To help Berkeley Law students pay for their legal education, a number of awards are available from sources including the law school itself, the University of California, the U.S. government, and private organizations and agencies. Students are encouraged to seek out as much scholarship funding as possible in order to minimize borrowing.
We refer to all scholarships, grants, and fellowships administered by Berkeley Law as 'gift aid.'
Eligibility for most gift aid is determined prior to your first year. Awards are typically renewed up to a total of three years (six semesters) provided that you maintain full-time enrollment. Waiving the need to apply each year allows students to create a financial plan for all three years of the J.D. program.
Click here for information on the application process and timeline for the Berkeley Law scholarships, grants, and fellowships available to entering students. This page will explain the criteria used to determine award eligibility as well as a few examples of awards offered in the past.
The Berkeley Law Financial Aid Office administers several supplemental scholarships for continuing JD students. These scholarships are typically donor-funded and have particular eligibility criteria. The application period is announced each spring/summer by e-mail. Click here for descriptions of the Berkeley Law Continuing Student Scholarships.
The UC Berkeley Graduate Fellowships Office administers many scholarships and prizes for graduate students, including the Graduate Student Parent Grant. Many require a FAFSA. Click here for descriptions of some of the UC Scholarships specifically for law students.
We make every effort to announce scholarships offered by outside agencies which may be of interest to our students. These scholarships have their own applications, procedures, criteria, and deadlines. Information is posted to this website as it is made available to the Berkeley Law Financial Aid Office. Click here for a list of our Outside Agency scholarships.
Where To Send Private Scholarship Checks:
- Private scholarship checks for Berkeley Law students should be made out to ‘UC Regents’ and can be mailed to: Law Office of Financial Aid, 226 Law Building, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720-7220. Please include the student ID (if possible), term/s for which the scholarship is intended, and the student’s full name with any check to prevent significant delays in processing.
JD students who believe they qualify for Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) benefits may apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) Scholarship. The purpose of the Yellow Ribbon Program is to provide funding for any gap in tuition and fees not already covered by the VA or other sources, thus total aid including YRP awards may not exceed the total cost of tuition and fees. YRP rules allow us to assist nonresident students with up to $5,000 of their nonresident tuition. Applicants will be considered and awarded on a first-come first-served basis. If chosen, the award is renewable for two more years as long as the eligibility requirements are met each year. The application can be found on our Forms page.
The ABA Standard 509 requires all schools with conditional scholarships to post a conditional scholarship retention chart. The ABA’s definition of a conditional scholarship is: “any financial aid award, the retention of which is dependent upon the student maintaining a minimum grade point average or class standing, other than that ordinarily required to remain in good academic standing.” Scholarships are not conditional at Berkeley Law. Renewal of scholarships requires only good academic standing and full-time enrollment at the UC Berkeley School of Law.