign student should be diligent in conducting research on possible funding. There are numerous free scholarship sites and excellent search engines specific to international funding.
Below are possible sources of funding:
The UNH Fellowships Office provides information, counsel, and editorial support to highly motivated students (undergraduates, graduate students, and UNH alumni) applying for national and international fellowships and scholarships. The Office also assists faculty members who serve as mentors/references, and coordinates campus interviews and nominations.
International Funding Sources
LLM info.com: http://llminfo.com/LLM-guide/LLM-scholarships/ This site has complied a large list of LLM scholarships available to international and American students.
Fulbright Program for Foreign Students sponsored by the U.S. Department of State: http://eca.state.gov/fulbright
Education USA: http://www.educationusa.info
International Student Loans: http://www.internationalstudentloan.com/
- AAUW: www.aauw.org