Merit Scholarships   

All applicants for admission are reviewed for merit scholarship awards; no separate application is required for consideration. Merit scholarships are selective awards based on outstanding LSAT scores, undergraduate academic performance and academic promise. The Admissions Committee determines the awards and notifies recipients at the time of admission. Students entering in Fall 2015 received merit scholarship awards ranging from $7,500 to full tuition. More than 70% of our entering full-time students receive scholarship funds. Merit scholarships are renewable by maintaining required GPA standards or designated class rank. The amount and terms of renewal are provided to students upon award. A history of scholarship renewal/retention rates can be found below:

In accordance with ABA regulations (Standard 509), the following information regarding the retention of scholarships in prior years is provided for you.

  #Entering # Whose Conditional Scholarships
Student Matriculation Year
With Conditional Scholarships
Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated
2014 121 18
2013 93 16
2012 107 31
2011 132 48

Additional Data - Seton Hall Law School Retention Data

Student Matriculated Year
2011 2012 2013 2014
% Reduced or Eliminated
36% 29% 17% 15%
# Reduced
25 5 0 0
# Eliminated
23 26 16 18
# Fully Retained
80 76 69 120
% Fully Retained
61% 71% 81% 85%
# Fully Retained or Partially Retained
105 81 69 102
% Fully Retained or Partially Retained
80% 76% 81% 85%


This highly selective merit-based scholarship is awarded primarily on the merits of the Admissions Application, LSAT scores, undergraduate academic performance, and academic promise. Distinguished Scholars receive full tuition scholarships for their first year of study at Seton Hall Law.  The Distinguished Scholarship is renewable if the student maintains continuous enrollment and maintains satisfactory academic progress. 

Public Tuition Rate Credit

Seton Hall University is pleased to announce that it has extended its tuition reduction initiative to eligible first-year students enrolling in the School of Law commencing Fall 2013. The reduction amounts to more than 50% of the regular yearly tuition rate and means that eligible students, may attend Seton Hall Law at the same tuition rate as New Jersey’s public law schools’ in-state rate.  Details here >>


Our robust scholarship program includes Chancellor, Presidential, Deans and Faculty Scholarships. Eligibility for all awards is assessed at the time of admission. These awards range from $10,000 - $38,000 per year.


The Riccio Scholarships are awarded to incoming JD applicants who are graduates from Seton Hall University and have achieved at least a 3.5 in his/her undergraduate studies, along with a 158 LSAT score.  This $8,000 scholarship can be awarded alone or as a supplement to any merit scholarship awarded and is renewable if the student maintains continuous enrollment at Seton Hall Law School and maintains a required GPA.


The Dorothy Day Scholarship is awarded to highly qualified students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are underrepresented in the legal profession. This selective scholarship is awarded on the merits of the student’s Admissions Application, with a particular emphasis on the student’s personal statement and letters of recommendation.  Dorothy Day Scholars receive a $10,000 scholarship. These awards may also be given in addition to any initial Merit Scholarships awarded (all institutional scholarships not to exceed full tuition.) The Dorothy Day Scholarships are renewable if the student maintains continuous enrollment and maintains a required GPA standard.