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Bar Examination & Law Study Loans

The Bar Examination/Study Loan is a potential resource available to assist in meeting costs associated with preparation for and taking the Bar Examination upon graduation from law school.

The eligibility requirements for submitting an application vary by lender. Refer to the chart below for a list of lenders that offer study/exam loans.

  1. The Bar Examination/Study Loan is a private loan and requires that the student meet credit and other eligibility requirements of the lender.
  2. You must apply directly with the lender of choice for the bar loan. Student Financial Aid will certify the loan once a request is received from the lender.
  3. You may receive a loan from more than one lender, but your loans will not be certified for more than $15,000 total.
  4. You cannot be in default on any education loan or owe a refund on an education grant.
  5. Checks are made payable to you and mailed to your current mailing address as reported on the application.
LenderLoan LimitCriteria/Requirements
Sallie Mae$1,000 – $15,000Must be enrolled at least half-time in your final year or have graduated within the last 12 months; must sit for the bar exam no later than 12 months after graduation; U.S. citizen or non-citizen permanent resident w/o conditions; must meet current credit and other eligibility criteria
Wells Fargo$12,000Must be in final year of law school or graduated within past 30 days; positive established credit history; U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident alien
PNC $1,000 – $15,000Enrolled at least half-time with less than six months remaining until graduation or have graduated in the last six months
Discover$1,000-$16,000Must have graduated from law school in the past 6 months, or be enrolled at least half-time making satisfactory academic progress in your final year of study in a graduate law degree program.