There are many financial aid options to help you afford your USF legal education, and our Office of Financial Aid will support you in exploring all the options available to you.


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 scholarships are funded in part, by the donors listed below.

    Rita Gilmore Scholarship

    Created in memory of Rita Gilmore ’79, this award is for a law school student in good standing with demonstrated service to others. Please note that applicants are not required to have financial need; this is a merit-based scholarship.

    Paul Archbold Memorial Scholarship

    A scholarship, established by the family of Class of 1948 Paul I. Archbold, is awarded to a law student whose undergraduate degree was earned at USF.

    Bardt Law Scholarship Endowment

    A bequest from Harry M. Bardt, Class of 1927, provides scholarship assistance to deserving Class of students.

    Arthur J. Barrett Scholarship

    The Arthur J. Barrett Scholarship benefits a worthy law student in financial need.

    Kathleen M. and A. Russell Berti

    A scholarship honoring A. Russell Berti, Class of 1928, who was associated with the law school for more than 50 years and served as acting dean of the law school three times.

    Leon A. and Esther F. Blum Foundation Scholarship

    Scholarship funds donated by the Leon A. and Esther F. Blum Foundation aid worthy students in the pursuit of their legal education at USF.

    Donald R. Brophy Scholarship

    A scholarship established by the law firm of Hanna, Brophy, MacLean, McAleer and Jensen in honor of their late senior partner, Donald R. Brophy, Class of 1928. Special preference is given to a part-time student with demonstrated need who entered law school after lengthy experience in another field.

    Eugene Clifford Scholarship

    A scholarship for law students funded by donations in honor of Eugene Clifford, Class of 1946.

    Bruce J. Diaso Memorial Fund

    A scholarship fund established by classmates in memory of Bruce J. Diaso, Class of 1966. Mr. Diaso was afflicted with polio at the age of 15 and used a wheelchair during his cum laude career as a USF undergraduate as well as during his law school years. After graduation, Mr. Diaso served in the Fresno County District Attorney's Office.

    Joseph Farry Scholarship

    A scholarship established through a gift from the Hon. John Molinari, Class of 1933, in honor of his mentor, the distinguished San Francisco lawyer Joseph Farry.

    Judge Timothy I. Fitzpatrick Scholarship

    A scholarship fund established by friends and colleagues in memory of Hon. Timothy I. Fitzpatrick, Class of 1893. The fund assists worthy law students as a tribute to Fitzpatrick's lifelong devotion to the administration of justice and ideals of the legal profession.

    John A. Flynn Memorial Scholarship

    A scholarship fund, established by friends and colleagues of maritime attorney John A. Flynn, to assist a student with an interest in maritime law. Before his death, John Flynn was a teacher and mentor to many law students and lawyers who went on to practice maritime law.

    Conrad J. Greider Law Scholarship

    A scholarship for deserving law students established by a bequest from Conrad J. Greider, a San Francisco industrialist and philanthropist and friend of the law school.

    Arthur and Catherine Healy Scholarship

    A scholarship fund established in memory of Arthur Healy, Class of 1920, by a bequest from the estate of his widow, Catherine Healy.

    George Helmer Fund

    A scholarship fund established to assist students in financial need by George Helmer, Class of 1940. Helmer was the first president of the USF School of Law Board of Counselors.

    Wilhelmine Klosowski Scholarship Fund

    A scholarship fund for law students provided by a bequest from Wilhelmine Klosowski, a friend of the law school.

    Charles R. Lawrence III Scholarship

    A scholarship established to honor Charles R. Lawrence, a former law professor at USF. The scholarship is awarded to students of academic achievement and leadership ability who are committed to applying their legal skills for the public good.

    Albert and Mae Lee Memorial Fund

    A scholarship for deserving law students in need provided by a bequest from the estate of Albert and Mae Lee.

    Frank D. Madison Scholarship

    A scholarship fund established in honor of Frank D. Madison by a gift from the Madison Fund and Marshall P. Madison, a founding partner of Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro.

    Florence M. McAuliffe Scholarship

    A scholarship fund honoring Florence M. McAuliffe, who received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from USF in 1905, and was a founding partner of Heller, Ehrman, White and McAuliffe. The law school's McAuliffe Honor Society is named in his memory.

    Alexis J. Perillat Memorial Scholarship

    The scholarship, awarded each year to a law student with financial need, was established in honor of Alexis J. Perillat (Class of 1951), a gifted and well known San Francisco Bay Area litigator. The scholarship was established by his widow, Gloria Perillat, with assistance from friends and colleagues.

    Edelbert W. Pieruccini Scholarship

    A scholarship fund for deserving law students donated in honor of Edelbert W. Pieruccini, Class of 1923.

    Michael Raddie Scholarship

    Established by Michael Raddie, Class of 1960, to assist a USF School of Business undergraduate who excels in the field of accounting, business, and finance and who chooses to continue his or her education at the USF School of Law.

    Rauenhorst Law Scholarship Fund

    A scholarship for students with financial need funded by a gift from Joseph J. Rauenhorst, Class of 1981, through the Gerald Rauenhorst Family foundation.

    Andrew C. Schwartz Scholarship Fund

    Founded by William Schwartz and his son, Andrew C. Schwartz, Class of 1975, to enable a student with an interest in civil rights to study law.

    James Duane/Stahl Scholarship

    A scholarship established by Gladys Stahl in memory of her nephew James Duane, Class of 1943.

  • There are a variety of scholarships awarded by outside agencies, which have their own applications procedures, criteria, and deadlines.

    Scholarships for African American Students

    Earl Warren Shearman and Sterling Scholarships

    Earl Warren Shearman & Sterling Scholarships are two special stipends for African-American law students. The scholarship is sponsored by Shearman & Sterling, a large commercial law firm with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and several foreign locations. Recipients are assigned attorney-mentors from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) and from Shearman & Sterling, and gain experience working with LDF on issues related to civil rights and public interest law.
    Amount: $15,000
    Deadline: March 31, 2022

    Scholarships for DACA / Undocumented Students

    Mpower and la Unidad Latina Foundation

    MPOWER and La Unidad Latina Foundation are looking to fund students with high potential as a leader and advocate.
    Amount: Up to $5,000
    Deadline: July 20, 2021

    California Changelawyers

    The California ChangeLawyers Scholarship 1L Diversity Scholarship supports diverse 1Ls who will be leaders in the profession.
    Amount: up to $5,000
    Deadline: TBD

    Stephen K. Hall Acwa Water Law Policy Scholarship Program

    Each year through the Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law Policy Scholarship, ACWA awards one scholarship to a qualified graduate student.
    Amount: up to $10,000
    Deadline: March 2, 2021

    Chchi Graduate Fellowship

    CHCHI Graduate Fellowship for JD graduates. Individuals who are seeking consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival” (DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document at the time of application that is valid throughout the program. Must be dedicated to Public Service.
    Amount: up to $10,000
    Deadline: January 31, 2021

