Yale Law School

Yale Law School Announces Scholarships for Students in Highest Need

The Yale Law School has been popular for providing need-based financial aid, working to ensure every student has the chance to pursue a legal education regardless of their financial circumstances for decades now.  Dean Heather K. Gerken announced that the law school is launching their Soledad ’92 and Robert Hurst Horizon Scholarship Program, which is said to be providing financial aid to the J.D. Students. 

Yale Law School is launching the program this winter by assigning various significant funding. The scholarship is going to provide approximately 45–50 full-tuition scholarships to capable J.D. students in the Classes of 2023, 2024, and 2025. Students who meet the financial requirements will eventually receive the scholarship. With the incredible generosity of Soledad ’92 and Robert Hurst, David ’78 and Patricia Nierenberg, and Gene ’73 and Carol Ludwig, the Law School is also able to finance the program, ensuring that future YLS students will ensure profit from this life-changing initiative for generations to come.

Heather believes that the Hurst Horizon Scholarship Program will free students with the greatest need from financial worry during law school and open up a world of possibilities so that they can be a powerful force for change in society. 

We are committed to opening our doors to the students who have the most to gain from this School and the most to give to the world, regardless of their means, I am thrilled that we are able to make this extraordinary addition to a financial aid system that is already best-in-class, says Heather.

About the Scholarships

The Hurst Horizon Scholarship Program is constructed for the J.D. students whose family income is relatively lower according to the federal poverty guidelines and whose savings are below $150,000. Students who qualify will be awarded more than $70,000 per year to cover the cost of tuition fees and health insurance. In 2021, the Law School began awarding an annual $4,000 Horizon Grant to students meeting these criteria to supplement existing financial aid. However, just a year later, students with a similar level of financial need will attend Yale Law School tuition-free.

How does the Scholarship Program benefit students?
Yale Law School is one of only two law schools in the United States to provide aid based exclusively on financial need, and 73 percent of students received scholarship grants in the 2020–2021 academic year. As a result, of these extensive financial aid programs, Yale Law students graduate with the lowest debt load among all of its peer schools. The Hurst Horizon Scholarship Program creates upon these comprehensive financial aid offerings to adapt to changing student needs. Since 2016, the Law School has admitted the six most various classes in its history. In the Class of 2024, this scholarship program helped more than a quarter of the student body. Amongst them, some were the first in their family to attend graduate or professional school and approximately one in six is the first in their family to graduate from college.

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