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.   Please note that the posting of these scholarships does not imply endorsement of any organization/scholarship.

    Outside scholarship checks should be sent to UCLA’s Payment Solutions and Compliance office.  The checks should be made out to the UC Regents and contain the student’s name and University ID on the check/accompanying paperwork.  The address is:

    UCLA Payment Solutions & Compliance
    Box 957089, 1125 Murphy Hall
    405 Hilgard Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-7089

     

    Deadline: September 7, 2021
    NLF SCHOLARSHIPS – VARIOUS AWARDS – INCOMING LAW STUDENTS, 1L AND 2LS STUDENTS
    The NAPABA Law Foundation carries out its work primarily by awarding scholarships and fellowships that promote the interests of the Asian Pacific American community.

    • NLF Presidential – Two awards at $7,500 each
    • UPS/NLF Gold Mountain – Two awards at $5,000 each
    • Low Family – One award at $2,500
    • Chris Nakamura – One award at $2,500
    • LimNexus – One award at $2,500
    • NLF – Multiple awards at $2,000 each

    Deadline: September 30, 2021
    2021 CARING COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP
    The 2021 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. Our hope is that this scholarship will encourage students to get involved in their communities in whatever capacity they can. No effort is too small when it comes to helping others!

    Deadline: October 1, 2021
    TAYLOR & RING’S ANNUAL VICTIM ADVOCATE SCHOLARSHIP
    At the Taylor & Ring law firm, we are committed representing victims of sexual assault, harassment and sexual abuse. We represent children, women, and men who have been victimized by these horrible crimes. We are committed to holding institutions responsible for their negligence in connection with these types of assaults. We are proud to announce the Taylor & Ring Victim Advocate Scholarship for $5,000.

    Deadline: October 15, 2021
    SHRAGER DEFENSE ATTORNEYS 2021 SCHOLARSHIP
    Shrager Defense Attorneys is happy to announce its 2021 “Helping Yourself and Society” scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to one student applicant in the amount of $2,000.

    Deadline: October 28, 2021
    THE PAUL & DAISY SOROS FELLOWSHIPS FOR NEW AMERICANS
    The fellowship program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, we invest in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field. Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows.

    Deadline: October 31, 2021
    GENERAL COUNSEL, P.C. FIRST GENERATION LAW STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP
    This scholarship is open to 2nd Year Law Students who are the first in their family to attend law school. We will be awarding $1,500 to two (2) outstanding applicants.

    Deadline: October 31, 2021
    PURSUING A POSITIVE IMPACT SCHOLARSHIP
    Commonwealth Law Group is once again offering this $3,000 scholarship because we believe people who constantly pursue making a positive impact are the same people who will be the agents for effective change in our society.

    Deadline: November 1, 2021
    LAVENT LAW, P.A. IMMIGRANT SCHOLARSHIP
    Lavent Law, P.A. is proud to offer a $3,500 scholarship to an immigrant who is a current or aspiring law student.  “As an immigrant, I understand the unique challenges that face us. I have been tremendously fortunate with my legal practice and wanted to give back to a deserving immigrant law student or aspiring law student.” – Boris Lavent.

    Deadline: November 1, 2021
    ITALIAN AMERICAN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP
    Founded in 1977, the Italian-American Lawyers Association – Los Angeles County (IALA) fosters friendship and networking among lawyers and judges interested in Italian-American heritage and affairs, provides Bar-certified continuing education, and participates in civic and community activities to improve legal practice and ensure the proper administration of justice. We are offering a $3,000 scholarship.

    Deadline: November 5, 2021
    ANSWERING LEGAL’S FUTURE ATTORNEYS OF AMERICA SCHOLARSHIP
    Answering Legal’s Future Attorneys of America Scholarship is dedicated in choosing one law student, of academic excellence, every year and awarding them with a $5,000 FAAS merit scholarship. Applicants must be currently enrolled at an accredited law school. This means you can be accepted to a law school as an incoming 1L. Alongside other documents, provide proof of matriculation.

    Deadline: November 30, 2021
    EMERY REDDY LEGAL STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP
    In honor of the lifetime achievements of Judge William H. Fuld, Emery Reddy is proud to work with University of Washington School of Law in extending a $2,500 scholarship to successful applicants who display an interest in advocating on behalf of workers.

    Deadline: December 1, 2021
    WORGUL, SARNA & NESS, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS, LLC NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP
    We understand that higher education is important for a successful future, yet a challenge for all to become financially secure. This amazing scholarship opportunity for the amount of $5,000 will help a deserving student to accomplish educational goals and prepare for future career aspirations.

    Deadline: December 1, 2021
    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, 2021
    INVESTOR FRAUD AWARENESS SCHOLARSHIP
    Our attorneys understand that paying for college can be difficult. Especially if you are a first-generation student. This is why The Law Offices of Robert Pearce have created the Investor Fraud Awareness Scholarship.  The winner will receive $2,500.

    Deadline: December 1, 2021
    IABA NORCAL GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP
    Law students that have shown leadership or commitment to the advancement of the Iranian-American community. Scholarships can be used for general law school expenses, to cover the cost of summer positions, or to cover bar exam study expenses. Applicants must have a connection to Northern California (via, employment, law school, or substantial prior residency). The scholarship award is $2,500.

