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University Partnership: University of Michigan Law School
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City Year is proud to partner with the University of Michigan Law School, one of the finest institutions of legal education in the world, offering a $10,000 annual tuition scholarship to the JD program for all admitted City Year corps, alumni, or staff members.


Michigan Law School, founded in 1859, has a distinguished and diverse faculty, many preeminent in their fields, with a history of devotion to both scholarship and teaching. Our students come from around the globe to contribute their remarkable talents and accomplishments and make the Law School a collegial community that exudes a sense of serious purpose, academic achievement, and social commitment. Never restricted to the privileged, in 1870, Michigan—then the largest law school in the country—became the second university to confer a law degree on an African American. That same year, Michigan became the first major law school to admit a woman, and in 1871, its graduate, Sarah Killgore, became the first woman with a law degree in the nation to be admitted to the bar. As one of the leaders in American legal education, Michigan's curriculum is strong across the board. Students with interest in business, corporate, and securities; intellectual property; criminal; international; tax; constitutional; environmental; and public interest law should pay special attention to Michigan's extensive offerings.

Benefits offered by University of Michigan Law School

Scholarship Amount $10,000 annual tuition scholarship who have completed the City Year program and have not already been awarded a merit scholarship.
Number of Scholarships Awarded Annually Unlimited; scholarships will be awarded to all City Year corps members, senior corps members, alumni and staff who are admitted
Application Fee Waiver Yes
Enrollment Deferral One-year deferral

Eligibility & Additional Info 


 $10,000 annual scholarship. The scholarship award will be $10,000 annually for all City Year corps members, senior corps members, alumni, and staff who are admitted.  Note: This award is in lieu of and not in addition to another merit award of higher amount.

* The scholarship will be renewed in subsequent years provided recipients maintain continuous registration and remain in good academic standing, according to Michigan Law School standards.


*Scholarships awarded to City Year AmeriCorps members and alumni for at least one year of service and City Year staff members employed for at least two years.

* Michigan Law School will allow deferrals up to one year if accepted applicants decide to serve additional time with City Year.

* Scholarships described above represent the minimum awards; applicants will be considered for additional  need-based and merit-based aid.

Eligible Programs

How to Apply

  • To apply, visit or click here to access the University of Michigan Law School’s admissions website

  • To identify your City Year affiliation: Be sure your City Year service appears on your resume, specifying the site where you served and dates of service, in order to be awarded the City Year scholarship if you are admitted.
  • City Year verification: Email the Michigan Law School Admissions Office at and identify as a City Year participant to request a fee waiver for use at

To Contact the Admissions Office

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. Corps members, alumni and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines, and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.