    Davis Putter Scholarship Fund

    Davis Putter Scholarship Fund: Student must be an activist in social and economic justice. Does not have to be a citizen.
    Amount: up to $15,000
    Deadline: March 31, 2021

    New American Scholars Program

    E4FC's New American Scholars Program provides financial awards to low‐income immigrant college and graduate students who live and/or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area. We provide scholarships of up to $5,000 to cover tuition and other expenses.
    Amount: up to $5,000
    Deadline: March 13, 2021

    Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County

    The Wallace R. Davis Memorial Scholarship provides financial assistance to Orange County Latino students who are presently attending law school and who have demonstrated involvement in the Latino Community. The Scholarship Fund was named in honor of Wallace (Wally) R. Davis, one of the first Hispanic attorneys in Orange County. He rose to the highest ranks in the legal profession, co-founding the HBA and championing the struggles of the Latino community. By assisting young Latino law students, this scholarship is awarded to those who would follow in his footsteps.
    Deadline: November 9, 2020

    The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships

    Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. The application for the 2021 Fellowship will open in the spring of 2020. Each Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support a year, as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years. The first year of Fellowship funding cannot be deferred.
    Amount: up to $25,000
    Deadline: October 28, 2021

    Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship

    Our Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship is an expression of our commitment to diversity in legal education and the legal profession. Most scholarships involve a three-year commitment to qualified students.
    Amount: up to $10,000
    Deadline: May 21, 2021

    La Raza Lawyers Association of Santa Clara County

    Since 1998, these grants have been awarded to Bay Area law students whose contributions to and activities in the community have encouraged and advanced the social, cultural, economic and legal equality of the underserved and underprivileged, especially those in the Latino/a community.
    Amount: up to $20,000
    Deadline: Feb. 19, 2021

    The Maldef Scholarship

    MALDEF’s Law School Scholarship Program is open to all law students currently enrolled full time at an accredited United States law school. Applicants are evaluated for their academic and extracurricular achievements, for their background and financial need, and, most important, for their demonstrated commitment to advancing Latino civil rights in their careers. MALDEF’s 2020-2021 Law School Scholarship Application is due February 26, 2021. Students will be notified of the results in the summer/fall of 2021.
    Amount: TBD
    Deadline: Feb. 26. 2021

    Scholarships for Diversity/Minority Students

    Aaj Richard D. Hailey Scholarship

    AAJ's Minority caucus will award a $5,000 scholarship to a minority law student who is entering his/her first, second, or third year of law school.
    Amount: $5,000

    Academic E Pipeline to Practice Enrichment / Mentoring Opportunity for Entering 1LS

    The Pipeline to Practice Foundation seeks to support members of groups that are historically underrepresented in the legal progression.
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: May 1, 2021

    Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship

    Applicants for the Jones Jackson Scholarship must be a member of the NAACP and under 25 years of age. Awards are based on GPA and academic achievement.
    Amount: up to $2,000

    American Bar Legal Opportunity Scholarship

    The purpose of the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to and attend law school and to provide financial assistance to ensure that these students have the opportunity to attend law school for three years.
    Amount: $5,000 to $15,000
    Deadline: April 17, 2021

    Arnold & Porter Llp Diversity Scholarship

    Applicants for the Arnold & Porter LLP Diversity Scholarship must be currently enrolled at a first-year law school that is ABA accredited, contribute to the diverse background of a law school's student body, demonstrate strong academic achievement, and demonstrate an interest in promoting diversity in the legal profession.
    Amount: $10,000
    Deadline: March 15, 2021

    Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association (Aactla)

    AACTLA is a non-profit organization of criminal defense attorneys, judges, and law students engaged in the practice of law in the criminal justice system by advocating for the rights of the accused and dedicated to serving the Asian American community.
    Amount: Varies

    Baker Donelson Berman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz Diversity Scholarship

    At Baker Donelson, we strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all our employees. With the Baker Donelson Berman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz Diversity Scholarship, we welcome people of all races, genders, ages, languages, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, disabilities, sexual orientations and religious beliefs to assist our clients in achieving their legal goals.
    Amount: $10,000

    Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Program

    The Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Program was established in 1998 to reaffirm a commitment to diversity in legal education and the legal profession.
    Amount: $10,000
    Deadline: May 21, 2021

    Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship and Application

    "The Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship and Application applicant is a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority or any individual who demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their community; a U.S. citizen currently attending an accredited law school within the U.S.; their academic achievement is reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA and has at least one semester of classes completed at an accredited law school."
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: October 1, 2021

    California Change Lawyers (Was California Bar Diversity Scholarship)

    California Change Lawyers believe that a state as diverse as California needs a justice system led by advocates of all ethnicities and races.
    Amount: $5,000

    Cooley Diversity Fellowship

    As part of Cooley's ongoing commitment to diversity, we are proud to offer Cooley Diversity Fellowships to outstanding first year law school students. Award recipients will receive a paid 1L Summer Associate position and an award of up to $30,000 to assist with law school tuition.
    Amount: installments up to $30,000

    The Dominguez Firm Legal Scholarship

    This scholarship recognizes that individual's academic achievements and unique goals despite their struggles, or challenges, and looking to make a difference in his or her community and the future.

    Amount: $2,500
    Deadline: July 31, 2021

    Dri Law Student Diversity Scholarship

    DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program, open to African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, LGBT and multi-racial students who will be in their second or third year of law school on September 15, 2020. All second and third year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other second and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), law school or law student members of AAJ, or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), law school or law student members of AAJ, or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships. To qualify for this scholarship, a candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant’s law school. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle. See the last page of this application for the DRI Diversity Statement.
    Amount: $10,000
    Deadline: Sept. 15, 2020

    Finnegan Diversity Scholarship

    The Finnegan Diversity Scholarship provides financial support to qualified diverse students who demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in intellectual property law.
    Amount: $15,000

    Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (Gapa) George Choy Memorial Scholarship/Horizons Foundation

    "The purpose of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance George Choy Memorial Scholarship/Horizons Foundation is to provide financial assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Asian and Pacific Islanders entering their first or second year of post-secondary education."
    Amount: Varies
    DeadlineJune 6, 2021

    Harter Secrest & Emery Llp Diversity Scholarship

    To be eligible for the Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Diversity Scholarship, the applicant must be a full-time currently enrolled 1L law student.
    Amount: $7,500

    Justice & Diversity Center

    "Established in 1998 in response to the passage of SP-1, the University of California Regents' resolution to end affirmative action and race-based admissions at UC Schools, we offer these Justice & Diversity Center Scholarships because we are firmly committed to and recognize the importance of diversity within the legal practice, particularly in Northern California."
    Amount: $10,000
    Deadline: May 21, 2021

    Laipla Diversity Fellowship

    The Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA) created the LAIPLA Diversity Fellowship to increase the number of IP practitioners from underrepresented backgrounds.
    Amount: Varies

    Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (Laipa)

    The LAIPA is an incredible opportunity for the selected Fellow to gain valuable intellectual property law training and experience at an exciting company.
    Amount: $6,000

    McAndrews Held & Malloy Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship

    The McAndrews Held & Malloy Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship candidate must be a first year law student at an accredited law school with a diverse background, that would improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law; have a degree in science, or engineering and intend to practice patent law in Chicago, Illinois.
    Amount: $5,000

    The Cooley Diversity Fellowship

    As part of Cooley's ongoing commitment to diversity, we are proud to offer Cooley Diversity Fellowships to outstanding first year law school students.
    Amount: Up to $30,000

    V & E Diversity Fellowship

    Vinson & Elkins awards some of the brightest law students from the nation's top law schools with a V & E Diversity Fellowship each year.
    Amount: $10,000 or $25,000

    Zelle LLP Diversity Scholarship

    The keystone of the firm's Diversity Outreach Plan, the Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either (1) are a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship.
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: March 29, 2021

    Scholarships for Disabled Students

    Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Disability Scholarship

    The Disability Scholarship was established in 2014 as part of the law firm’s commitment to helping students with disabilities or injuries who are in need of financial assistance for education purposes. The scholarship is available to students of any age, with any type of disability, including but not limited to physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental or psychiatric conditions, speech and language, learning disabilities, behavioral conditions, and all other conditions.
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: October 1, 2021

    George H. Nofer Scholarship

    The George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy is for full-time graduate students with a moderately-severe to profound pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss who are attending an accredited law school or a masters or doctoral program in public policy or public administration.
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: April 10, 2021

    Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program/Blinded Veterans Association

    The Blinded Veterans Association has established the Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program for the purpose of assisting the educational goals of dependent children and spouses of blinded veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.
    Amount: $1,000 to $2,000
    Deadline: April 20, 2021

    National Federation of the Blind Scholarship

    To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind Scholarship annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty merit-based, national-level scholarships
    Amount: $3,000 to $12,000
    Deadline: March 31, 2021

    Scholarships for LGBTQ Students

    M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equity Scholarship

    The M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship Fund was named in memory of the late M. Katherine Baird Darmer, an activist, law professor, and champion of change for the LGBT community in Orange County and beyond. The Fund, which is sponsored by the Orange County Lavender Bar Association (OCLBA) and at the sole discretion of the scholarship committee jointly appointed by OCLBA and OCEC and the Liberty Hill transgender community in Orange County. Determinations regarding the amount and number of awards are qualified law students who have demonstrated commitment to advancing equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, the Orange County Equality Coalition (OCEC), will award one or more scholarships each year.
    Amount: varies

    Point Scholarship

    Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society
    Amount: $13,000 up to $34,000
    Deadline: January 26, 2021

    The Edward C. Tang Scholarship

    Mr. Edward C. Tang established this award in 2007 to provide financial assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) for post-secondary Education. The Edward C. Tang Scholarship is to help LGBT youth proudly achieve educational pursuits and dreams without shame. This scholarship awards up to two outstanding students annually, a combined scholarships totaling up to $15,000. These scholarships e renewable for a maximum of three or more years (a total of four years) provided each student annually meets the renewal requirements.
    Amount: up to $15,000
    Deadline: April 30, 2021

    Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students

    HNBA Scholarship (La Raza Lawyers Association)

    In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the HNBA's LGBT Section, the HNBA LGBT Division announced the launch of the LGBT Division Public Interest Scholarship Program.
    Amount: Varies

    Hispanic Scholarship Fund

    The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis.
    Amount: $500 to $5,000

    La Raza Lawyers Association-Central Valley Chapter/Hon. Mario Olmos Memorial Scholarship

    Since 1980, the La Raza Lawyers Association’s Central Valley Chapter has awarded scholarships to deserving law students who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership qualities, and involvement in the Latino community, financial need, and ties to California’s Central Valley
    Amount: $500 to $5,000
    Deadline: Feb. 14, 2021

    Latina Lawyers Bar Association Scholarship

    The Latina Lawyers Bar Association announces a scholarship program for law students enrolled at a law school in California. The scholarship program will award scholarships to outstanding law students. The scholarship funds may be used towards expenses related to a student’s attendance at a California law school or towards the expenses related to preparation for the California Bar Examination. Preference will be given to Latina law students.

    LULAC National Scholarship Fund

    The LULAC National Scholarship Fund was established to provide scholarships to qualified Hispanic students attending accredited colleges, universities, and graduate schools in the United States.
    Amount: $250 to $2,000
    Deadline: March 31, 2021

    MALDEF Law School Scholarships

    The MALDEF Law School Scholarship offers financial assistance to qualified Latino individuals in pursuit of higher education. Awards are provided to first, second, and third-year law students who have outstanding academic records, including participation and leadership in extracurricular activities. Scholarships are awarded to Latino students who demonstrate involvement with and commitment to serve the Latino community, financial need, and academic achievement indicating the potential for successful completion of a graduate or law degree.
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: Feb. 26, 2021

    JAMAS Future Hispanic Leaders Scholarship

    At JAMAS Capital Management, we want to foster the rich diversity found in our industry by easing the financial burden of secondary education with the JAMAS Future Hispanic Leaders Scholarship.
    Amount: $2,500

    Mexican American Bar Foundation

    Since 1991, the Mexican American Bar Foundation has pursued its mission of promoting diversity in the legal profession through education by awarding scholarships to Latino law students.
    Amount: $7,500 to $15,000 
    Deadline: Feb. 12, 2021

    Orange Immigrant Youth United Scholarship

    AB 540 allows undocumented students in California pay in-state tuition rates at California public community colleges and universities (UCs and Cal States included).
    Amount: $500

    The MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship

    The MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship was created to celebrate international and DACA students, who enrich college campuses with their diverse experiences and points of view.
    Amount: $1,000 to $5,000
    Deadline: July 20, 2021

    Scholarships for Jewish Students

    Jewish Family and Children Service’s (JFCS) Various Loans, Grants, and Small Scholarships

    Recipients of the Jewish Family and Children Services loans, grants, and small scholarships must be a Jewish resident of San Francisco, San Mateo, Sonoma, Marin, or Northern Santa Clara Counties. Funds are prioritized for people who need financial help in order to pursue their educational and vocational goals.
    Amount: Variable
    Deadline: July 5, 2021

    The Lemberg Scholarship Loan Fund, Inc.

