When it comes to financing your pursuit of an LL.M. degree, there are a number of options to consider for securing funding. While the list of options below is not exhaustive, it provides links to a variety of resources for learning about scholarship, fellowship, grant, and loan opportunities through private, non-profit and governmental sources. International students are encouraged to seek financial aid funds from additional sources in their home countries. Consider contacting the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country to inquire about sponsoring organizations and agencies.
UCLA School of Law Resources
Dean's Tuition Fellowship Awards
All applicants receive full consideration for our very limited number of Dean's Tuition Fellowship awards. No application is necessary; grantees will be notified by the LL.M. Program after receiving their offer of admission. Awards are granted on both a need-based and merit-based basis. In the "Finances" section of the online LL.M. Program application, you are welcome to bring to the Graduate Studies Committee's attention any information that will assist the committee in making a determination regarding a financial aid award.
Law Library Research Assistants Program
Research Assistants are occasionally hired to help law professors with their research needs. Students typically work 10 hours per week for a rate of approximately $17.00 per hour. Successful candidates must demonstrate academic excellence as well as research proficiency. The number of positions available in a given year is dependent on the needs of the faculty, and thus is highly variable. In some years, there may be no open positions. Openings for Research Assistant positions are posted with the Office of Career Services, and applications are accepted after the start of the academic year in August.
Financial Aid Resources for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
Best Schools provides a useful guide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Resources include a checklist on determining FAFSA eligibility, the types of aid available through FAFSA, how to apply, deadlines, and more.
FinAid provides detailed information about scholarships, loans, military aid, and other funding opportunities for U.S. students seeking financial assistance for graduate study.
Financial Aid Resources for International Students
Please note that the outside funding organizations listed below are not affiliated with or endorsed by UCLA School of Law.
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
AAUW helps women around the globe break barriers and pursue their dreams of obtaining graduate degrees or making an impact in their communities. International fellowships are awarded for full-time study in the U.S. to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the amount of $18,000 (Master’s/First Professional Degree Fellowship).
Discover Student Loans
Discover offers fixed or variable interest rate private student loans to international students attending an eligible U.S. college or university, on the condition that international students provide a creditworthy cosigner who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
EduPASS provides financial aid information for international students who plan to pursue higher education in the U.S. This site presents information about how to calculate college costs, scholarships and loans for international students, and other tools and resources for financing education as a foreign student in the U.S.
Foreignborn.com serves as a resource for international students who will be entering and living in the U.S. Along with immigration, visa, and health insurance information, the site provides a guide for foreign students seeking financial aid to study in the U.S. in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and other kinds of financial assistance.
Fulbright Foreign Student Program
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. Foreign students apply for Fulbright Fellowships through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or U.S. Embassy in their home countries.
Institute of International Education
IIE offers foreign students a toolkit of resources for funding study in the U.S., with a focus on sources such as the Fulbright Program, Education USA, and Funding For U.S. Study.
The Institute of International Education (IIE) and the Catalyst Foundation for Universal Education together have launched the IIE Platform for Education in Emergencies Response (IIE-PEER). This platform serves as an online clearinghouse that connects displaced and refugee students with educational opportunities, scholarships, and language learning or online courses in numerous countries across the globe to provide continued access to formal and informal higher education.
InternationalStudentLoan.com provides financial aid resources, articles, videos, and comparison tools to help students navigate their financial aid options. The site offers loan information for international students pursuing study in the U.S.
International Student Organization in the USA (ISO)
ISO provides a detailed list of organizations which offer scholarships and grants to international students based upon factors such as background and area of interest.
Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) International
The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS) provides scholarships up to $12,500 for women from other countries for full-time graduate study in the U.S. and Canada.
Postgrad Solutions Global LL.M. Study Bursary
Postgrad Solutions offers two global and U.S. LL.M. study bursaries per year of £500 each to domestic, international, and UK students who have been accepted to an LL.M. Program in the U.S. or abroad. Eligible candidates must have already accepted an offer at the chosen institution where they intend to pursue the LL.M.
Bridgat Technology Limited
The Bridgat Scholarship Program awards merit-based funds in the form of a one-time $6,500 scholarship to graduate students pursuing an advanced degree (either masters or doctoral) in any subject at an accredited U.S. institution. Eligible candidates must be citizens of an Asian country.
The Belgium American Educational Foundation (BAEF)
BAEF offers non-renewable grants to Belgian citizens for one academic year of graduate study in the U.S. The Foundation will pay up to $30,000 for tuition and health insurance at a U.S. institution and $18,000 to cover living and travel expenses.
Fundação Estudar offers scholarships to Brazilian nationals and citizens who want to further their education by pursuing undergraduate or graduate study in Brazil and abroad.
Instituto Ling/EAGV-LLM offers partial scholarships to Brazilians who have been accepted to an LL.M. Program in the U.S. or Europe and can demonstrate a need for funding. Individual amounts of funding vary, but a typical award is approximately $5,000 to $25,000.
