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: 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: October 31, 2020
    THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY ITALIAN AMERICAN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP
    This year, one $3,000 scholarship and one $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to two law students, and the recipient will be honored at IALA’s annual December Supreme Court night (by Zoom this year, of course)

    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 1, 2020
    OTTINGER EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
    Ottinger Employment Lawyers is excited to reintroduce the Ottinger Employment Lawyer Scholarship contest. Our employment firm is dedicated to helping employees in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
    We understand the challenges college students face in paying for college.This is why we want to extend our help to students pursuing law degrees and selecting one student to be awarded a $1,500 scholarship to put towards their law school tuition.

    Deadline: December 1, 2020
    PURSUING LAW SCHOLARSHIP
    Our firm is committed to helping those that need appropriate representation. Dagney Johnson Law Group is interested in providing individuals with high-quality legal services, and seeks to support law students that share a similar vision of helping others. The winner of the contest will receive a $2,500 scholarship to put towards their law school costs.

    Deadline: December 4, 2020
    MARK T. BANNER SCHOLARSHIP
    The Richard Linn American Inn of Court is proud to offer the Mark T. Banner Scholarship. This $10,000 scholarship is part of The Richard Linn American Inn of Court's commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, and especially those from diverse backgrounds.

    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
    THE JOHNS LAW FIRM – LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST
    Students are expected to write a 300-400 word essay about what influenced their legal career and why they are pursuing law school. The winner with the most compelling essay will receive a $1,500 law school scholarship.

    Deadline: December 31, 2020
    THE SIMPLR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP
    Involved in machine learning and AI, we would like to give back by offering our support and encouraging students in the US to be creative while also studying and earning degrees in these more difficult and technical fields. We are offering a $7,500 award to a deserving student who is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Computer Science (CS), Mathematics, Information Technology (IT) or is attending or will attend 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.

    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: 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 $6000. 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: 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 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: 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 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.

     

     

    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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