Every summer, the Financial Aid Office accepts applications for law school scholarships for continuing Berkeley Law students. Each scholarship is awarded based on its specific eligibility requirements such as demonstrated financial need or academic focus. Continuing students are encourage to apply for scholarships that match their academic and career interests.
The application will be made available on the Forms page following an email announcement.
- Berkeley Law Continuing Scholarships – various awards
- Robert Barr Scholarship
- Patricia E. Ector ’79 Scholarship
- Harry Falik Public Interest Scholarship
- Michael J. Halloran Scholarship
- Edwin A. Heafey, Jr. Fellowship
- Alexander Marsden ‘Captain’ Kidd Scholarship
- The Ken Kofman Scholarship
- Judge Edward Dean Price Memorial Scholarship
- Elizabeth & Charles Tigar Public Interest Scholarship
- Victor Van Bourg Scholarship
- John Daniel Van Voorhis Memorial Scholarship
Average award amount varies each year, but is approximately $5,000.
Awards range from $500 to $10,000. Through the generosity of donors who have given to Berkeley Law and the UC Berkeley Graduate Division, various scholarships are awarded to support high-achieving students. Applicants will be asked to discuss how their academic achievements or leadership skills have influenced Berkeley Law and/or the community.
This scholarship is for a 2L or 3L JD student who demonstrates financial need and a committed interest in the field of law and technology. Scholarship award amount is up to $15,000. Examples of committed interest include a technical degree or technical work experience, summer job in intellectual property or related field during law school, participation in BTLJ, enrollment in a Law and Technology Writing workshop (2L or 3L), enrollment and grade in Introduction to Intellectual Property, enrollment and grade in other courses listed as “Intellectual Property and Technology Law” in the course listings (2L or 3L), and statement submitted with application.
This $1,000 scholarship is for 2L and 3L JD students who are active members of the Law Students of African Descent (LSAD) and/or the Berkeley Journal of African American Law and Policy (BJALP). The recipients should demonstrate an interest in, and dedication to, one or both of these organizations and financial need. Preference will be made for students who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career as a prosecutor. Members of the National Black Prosecutors Association, designated by its President and/or Southwest Regional Director, may provide an endorsement to a student who qualifies for the award, which the student and/or the National Black Prosecutors Association can submit to the selection committee. These endorsements are purely advisory and do not determine who receives the award.
This $11,000 scholarship is for a 3L JD student with a demonstrated commitment to a career in public interest or public service. Successful candidates will submit a statement (see #2 of application documents) describing the public interest work they plan to pursue, why they want to pursue that work, and how this scholarship will help them to achieve that goal.
This $3,500 scholarship is for a 2L or 3L JD student who states a preference for specializing in the corporate, securities, and/or banking law areas and intends to take courses in one or more of those areas.
This $5,500 fellowship is for a 2L or 3L JD student who demonstrates financial need and an interest in pursuing a career in trial advocacy. If the recipient is a 2L, the award may be renewed if he or she is enrolled and of good academic standing during his or her third year of law school.
This $5,000 scholarship is for a 2L or 3L JD student who demonstrates financial need and experience or interest in educational career fields.
This $4,500 scholarship is to provide financial aid to a 2L or 3L JD student pursuing a career in city, county or state government. Two scholarships will be awarded for 2015-16.
This $700 scholarship is for a 2L or 3L JD student to help toward the purchase of her or his law books. The successful applicant must demonstrate a connection to California Central Valley (Kern, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Madera, Merced, Mariposa, Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Tuolumne, or Calaveras Counties).
This $1,700 scholarship is for a 2L or 3L JD student with a demonstrated interest in public interest law, defined as the promotion of human rights, pacific settlement of international disputes, health care law, and the promotion of the rights of women, workers, the disabled, children, and racial, ethnic, and national minorities. Two scholarships will be awarded for 2015-16.
This $3,000 scholarship is for a 2L or 3L JD student who demonstrates financial need and a commitment to the practice of labor law on behalf of unions and working people. Preference will be given to a student from an economically disadvantaged background and who is, or has been, a labor union member.
This $1,000 scholarship is for an academically exceptional 2L or 3L JD student who is pursuing a career in environmental law with an emphasis in land use or planning.