LL.M./J.S.D. Costs & Financial Aid

The Advanced Degree Programs Office offers a few selective, merit- or citizenship-based scholarships, which are awarded to a few outstanding LL.M. students each year.  Scholarship applications for both tracks are made available to admitted students only. There is no process to apply for these scholarships before you have been admitted to the LL.M. program.

There is currently no financial aid available through the Advanced Degree Programs Office for students in the J.S.D. program. Students who are eligible for federal student loans may also be able to borrow from the federal loan program (see below).

Because the amount of funding available is very limited, the responsibility of financing the LL.M. or J.S.D. program usually rests primarily with the student.  Therefore, we strongly suggest that applicants investigate all available financing options.  We have gathered all of the information we have on funding sources on this page, although it is certainly not exhaustive and applicants are encouraged to conduct their own research.  International students should explore funding opportunities in their home countries.
Please note:  Services from Berkeley Law's Financial Aid Office are generally limited to students who are eligible for federal loans — see below for guidelines on who is eligible for federal student loans.  Students who do not meet these guidelines can use the resources listed under “Aid for International Students” below.

 

LL.M. Professional Track Scholarships

Guzman Scholarship

Full-Tuition Award for Students from Africa

The Guzman Professional Track Scholarship was developed to encourage enrollment of students from Africa seeking advanced legal education. There are two awards available for academically qualified students.

Award Requirements:

    • Proof of citizenship or primary residence in Africa
    • Statement of Intention describing what the scholarship recipient plans on accomplishing in Africa after graduating from the LL.M. professional track
    • A complete application to the LL.M. program received no later than November 15 (transcripts and letters of recommendation should be sent to LSAC well in advance in order to allow time for processing)
    • Academic merit as determined by the Berkeley Law LL.M. admissions committee

Award Details:

    • This is a full-tuition waiver. Recipients will be responsible for paying only the $1,000 seat deposit each summer, plus living expenses.
    • Students must be admitted to the LL.M. program before they can apply for the scholarship. Scholarship application forms will be made available on the Admitted Students Website for professional track students, and are due within one week of receiving an offer of admission. Award recipients will be notified before the deadline to confirm acceptance.
    • Recipients must maintain a minimum grade standard of 'P' (pass) or higher in all classes during the first summer in order to maintain scholarship eligibility during the second summer.


Least Developed Countries Scholarship

$20,000 Scholarship for Students from UN-Designated LDC Countries

The LDC Scholarship was developed to encourage enrollment of students from Least Developed Countries. As defined by the United Nations, these are the poorest and most vulnerable countries in our international community. 48 countries are currently categorized as LDCs. For a complete list, see the UN website.

Award Requirements:

    • Proof of citizenship and primary residence in an LDC country.
    • Statement of Intention describing what the scholarship recipient plans on accomplishing in their country after graduating from the LL.M. professional track.

Award Details:

    • $20,000 credit toward tuition ($10,000 per summer).
    • Scholarship application forms will be made available on the Admitted Students Website for professional track students, and are due within one week of receiving an offer of admission. Award recipients will be notified before the deadline to confirm acceptance.
    • Recipients must maintain a minimum grade standard of 'P' (pass) or higher in all classes during the first summer in order to maintain scholarship eligibility during the second summer.

    Asia Pacific Scholarship

    $15,000 for Students from Underrepresented Asian Countries

     This scholarship was developed to encourage enrollment of students from the following countries in the Asia/Pacific region:  

     

      • India
      • Indonesia
      • Malaysia
      • The Maldives
      • The Philippines
      • Pakistan
      • Sri Lanka
      • Thailand
      • Vietnam

    Award Requirements:

      • Proof of citizenship and primary residence in one of the countries listed above.
      • Statement of Intention describing what the scholarship recipient plans to accomplish in their home region after graduating from the LL.M. professional track.

    Award Details:

      • $15,000 credit toward tuition ($7,500 per summer).
      • Scholarship application forms will be made available on the Admitted Students Website for professional track students, and are due within one week of receiving an offer of admission.  Award recipients will be notified before the deadline to confirm acceptance.
      • Recipients must maintain a minimum grade standard of 'P' (pass) or higher in all classes during the first summer in order to maintain scholarship eligibility during the second summer.

      LL.M. Traditional Track Scholarships

      Berkeley Law offers a competitive $30,000 scholarship program for admitted LL.M. students with superior academic credentials, for whom Berkeley Law is their first choice. Because funds are extremely limited, the ADP Scholarship can only be provided to a few outstanding applicants each year.

      Details:

        • Scholarship awards are based solely on merit, as determined by evaluation of academic records and supporting materials included in the application for admission.
        • All admitted applicants will be considered, and no application is necessary.  Award decisions will be emailed to the email address listed in your application form.
        • If you are selected, your $30,000 scholarship award will be disbursed in two $15,000 installments, one being applied each semester as a credit to your student billing account.

        Students Eligible for Federal Student Loans

        U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens are eligible for federal student loans and must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to obtain a Federal Direct Stafford or Graduate PLUS Loan. You are an eligible non-citizen if you are:

        • A permanent U.S. resident with a Permanent Resident Card (I-551);
        • A conditional permanent U.S. resident (I-551C); or
        • The holder of an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing any of the following designations: “Refugee,” “Asylum Granted,” “Parolee” (I-94 confirms paroled for a minimum of one year and status has not expired), “Victim of human trafficking,” T-Visa holder (T-1, T-2, T-3, etc.) or “Cuban-Haitian Entrant.”

        The FAFSA may be completed online.  Be certain to list “UC Berkeley” as the school applied to, and include the school code #001312.

         LL.M. Traditional Track and J.S.D. applicants should submit the FAFSA by March 2 prior to the academic year during which they wish to obtain federal student loans.

         LL.M. Professional Track students may be eligible to apply for Federal Direct Loans to assist them with paying for their summer program costs.  To determine eligibility for the federal loan program, students must file the FAFSA for the academic year that precedes the summer by June 30 for each summer term.  LL.M. Professional Track students may be able to borrow a combined maximum of a $20,500 Stafford Unsubsidized Loan (depending on whether they already borrowed from this program during the preceding academic year) and a Graduate PLUS Loan up to the balance of the cost of education for the summer.  For a detailed description of the Federal Direct Loan Program, please refer to the Berkeley Law Financial Aid website.

        Students eligible for federal student loans may also contact the Berkeley Law Financial Aid Office at financial-aid@law.berkeley.edu or 510-642-1563.  Information about the Financial Aid Office can be found online.

        U.S. citizens may also be eligible for the scholarships listed here.

         

        Aid for International Students


        In addition to the financial aid described above, international students are encouraged to see the Berkeley International Office Financial Aid page, and to take advantage of the resources it provides, and the following searchable library and web resources:

        • eduPass - a useful guide for international students, including information on scholarships, loans, and finding funding through organizations

        • Foreignborn.com - a site providing links to sources of financial aid and information on finding funding through your own country or organizations in the U.S.

        • International Student Organization (ISO) - a detailed list of organizations that provide scholarships and grants to students of various backgrounds and areas of interest

        Other Possible Funding Resources for International Students

        Following is a partial list of funding opportunities. This list is for informational purposes and does not imply any connection with, or endorsement by, Berkeley Law.

                 

                   

                    All Applicants

                    If you have any questions, please contact the Advanced Degree Programs Office by email at llm@law.berkeley.edu, or by phone at 510-642-1476.