Bar Information: Is there financial aid to help pay for bar prep classes?
Preparing for the bar exam can be a very expensive process; bar review study aids, bar review classes and the application fee. There are scholarships and loans available to help alleviate some of the costs.
Sallie Mae Bar Study Loan
The Sallie Mae Bar Study Loan is a private, credit-based, school-certified student loan for graduate law students who plan to take the bar exam following graduation. The Bar Study Loan helps finance bar exam costs such as bar review courses, bar exam fees, as well as living expenses incurred while you are studying for and taking the bar exam. For more information visit to the Sallie Mae Bar Study Loan website or click on the bar loan document.
Wells Fargo Bar Exam Loan
Law students can use the Wells Fargo Bar Exam Loan to get additional financing for bar examination registration costs, exam-related preparatory materials, and associated living expenses. For more information on how to qualify or how to apply visit the Wells Fargo Bar Exam Loan website.
PNC Solution Loan for Bar Study
PNC Bank offers a loan for bar study to help pay for bar exams and prep. For more information on how to qualify or how to apply, visit PNC's website.
The Joseph L. and Shannon A. Hamilton Law School Bar Review Fund will be used to make financial awards to graduating students for whom payment of expenses related to Kentucky Bar Exam Review courses and related course materials would otherwise result in financial hardship. Interested students must be currently enrolled (in good standing) or recent graduates of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. A recent graduate is defined for this purpose as someone who completed law school within one year of the bar exam review course for which support is being sought. Qualified students will be of high moral character, demonstrate excellent writing and analytical skills, and show a commitment to serious preparation for the Kentucky Bar Exam. A candidate’s grades will be taken into account as one factor, but not the primary factor for consideration. A successful candidate for an award must show that he or she cannot otherwise afford to pay for a Bar Exam Review Course and/or the Bar Exam review materials.
To be considered for a scholarship, you must submit the completed application and required documents to Dean Ballard by April 30, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.