Scholarships

The UCLA School of Law provides a variety of scholarships and scholarship resources to support our students.

Scholarship Information

  • Full Tuition Scholarship Programs

    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 Fellowship is non-binding and provides full tuition for three years to high-achieving students who have overcome significant personal, educational or socio-economic hardships.

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  • Dean's Scholarship

    All admitted students are considered for a Dean’s Scholarship. In determining the scholarship amount, both merit and financial need can be considered. Dean’s Scholarships are for all three years of the J.D. program and there is no need to reapply after your 1L year. No new applications are accepted in the 2L and 3L years.

    Instructions for students entering their 1L year in Fall 2020 (students currently enrolled at UCLA School of Law should visit MyLaw):

    Merit Component
    Before we can determine your eligibility for merit, all admitted students must complete the Dean’s Scholarship Consideration Form, provided to you by the UCLA Law Admission’s Office. No additional application is needed for merit consideration.

    Need Component
    UCLA Law has a generous need component, providing significant assistance to domestic students with financial need. Each case is individually considered, but a student who qualifies for a Dean’s Scholarship, based on both merit and need, will generally receive a larger total gift award. If you are unsure whether you will qualify for a need award, we strongly encourage you to apply, even if you believe you will also qualify for a merit award.

    Our awarding process for need-based scholarships takes into account both students' and their parents' financial resources. In order to help the law school’s Financial Aid Office estimate the likely contribution from students and parents, students and parents must complete the FAFSA and the Law School Financial Need Application, both of which collect data about the family profile. The variables considered include family size, assets and income, among other things.

    Application Instructions:

    1. Determine if you must provide your parents’ information on the FAFSA and the need application (see criteria below)
    2. Complete the FAFSA. Please visit fafsa.ed.gov for the application. UCLA School Code is 001315.
    3. Complete the Law School Financial Need Application.
    • As part of the need application, admitted students and/or their parents are required to upload their 2018 Tax Return Transcripts (foreign transcripts/tax returns cannot be evaluated). In the rare case when a tax return transcript is not available, the school may accept a signed copy of the 2018 Federal Tax Return along with Schedules 1, 2 and 3, if applicable. Hard copies of tax documents will not be accepted. Please note that all Social Security Numbers (SSN) must be redacted and the student’s UCLA UID number should be included on each tax transcript/tax return submitted (UCLA UID number is provided at the time of admission).
    • Admitted students and/or parents who had U.S. income in 2018 but did not file a U.S. federal tax return must note this on the FAFSA. In lieu of federal tax return transcripts, parents must upload the IRS verification of non-filing. The verification documentation may be requested from the IRS by submitting form 4506-T. Upon review, additional documentation may be requested. Students who did not file a 2018 U.S. Federal Tax Return are able to attach a self-certified statement in lieu of verification of non-filing.
       
    • Even though your Social Security Number is not required on the admission application, the school will not receive your FAFSA and thus will be unable to determine your need eligibility unless you provide us with your SSN. If you have omitted the SSN from your admission application, please contact the UCLA Law Admissions Office at (310) 825-2080 to add it to your application.

    The determination of your financial-need award will only be possible once you have been admitted, and both the FAFSA and the need application have been completed.

    Criteria for determining submission of parent information:

    Students must provide their parents' information on the Law School Financial Need Application and FAFSA unless the student:

    • will be 29 years of age or older by December 31 of the academic year for which he/she is applying
    • can provide documentation that no one has claimed him/her on their tax returns for the last seven years
    • has a dependent other than a spouse (i.e., a child) and provides more than 50% to their support
    • is a veteran
    • was considered as an independent by his/her undergraduate institution through dependency override, and not based on age or marital status. (Documentation required.)

    Students who do not fit the above criteria and do not provide parents' information on the need application/FAFSA or do not upload the required tax documents will not be considered for a need award.

    Newly admitted students who are applying for the need-based component of the Dean's Scholarship should provide both the student's and parents' information on the FAFSA.

    The FAFSA and the Financial Need application should be submitted as early as possible after January 1.

  • UCLA Law Donor-Funded Scholarships

    UCLA Law's donor-supported program consists of numerous endowments and scholarships funded by alumni and friends of the school, as well as law firms in our community. Consideration for student eligibility for these scholarships will take place during the admission process.

    The Thomas A. Kirschbaum Scholarship in Tax Law

    The Thomas A. Kirschbaum Scholarship in Tax Law provides financial and other support to students who are interested in pursuing careers in tax law and policy and places these students at the center of a robust and supportive network of tax law professionals. These merit-based scholarships are awarded annually to incoming students.

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    Latham & Watkins Scholarship in Business Law

    The Latham & Watkins Scholarship in Business Law provides financial and other support to students who are interested in pursuing careers in business law and policy and places these students at the center of a robust and supportive network of business law professionals. These merit-based scholarships are awarded annually to incoming students.

