Need-Based Aid

Berkeley Law provides need-based aid to JD students to supplement other aid in an effort to decrease the potential debt burden incurred by students who have experienced or are experiencing extreme financial hardship.

A portion of a student’s gift aid award from Berkeley Law may include need-based aid. While need-based grants make up the majority of need-based aid, funding is made possible through donations to various scholarship and fellowship funds.

Like most other gift aid, eligibility for need-based aid is determined prior to the first year and awards are automatically renewed up to a total of three years (six semesters), provided that full-time enrollment is maintained. Waiving the need to apply each year allows students to create a financial plan for all three years of the JD program. While initial eligibility for need-based aid is subject to verification, summer earnings have no impact on awards.

For more information about how to apply for gift aid, including awards with a financial need requirement, visit our webpage on Entering Student Scholarships & Gift Aid.