How to Study Law for Free

by Lane Cummings

Law is an attractive career for many: it allows you to fight against injustice and help those who need it most. What isn't attractive about a legal career is the cost of law school. The average cost of tuition at a private law school is $30,000 and the average amount of debt that the average law school graduate leaves with is $80,000. That said, it is possible to study law, within the confines of a university and without, for free.

Visit the website fastweb.com. This website connects students of all backgrounds and fields of study with possible scholarships they can apply for depending on their gender, ethnicity, interests and geographical location. Be specific when you register with this website: the more specific you are about your interests, the more scholarships you could be eligible for.

Find out if any of the law schools you've applied to have sponsoring firms and apply for those scholarships. Sponsoring firms will usually award you with half of a year's tuition money, on the condition that you work for them the summer after your first or second year. You would need two of these scholarships to study free, which is possible if you speak to the law firms directly and perhaps offer to work longer for them.

Approach local law firms that aren't sponsoring scholarships at any local law schools and ask them if they'd be interested in sponsoring part or all of your tuition. You'll have to provide them with a copy of your resume, transcripts, LSAT scores and you'll have to offer to work for them during your summers off or longer in order for them to consider it.

Talk to the professors at a local public law school and ask if you can audit their classes. While most law schools may not allow you to watch class for free more than once, a given professor may not mind if you provide an explanation.

About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."