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    A. Barry Cappello Scholarship in Trial Advocacy

    Cappello Scholarships, sponsored by program namesake A. Barry Cappello, provide financial awards to admitted students with a history of success and interest in trial advocacy. The Irving H. Green Prize, named for the successful Los Angeles trial lawyer, is awarded annually to the graduating students who have demonstrated excellence in trial advocacy.  This financial support is another way that UCLA’s commitment to trial advocacy is virtually unique among top-tier law schools. 

    For more information, contact Justin Bernstein, Director of A. Barry Cappello Program in Trial Advocacy.

     

  • External Scholarships

    UCLA School of Law receives notices and information about various scholarships, fellowships and writing competitions sponsored by foundations, alumni associations, bar associations, etc. The Financial Aid Office will post applicable notices on this page or our intranet site as received.

    Deadline: June 17, 2020
    THE LMJ SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
    The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is now accepting applications for its 2020 LMJ Scholarship Program.  The LMJ Scholarship is a diversity pipeline program that seeks to nurture the academic and professional careers of outstanding law students.  The LMJ Scholarship grants scholarships of $10,000 to students for their first year of law school. This year, MCCA will award up to 6 scholarships. 

    Deadline: July 1, 2020
    THE WARREN E. BURGER PRIZE
    The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in the competition. Please submit an original, unpublished, essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000.

    Deadline: July 1, 2020
    PATRICK MALONE & ASSOCIATES OFFERS SCHOLARSHIP
    Patrick Malone & Associates is offering two scholarships of $5,000 each to law students committed to a career representing individuals.  We call this our “Representing Real People” scholarship. Our goal is to make a dent in the high cost of law school for students who want to represent individuals, to make it a little easier to choose such a career path.

    Deadline: July 1, 2020
    EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
    The Law Offices Joshua S. Davidson, PLC, Arizona’s premiere criminal and DUI defense attorneys, is pleased to announce that it will be offering a $1,800 educational scholarship opportunity for the Fall, 2020 academic year.

    Deadline: July 15, 2020
    THE ANKIN LAW OFFICE ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP
    Ankin Law understands the financial challenges college students face. We offer a $2,500 scholarship to an undergraduate or law school student.

    Deadline: July 15, 2020
    JASON D. MILLS & ASSOCIATES ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP
    Jason D. Mills Law Offices Annual $1,500 Scholarship of 2020 will provide financial assistance to the qualified individual whose essay best addresses one of our selected topics.

    Deadline: July 15, 2020
    COGAN & POWER ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP 2020
    We are dedicated to helping members of our community become successful and achieve their goals. Medical, social or financial obstacles can make higher education a mere dream to some students. Therefore, every year we offer a $2,000 scholarship to the student who submits the strongest essay focusing on the given topic.

    Deadline: July 15, 2020
    PURSUIT OF JUSTICE SCHOLARSHIP
    Grant Riley and the attorneys of Riley Law Group PC have focused their practice on representing children and families who have been mistreated by abusive landlords.  We believe in giving back to the community. We are offering a $2,500 scholarship.

    Deadline: July 30, 2020
    SCHLANGER LAW GROUP CONSUMER PROTECTION SCHOLARSHIP FOR LAW/GRADUATE STUDENTS
    We are pleased to announce our Consumer Law Scholarship, which will award $1,500 to the law or graduate student who writes the best essay on our selected topic.

    Deadline: July 31, 2020
    SUTLIFF & STOUT LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST
    In an effort to enable more students who have a passion for law to be able to pursue that passion, our attorneys are offering an annual scholarship contest which will award a law student  with a $1,500 award to be put toward his or her law school costs.

    Deadline: July 31, 2020
    IRANIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION 2020 SCHOLARSHIP
    We are delighted to foster the growth of law students and to invest in the leadership of future Iranian-American legal professionals. Thanks to our generous members, donors, and community leaders, we will award the following scholarships to deserving students dedicated to community service and public interest. Scholarships generally range from $2,500-$5,000. All current law students are eligible to apply.

    Deadline: August 1, 2020
    WOMEN LAWYERS OF VENTURA COUNTY MARY SULLIVAN SCHOLARSHIP
    The Mary Sullivan Scholarship is given to a law student or recent law school graduate who represents the ideals and values of Mary Sullivan. Awards from $500 to $3,000 have been given.

    Deadline: September 30, 2020
    THE CARING COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP
    The Caring Community Scholarship is a $2,000 scholarship award available to one student who has worked to make their community a better place. Specifically, Marcus & Mack wants you to provide one example of a problem you saw in your community, what you did to combat it, and the positive impact your efforts had on your community, as well as on yourself.

