WVU Law recognizes the importance of diversity in the classroom and the legal profession. 


WVU Law Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

The admissions staff travel across the country to meet with and recruit minority and other diverse students. We look forward to the opportunity to meet with you. Look for us on the road or come to one of our special events!

Minority Scholarships

W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship for African American Graduate and Professional Students

Students chosen for this prestigious award receive:

  • A full tuition and fees scholarship.
  • A living stipend of $19,000 over nine months.
  • Graduate student insurance.

For more information on the Du Bois Fellowship, contact the Admissions office at wvulaw.admissions@mail.wvu.edu or (304) 293-5304.

Please note that the application gives a different deadline and address to mail the completed application. All applications must first come to the law school by mid-January to be considered. Also, we will accept the January LSAT, though we encourage students to take the LSAT earlier if possible.


Educational Access Scholarship

The WVU College of Law Educational Access Scholarship will be awarded in an amount of up to $10,000 per year for three years to a student of diversity. Please see the diversity criteria below. This scholarship can only be applied to tuition and fees.

To be considered for the Educational Access Scholarship, a student must apply to WVU College of Law by March 1.

Diversity Criteria

A candidate for the Educational Access Scholarship must meet one of the following diversity criteria:

  • Age (non-traditional).
  • First-generation (undergraduate) college student.
  • Gender.
  • Geographic (including Appalachian heritage).
  • Race/Ethnicity.
  • Sexual orientation.
  • Socioeconomic status.
  • Other factors that may contribute to a well-rounded student body.

For more information, email wvulaw.admissions@mail.wvu.edu or call (304) 293-5304.


Educational Opportunity Merit Waiver

WVU provides the College of Law with a number of merit tuition waivers that we may award to competitively selected graduate students. The purpose of these merit waivers is to help WVU Law recruit and retain students and to help these students graduate in a timely manner. See WVU Tuition Waivers.

To be considered for the Educational Opportunity Merit Waiver, a student must apply to WVU College of Law by March 1.

When awarding waivers, multiple diversity factors may be considered, including:

  • Age
  • First-generation college student 
  • Gender Geographic (including Appalachian heritage) 
  • Race/Ethnicity 
  • Sexual orientation 
  • Socioeconomic status 
  • Other factors that may contribute to a well-rounded student body

For more information, email wvulaw.admissions@mail.wvu.edu or call (304) 293-5304.