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 2021 (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 studentaid.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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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: 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.

    Deadline: February 26, 2021
    MALDEF’S LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
    The 2020-2021 scholarship is open to all students who are enrolled full-time at an accredited United States law school in the 2020-2021 academic school year and are completing their first law degree. In recent years, MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) has annually awarded 5-15 law school scholarships of $2,000 each to deserving law students from throughout the nation

    Deadline: February 28, 2021
    THE WILLIAM C. CONNER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW WRITING COMPETITION
    The New York Intellectual Property Law Association created a writing competition for law students and appropriately named it “The William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law”.  The Winner will receive a cash award of $1,500 and the Runner-up will receive a cash award of $1,000.

    Deadline: February 28, 2021
    JAPANESE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
    The Japanese American Bar Association ("JABA") Educational Foundation is pleased to offer up to five scholarships in the amount of $2,000-$3,000 each.  Applications are currently being accepted from law students and recent law school graduates with a connection to the Japanese American and/or Asian/Pacific Islander (“API”) community who have a demonstrated commitment to community service. 

    Deadline: February 2021 - Application Submissions
    AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE (AAJ): TRIAL ADVOCACY SCHOLARSHIPS
    AAJ has four scholarships available for qualified law students: Richard D. Hailey Scholarship ($5,000), Trial Advocacy Scholarship ($3,000), Leesfield/AAJ Scholarship ($2,500), and Mike Eidson Scholarship ($5,000).

    Deadline: February 28, 2021
    PRICE BENOWITZ SOCIAL JUSTICE SCHOLARSHIP
    By supporting the cause of social justice today, we are making an investment in a future that is brighter for everyone. As such, Price Benowitz is proud to offer this $2000 scholarship to students pursuing college or advanced degrees of all types. This year, our scholarship is helping to raise awareness about the challenges individuals with disabilities have to meet and overcome each day.

    Deadline: February 28, 2021
    HOLLIS G. BEST SCHOLARSHIP
    As a memorial to the late Presiding Justice Hollis G. Best, his friends have established a scholarship to encourage and support outstanding academic achievement and commitment to service by law students. The Best Scholarship is an annual award presented this year in the amount of $2,000, during the Spring 2021 semester. More than one scholarship may be awarded.  Application.

    Deadline: March 12, 2021
    LEGAL INTERN FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
    The MBF’s Legal Intern Fellowship Program was established in 1996 to give talented law students the experience and encouragement they need to pursue careers in the public interest law sector while providing legal aid organizations with much-needed additional staff capacity for the summer. The MBF awards at least three (3) stipends of $6,000 each to law students who intern during the summer months at nonprofit organizations providing civil legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts.

    Deadline: March 31, 2021
    ANNUAL LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
    The partners at SUGARMAN have created these two $1,250 annual scholarships to support law school students who are preparing to pursue practices in personal injury law and/or in a public service capacity.

    Deadline: March 31, 2021
    RHODE ISLAND BAR FOUNDATION THOMAS F. BLACK Jr. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
    The scholarship is a one year, non-renewable award, for full-time students who are Rhode Island residents who will be entering their first year of law school in September 2021. For academic year 2021-2022, the Foundation intends to award two scholarship awards in the amount of $25,000 each.

    Deadline: March 31, 2021
    THE ANNUAL SOCIAL JUSTICE REFORM SCHOLARSHIP BY PIGEONLY
    We think you deserve the best shot possible to have a chance to pursue your dream. Unfortunately, dream careers, not to mention college tuition, can be expensive! To help with these costs, we are awarding one student a $2,500 scholarship to put towards his or her education.

    Deadline: April, 2021
    DAN BRADLEY FELLOWSHIP
    Each year, LAAC offers the Dan Bradley Fellowship to fund law students who want to spend their summer working at a LAAC member legal aid organization up to $6,000. The Fellowship is awarded to outstanding students who want to pursue a career in public interest law and who want to spend their summer working in a rural area or on a rural issue.