    Deadline: December 1, 2021
    EISNER GORIN LLP LAW FIRM SCHOLARSHIP
    The Los Angeles criminal defense law firm of Eisner Gorin LLP is offering a $3,000 scholarship to students who have an interest in pursuing a career in law. Our law firm partners understand the value of an education and the need to help students achieve their goal.

    Deadline: December 1, 2021
    STAND UP TO DISTRACTED DRIVING SCHOLARSHIP
    Kanoski Bresney, our Central Illinois law firm, is offering five scholarship awards, each in the amount of $2,000, to support students throughout the U.S. who are starting or continuing their college or university education in the Spring 2022 semester. We are thankful that you have shared our scholarship with your students in the past, and we hope you will consider doing so again. 

    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 15, 2021
    LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST
    The attorneys at Criminal Defense Attorney & Workers Compensation Law Offices of Arechigo & Stokka work to help those in their community. A career as a lawyer is an important one. We are proud to offer our $2,000 scholarship contest for law school students working to help those.

    Deadline: December 15, 2021
    PENDLETON LAW TEAM SCHOLARSHIP
    This opportunity is addressed to students enrolled in law school through the Spring Semester of 2022 in the United States of America with a deep commitment to self-growth and development. Up to three participants will be awarded the $1,500 academic-based prize depending on their academic achievement, GPA, and the content of their essay.

    Deadline: December 15, 2021
    MORRIS BART, LLC COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP
    The Community Service Scholarship from Morris Bart, LLC awards one deserving student who is committed to community service with a $2,500 scholarship towards the college or university of their choice.

    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.

    Deadline: December 31, 2021
    THE LAW OFFICES OF DANIEL KIM SCHOLARSHIP
    The cost of higher education is steadily increasing and we understand how challenging the financial burden can be for a student pursing a college degree. So, our team is offering the “Law Offices of Daniel Kim Scholarship”.  This $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to one qualified student who is currently attending or are planning to attend college or graduate school in 2022.

    Deadline: December 31, 2021
    LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
    To support up-and-coming legal minds, Expert Institute is awarding a $2,000 scholarship to a current or future J.D. candidate to assist with tuition, books, or any education-related expenses.

    Deadline: January 31, 2022
    DDRB LAWYERS LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP
    The DDRB Lawyers Legal Scholarship by Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein, LLP is a recurring scholarship worth $1500 designed to help one law student with their tuition costs. We welcome all eligible students to apply and look forward to reviewing your application.

    Deadline: February 15, 2022
    COLLEGIATE SCHOLARSHIP
    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 offers a $5,000 annual scholarship to one college student at the end of February of each year.

    Deadline: March 1, 2022
    CITYWIDE LAW SCHOLARSHIP
    Citywide Law Group is proud to offer a $1,500 scholarship to a current or aspiring law student. Essay Topics include: Why do you want to practice law? What adversity you have had to overcome to obtain your goal of attending law school? How you will use your law degree to help others?

    Deadline: March 31, 2022
    THE ROBERT REDICK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
    The Robert Redick Memorial Scholarship awards $5,000 to a student who develops a unique and effective plan aimed at reducing distracted driving.

    Deadline: May 1, 2022
    THE 2022 INFOGRAPHIC SCHOLARSHIP
    Here at Rice, Murtha & Psoras, we understand that the leaders of tomorrow are working and often sacrificing to receive an education today. That’s why in 2016 we launched our annual Rice, Murtha & Psoras Scholarship. The purpose is to award a $1,500 scholarship each year to a deserving student to apply towards college or law school costs and help that student realize his or her potential.

    Deadline: May 31, 2022
    ANTONOPLOS & ASSOCIATES LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP
    To encourage and empower future attorneys to pursue the same legal values that our firm embodies, we have decided to create the Antonoplos & Associates Legal Scholarship. This scholarship will award $2,500 to one incoming or current law student who shares our passion for assisting communities through the legal field.

    Deadline: July 1, 2022
    JT LEGAL GROUP LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
    The passion and commitment of a student with ambitions and dreams towards the enhancements of society are characteristics that JT Legal Group sincerely acknowledges. Higher education brings opportunities for prosperity and no obstacle should get in the way of that, especially financial ones. JT Legal Group is looking to award a law school scholarship opportunity in the amount of $5,000 to a student who presents the most equipped and original understanding on the facets of law and legal support.

    Deadline: July 29, 2022
    EKSEW LAW 2021 LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST
    Our attorneys all chose to become lawyers for certain reasons. Now, we want to hear from you and ask you the question – why do you want to become a lawyer and what do you plan to achieve with your legal career?  One law school student will be chosen and receive $1,500 to put towards their law school education.

    Deadline: August 1, 2022
    WHAT DOES JUSTICE MEAN TO YOU – LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST
    The team at Gounaris Abboud would like to know "Why understanding of the justice system is important for democracy, and how we can teach others the importance of our judicial system." This is why they have created Scholarship Contest for law students. One student will be selected awarded $1,500 to put towards their law school education.

     

    Attention Scholarship Donors: All submitted scholarship offers are reviewed, and if a scholarship is deemed as a possible 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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