    Lemberg Scholarship Loan Funds are designed to help Jewish men and women who have difficulty pursuing higher education. Students must be pursuing a degree at an accredited institution. Selections are based on academic ability, financial need, family problems, physical and mental disability, and potential for leadership in the Jewish community. The loans awarded through this fund are interest free loans.
    Amount: up to $5,000
    Deadline: May 5, 2021

    Scholarships for Native American Students

    Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship

    The Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship is awarded to help Native Americans students of any age, any tribe and in any state striving to get an education at the undergraduate or graduate levels. However, undergraduate students are given preference. All awards are judged based on financial need and academic achievement.
    Amount: $4,000
    Deadline: January 31, 2021

    Allogan Slagle Memorial Scholarship

    Allogan’s goal was to improve the status of those tribes that had been by-passed by the US government, particularly focusing on assisting the Piro/Manso/Tiwa Tribe of southern New Mexico in their effort to achieve federal recognition, as well as aiding the Ione Band of Miwok Indians in California in reaffirming their traditional tribal government.
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: May 31, 2021

    American Indian College Fund

    Eligible applicants for the American Indian College Fund must be American Indian or Alaska Natives who are enrolled tribal members or who are lineal descendants of an enrolled parent or grandparent.
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: May 31, 2021

    National Society Daughters of the American Revolution/American Indian Scholarship

    The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution/American Indian Scholarship is intended to help Native American students of any age, of any tribe, and in any state, in their pursuit of a vocational, undergraduate, or graduate education. Awards are based on financial need and academic achievement. Applicants must be Native American, in financial need, and have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher.
    Amount: $1,000

    Scholarships for Women Students

    Trial LawHER Scholarship

    Milestone has established the Trial LawHER Scholarship to help a female law school student achieve her goal of becoming a plaintiff trial lawyer. This law school scholarship intends to elevate a rising woman leader in the plaintiff trial lawyer space and educate future trial lawyers around the power of settlement planning.

    Amount: $10,000
    Deadline: August 1, 2021

    Aauw Educational Foundation Selected Professions Fellowships

    Selected AAUW Professions Fellowships are awarded to women of color who intend to pursue a full-time course of study in fields, such as law, in which women's participation is traditionally low. Candidates may apply for support for their final year of study only and are expected to receive their degrees at the end of the fellowship year.
    Amount: $5,000 to $18,000
    Deadline: December 1, 2021

    Aauw International Fellowships

    American Association of University Women Fellowships are awarded for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must intend to return to their home country to pursue a professional career.
    Amount: $18,000 to $30,000 
    Deadline: November 15, 2021

    Aauw American Fellowships

    AAUW fellowships in the following degree programs are restricted to women of color, who have been underrepresented in these fields.
    Amount: $6,000 - $30,000
    Deadline: November 1, 2021

    Aauw Community Action Grants

    AAUW Community Action Grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls.
    Amount: $3,000 up to $10,000
    Deadline: December 1, 2021

    American Association of University Women

    American Association of University Women Fellowships are awarded for full-time study to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicants must intend to return to their home country to pursue a professional career.
    Amount: $18,000 to $30,000 
    Deadline: November 15, 2021

    Horizons/Women in Defense

    Horizons/Women in Defense applicants must also demonstrate an interest in a career related to national security and defense, have a minimum GPA of 3.25 and demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to students in security studies, military history, government relations, engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, business, law, international relations, political science or economics.
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: June 12, 2021

    Justice Pauline Davis Hanson Scholarship/Fresno County Women Lawyers

    As a tribute to the memory of the late Associate Justice Pauline Davis Hanson, Fresno County Women Lawyers has established the Justice Pauline Davis Hanson Scholarship to encourage and support outstanding academic achievement and commitment to service by women law students. Candidates must be female law students who have successfully completed at least one year of law school. Preference will be given to current or former residents of California's Fresno, Kings, Madera, or Tulane counties.
    Amount: $2,000

    MS. Jd Summer 2020 Public Interest Scholarship

    Ms. JD Summer 2020 Public Interest Scholarship is open to all law students who currently identify as women, or who have previously lived as a woman (or girl) and now identify as non-binary.
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: June 12, 2020

    The Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship

    The Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship is intended to encourage & support outstanding achievement & leadership by example from women in the field of law.
    Amount: $1,500
    Deadline: May 31, 2022

    Scholarships for All Students

    Cowboy Country Criminal Defense Scholarship

    At Cowboy Country Criminal Defense we help those facing criminal charges and provide the information regarding the criminal justice system and their legal rights. Therefore, we want to hear from you and are offering (1) $1,000 scholarship to put towards their law school tuition.

    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: August 1, 2021

    Scottsdale Injury Lawyers Law School Scholarship

    At Scottsdale Injury Lawyers, our attorneys represent individuals who have suffered personal injuries or experienced a violation of their civil rights. As such, we feel compelled to help others achieve their dreams of becoming lawyers so they can do the same. This is why we have created the annual law school scholarship. We want to hear from law students on why they decided to go to law school and what they hope to achieve once they graduate and pass the bar.

    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: December 1, 2021

    Law Offices of Daniel A. Hunt Trust & Estate Law Scholarship

    Our law firm has served the greater Sacramento area for a decade and now serves all of California. We provide peace of mind for our clients and a stellar client experience as we practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust & Estate Administration and Litigation, Probate, and Conservatorships.
    Firm owner Daniel Hunt is passionate about both Trust & Estate Law and philanthropy. In 2021, we created the Law Offices of Daniel A. Hunt Trust & Estate Law Scholarship to support law students who want to practice in this field as attorneys.
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: July 1, 2021

    Ottinger Employment Lawyers Law School Scholarship

    Ottinger Employment Lawyers is excited to reintroduce the Ottinger Employment Lawyer Scholarship contest. Our employment firm is dedicated to helping employees in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
    Amount: $1,500
    Deadline: December 1, 2021

    Denver Trial Lawyers Scholarship

    Denver Trial Lawyers ® wants to know what does justice mean to you? Our Denver serious injury attorneys are asking YOU, the citizen, to write a compelling and strong 750+ word essay.
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: November 1, 2021

    Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship

    Charles E. Joseph dedicated his career to fighting for workers’ rights as a plaintiff’s employment lawyer. His work has protected victims of discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage theft. Charles E. Joseph founded Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP, a New York firm that has recovered more than $140 million for workers. He also created Working Now and Then, a resource on employment law and worker’s rights. In order to encourage future employment lawyers, the Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship awards $1,000 annually to a law student who plans to work in plaintiff’s employment law.
    Amount: up to $1,000
    Deadline: May 1, 2021

    The Johns Law Firm - Law School Scholarship

    Students are expected to write a 300-400 word essay about what influenced their legal career and why they are pursuing law school. The winner with the most compelling essay will receive a $1,500 law school scholarship.
    Amount: $1,500
    Deadline: December 31, 2020

    The Adam Z. Rice Memorial Scholarship Fund

    The Adam Z. Rice Memorial Scholarship Fund celebrates the life of a young man who died at age 21. Adam was always trying to help others in need, whether it was the homeless or his classmates. The CJF now has an incredible opportunity to continue Adam’s legacy and fulfill its mission, promote education, and make a lasting impact on future generations devoted to the rule of law and equal access to justice. This scholarship is open to anyone attending an ABA-Approved law school in California or any California resident attending an ABA-approved law school. The applicant must also demonstrate financial need.
    Amount: $1,000 to $4,000
    Deadline: July 16, 2021