    Deadline: April 1, 2021
    SIDNEY B. WILLIAMS, JR. SCHOLAR PROGRAM
    This program provides financial, mentoring, and career-readiness assistance to individuals seeking admission to law school or who have been admitted to law school, but not yet enrolled, and who have an interest in exploring a possible career in patent law in the United States.  In addition, the Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law currently awards a limited number of 3-year, $10,000 per year law school tuition grant awards awarded to select Scholars.

    Deadline: April 1, 2021
    Fitch Law Partners LLP Scholarship
    Fitch Law Partners LLP will be awarding a $1,500 scholarship to a current law school student as well a $1,000 scholarship to an undergraduate student with aspirations of going to law school. The goal of these scholarships is to help a promising lawyer of tomorrow with the financial cost of higher education. Our firm is proud to be investing in the education of future attorneys by helping students with their tuition expenses.

    Deadline: May 2, 2021
    LEGAL OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP FUND
    The American Bar Association (ABA) awards an annual Legal Opportunity Scholarship to first-year law students. The mission of the program is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to attend and complete law school. The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship grants 10 - 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial aid over their three years in law school. 

    Deadline: May 31, 2021
    SMITH & EULO LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP
    We are happy to announce the second annual Smith & Eulo legal scholarship! We’re offering a $2,500 scholarship to one current or prospective law student. This scholarship will be for the fall 2021 academic semester.

    Deadline: June 1, 2021
    THE PLAXEN AND ADLER SCHOLARSHIP
    The Plaxen and Adler Scholarship Awards $2,500 annually to a law student who has demonstrated an interest in civil trial advocacy and a career as a civil trial lawyer.

    Deadline: June 15, 2021
    CANCER SCHOLARSHIP
    The Laborde Earles Law Firm LLC is proud to announce the 2020 Cancer Scholarship. 
    Our legal team is proud to sponsor the scholarship as a way of supporting young scholars. We believe investing in those pursuing their education is one of the best ways to invest in the future.The Cancer Scholarship amount is $2,500.

    Deadline: June 21, 2020
    FUTURE LAWYERS OF AMERICA
    Bader Scott Injury Lawyers is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for our annual Future Lawyers of America Scholarship. Undergraduate law school applicants and current law school students who come from financially disadvantaged families are encouraged to apply. The recipient of this year’s scholarship will receive $2,500.

    Deadline: July 1, 2021
    REPRESENTING REAL PEOPLE 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, 2021
    THE KEITH M. FLETCHER EXCELLENCE IN ETHICS SCHOLARSHIP
    For law students and prospective law students, Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. is excited to offer our annual Excellence in Ethics Scholarship. The first-place scholarship will be awarded to one recipient in the amount of $1,000. The second-place winner will be awarded a $500 scholarship as well.

    Deadline: July 1, 2021
    SHOOK & STONE SCHOLARSHIP
    We understand that education is incredibly important for all generations. The experiences and lessons you learn are unrivaled. We want to help students in their paths to higher education, which is why we have created the Shook & Stone scholarship.  If you share our goal of helping individuals fully understand their rights and the benefits of hiring a skilled personal injury attorney, we want you to submit an essay for the chance to win $2,500.

    Deadline: July 30, 2021
    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, we 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: December 15, 2021
    FUTURE LAWYER SCHOLARSHIP
    For 2021, the Reeves Law Group is awarding a $5,000 scholarship to a deserving law student who authors a winning essay in our Seventh Annual Scholarship Essay Contest. Our scholarship is awarded to the student who best demonstrates a genuine desire and goal of using the legal system to fix problems or improve conditions in our society by submitting a 750-1000 word essay or Prezi/PowerPoint presentation.

    Deadline: December 31, 2021
    THE 2021 MICHAEL WEINER SCHOLARSHIP
    Former MLBPA Executive Director, Michael Weiner, lost a courageous and inspiring battle against an inoperable brain tumor in November 2013. Just 51 at the time of his death, Michael spent most of his adult life caring for others. In 2014, Major League baseball players honored Michael’s legacy by establishing the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies. Since its debut, we received more than 200 eligible applications from 100 different schools across the United States; and 30 outstanding students were selected to each receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Players Trust to assist in their academic costs.

     

     

    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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