A scholarship is the most direct and powerful way to help a student attend Cornell Law School. Tuition and ancillary costs–room and board, books, health insurance, transportation–are always rising. Although we provide financial assistance to most of our students, nearly every one also must borrow to meet the annual expense, now well over $70,000, of attending the J.D. or LL.M. program.
Donors with the interest, means, and motivation to do so may establish a named scholarship in Cornell Law School at the $100,000 threshold. All such awards are made at the discretion of the Allan R. Tessler Dean of Cornell Law School on the basis of academic merit and financial need. As an alternative to committing $100,000 to a new scholarship, we encourage donors to augment the fund of an existing scholarship.
A new kind of student financial assistance, the Charles Evans Hughes Scholars, aspires to provide full-tuition, merit-based scholarships to select J.D. candidates. Conceived by Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law Eduardo M. Peñalver, A.B. `94, the Charles Evans Hughes Scholars program seeks commitments of current-use cash gifts equal to the annual cost of J.D. tuition for three years.