    The Reeves Law Group Scholarship Contest

    The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates a genuine desire and goal of using the legal system to fix problems or improve conditions in our society.
    Please note worthy deeds that you have already performed. They will be considered.
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: December 15, 2021

    Legal Scholarship by Moses & Rooth, Attorney at Law Legal

    Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law, a Criminal Defense Law Firm located in Orlando, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to one incoming 1L or currently enrolled Law Student.
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: May 31, 2020

    Emery Reddy, PLLC Scholarships

    Each year Emery Reddy offers financial assistance to student with an interest in pursuing careers in the legal field.
    Amount: $500 up to $2,500
    Deadline: November 30, 2021

    The Dominguez Firm Legal Scholarship Award

    This scholarship recognizes an individual's academic achievements and unique goals despite their struggle or challenges and looking to make a difference in his or her community and the future.
    Amount: $2,500
    Deadline: July 31, 2021

    Aba Legal Opportunity Scholarship

    The American Bar Association (ABA) awards an annual Legal Opportunity Scholarship to first-year law students. The mission of the program is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to attend and completing law school.
    Amount: $5,000 up to $15,000
    Deadline: April 17, 2021

    Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship

    As part of a commitment to diversity, Michigan Auto Law is pleased to sponsor an annual Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship Program to provide financial support to students who contribute to the diversity of the law school student body as they pursue their legal career. Must be a US Citizen accepted to or currently attending (1L or 2L) an accredited law school in the United States, have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and is a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: June 1, 2021

    Abe and Esther Hagiwara Student Aid Award/JACL National Scholarship Committee

    The Abe and Esther Hagiwara Student Aid Award was founded to provide financial assistance to a student who otherwise would have to delay or terminate his or her education due to a lack of financing. Only applicants that exhibit severe financial need will be considered for this award. Every applicant must be a National JACL member.
    Amount: $1,000 to 5,000
    Deadline: May 1, 2021

    CTA Scholarship for Dependent Children/California Teachers Association Scholarship Committee

    CTA Scholarship applicants must be a dependent child of an active, retired-life, or deceased member of CTA. The applicant must be claimed as a dependent on the current year's IRS tax form.
    Amount: $5,000

    Finlandia Foundation Trust Scholarship

    Finlandia Foundation Trust Scholarship applicants must be citizens of the United States or Finland and accepted to an accredited institution of higher learning. Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students. Students studying subjects related to Finnish culture receive special consideration.
    Amount: $1,000 to $3,000
    Deadline: February 1, 2022

    Goodwin & Scieszka Innovation Scholarship

    We are pleased to support the future lawyers of America with the Goodwin & Scieszka Innovation Scholarship, awarded to three high-achieving, bright students intending to pursue a career in law.
    Amount: $500 up to $1,000

    Haneman-Perskie Memorial Foundation Scholarship

    Haneman-Perskie Memorial Foundation Scholarship applicants must be a New Jersey resident accepted for admission to law school. The grant is for a one-year period and it is based on academic ability, financial need, leadership potential, and character.
    Amount: Contact the Haneman-Perskie Foundation for award amount

    IABA Scholarship (Iranian American Bar Association)

    IABA grants one or more scholarships each year to law students who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Iranian-American community. Applicants must be of Iranian heritage and full-time students at an accredited law school (applications from UCI School of Law will be accepted) in the United States who are not otherwise receiving full educational funding from another organization.
    Amount: $2,500

    Infinity Law Group Asian Heritage Law School Scholarship

    The Infinity Law Group Asian Heritage Law School Scholarship is awarded to an enrolled first-year law school student of Asian heritage who intends to use her or his law degree to help the Asian American community.
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: August 1, 2021

    Japanese American Citizens League National Scholarship

    Every JACL National Scholarship applicant must be an active National JACL member. JACL Membership is open to everyone of any ethnic background. All who meet eligibility criteria are welcomed and encouraged to apply. Note: applicants need to hold an Individual or Student/Youth Membership ( Couple/Family membership by a parent will not meet this requirement). You may join/renew online at
    Amount: varies
    Deadline: March 1, 2021

    John Lewis King Memorial Scholarship Fund/San Bernardino County Bar Association

    John Lewis King Memorial Scholarship Fund/San Bernardino County Bar Association applicants must have connection with San Bernardino County.
    Amount: $5,000

    Lawson Law Scholarship

    The Lawson Law Scholarship is for a communicator who has the joy and the talent to impact this world for Christ and who is interested in doing exactly that.
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: May 31 annually

    LAX Scholarship Fund for Gay Men

    LAX Scholarship applicants should be either from the five-county Philadelphia metropolitan region, attending a qualified school in or out of the region, or from outside the region, attending college, graduate or professional school within the region.
    Amount: $5,000 to $10,000
    Deadline: February 17, 2021

    One Lawyer Can Change the World Scholarship (Rising 1L)

    Are you the next great legal mind? In partnership with the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Law Preview will be awarding one hard-working incoming law student $10,000 towards their 1L year through the One Lawyer Can Change the World Scholarship.
    Amount: $10,000
    Deadline: June 1, 2021

    P.J.C. Lindfors Legal Studies Fund (For Finnish and American Law Students)

    To sustain both Finnish-American culture in the United States and the ancestral tie with Finland by raising funds for grants and scholarships such as the P.J.C. Lindfors Legal Studies Fund, initiating innovative national programs and networking with local chapters.
    Amount: $1,000 to $3,000
    Deadline: February 1, 2022

    Polish American Club of North Jersey Scholarships/the Kosciuszko Foundation

    The Kosciuszko Foundation provides funding to qualified full-time graduate students in the United States. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or a permanent resident of Polish descent and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must be active members of the Polish American Club of New Jersey or be the child or grandchild of a member. Selection is based on academic excellence, the applicant's interest in the Polish community, and financial need.
    Amount: $1,000

    Sonoma County Women in Law

    Sonoma County Women in Law applicants must: 1) have ties to Sonoma County; 2) have completed a minimum of one year of law school; 3) have a record of academic achievement; and 4) have a demonstrated commitment to increasing women's access to legal services, and/or involvement in, the practice of law.
    Amount: $5,000 to $7,500

    The Women’s Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association /The Honorable Patricia Herron and the Honorable Ellen James Scholarship

    The Honorable Ellen James Scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving law student (or students) with demonstrated leadership potential, academic success, and a commitment to women’s issues and Contra Costa County.
    Amount: $1,000 up to $10,000

    Thomas F. Black Jr. Memorial Scholarship

    The Rhode Island Bar Foundation’s Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1989 to support and foster high legal practice standards by assisting Rhode Island residents who show promise that they will become outstanding lawyers and who need financial assistance to study law.
    Amount: $25,000
    Deadline: March 31, 2021

