Funding an LLM
Many international students find the cost of graduate legal education at The University of Tulsa College of Law to be significantly less than at other universities, public and private, in larger metropolitan areas. With a tuition rate in 2013-14 of $28,000, the cost of education at TU Law is quite reasonable, particularly given the quality of education, low faculty to student ratio and opportunities available to students. In addition, the cost of living in Tulsa is likewise much less than elsewhere in the United States. US government immigration regulations require that all international students submit a Confirmation of Financial Resources (CFR) form verifying financial resources to undergo study at an American university. Including tuition, living and other costs for an LLM year, admitted students should estimate approximately $45,000 in total costs at TU Law.
The TU College of Law does offer a small number of partial tuition merit scholarships for international LLM students with superior academic credentials. All applicants are automatically considered for these scholarships when they apply.
Also, it pays to apply early, because admitted TU Law students studying energy and natural resources law, including LLMs, are eligible to apply for scholarships which are usually announced in January and due in April or June of each year:
Third Party Funding Opportunities
- EducationUSA : Based in countries around the globe, this is an excellent place to start looking for funding options for an LLM. It is a division of the US State Department, and almost every country in the world has an EducationUSA Center. The staff of these offices provide US-bound foreign students with information about home-country funding opportunities, as well as living expense grants and other opportunities.
- Employers: law firms, companies, government agencies, universities
- Government & private scholarships: Fulbright, Open Society Institute, Ford Foundation, Rotary International, Edward S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship, AMIDEAST, Inter-American Foundation, PEO, International Peace Scholarships, American Association of University Women Scholarships, Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship
- Private lenders: Global Student Loan Corporation, International Student Loan Program, Sallie Mae. Please note that TU Law does not endorse any particular loan organization.
For More Information On Funding Sources
- Institute for International Education (IIE) publishes "Funding for US Study: A Guide for International Students and Professionals," among other information on scholarships and fellowships available to non-US students at its website
- The website www.llm-guide.com offers a list of potential funding sources
- International Legal Exchange Program (ILEP) an American Bar Association (ABA)-run program for international students interested in internships at US law firms