Full Tuition Scholarship Programs

UCLA Law is excited to announce
two Full Scholarship Programs for the 2018-19 Year

The UCLA Law Distinguished Scholars Program is a binding early-decision program providing full tuition for three years to exceptionally qualified students ready to commit to UCLA Law. The UCLA Law Achievement Fellowships provides full tuition for three years to high-achieving students who have overcome significant personal, educational or socio-economic hardships.

The UCLA Law Distinguished Scholars Program

The UCLA Law Distinguished Scholars Program is a merit-based full tuition scholarship program for a small number of the most exceptionally qualified applicants who have determined that UCLA Law is their first choice. The designation as a UCLA Law Distinguished Scholar will be the highest honor bestowed upon members of the incoming J.D. class.

Recipients of the award who are California residents will be awarded full resident tuition and fees for three academic years, beginning in fall 2018, provided they remain students in good standing. Recipients who are not California residents will be awarded full non-resident tuition and fees for their first year of law school, and full California resident tuition and fees for their second and third years of law school.* No showing of financial need is required for these awards.

For 2018-19, the application deadline is November 15. Applicants must also take the LSAT no later than September 2017. Finalists will be interviewed, and decisions will be announced by the end of December 2017. Students accepted into this program must immediately withdraw applications from all other law schools, refrain from initiating applications to other law schools, and submit their Statement of Intent to Register and seat deposit (which will be refunded upon enrollment in the fall) in their admission letter.

To apply to this program, applicants must complete the UCLA School of Law application, and must sign and submit the certification form included in the application. If you have questions regarding this program, you may email us at: admissions@law.ucla.edu.

Two extra things to note:

  1. Please note that if an applicant is not offered a place in the UCLA Law Distinguished Scholars Program, the applicant will still be considered for admission on a non-binding basis in our regular admissions pool.
  2. UCLA has a specialized admissions program for the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy (EPILP), for students with significant public interest backgrounds and ambitions. If you are a highly qualified candidate with a particular interest in EPILP, you may, if you wish, indicate on the certification form that you only wish to be considered for the UCLA Law Distinguished Scholars binding admissions program contingent on being admitted to EPILP as well.
The UCLA Law Achievement Fellowship Program

The UCLA Law Achievement Fellowship Program is a full tuition scholarship program designed specifically for a small number of academically talented, high-achieving applicants who have also overcome significant obstacles in life, such as socio-economic or educational - hardships, disabilities, or other major challenges. In keeping with UCLA Law School’s commitment to both access and excellence, in most circumstances, UCLA Law Achievement Fellows are likely to be the first in their family to attend graduate or professional school, though this is not an absolute requirement.

Recipients of UCLA Law Achievement Fellowships who are California residents will be awarded full resident tuition and fees for three academic years, beginning in fall 2018, provided they remain students in good standing. Recipients who are not California residents will be awarded full non-resident tuition and fees for their first year of law school, and full resident tuition and fees for their second and third years of law school.* The application deadline for the UCLA Law Achievement Fellowship Program is January 16, 2018. Applicants must also take the LSAT no later than February 2018. Finalists will be interviewed, and recipients will be announced by mid-April. Unlike the UCLA Law Distinguished Scholars Program, this is not a “binding” program. Successful applicants may still consider other law schools, but they must indicate their desire to accept the scholarship and make a seat deposit (which will be refunded upon enrollment in the fall) by the deadline stated in their admission letter. Awards not accepted by this date will be offered to other candidates.

To apply to this program, applicants must complete the UCLA School of Law application, and are required to include an additional one page essay (by uploading it to their application) describing the obstacles they have overcome, what they are proudest of, and any other information that might bear on the strength of their candidacy and their contributions to the UCLA community. If you have questions regarding this program, you may email us at: admissions@law.ucla.edu.

Please note applicants who are not awarded UCLA Law Achievement Fellowships will still be considered for our regular admission program.

Applying to Both Full Tuition Programs

Applicants may indicate on the application that they would like to apply to both programs. Please note that such applicants will be considered first for the UCLA Law Distinguished Law Scholars Program and second for the UCLA Law Achievement Fellowship Program.

* Most UCLA Law students are able to qualify for resident tuition status in their second and third years. The UCLA Health Insurance Fee, which can be waived with evidence of similar coverage, is not included and remains the responsibility of the student.