Paying For Law School

Tuition & Fees (based on 30 credits)

2017-2018 Academic Year



General Tuition



Law School Tuition






Total Tuition & Fees*



*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.




Tuition & Fees



Books & Supplies



Room & Board*



Loan Fee Allowance



Miscellaneous Expenses









*An additional $1,170 is added to the Room and Board allowance for students with dependents other than a spouse.

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 $232/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.


The Blewett School of Law offered scholarships to 59% of the current first year law students with an average award of $3,982 for residents and $13,727 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. For a complete list of scholarships available, visit our Scholarships & Writing Competitions page. 

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 1.

A-1 Auto Transport Scholarship - Three awards worth $1,000, $500 and $250 will be awarded under the A-1 Auto Transport Scholarship. Applicants write an essay of at least 1,000 words about a topic related to transportation and shipping. Deadline is March 10.

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. The application deadline is April 6.

ChapmanAlbin Law School Scholarship Essay Contest - The investment law firm of ChapmanAlbin provides a new or current law student with a $1,000 scholarship to be used towards tuition and/or expenses. Scholarship applicants write a 300-500 word essay. Application deadline is June 15.

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. Deadline to apply is in July.

Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program - The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) offers the LMJ Scholarship for diverse individuals entering an ABA accredited law school as full-time first-year law students. Established in 2004, the LMJ Scholarship Program seeks to nurture the academic and professional careers of outstanding law students and advance the diversity pipeline to the legal profession. The deadline to apply is August 31. 

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 in November.

Scholarship Retention Data

Students Matriculating In Number Entering with Conditional Scholarships Number Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated
2018 45 0
2017 43 5
2016 41 8
2015 3 0
2014 3 0
2013 0 0
2012 0 0


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:

Tuition Comparison of Regional Law Schools

Law School

Tuition & Fees*

Tuition & Fees*

University of Montana



University of Wyoming 



University of Idaho



University of Oregon



University of Washington



University of Colorado









University of Seattle



Lewis & Clark



Sturm College of Law



*Tuition and fees do not include cost of books, room & board, transportation etc.