Aide Financière Aux Études
Aide Financière Aux Études provides Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are residents of Quebec with financial assistance for full-time study at an educational institution in or outside of Quebec through the Loans and Bursaries Program. Funding is provided in the form of loans or bursaries in varying amounts.
Government of Canada
Scholarships for graduate level study/research offered to Canadians wishing to study abroad.
Bakala Foudnation Scholarship
Financial support to highly-achieving Czech students looking to study abroad. Eligibility: prospective students seeking an integrated bachelor's or master's programs at a leading university abroad. Student must have Czech citizenship or a permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic and be no older than 33 years of age at the time of application.
The Kellner Family Foundation
Grants available for Czech students to use towards tuition fees, and costs of living such as apartment rent, books and other necessities.
This foundation focuses on supporting talented students in their university studies of Economics and Law.
Nadace Nadání Dání Josefa, Marie A Zdeňky Hlávkovych
See webpage for further details.
Scholarships available for Czech students from Ústí nad Labem.
Scholarships available for Czech students from Ústí nad Labem.
Ostrava Region Scholarships
Scholarships available for Czech university students from Ostrava region.
Olomouc Region Scholarships
Scholarships available for Czech for high-school and university students from Olomouc region.
Scholarships available for Prague high school and university students.
For Czech students with visual impairments.
Finlandia Foundation National P.J.C. Lindfors Legal Studies Fund
The P.J.C. Lindfors Legal Scholarship is open to citizens of Finland who have applied to, been accepted to, or enrolled in an ABA-approved law school. Typical awards are offered in the amount of $1,000 - $3,000.
White & Case Annual Business Law Scholarship
White & Case awards an annual €40,000 scholarship (split among three students) to economically disadvantaged law students interested in study abroad. This scholarship is unique among law firms in Paris.
Brain Capital: The LL.M. Education Fund
The LL.M. Education Fund offers income-based repayment financing options to cover tuition fees and living expenses for LL.M. studies. German students seeking to pursue an LL.M. degree abroad are eligible, and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Fund recipients receive financial support to cover their program fees and living expenses, and income-based repayment will begin after graduation from the LL.M. program.
ASLA-ALMA Joint Scholarship
ASLA (Association of Italian Law Firms) and ALMA (Italian LL.M. Association) jointly award two €5,000 scholarships per year to Italian law graduates seeking to pursue an LL.M. at a U.S. law school.
Italian Student Loan Fund (Fondo per Studenti Italiani)
The fund offers financial aid to Italian university graduates who wish to attend a post-graduate course (master or Ph.D.) in the U.S. Financing is awarded at a maximum of €20,000.
Latin America and the Caribbean
COLFUTURO provides Colombian citizens seeking postgraduate study abroad with scholarship loans of up to $25,000 per year for a maximum study period of two years through the "Crédito Beca" program.
The Rowe Fund (Organization of American States)
The Rowe Fund helps qualified citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS Member States finance their studies across the U.S. with awards of interest-free loans of up to $15,000.
WilWeg lists a variety of scholarship programs for study abroad, including the Holland Scholarship and others administered by EP-Nuffic. Study in Holland provides a comprehensive database of grant and scholarship opportunities, within which candidates may search on the basis of awards covering the field of law. The Beursopener search engine additionally provides a listing of over 250 grants and scholarships for Dutch students seeking internships, research opportunities, and positions abroad.
American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF)
ASF offers funding to citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden to pursue study or research programs (typically at the graduate level) in the U.S. for up to one year.
The Norway-America Association offers stipends to Norwegian citizens for graduate study and research in the U.S. in the amount of $2,000 to $20,000. Up to 35 scholarships are awarded each year, and a maximum of two grants may be received from NORAM for Master's and Ph.D. studies in the U.S.
St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York
The Society provides funding in the amount of $20,000 to $30,000 for two Scottish graduate students to study in the U.S. per year. Funds should be used initially against tuition, then board, transportation and other expenses.
Kathryn Aguirre Worth Memorial Scholarship
Established with support from White & Case, Standard Chartered Bank, and other donors in Singapore and New York, the scholarship is open to National University of Singapore (NUS) LL.B. graduates who plan to pursue an LL.M. degree at an accredited U.S. law school. The scholarship provides a stipend of up to $15,000.
Fundación Rafael del Pino
This foundation provides limited scholarships per year for Spanish students who plan to pursue graduate-level study in Spain or abroad.
The Victor Pinchuk Foundation's WorldWideStudies Scholarship offers grant awards covering 60% of expenses required to complete a Master's degree abroad up to $30,000. Eligible candidates must be Ukrainian citizens under the age of 35 at the time of enrollment in the degree program.
British Universities North America Club (BUNAC)
BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust (BEST) scholarships offer financial assistance to UK passport holders seeking to undertake postgraduate study in the U.S. or Canada. Individual award amounts vary, but a typical award is in the amount of approximately £5,000 to £10,000.