Financial Awareness for Law Students

The cost of attending a professional graduate program can be a significant financial commitment. Students are encouraged to utilize personal resources and reduce expenses whenever possible. 

Apply for outside scholarships and borrow only the minimum amount necessary to meet your educational expenses. Be mindful of your budget and expenses. Don’t let consumer debt get in your way. 

We recommend that prospective law students keep a written budget (in a notebook, a spreadsheet, or using an online app). By keeping track of all your expenses, you’ll be in better control of how you spend your resources. As the old saying goes, “Live like a student while you are a student so you can live like a lawyer when you are a lawyer.”

The College of Law is happy to continue working with AccessLex Institute to provide all Syracuse Law students Ask EDNA!, a comprehensive personal finance program designed exclusively for law students and available for FREE.

Ask EDNA! was designed by AccessLex Institute, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to access, affordability, and the value of legal education. Utilizing a multi-faceted approach, the MAX program was built to drive the knowledge and behavior change essential to students’ making sound financial decisions while in school—and in life.

The MAX approach combines webinars and in-person workshops, online programming, and one-on-one counseling with fully accredited financial counselors to provide a framework for students to develop the skills vital to achieving long-lasting financial well-being. And, understanding law students’ busy schedules, AccessLex has built-in scholarship incentives to help MAX users maintain their motivation and momentum. In scholarship drawings throughout the academic year, AccessLex awards more than $300,000 for students to apply toward law school tuition and other expenses.

Ask EDNA! by AccessLex is available throughout the academic year for students; students are encouraged to attend in-person workshops and online webinars throughout the year.