There are a number of supplemental scholarships available to help USF students pay for their legal education. These financial aid options are provided by a number of sources, including the law school itself, the University of San Francisco, the U.S. government, and private organizations and agencies.
The USF School of Law awards merit scholarships to selected students entering their first year of study based on their pre-law school academic achievement and demonstrated potential for success in legal studies. All applicants are considered for merit scholarships, which are granted after a review of the application materials. No additional financial aid or other forms are required. Successful applicants are notified of any scholarship award with their offer of admission. Merit based scholarship awards for new first year students are funded in part by the donors listed below.
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USF does offer a limited number of renewable scholarships to new first year entering students. Information regarding the retention of these scholarships is posted on the ABA Standard 509 report.
Generous donations from alumni help fund USF scholarships. Students must meet specific criteria established by the donors. The recipients are typically selected by an alumni or donor committee. The majority of these scholarship are targeted for continuing law students entering their 2nd or 3rd years of law school (4th year if part time evening).
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There are a variety of scholarships awarded by outside agencies, which have their own applications procedures, criteria, and deadlines.
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Funding Limitations Applicable to Scholarships and Grants
School of Law provides merit-based scholarships to entering students with
exceptional academic records and to those completing their first year at the top of their class. Some funds offered to incoming first year applicants are based on a combination of merit and
other factors. The amount of the award and GPA conditions for any renewable scholarship is specified in
the recipients' admission letter. Eligible continuing students receive a letter after all first year spring grades are posted.
Scholarship renewal is based on cumulative grade point averages computed
at the end of each spring semester.
Scholarship recipients must also be enrolled in no less than the minimum
number of units required for their specific division each term. Please be aware that any change of division
will result in a change in the scholarship award. Recipients of renewable scholarships are
expected to complete their law degree within the period prescribed for their
respective division (Full Time-3 years; Part Time-up to 4 years). Grade requirements for renewable scholarships
are determined by the recipient’s spring semester cumulative grade point
average. To retain scholarship eligibility, renewable scholarship recipients
must meet grade criteria each spring
semester. Scholarship awards are designated for the fall and spring semesters
only and are not applicable towards any summer session enrollment.
USF School of Law scholarships/grants are awarded to cover law school
tuition only. Entrance into a
dual program (JD-MBA, JD-MoPA, or JD-MUA) alters the distribution of renewable
law scholarships. The first year of
study in a dual degree program is not funded with law school aid
(typically, all units are non-law). The
remaining year(s) of study which include law classes, may qualify for funding
within the limits and conditions of the scholarship award. Academic eligibility
is measured by law school grades only.
Crossover classes from non-law programs are recorded but not calculated
into the law school grade point averages.
total amount in scholarships/grants (e.g., university, law school, outside agency, or
any combination of the three) cannot exceed the tuition charges. If a law
student is awarded scholarship aid from a private agency, the total amount of
combined aid cannot exceed their tuition charges unless the private agency
specifically states that its scholarship funds can be used for living expenses.