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.

    Deadline: May 28, 2021
    THE JUDGE JOHN R. BROWN SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION 28TH ANNUAL BROWN AWARD
    The Award honors excellence in legal writing in American law schools. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B degree is eligible to submit a paper for the Award. The amounts awarded for 2021 will be as follows: $10,000 First Place, $5,000 Second Place and $3,000 Third Place. 

    Deadline: May 29, 2021
    2021 LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
    On behalf of the national law firm Zelle LLP, we are pleased to announce a call for applications for our 2021 Diversity in Law Scholarship. The Scholarship awards the selected recipient a total of $15,000.00 to be applied towards the selected recipient’s law school tuition, fees, and text books.

    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 ANNUAL HARRIS LOWRY MANTON LLP CIVIL JUSTICE SCHOLARSHIP
    This $5,000 award will be given to any incoming or current law student who is either currently enrolled, or who has accepted a place, in an accredited law school for the Fall semester of the upcoming academic year. This annual scholarship will be awarded at the end of July, and can be paid directly to the school upon the winner’s request.

    Deadline: June 1, 2021
    BARBRI’s “ONE LAWYER CAN CHANGE THE WORLD” SCHOLARSHIP
    Given the current political and social climate, we feel it is crucial to support entering 1Ls who plan to use their law degree to become change agents.  The “One Lawyer Can Change the World” Scholarship supports ten entering law students with the following financial awards: first prize = $10k scholarship, second prize = $5k scholarship and eight runners-up = $1k scholarship.

    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 1, 2021
    MICHIGAN AUTO LAW DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP
    As part of our commitment to diversity, Michigan Auto Law is pleased to sponsor an annual Scholarship Program to provide financial support to students who contribute to the diversity of the law school student body as they pursue their legal career.  Our annual scholarship is $2,000.

    Deadline: June 1, 2021
    2021 LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
    The law office of Terry Bryant is proud to announce the availability of a $2,500 scholarship to be awarded to a student who has been accepted to or is currently enrolled in an ABA- or AALS-accredited law school.

    Deadline: June 1, 2021
    CALIFORNIA LATINO LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
    The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation (CLLCF) is pleased to invite all qualified California residents to apply for a scholarship. This scholarship program was established to assist deserving students by offering financial assistance to help meet educational expenses. Awards of up to $5,000.

    Deadline: June 1, 2021
    LMJ SCHOLARSHIP
    the LMJ Scholarship is a diversity pipeline program that seeks to nurture the academic and professional careers of outstanding law students. The scholarship is open to women and diverse students who have: been accepted to an ABA-accredited law school on a full-time basis; an outstanding or promising academic record; an interest in corporate law; demonstrated community service and leadership qualities; a financial need; and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity. The LMJ Scholarship grants scholarships of $10,000 to students for their first year of law school.

    Deadline: June 1, 2021
    IABA NORCAL GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP JUDGE IRAVANI-SANI PUBLIC INTEREST SCHOLARSHIP
    The Judge Iravani-Sani Public Interest Scholarship will support a law student of Iranian heritage who is pursuing public service law. Candidates from across the country are eligible to apply. IABA would like to thank Judge Iravani-Sani for her generous contribution and for being a role model to Iranian-American law students. The scholarship award is $2,500.

    Deadline: June 6, 2021
    LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
    At Gladiator Law Marketing, we understand that going to law school is a large financial and time commitment. We’d like to help with those hefty tuition, book and housing costs by awarding a $1,500 scholarship to a focused and determined law student. 

    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: June 30, 2021
    THE SHARON AND IVAN LEADERSHIP (SAIL) SCHOLARSHIP
    This scholarship awarded is to an individual who will be a 2L student starting in the 2021 Fall Semester (current 1L students should apply) who has outstanding professional promise and leadership potential. The NAPABA Law Foundation will award from the SAIL Scholarship Fund at least one $5,000 scholarship each year, half of which would be distributed to the recipient in his or her second year of law school and the remainder of which would be distributed to the recipient in his or her third year of law school.

    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 1, 2021
    RIZIO LIPINSKY LAWYER SCHOLARSHIP FUND
    The 2021 Rizio Lipinsky $5,000 Law School Scholarship will provide financial aid (in the form of direct tuition payment to the law school) to a future attorney. This financial support will help reduce the financial burden associated with attending law school so that the winner can focus on securing hands-on experience to aid in the development of becoming a powerful voice for those who need help.

    Deadline: July 1, 2021
    KANOSKI BRESNEYSTAND UP TO DISTRACTED DRIVING SCHOLARSHIP
    Kanoski Bresney 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 Fall 2021 semester.

    Deadline: July 1, 2021
    2021 SCCLA SCHOLARSHIP
    The Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA) supports the next generation of leaders by awarding annual scholarships and fellowships (typically $1,000 to $2,000) to law students who have demonstrated their commitment to advancing the Chinese American and/or broader Asian Pacific American (“APA”) community. SCCLA invites current law students (including LLM students) and law school graduates from the class of 2021 to apply.

    Deadline: July 16, 2021
    ADAM Z. RICE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
    California Judges Foundation offers a need-based $1,000 to $4,000 scholarship to aspiring law students in California through the Adam Z. Rice Memorial Scholarship. The Adam Z. Rice Memorial Scholarship Fund celebrates the life of a young man who died at age 21. Adam was always trying to help others in need, whether it was the homeless or his classmates. The CJF now has an incredible opportunity to continue Adam’s legacy and fulfill its mission, promote education, and make a lasting impact on future generations devoted to the rule of law and equal access to justice.

    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: July 31, 2021
    THE DOMINGUEZ FIRM LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
    A Scholarship Award will be offered in the amount of $2,500 to a student who has demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to the community.

    Deadline: July 31, 2021
    10,000 DEGREES LAW SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
    The Marin County Bar Association Legal Education Scholarship was established in 2011 by members of the Marin County Bar Association (MCBA) to support student scholarships for law school and inspire future leaders in the legal community who have an interest in giving back to the local community.  10,000 Degrees Law School Scholarships provide a one-time award of up to $5,000 for law school students.

    Deadline: July 31, 2021
    ABRAHAMSON & UITERWYK LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
    Abrahamson & Uiterwyk wants to encourage more people who identify as minorities to pursue a legal education. Therefore, we are proud to announce that we are offering a $1,500 scholarship to a deserving law student.

    Deadline: August 1, 2021
    SECOND ANNUAL CONSTANTINE CANNON LAW SCHOOL ESSAY WRITING CONTEST
    Participants must be accepted to, or currently enrolled in an accredited US law school.  Scholarship awards are First Place: $2,500, Second Place: $1,000 and Third Place: $750. Winning essays also will be featured on our Whistleblower Insider blog visited by more than 10,000 readers a month.

    Deadline: August 31, 2021
    LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
    Michael Whitmarsh is proudly offering a $1,500 scholarship for students attending school in the fall of 2021 as either a pre law undergraduate or a first-year law student. This scholarship is intended to help cover the cost of education and related expenses.

    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: 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: 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 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 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: 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: 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.

     

    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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