    McDowel South American Heritage Scholarship

    McDowel South American Scholarship applicants must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited law school, of South American Heritage, and must maintain a 2.9 GPA.
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: June 10, 2021

    San Luis Obispo County Women Lawyer’s Association

    San Luis Obispo County Women Lawyer's Association applicants must be presently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in law school and demonstrate a connection to San Luis Obispo County.
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: July 1, 2021

    Cleo Edge Pre-law Scholarship

    The Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) will launch its new CLEO EDGE Pre-Law Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year. The application process will open February 15, 2019, and will close March 30, 2019. Grant recipients will be announced in mid-April
    Amount: $2,500

    Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship

    The Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship was established for Berks County residents entering their second year at an accredited law school. The fund is in memory of Howard Fox, who was a member of the Berks County Bar Association and an attorney in the Public Defender’s Office. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
    Amount: Varies
    Deadline: March 15, 2021

    Orange County Community Foundation Scholarships

    Orange County Community Foundation Scholarship applicants must be a student currently enrolled in a maritime major at 4 year accredited U.S. university and entering sophomore, junior or senior year, or a student who plans to enter the maritime industry.
    Amount: Varies

    Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholarships/Thurgood Marshall College Fund

    The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is awarding $10,000 Scholarships for Minority Scholars as well as arranging internships and mentorships to assist under-represented minority law school students entering intellectual property law
    Amount: Varies

    Citywide Law Group Scholarship

    Citywide Law Group is proud to offer a $1,500 scholarship to a current or aspiring law student.
    Amount: $1,500
    Deadline: March 1, 2021

    Davis Levin Livingston Scholarship

    With a new scholarship, the Honolulu-based law firm of Davis Levin Livingston intends to support law students intending to pursue public interest law and add to the ranks of motivated young attorneys willing to consider a career as a public interest lawyer. Students must be US Citizens or otherwise authorized to work in the US and have an undergraduate cumulative 3.0 GPA
    Amount: $5,000

    Law Office of Yuriy Moshes, P.C. Scholarship

    The Law Office of Yuriy Moshes values higher education. In accordance with the values of Law Office of Yuriy Moshes, P.C., we are proudly offering a scholarship to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated a pattern of commitment, promoting equality, and improving our nation’s communities.
    Amount: $1,000

    Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

    The Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund applicant must be entering law school as a 1L and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
    Amount: $15,000 over 3 years
    Deadline: April 17, 2021

    Miller & Zois, LLC Law School Scholarship

    Miller & Zois, LLC Law School Scholarship applicants must be first-year students enrolled at a college, university, or ABA-accredited law school in the U.S. In the event of a virtual tie, our preference for students set to enroll at the University of Baltimore, or the University of Maryland, or those with a connection to the Baltimore-Washington area will break the tie. But the focus on the competition is who provides the most meaningful essay.
    Amount: $1,000

    The National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys (NCVAA) Scholarship

    NCVAA Scholarship applicants should demonstrate academic excellence, commitment to the public interest, and service to underprivileged communities. Proof of enrollment is required.
    Amount: $1,000 to $5,000

    Higbee & Associates and the Foundation for Continuing Justice Writing Competition

    The Higbee & Associates and the Foundation for Continuing Justice Writing Competition is intended to expand the awareness of consequences of criminal records and the laws that govern their retention, dissemination and expungement, as well as encourage research into the ways to improve laws.
    Amount: $200 up to $2,000

    The American Law School Student Scholarship

    The American Law School Student Scholarship will be awarded based on certain criteria that includes current enrollment in a college, university, or law school, an acceptable grade point average, demonstration of community service, and a written essay."
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: December 15, 2020

    Cherepinskiy Law Firm, PC Scholarship

    Cherepinskiy Law Firm, PC offers its annual Legal Scholarship to both (1) undergraduate students who intend to become lawyers and pursue a legal career and (2) law school students.  The recipient of the scholarship award will receive a check in the amount of $1,000, which will be made payable directly to the recipient’s law school.  The application period is August 1, 2019 – October 25, 2019.
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: October 26, 2020

    Rizio Lipinsky Lawyer Scholarship

    For the 2020 Rizio Lipinsky $10,000 Law School Scholarship, we want to know why you’re pursuing a career in law. In an essay of 1,000 words or less, please explain why you’re inspired to become an attorney, and how you plan to use your law degree to fight for justice for your fellows. If you have past experience in advocating for yourself or others, we would love to hear how that experience informed your decision to pursue a career in law. 
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: July 1, 2021

    Andrew Flusche, Law School Scholarship

    We want to hear about why you want to become a lawyer. What inspired you to enter into such a challenging profession. More importantly, we want to hear how you will make a difference in the community as you progress through your legal career.
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: July 30, 2022

    Scholarships/Fellowships for Summer Externships and Internships

    Rural Summer Legal Corps

    Each summer, Equal Justice Works partners with the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to support 35 dedicated law students who want to serve rural communities, as part of the Rural Summer Legal Corps. Student Fellows spend eight to ten weeks at LSC-funded civil legal aid organizations developing valuable skills and gaining hands-on experience by: (1) providing direct legal services such as client and witness interviews, legal research, and writing; (2) engaging in community outreach and education including fact sheet distribution, strategic partnership development, and presentations; (3) building capacity at their host organization through resource development and training sessions. Student Fellows tackle a number of results-driven community projects including responding to disaster-related legal issues; addressing affordable housing and evictions; and providing legal aid to victims of domestic violence.
    Amount: $5,000

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    Williams Institute Summer Law Fellowship

    The Williams Institute Summer Law Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for law students to develop expertise in sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. Summer fellows will provide research and writing support to Williams Institute scholars who focus on state, federal, and international legal issues that impact the LGBT community. Tasks may include providing drafting and research assistance for journal articles and policy briefs; conducting legislative research and analysis; tracking LGBT law and policy developments around the country and internationally; and collecting and analyzing data and other information about the LGBT community.
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: February 10, 2021

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    Gleason/Kettel Summer Law Fellowship

    Provides law students or recent law school graduates with stipends to work in the field of sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. Applicant must work at a placement that meets criteria; candidate must acquire their own placement.
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: May 1, 2021

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    Peggy Browning Fund

    Summer Fellowship Positions.
    Deadline: Varies by placement
    Amount: Varies (Stipend)

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    Public Interest Law Initiative

    PILI’s Law Student Internship Program connects law students from across the country with public interest law agencies in Illinois and pays them for their work. Typically, Interns receive $6,000 for working 400 hours during the summer and $3,000 for working 200 hours over a semester. Interns can also receive law school credit for their Internship if first approved by both the student’s law school and agency.
    Amount: $6,000 for 400 hours

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    Diversity Clerkship Program

    Focuses on judicial clerkships in business law (various locations). Must be current second year law student; must meet "diversity" criteria.
    Amount: $3,000

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    John Curtin Jr. Fellowship

