Financial Aid for LL.M. Students

What Aid Is Available?

Partial scholarships in the form of tuition waivers are awarded to a few outstanding LL.M. students each year.  Summer LL.M. applicants may submit scholarship applications in December (see below). Scholarship applications for the academic-year LL.M. program are made available to admitted students only after admission decisions are made.

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

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.

Summer LL.M. Financial Aid

New this year, the Guzman Summer LL.M. Scholarship was developed to encourage enrollment of underrepresented international students seeking advanced legal education at Berkeley Law. Scholarship application forms will be made available to Summer LL.M. applicants in December, and are due by January 3, 2011. Awards will be announced by mid-January.

Award details:

  • Admitted Summer LL.M. students who are not US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply; students with exclusive citizenship in African nations are preferred. The ideal candidate will have a superior academic record and demonstrated financial need.
  • Applicants are evaluated based on a combination of merit and need.  Merit is determined by evaluation of academic records and supporting materials included in the application for admission.  Need is determined by evaluation of financial resources as detailed in the financial aid application.
  • Each summer, award recipients will receive the full amount of the program tuition applied as a credit to the recipient's campus billing account.  Recipients will be responsible for paying only the $1,000 seat deposit each summer.
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum grade standard of 'P' (pass) or higher in all classes during the first summer in order to maintain grant eligibility during the second summer.


Academic Year LL.M. Financial Aid

Berkeley Law offers a competitive scholarship program for admitted LL.M. students with superior academic credentials and demonstrated financial need, for whom Berkeley Law is their first choice. Because funds are extremely limited, the $15,000 ADP Scholarship can only be provided to a few outstanding applicants each year.


  • After admission decisions are made, admitted applicants will be provided a link to the online ADP Scholarship application form available on the Admitted Students website.
  • Scholarship applications are evaluated based on a combination of merit and need. Merit is determined by evaluation of academic records and supporting materials included in the application for admission. Need is determined by evaluation of financial resources as detailed in the ADP Scholarship application.
  • Award decisions will be emailed to the email address listed in your scholarship application form within one week of receiving all required application components. In order to receive an award determination before the deadline to respond to your admission offer, you must submit all application materials at least one week beforehand.
  • If selected, your $15,000 scholarship award will be disbursed in two $7,500 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 may submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You are an eligible non-citizen if you are:

  • A permanent U.S. resident with a Permanent Resident Card (I-551);

  • A conditional permanent 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 at  Be certain to list “UC Berkeley” as the school applied to, and include the school code #001312.

Academic-year LL.M. and J.S.D. applicants should submit the FAFSA by March 2 for federal student loan eligibility.

Summer LL.M. 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 by June 30 for each summer term.  FAFSA-eligible summer LL.M. students may be able to borrow a combined maximum of $20,500 (depending on whether you already borrowed from the federal loan program during the prior academic year) in subsidized and unsubsidized loans and Graduate Plus loan up to the balance of cost of education for the summer.  For a detailed description of the federal Direct Loan program, please refer to the Berkeley Law Financial aid web site at

Students eligible for federal student loans may also contact the Financial Aid office by e-mail at or calling 510-642-1563.  Information about the Financial Aid office can be found online at

U.S. citizens may also be eligible for the scholarships listed on the following page:


What Aid Is Available 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, especially the following searchable library and web resources:


Other Possible Funding Resources for International Students:

All Applicants

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