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.
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.
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 http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. 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 www.law.berkeley.edu/193.htm.
Students eligible for federal student loans may also contact the Financial Aid office by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 510-642-1563. Information about the Financial Aid office can be found online at http://www.law.berkeley.edu/58.htm
U.S. citizens may also be eligible for the scholarships listed on the following page:
http://internationaloffice.berkeley.edu/multiple_use/financial_aid.php), and to take advantage of the resources it provides, especially the following searchable library and web resources:
eduPass <http://www.edupass.org/finaid> - a useful guide for international students, including information on scholarships, loans, and finding funding through organizations
Foreignborn.com <http://www.foreignborn.com/study_in_us/8-paying4school.htm> - 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 of America (ISOA) <http://www.isoa.org/list_scholarships.aspx> - 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:
American Association of University Women Educational Foundation Fellowships and Grants
Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program "micro-grants" for students in Human Rights area
Australian Federation of University Women Scholarships
Australian Federation of University Women Fellowship Fund
Becas Chile (scholarships for Chilean graduate students)
DAAD Scholarships for German Citizens
Daimler Benz Foundation (Stipends for German doctoral students studying in the U.S.)
Edmund S. Muskie and Freedom Support Act Graduate Fellowship Programs
Fondo Per Studenti Italiani (The Italian Student Loan Fund)
Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP)
Fulbright Grants for Israeli Doctoral Students
Fulbright Grants for Students from Turkey
Fulbright Program for Students from the Middle East and North Africa
Fundação Estudar (Scholarships for Brazilian students)
Golden Key National Honor Society Member Scholarships
Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD) of the Organization of American States (OAS) Graduate Fellowships Program
International Federation of University Women (Scholarships for women from Australia, France, Great Britain, India, Israel, Japan, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland and USA)
Japanese Association of University Women
Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowships & Grants for Polish Citizens
Mackenzie King Scholarships for Canadians
Organization of Istanbul Armenians Scholarship
P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund for Women
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships
World Bank Group Family Network - "Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund" (MMMF)
World Bank Scholarships Program
WorldWideStudies (for students from The Ukraine)