    Students get paid to work for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates Demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with low income individuals.
    Amount: $3,500
    Deadline: March 26, 2021

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    Robert Masure Fellowship in Civil Liberties

    The fellowship competition is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties.
    Amount: $2,000

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    Summer Equal Justice America Legal Services Fellowship

    Provide funding for students working in non profit providing direct civil legal aid services.
    Amount: up to $4,000
    Deadline: March 24, 2021

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    Perc Graduate Fellowship

    PERC Graduate Fellowships offer the ideal opportunity for graduate and law students to research issues related to natural resources, innovation, property rights, and the environment. Graduate fellows spend three months at PERC over the summer in Bozeman, Montana, researching and writing a paper under the mentorship of a PERC Senior Fellow.
    Amount: monthly stipend
    Deadline: February 15, 2020

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    MS. JD Fellowship

    Receive scholarship for living expenses as they pursue careers in Public Interest Law.
    Amount: up to $5,000
    Deadline: March 31, 2020

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    Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowship

    The Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowships provide first-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with awards of $10,000 each, to help cover expenses while working in a public interest law position during the summer after their first year of law school. Contact with any questions.
    Amount: $10,000

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    Federal Communications Bar Association (Fcba) Foundation Law School Summer Internship Stipend Program 

    For the 27th consecutive year, the FCBA Foundation will award stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns through its Law School Summer Internship Stipend Program. The program provides stipends to students from around the country who want to dedicate their time and talent over the summer to government service in areas that relate to communications law, including broadcasting, cable, information technology, television, telephony, satellite, and wireless. 
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: April 2, 2021

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    South Asian Bar Association of Northern California Public Interest Fellowship

    The Foundation provides financial assistance in the form of a summer fellowship for a law student working at a public interest or government agency. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to fund a student’s internship with a public interest organization or government agency in Northern California that is doing work, which impacts the South Asian community and/or the Northern California community-at-large.
    Amount: Up to $4,000 (16 Weeks)
    Deadline: Rolling

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    American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition 

    Topics Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples. Eligibility The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline of Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Editors of the American Indian Law Review are not eligible to compete.
    Amount: up to $1,000
    Deadline: February 26, 2021

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  • Generous donations from alumni help fund USF Law scholarships. Students must meet specific criteria established by the donors. The recipients are typically selected by an alumni/donor or law school committee.

    Funding limitations applicable to scholarships – Non-Renewable

    Scholarship awards are designated for the fall and spring semesters only and are evenly disbursed between both semesters. Scholarship awards are not applicable towards any summer session enrollment.

    The total amount in scholarships (e.g., university, law school, outside agency, or any combination of the three) cannot exceed 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.

    Continuing Law Students

    Arthur C. Zief Jr. Scholarship Program

    Multiple scholarships for deserving law students with demonstrated financial need, established by Arthur C. Zief Sr. '47, in honor of his son, Arthur C. Zief Jr. These scholarships are awarded to continuing students who make significant non-curricular contributions to the USF School of Law. Applications are currently being accepted between June 7 - June 23. Questions should be directed to Stephanie Carlos, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs  [Download] 2021-2022 Application

    Bretzlaff Scholarship

    An award for a full-time law student in good standing with demonstrated financial need from the state of Nevada or Hawaii. This scholarship is funded by the Bretzlaff Foundation. Applications are currently being accepted between June 7 - June 23. Questions should be directed to Stephanie Carlos, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs  [Download] 2021-2022 Application.

    John Flynn Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship is in memory of John Flynn, who was an alumnus of Stanford and a distinguished member of the San Francisco Maritime Bar. The scholarship is awarded to a USF School of Law student with an interest in maritime law. Applications are currently being accepted between June 7 - June 23. Questions should be directed to Stephanie Carlos, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs  [Download] 2021-2022 Application.

    Alumni-Funded Scholarships

    Applicants must have financial need, be in good academic standing, and must be a continuing student to be eligible to apply. Applicants must have completed one year of JD study at USF School of Law by the end of Spring, and be enrolled at the School of Law for the current academic year.

    Deadline to apply for the following scholarships is May 6, 2022. Students must complete the form via the button below and submit a PDF of transcript, resume and essay for each scholarship to

    Daniel Levine Cook Scholarship 

    This scholarship was established by a grant from the Daniel Levine Cook Fund of the Jewish Community Federation Endowment Fund, upon recommendation of David, Phyllis, and Anne Cook, in loving memory of Daniel Cook, Class of 1992. Priority for this scholarship is for a Jewish law student with financial need who shows academic promise. Award amount is $20,000. Essay topic: Daniel Levine Cook was a sports fanatic, a Dead-Head and a passionate supporter of Israel. Please describe how your goals, interests, and influences may intersect with his experience.

    Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in memory of Daniel Curtin, Jr. '57, who was an internationally known land use practitioner, former city attorney, and mentor to countless land use attorneys and planners. The Scholarship is awarded to a second or third year law student(s) with demonstrated interest in municipal or land use law and academic scholarship. Award amount is up to $11,000 and may be divided between two applicants. Please submit a one-page essay demonstrating the applicant’s interest in municipal law or land use law.

    Donald B. King Class of 1958 Scholarship for Family Law 

    This scholarship was established by The Honorable Donald B. King '58 and his wife, Virginia King, to support one or more continuing law students. The scholarship is open to students in good standing with financial need who show a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in family law. Please submit a one-page essay demonstrating the applicant's interest and experience in family law, including any classes taken, work experience in family law, etc. Award amount is up to $10,000 to $15,000 per recipient, depending on the number of awardees.

    Agnes O’Brien Smith Scholarship 

    This scholarship was established in honor of Agnes O'Brien Smith and is awarded to second and third year law students based on financial need, academic scholarship, leadership, and community service. O'Brien Smith, Class of 1941, was an admired jurist and lawyer. Award amount is $12,000 and may be divided to create multiple awards. Please submit a one-page essay answering this question: Which of your life experiences inspired you to go to law school?

    Douglas M Raskin Scholarship

    This scholarship was established by classmates and friends of Douglas Michael Raskin, Class of 1987, who died in 1994 at the age of 33 while climbing Mount Fuji in Japan. The scholarship is awarded to student(s) who will have completed at least two full years of Law School by the end of the Spring 2022 semester, and who exemplifies Doug’s spirit of adventure, sense of humor, love of life, and caring for others. Award amount is $4,000.  Please submit a two-page essay addressing how the applicant’s own life adheres to the principles that were important to Doug: past travel experiences and adventure, interest in helping others, participation in athletics and recreational activities, importance of friends and family, and scholastic achievement.

    John Scully Memorial Trust Scholarship

    Established in memory of John C. Scully ’91 who was killed in the 101 California Street mass shooting on July 1, 1993, while shielding his wife from gunfire. The fund was established by John’s classmates, his wife, Michelle Scully Hobus ‘92, and his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Neil Scully. The scholarship celebrates John’s passion for the ocean and outdoors. Award amount is $8,000. Please submit a two-page essay addressing how you enjoy outdoor activities and how your own life adheres to the values important to John.

