Scholarships

The Advanced Degree Programs Office offers selective, merit- or citizenship-based scholarships that are applied toward tuition and fees, which are awarded to a few outstanding admitted LL.M. students each year.  Scholarship applications for the professional track and hybrid option are made available to admitted students only. Admitted students are welcome to apply for more than one scholarship (if eligibility requirements are met), but can only receive one scholarship award. There is no process to apply for these scholarships before you have been admitted to the LL.M. program.

All applicants admitted to the traditional track will be considered for the ADP Scholarship, and no application is necessary. Award decisions will be emailed to the email address listed in the application form. There are currently no scholarships available to thesis track students.

Scholarships: LL.M. Traditional Track

Berkeley Law offers a competitive scholarship program offering full tuition paid for admitted LL.M. traditional track 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, half of your scholarship funds will be applied each semester as a credit to your student billing account.

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. Two awards are 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. professional track 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. professional track program before they can apply for the scholarship. Scholarship application forms will be made available to admitted 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.

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 or hybrid option.
  • Academic merit as determined by the Berkeley Law LL.M. admissions committee

Award Details:

  • $20,000 credit toward tuition ($10,000 per summer).
  • Scholarship application forms will be made available to admitted 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.

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

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 or hybrid option.
  • Academic merit as determined by the Berkeley Law LL.M. admissions committee

Award Details:

  • $15,000 credit toward tuition ($7,500 per summer).
  • Scholarship application forms will be made available to admitted 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.

The Public Law Scholarship was developed to increase diversity of practice in Berkeley Law’s LL.M. program by encouraging enrollment of students working as government/public lawyers.

Award Requirements:

  • Proof of full time practice in government/public law, including but not limited to government ministries, NGOs or other public service/public interest work. Those working for private sector employers are not eligible.  Berkeley Law’s Advanced Degree Programs Office will make final determination of eligibility.
  • Academic merit as determined by the Berkeley Law LL.M. admissions committee

Award Details:

  • $15,000 credit toward tuition ($7,500 per summer).
  • Scholarship application forms will be made available to admitted 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 complete the requirements for Berkeley Law’s Certificate of Specialization in Public Law & Regulation.
  • 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.

The Latin America Scholarship was developed to encourage enrollment of students from Latin American countries that are underrepresented in the program.

Award Requirements:

  • Proof of citizenship and primary residence in an eligible country.
  • Statement of Intention describing what the scholarship recipient plans to accomplish in their home region after graduating from the LL.M. professional track or hybrid option.
  • Academic merit as determined by the Berkeley Law LL.M. admissions committee

Award Details:

  • $15,000 credit toward tuition ($7,500 per summer).
  • Scholarship application forms will be made available to admitted 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.

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.

Award Requirements:

  • Proof of citizenship and primary residence in an eligible country.
  • Statement of Intention describing what the scholarship recipient plans to accomplish in their home region after graduating from the LL.M. professional track or hybrid option.
  • Academic merit and country eligibility as determined by the Berkeley Law LL.M. admissions committee

Award Details:

  • $15,000 credit toward tuition ($7,500 per summer).
  • Scholarship application forms will be made available to admitted 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.