Scholarships

The Advanced Degree Programs Office offers selective merit- or citizenship-based scholarships which are awarded to outstanding admitted LL.M. students each year.  Scholarship decisions are made at the time of admission. Only the African Legal Impact and Matching Consideration Scholarships require a separate application; for all other scholarships there is no separate application needed, and all eligible admitted applicants will be considered. Award decisions will be emailed to the email address listed in the application form.

Scholarship awards are applied to LL.M. tuition fees directly through CalCentral and cannot be used for travel, housing, or any other related costs. For students in the LL.M. traditional and professional tracks, half of the scholarship award will be applied each semester. For students in the LL.M. hybrid option, 25% will be applied in spring, 50% in summer, and 25% in fall.

Scholarship awards are limited and competitive, and it is possible that an admitted applicant who is eligible for a particular scholarship may not be selected to receive an award. Scholarship eligibility and academic merit are determined by the Berkeley Law LL.M. admissions committee based on evaluation of academic records and supporting materials included in the application for admission. 

NOTE:  All scholarship awards are finalized before the start of the program. There is no additional financial aid available to students once they have enrolled and have begun the program. 

Students should arrange their finances before enrollment at Berkeley Law so that they can cover the costs of tuition, travel, and room and board.  No additional financial aid will be available once students arrive at Berkeley Law and employment opportunities on campus are rare and low-paying.

 

Matching Consideration: All LL.M. Tracks

Berkeley Law will consider matching awards for applicants who have received a scholarship or financial aid offer from another LL.M. program and are interested in receiving a scholarship offer for our LL.M. program. Awards submitted for matching consideration can be from any school and any type of LL.M. program.

Please note that not every admitted applicant who submits a scholarship application for matching consideration will receive an offer, and scholarship offers may not equal the award which was submitted for matching. Scholarship decisions are at the discretion of the Berkeley Law LL.M. admissions committee.

Details:

  • Scholarship awards are based on academic merit and the award or awards submitted for consideration.
  • Students must be admitted to the LL.M. program (any track) before they can apply for this scholarship program.  Scholarship application instructions will be provided to admitted students.
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum grade standard of ‘P’ (pass) or higher in all classes during the first semester in order to maintain scholarship eligibility during the second semester, and hybrid option students during the second semester to maintain scholarship eligibility during the third semester.

Scholarships: LL.M. Traditional Track

The ADP Scholarship is a full tuition award for LL.M. traditional track students with superior academic credentials. Because funds are extremely limited, the ADP Scholarship can only be provided to two outstanding applicants each year.

Details:

  • Scholarship awards are based solely on academic merit.

  • All admitted applicants will be considered, and no application is necessary.  Award decisions will be emailed to the email address listed in the recipient’s application form.

  • This is a full-tuition waiver. Recipients will be responsible for paying only the $1,000 seat deposit, plus travel and living expenses.
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum grade standard of ‘P’ (pass) or higher in all classes during the first semester in order to maintain scholarship eligibility during the second semester.

The Social Justice Scholarship was developed to increase diversity of practice in Berkeley Law’s LL.M. program by encouraging enrollment of students with demonstrated interest in Social Justice and Public Policy. Because funds are extremely limited, the Social Justice Scholarship can only be provided to two outstanding applicants each year.

Details:

  • Scholarship awards are based solely on academic merit and demonstrated interest in Social Justice and Public Policy.
  • All eligible admitted applicants will be considered, and no application is necessary.  Award decisions will be emailed to the email address listed in the recipient’s application form.

  • Recipients must:
    • Complete the requirements for Berkeley Law’s Public Interest and Social Justice Certificate.
    • Maintain a minimum grade standard of ‘P’ (pass) or higher in all classes during the first semester in order to maintain scholarship eligibility during the second semester.

Scholarships: LL.M. Professional Track and Hybrid Option

The African Legal Impact Scholarship was developed to encourage enrollment of students from Africa seeking advanced legal education. Because funds are extremely limited, the African Legal Impact Scholarship can only be provided to two outstanding applicants each year.

