Paying For Law School

Tuition & Fees (based on 30 credits)

2017-2018 Academic Year

Resident

Non-Resident

General Tuition

$5,988.96

$25,474.80

Law School Tuition

$4,650.00

$4,650.00

Fees

$1,923.12

$1,995.12

Total Tuition & Fees*

$12,562.08

$32,119.92

*Tuition and fees are subject to modification by the Board of Regents and the University without notice.

Refund Policy

If a student completely withdraws from school, tuition and fees are 100% refundable before classes begin; 90% refundable during the 1st week of classes; 75% refundable during the 2nd week of classes; 50% refundable during the 3rd week of classes and nonrefundable after the 3rd week of classes. The $60 application fee and $500 deposit are nonrefundable.

Financial Aid Budget

All financial aid starts with the FAFSA. The FAFSA is available on October 1 and should be submitted by February 15.

The following is based on tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year for first-year students with no dependents. For students with dependents, an additional $1,124 is added to living expenses.

Budget

Resident

Non-Resident

Tuition & Fees

$12,562.08

$32,119.92

Books & Supplies

$950.00

$950.00

Room & Board

$12,002.00

$12,002.00

Miscellaneous Expenses

$1,362.00

$1,362.00

Transportation

$1,400.00

$2,100.00

Total

$28,276.08

$48,533.92


Other Expenses

Mandatory health insurance coverage, with the right of waiver, is required for all students. Health insurance is available through UM’s Student Insurance Plan.

Parking on campus is $225/year.

A reasonable allowance for the purchase of a computer will be determined and considered by the financial aid office upon request. Any approved amount will be added to the financial aid budget.

Seat Deposit: Accepted applicants who wish to reserve a seat in the entering class must make a nonrefundable advance deposit of $300 by the deadline stated in the acceptance letter. An additional deposit of $200 will be due by July 1st. Any applicants admitted after July 1st will pay a one-time $500 deposit. The deposit will be credited toward total University tuition and fees at the time of registration. Accepted applicants who do not pay the deposit by the deadline, have declined the offer of admission and any scholarship awarded.

Scholarships

The Blewett School of Law offered scholarships to 62% of the current first year law students with an average award of $3,079 for residents and $8,781 for non-residents. All 1L applicants are considered for scholarships without the need of a separate application.

Scholarships may be awarded with a letter of acceptance, but many are awarded later in the admissions cycle, as prospective students make final decisions where they will attend law school. Most 1L scholarships are merit based and awards are dependent upon the strength of an applicant as compared to others. Some scholarships are more specific, being dependent on student interests, place of residence, family, etc.

Blewett Scholarship - Scholarships awarded from the Fund are designated for graduates of Montana State University – Bozeman who will be enrolled at the Blewett School of Law. The Blewett Scholars shall be selected based upon academic merit and financial need. There will be three award recipients each year. The amount of the award is equal to half the cost of in-state tuition at the School of Law. The Blewett Scholarship application deadline is March 15.

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund - The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship grants 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial assistance over the course of their three years in law school.

Laubacher Law Firm Domestic Violence Scholarship - This scholarship was created for students who have been impacted by domestic violence at some point in their life and is furthering their educational career in college.

Brown National Business Law Scholarship and Brown National Tax Law Scholarship - Due December 4, 2017

Wallin & Klarich Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to an entering first-year law school student who overcame obstacles to be admitted and now faces financial burden associated with receiving a degree. Successful applicant must be interested in practicing criminal justice in the future. Deadline is November 30, 2017.

Scholarship Retention Data

Students Matriculating In Number Entering with Conditional Scholarships Number Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated
2017 43 0
2016 41 8
2015 3 0
2014 3 0
2013 0 0
2012 0 0

Residency

The Montana University System classifies all students as either in-state or out-of-state. This classification affects admissions decisions and fee determinations. The basic rules for making the classification are found in the Board of Regents' Policy. It is each student's responsibility to secure and review a copy of the policy. Failure to be aware of the rules will not be a cause for granting any exceptions to them.

With certain exceptions, in order to be eligible for in-state status, a person must meet a 12-month durational residency test. You will have to demonstrate a bona fide intent to become a Montana resident. The 12-month period does not start until some act indicative of an intent to establish residency is taken. Mere presence in Montana or enrollment at a unit will not serve to start this period. Sufficient acts to start the period are registration to vote, obtaining a Montana driver's license, registration of a motor vehicle in Montana, purchase of home in Montana, or filing of a resident Montana tax return. The 12-months must be completed by the 15thinstructional day to qualify for that term.

For more information regarding residency, please see: http://www.umt.edu/registrar/students/residencyinfo.php

Tuition Comparison of Regional Law Schools

Law School Resident
Tuition & Fees
Non-Resident
Tuition & Fees
University of Montana $12,562 $32,120
University of Wyoming  $14,911 $30,241
University of Idaho $17,230 $31,234
University of Oregon $31,506 $39,210
University of Washington $30,891 $43,053
University of Colorado $31,866 $38,652
Willamette $38,950 $38,950
Gonzaga $33,370 $33,370
University of Seattle $41,010 $41,010
Lewis & Clark $41,278 $41,278
Sturm College of Law $44,220 $44,220