Loans & Scholarships

Scholarships

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School seeks to make legal education attainable to both traditional and non-traditional students. At the time of an admissions decision, each successful applicant will automatically be reviewed for generous merit based scholarships. After a successful decision is received, incoming students may also apply for non-merit based scholarships. We welcome you to explore the available scholarships, funds, and tuition credits below to help finance your legal education. A list of outside scholarships that are unaffiliated with the Law School are also located on this page.

The Alumni and Donor Scholarship

The Alumni and Donor Scholarship

Established in 2021, The Alumni and Donor Scholarship Fund was created through the generosity of an anonymous donor, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the Law School. The purpose of the scholarship is to support incoming students who demonstrate academic success and a need for significant financial aid. 

To be considered for this highly competitive scholarship you must: 

  • Apply to AJMLS by August 1, 2021
  • Be an incoming first-year student, planning to attend AJMLS in the Fall of 2021
  • Be able to demonstrate academic success and a need for significant financial aid
  • Complete the AJMLS scholarship application as well as the FAFSA to determine eligibility

Important facts about this scholarship:

  • Scholarships could be awarded anywhere from $2,500.00 to $5,000.00  
  • The scholarships will be given on a first come, first-served basis so you are strongly advised to apply as soon as you have been admitted. 
  • You will be notified within two weeks after receipt of the completed application if you have been awarded and the amount of the award. 
  • Scholarships are for tuition only.

Application:

The 2021 application period is now closed.

Andy Crawford Scholarship


Andy Crawford Scholarship
The Andy Crawford Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 by Pat Crawford to honor the memory of her son Andy Crawford, an AJMLS 1L student who passed away in 2010. Andy was a great friend, son, mentor, and he was a very generous and kind person. He loved being a law student and looked forward to building a career that reflected his desire to help others. This scholarship honors Andy’s memory by providing scholarships to deserving AJMLS students. Contact Wendy Aina at waina@johnmarshall.edu.

Bobby Lee Cook Scholarship


Bobby Lee Cook Scholarship
The Bobby Lee Cook Scholarship Fund was established by a very generous donation from attorney Bobby Lee Cook. Bobby Lee Cook was widely recognized for his career as a prominent trial attorney and his representation in high profile criminal trials. The fund is intended to provide scholarship money to qualifying AJMLS students. Contact Wendy Aina at waina@johnmarshall.edu.

Dean’s Fellowship Scholarship


Dean’s Fellowship Scholarship
Each year, the Law School awards the Dean’s Fellowship Scholarship to exemplary incoming students. The scholarship is guaranteed as long as the recipient remains in satisfactory academic standing at the conclusion of each academic semester and summer session of each academic year. Please note, if satisfactory academic standing is not maintained at the conclusion of any academic semester or summer session, the scholarship is lost and will not be reinstated. Satisfactory academic standing means a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher at the completion of each academic semester or summer session. Books and fees are not included in the Dean’s Fellowship Scholarship award.

Incentive Award


Incentive Award
The purpose of this award is to recognize the achievements of students who come to the Law School and show promise of success in the law.

John E. Ryan Merit Scholarship


John E. Ryan Merit Scholarship
Each year we award the John E. Ryan Merit Scholarship, in honor of the late Dean, to incoming students who exemplify his passion for education and the law profession. Scholarship recipients must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA at the conclusion of each academic year to retain it. If the retention requirements are not met at the conclusion of any academic year, the scholarship is lost and will not be reinstated. For full-time students, the academic year ends after the spring semester. The academic year ends after the summer semester for part-time students. Upon matriculation, the scholarship is applied to tuition and fees. Conditional scholarship data may be found here.

John Marshall Scholarship


John Marshall Scholarship
Each year, we award the John Marshall Scholarship to exceptional incoming students. The scholarship is guaranteed as long as the recipient remains in satisfactory academic standing at the conclusion of each academic semester and summer session of each academic year. Please note, if satisfactory academic standing is not maintained at the conclusion of any academic semester or summer session, the scholarship is lost and will not be reinstated. Satisfactory academic standing means a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher at the completion of each academic semester or summer session.
Full-time student scholarships will be awarded and divided equally for the fall and spring semesters (no portion of the full-time student scholarship is awarded during the summer session). Part-time student scholarships will be awarded and divided over three terms: fall semester (37.5%), spring semester (37.5%) and summer session (25%). Part-time students must be enrolled in 6 credit hours during the summer session to receive the full summer session percentage of the scholarship award. Part-time students that retain the scholarship after the first and second academic semesters of any academic year, but take fewer than 6 credit hours during a summer session, will have an adjusted award based on the number of credit hours enrolled during the summer.
Please note, if a student switches from part-time to full-time enrollment, the scholarship award will not be adjusted to a full-time student scholarship. If a student switches from full-time to part-time, the scholarship will be adjusted downward to cover the same percentage of tuition as was covered as a full-time student. For example, if a student had a scholarship that covered 60% of his/her full-time tuition, the scholarship will be adjusted to cover 60% of the part-time tuition. Full-time enrollment means a student enrolled in 12 or more credits during any academic semester. Part-time enrollment means a student enrolled in 11 or fewer credits during any academic semester. Once a scholarship is adjusted it will remain as adjusted subject to remaining in satisfactory academic standing.

Judge G. Alan Blackburn Scholarship


Judge G. Alan Blackburn Scholarship
This fund was established by the late Judge G. Alan Blackburn’s family in his honor. After serving four years on active duty in the United States Air Force, returned to Atlanta, and entered Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and later received his LL.M. degree from the Virginia School of Law. He engaged in private practice for twenty years and served as Administrative Law Judge for the Georgia Department of Medical Assistance, before being elected to the Court of Appeals in 1992. He was a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Georgia Association of Administrative Law Judges, the American Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia, and the Cobb County Bar Association.