Details:

  • Scholarship awards are based on:
    • Citizenship or primary residence in Africa
    • Academic merit
    • A 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. professional track program received no later than December 15 (transcripts and letters of recommendation should be sent to LSAC well in advance in order to allow time for processing)
  • Students must be admitted to the LL.M. professional track program before they can apply for this scholarship. Scholarship application instructions will be provided to eligible admitted students.
  • This is a full-tuition waiver. Recipients will be responsible for paying only the $1,000 seat deposit, plus travel and living expenses.
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum grade standard of ‘P’ (pass) or higher in all classes during the first semester in order to maintain scholarship eligibility during the second semester.

The LDC Scholarship was developed to encourage enrollment of students from Least Developed Countries, defined by the United Nations, as the poorest and most vulnerable countries in our international community. 47 countries are currently categorized as LDCs. For a complete list, see the UN website.

Details:

  • Scholarship awards are based on academic merit and citizenship or primary residence in an LDC country.
  • All eligible admitted applicants will be considered, and no application is necessary. Award decisions will be emailed to the email address listed in the recipient’s application form.
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum grade standard of ‘P’ (pass) or higher in all classes during the first semester in order to maintain scholarship eligibility during the second semester, and hybrid option students during the second semester to maintain scholarship eligibility during the third semester.

The Global Reach Scholarship was developed to encourage enrollment of students from countries that have not ever been, or have rarely been, represented in the program.

Examples of underrepresented countries are:

Azerbaijan Finland Israel Nepal Sweden
Bahrain Greece Kazakhstan Norway Qatar
Belarus Hungary Kuwait Oman Ukraine
Croatia Iceland Lebanon Poland  
Denmark Iran Mongolia Portugal  

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and subject to change. If you have questions about eligibility, email llm@law.berkeley.edu.

Details:

  • Scholarship awards are based on academic merit and citizenship or primary residence in an underrepresented country.
  • All eligible admitted applicants will be considered, and no application is necessary. Award decisions will be emailed to the email address listed in the recipient’s application form.
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum grade standard of ‘P’ (pass) or higher in all classes during the first semester in order to maintain scholarship eligibility during the second semester, and hybrid option students during the second semester to maintain scholarship eligibility during the third semester.

The Young Lawyers Scholarship was developed to encourage enrollment of students with three to five years of work experience and demonstrated interest in business or IP law.

Details:

  • Scholarship awards are based on:
    • Academic merit
    • Demonstrated interest in business or IP law
    • Three to five years work experience post-law school
  • All eligible admitted applicants will be considered, and no application is necessary. Award decisions will be emailed to the email address listed in the recipient’s application form.
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum grade standard of ‘P’ (pass) or higher in all classes during the first semester in order to maintain scholarship eligibility during the second semester, and hybrid option students during the second semester to maintain scholarship eligibility during the third semester.

The Latin America Scholarship was developed to encourage enrollment of students from Latin American countries.

Details:

  • Scholarship awards are based on academic merit and citizenship or primary residence in an eligible country.
  • All eligible admitted applicants will be considered, and no application is necessary. Award decisions will be emailed to the email address listed in the recipient’s application form.
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum grade standard of ‘P’ (pass) or higher in all classes during the first semester in order to maintain scholarship eligibility during the second semester, and hybrid option students during the second semester to maintain scholarship eligibility during the third semester.

The Asia Pacific 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

Details:

  • Scholarship awards are based on academic merit and citizenship or primary residence in an eligible country.
  • All eligible admitted applicants will be considered, and no application is necessary. Award decisions will be emailed to the email address listed in the recipient’s application form.
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum grade standard of ‘P’ (pass) or higher in all classes during the first semester in order to maintain scholarship eligibility during the second semester, and hybrid option students during the second semester to maintain scholarship eligibility during the third semester.