Welcome to the connected and supportive community at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (Catholic Law). We are committed to supporting students coming from military backgrounds. Whether veterans or current members of the military embarking on legal careers post-service, dependents, or recent college graduates aspiring to join the Armed Forces and serve in the JAG Corps, Catholic Law warmly embraces all individuals from the military community.
Rated by Military Friendly as exceeding its benchmark standard in all six of its categories, Catholic Law proudly participates in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon Program, an initiative that can help pay for higher out-of-state, private school, foreign school, or graduate school tuition and fees that the Post-9/11 GI Bill doesn’t cover. The Law School additionally offers students access to the University’s Office of Military and Veteran Student Services and its staff of specialists who have facilitated opportunities for military-affiliated students since its inception.
Apart from providing financial support and guidance, Catholic Law creates a supportive community for military members, reminiscent of the camaraderie found within the active Armed Forces. Stephen C. Payne, the Law School Dean and a retired Captain in the Army JAG Corps, is among the faculty members at Catholic Law with valuable military experience. The University, with illustrious alumni like Emil Kapaun—a Catholic priest, U.S. Army chaplain, and Medal of Honor recipient—upholds a tradition that emphasizes the cherished values of service embraced by both the University's Catholic faith and the Armed Forces.
Get Support from Catholic Law's Admissions Team
The Admissions and Financial Aid Office at Catholic Law is here to help students work their way through the entire admissions, financial aid, and scholarship process. We invite you to connect with a member of our team to guide you through the admission process, explain how financial aid works for law students, and share how scholarship awards are determined. Let us ensure that you have all of the information you need to determine if Catholic Law is the right school for you.
Once students are admitted to Catholic Law, support from our Admissions and Financial Aid Office does not stop there. Our dedicated team is here to assist incoming students as they transition from an admitted student through their first year as a law student and beyond. Click on the button below to connect with a member of our team.
A Collegial Community Geared Toward Student Success
The Law School's website features stories of military-affiliated alumni, showcasing the notable achievements of individuals who have considered Catholic Law their academic home. One such success story is Erhan Bedestani, a 2022 Pat Tillman Foundation Scholar who took time to reflect on his time at Catholic Law when he graduated in May 2023. Bedestani is among the many service members who have thrived in the supportive environment fostered by Catholic Law.
Below are links to several other stories of those who have served or are just starting their careers in the armed forces.