Melissa Hamrick Scholarship


Melissa Hamrick Scholarship
This fund was established to honor the memory of the late Melissa Hamrick, an Atlanta’s John Marshall law student who passed away in January 2009 from leukemia. Melissa was smart, funny, and witty. Although she was a student for only a short time, her adventurous spirit touched many at the law school. This scholarship fund was established by her classmate, Tracie Henderson (’10). Each fall, “every penny” in the fund is awarded to a deserving student in the form of a scholarship. Contact Wendy Aina at waina@johnmarshall.edu.

Renata Turner Public Interest Scholarship


Renata Turner Public Interest Scholarship
The Public Interest Law Society annually awards scholarships to selected Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School students who have demonstrated a passion and a commitment to public interest legal work. The Renata Turner Public Interest Scholarship is designed to help students with the costs of performing unpaid public interest legal work over the summer. A blind panel of professors will select the scholarship recipients based on the applications. Recipients will be announced at the annual PILS Auction. Please note that the amount of money awarded is contingent upon what is raised at the auction and other donations.

The Resilience Scholarship


The Resilience Scholarship
The Resilience Scholarship is a special, need-based scholarship that was created to help ease the burden of law school and recognize extraordinary students who have overcome substantial hardships. Contact Wendy Aina at waina@johnmarshall.edu.

Outside Scholarships

The Law School also encourages students to research outside scholarship opportunities. Free scholarship listings can be found on the internet at www.fastweb.com.

In addition, click here for a listing of more law school specific external scholarships. By posting here funding opportunities that have been provided to it, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in no way endorses or declares affiliation, sponsorship, or partnerships with these funding resources. As with material on a bulletin board, postings are periodically reviewed and refreshed.

Tuition Credits

Alumni Referral Tuition Credit

The Alumni Referral Program rewards a one-time $500 tuition credit to accepted students who were referred to Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School by one of its alumni. The tuition credit will be awarded to a student’s account following matriculation to the fall entering class. Please click here for the application.

Relocation Tuition Credit

The relocation tuition credit is designed to assist students with the costs associated with moving to Atlanta. To apply, complete the online application found here no later than two weeks before the start of your first semester matriculation. To be eligible, an admitted student must be relocating to Atlanta from a distance of more than 100 miles away. Once verified as a matriculated student, students will receive a one-time credit in the amount of $1000, applied towards their tuition. Please note, students starting classes during fall semester will have their relocation tuition credit award split between fall and spring semesters. While those students starting during our spring semester will be granted the full award during the spring term.

Loans

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School students are eligible to receive Title IV aid from the Department of Education. The AJMLS School Code is: G31733. Students may apply for Federal Student loans by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) via FAFSA on the WEB at www.fafsa.ed.gov. This may be done beginning January 1 of each year. In order to ensure the student’s aid package is completed prior to the beginning of each fall, the student will need to complete the FAFSA by June 1 of each year. Students will need to have his or her taxes completed in order to better assist the student with the completion of the FAFSA. All students who complete the FAFSA are eligible to receive the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The maximum amount that a student is eligible to receive in the Direct Unsubsidized Loan each year is $20,500 based on the information received from the FAFSA. Further information may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office. Students may also apply for alternative loans to assist with educational expenses. A co-signer may not be required if the student is an ineligible borrower. Further details of the alternative loans available can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office. Click here to find more information on student loans.

Private Loan Funding

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is currently partnered with JELF (Jewish Educational Loan Fund) for private funding. JELF is a non-profit organization that offers INTEREST FREE private loan funding to you. You may apply at https://jelf.org/loans/app/. There are specific application periods to apply.

Installment Plan

The law school provides an installment payment program for the payment of tuition and fees over a specified number of months within the semester. To participate in the installment program, students must submit an application and $75 application fee during the registration period.

Notification of Awards and Disbursement of Funds

Students who are determined eligible for financial aid will receive an award letter at the beginning of the academic year informing them of the amount and type of aid they will receive each semester. Student awards may consist of a combination of Institutional Scholarships and Federal Direct Student Loans.

The Office of Financial Aid assumes students will accept all financial aid offered, including student loans, unless the student notifies the office to remove or adjust the offered aid prior to disbursement. Disbursement of financial aid will occur no earlier than 10 days following the add/drop period of each semester. The Office of Financial Aid bases all initial award amounts on full-time (15 credit hours) or part-time (9 credit hours) enrollment. For students who are enrolled less than full-time or part-time, some awards may be prorated or canceled at the time of disbursement.

Your enrollment status will be frozen at its highest level each semester after the add/drop period and will be the basis of your Cost of Attendance. You must maintain a half-time enrollment status (4 credit hours) in order to receive your financial aid awards. Federal Direct Loan funds are paid in a single disbursement during the loan period.

New federal regulations require that if you receive a loan and withdraw from all of your classes, you may owe money to the Federal Student Loan programs or the law school. Note: If you withdraw after 60 percent of your attendance in a semester, you will not be required to return any of your loan funds (Please see the Terms and Conditions policy regarding Return of Title IV funds).

In order to receive financial aid disbursements in a timely manner, please be sure that your correct payment information and address is in our computer system at least 10 days prior to the disbursement date. Please notify the Registrar’s Office of changes of address and please notify the Student Accounts of changes of bank account information as soon as possible.

The above information is subject to change as required by new Federal or Institutional policies and regulations.