    Deadline: October, 1, 2020
    BUCKFIRE & BUCKFIRE, P.C. LAW SCHOOL DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
    This $2,000 scholarship was created in 2013 as part of the law firm’s commitment to helping law students who are in need of financial assistance achieve their academic and professional dreams.

    Deadline: October 1, 2020
    CALIFORNIA CONSUMER ATTORNEY P.C.’S ANNUAL CONSUMER ADVOCACY SCHOLARSHIP
    California Consumer Attorneys, P.C. (“CCA”) is a Los Angeles-based law firm that is firmly committed to consumer advocacy, particularly with respect to enforcement of California’s lemon laws.  CCA is offering an annual $1,000 scholarship for students who are currently enrolled in law school or intending to attend law school that are passionate about consumer advocacy. 

    Deadline: October 1, 2020
    RONALD HEDDING LAW FIRM SCHOLARSHIP
    Hedding Law Firm, a Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley, CA criminal defense law firm is offering an annual $2,500 scholarship for students who are currently attending or enrolled in college or graduate school.

    Deadline: October 29, 2020
    PAUL AND DAISY SOROS FELLOWSHIPS FOR NEW AMERICANS
    Each Fellowship for New Americans supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support, as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years. The first year of Fellowship funding cannot be deferred.

    Deadline: November, 1, 2020
    2020 BOYK LAW VETERAN SCHOLARSHIP
    The Boyk Law Veteran Scholarship is $2,000 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited college or university, who has either served in the Armed Forces or is the child of a US Veteran.

    Deadline: November 5, 2020
    ANSWERING LEGAL LAW SCHOLARSHIP
    Answering Legal’s Future Attorneys of America Scholarship $5,000 is dedicated in choosing one law student, of academic excellence, every year and awarding them with the FAAS merit scholarship.

    Deadline: November 15, 2020
    7SAGE 7K LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
    $7,000 scholarship opportunity for pre-law and incoming 1L students. Winner is selected based on response to two short essay prompts.

    Deadline: November 30, 2020
    LEGAL STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP
    Emery Reddy is proud to announce its fourth annual round of scholarships. Each year we offer financial assistance to students with an interest in pursuing careers in the legal field. We are offering a $2,500 scholarship. 

    Deadline: December 1, 2020
    ARNOLD & ITKIN LLP ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP
    To empower and encourage future attorneys in their pursuit of similar goals, we have chosen to begin the Arnold & Itkin LLP Academic Scholarship. Our firm will award $5,000 to two current law students who share our passion for assisting the underprivileged and the victims of tragedy. Regardless of the area of law, the scholarship recipients should be focused on utilizing the legal system to support those less fortunate. All applicants should demonstrate both past and current dedication to victim advocacy and/or community service.

    Deadline: December 15, 2020
    THE 2020 EMBRY LAW FIRM SCHOLARSHIP
    At the The Embry Law Firm, LLC, we know first hand how education can change and enrich the lives of those who pursue it. However, we realize that education can be a financial constraint for students and their families. To assist with expenses, we’re offering a scholarship opportunity in the amount of $1,500 to help a deserving student pursue their educational goals and prepare for future career aspirations.

    Deadline: December 31, 2020
    FOUNDATION FOR ADVANCEMENT OF DIVERSITY IN IP LAW
    The Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholar Program provides financial, mentoring, and career-readiness assistance to individuals seeking admission to, and enrolled in, law school who have an interest in exploring a possible career in patent law.  Individuals recognized as Scholars are also eligible for consideration to receive a limited number of 3-year, $10,000 per year law school tuition scholarship awards that the Foundation may elect to offer. 

    Deadline: December 31, 2020
    LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST
    The Johns Law Firm, offers a $1,500 annual scholarship to anyone accepted to or, college students currently enrolled in an accredited US law school.

    Deadline: February 15, 2021
    MELMED LAW GROUP P.C. COLLEGIATE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
    The employment lawyers at Melmed Law Group P.C. proudly support the pursuit of success through higher education.  We also understand that higher education can be a challenging financial investment for some, and we’d like to offer our support.  To that end, our office is offering a $5,000 scholarship. 

     

      

     

    Attention Scholarship Donors: All submitted scholarship offers are reviewed, and if a scholarship is deemed a good fit for our student population the offer will be posted on either our intranet (students only) or our external website.  Due to the volume of requests, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries regarding the posting of scholarships.

  • Scholarship Search Engines

    A number of students each year receive non-university scholarships from a variety of organizations, agencies, companies and private individuals. These are not administered by UCLA Law. Criteria may include academic achievement, special talent, leadership ability, and group affiliation. UCLA Law makes information available to students concerning outside scholarship opportunities as it becomes available. You can also view these useful links to gain access to outside scholarship search engines:

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