Those of you who are applying to law school now are finding out how expensive law school applications can be! Each school has an application fee and each school must receive a Law School Report ($25 each), which adds up fast. Here are five tips for getting application fee waivers.
- Apply for an LSAC fee waiver. The best fee waiver is directly through the LSAC. This fee waiver will waive the fees for two LSAT exams, your Credential Assembly Service fee, and four Law School Reports. In addition, most law schools will waive your application fee too if you received an LSAC fee waiver. You can apply for an LSAC fee waiver and find out more information here.
- Attend the Law Fair. If you are not eligible for an LSAC waiver, there are other ways to reduce your costs. First, come to the Law Fair on October 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Over 100 law schools will be sending representatives to talk with interested students about their programs and their application process. Many schools at the fair will be giving out fee waivers. (Tip: If the rep you are speaking with does not offer you a fee waiver, politely ask whether they have a fee waiver program, and how you can apply for one.) Here’s more info about the Law Fair.
- Also register for the Candidate Referral Service (CRS) in your LSAC account. This service asks you lots of questions about yourself–your background, interests, grades, etc.–and then “matches” you with law schools that are looking for students like you. Many law schools use the CRS to offer fee waivers, so it is worth your time to complete the CRS survey here.
- Directly inquire with your preferred law schools. Send a polite email to their admissions office asking whether they have a fee waiver program, and how you can apply. Some schools will simply respond with a waiver; other schools will have certain parameters (like GPA or financial need) to meet before waiving your fee. Take 10 minutes to craft a friendly form email and send it to all of the schools you’re applying to–it’s an easy way to collect a few fee waivers. It’s well worth your time.
- Attend law school visit or open house days. Sometimes when a school sees that you’ve made the effort to visit, they will reward you with a fee waiver.
One final tip–talk to your pre-law advisor! From time to time law schools will offer a few fee waivers to us (the Pre-Law Advisors) for students we know are interested in their school. So see a Pre-Law Advisor and let us know which schools interest you!