    Paul W. Vapnek ‘64 Ethics Scholarship

    Paul W. Vapnek '64 was an extraordinarily well-respected expert in legal ethics, a field that addresses the rules that govern attorney conduct. Legal ethicists educate and advise lawyers about what they may and may not do, represent them when they get into trouble, and help to draft the rules that regulate their behavior. The Paul W. Vapnek ’64 Ethics Scholarship is awarded each year to a student interested in exploring this field of the law, whether or not the student ultimately decides on it as his or her area of practice. This is a general scholarship for a student with a demonstrated commitment to community service and a record of academic success in law school. A minimum of a 2.9 GPA is required for all applicants. Award amount is $7,300. Please submit a one-page essay about why this area of the law appeals to you, include a brief discussion of one legal ethics issue you find particularly interesting and a paragraph about your commitment to community service.

    If you would like to apply or have any questions, please reach out to

    Incoming Students

    USF Women Lawyers Committee’s Scholarship for Transitional Students 

    The USF Women Lawyers Committee awards this scholarship to an entering first-year transitional student who has been out of school for a five-year period either between a) high school and college or b) college or graduate school and law school, demonstrates financial need and academic excellence, is currently involved with the community and has concrete plans for utilizing a law degree in the community. Award amount is $15,000Please contact to request an application to apply.

Summer Financial Aid

Financial aid in the form of private loans, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan or the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan is available to continuing USF law students who decide to enroll in USF's Summer programs.

These programs include the Intensive Advocacy Program (IAP), International Summer Externships, and regular Summer Session and domestic Summer Externships for unit credit at the USF School of Law.

In order to be eligible for Summer financial aid, USF law students are required to complete the following:

  1. Register for a Summer class. A registration email notification will be sent by the Law Registrar’s Office in mid to late March.
  2. Submit a FAFSA application for the current academic year (for example, students needing financial assistance for Summer 2022 are required to complete the 2021-22 FAFSA application and should do so no later than April 1, 2022).
  3. Submit the Summer 2022 Financial Aid Intent to Enroll Online Form (ITE)* to the law school financial aid administrator by April 15 for all USF School of Law Summer programs. Failure to submit the online ITE form by the above deadline may result in a delay in receiving Summer aid. Summer 2022 ITE online forms will be available by March 22, 2022.
  4. Be offered and accept either a Summer Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and/or a Summer Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans for all registered Summer programs at your myUSF student portal. Before accepting any Summer Federal Loans, law students must have already completed a FAFSA and received a Financial Aid Award Notice for the 2021-22 academic year; OR apply for a Summer private loan directly with a private loan lender beginning March 15. All Summer program participants should apply no later than April 15 in order to meet the May 1 Summer tuition deadline. A list of lenders USF Law School has worked with in the past is available in the Loan Programs section.

Law students must be enrolled in a minimum of three (3) units for their Summer program in order to receive federal financial aid. If a law student drops below three units during the course of their respective Summer program, the federal financial aid will be canceled and funds returned to the lender. Any Summer billing charges become the sole responsibility of the student, including housing if the student is participating in a Summer abroad program. The USF Student Accounts Office will send the student an updated Summer bill. If a student decides to enroll in less than three units for the Summer, the only alternative to federal financial aid is a private loan. Contact the Law School Financial Aid Office for more information at The tuition payment deadline for all USF Summer programs is May 1 (including Regular Summer Session and externships as well as International Summer Externships).

Information for Private Loans Only: Once a Summer private loan is approved by the lender, the student must submit a promissory note to the lender. USF will be notified electronically once the promissory note has been received by the lender. The university main office of financial aid administrator will then certify the Summer loan and verify that the loan amount approved is the appropriate amount for that particular Summer program budget.

Master Promissory Note: If you have already submitted a Federal Direct Unsubsidized or Graduate PLUS loan promissory note for the previous or current academic year, there is no need to submit another promissory note as the original notes serve as a master promissory notes for all future Federal Direct Loans at USF.

New Federal Direct loan borrowers must complete a master promissory note online at Federal Student Aid before any Summer Federal Direct loan funds are disbursed to the student. New loan borrowers must also complete an online debt management counseling session at Federal Student Aid.

Upon registration for Summer classes, USF law students are required to submit an online ITE form in order for the law financial aid office to monitor the status of the student’s Summer financial aid application. If a student applies for a Summer private loan, student must notify the law financial aid office so we may be able to monitor the status of your private loan. The private loan will need to be certified in order for that type of aid to apply towards any summer tuition bill. Private loan certification typically begins in early April after registration is confirmed. Once the Summer PLUS loan is awarded and accepted, or a private Summer loan is certified, the funds will appear as 'Authorized Financial Aid' on your USF student account if you are registered for summer units and the aid will be applied towards your summer tuition bill.

Disbursement and Refund: Funds are disbursed (sent electronically) to the USF by lenders. Loan funds are used to pay tuition first. Any excess loan funds are refunded to the law student and can be used for living and other expenses. Summer Loan disbursement dates are noted on the ITE form You may also contact the Law Financial Aid Office for the most up to date disbursement dates for Summer.

Law students who are enrolled in the direct deposit refund process should expect a loan refund two to five business days AFTER the loan disbursement date. Law students who are not utilizing direct deposit should expect a paper check refund ten to fifteen business days after the loan disbursement date. The earliest scheduled Summer loan disbursement dates are typically one week before your Summer program begins.

Students planning on participating in an International Summer Externship program and who plan on applying for summer Federal Direct loan funds will not have access to these loan funds early enough to assist with anticipated travel expenses such as a plane ticket.

Please note the following important information regarding summer financial aid eligibility:

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP): Law students who are on academic probation during the spring semester (based on fall semester grades) are not eligible to receive financial aid for the following summer. You may apply for summer financial aid AFTER all spring grades are posted and you have returned to good academic standing. Law students registered for summer programs who become academically disqualified from law school after the spring semester are no longer eligible to receive financial aid for the summer. Any summer aid is canceled and is returned to the lender. Any summer billing charges become the sole responsibility of the student, including housing if you are participating in a summer abroad program and if the law student chooses to remain in the summer program. The USF Student Accounts Office will send the student an updated summer bill. Law students who graduate in the spring semester prior to summer session are not eligible for summer financial aid. USF Law scholarships and/or grants are NOT applicable towards any summer session programs.

Student Employment

The university participates in the Federal Work Study Program funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education. The university also offers regular non-work study employment funded directly from the department for which students are employed. There is no differential of pay rate, hours, or benefits between work study and non-work study.

All full-time law students must complete a work statement declaration indicating their understanding that they cannot work more than 20 hours per week as directed by the American Bar Association. Declaration forms are available through the law school's registrar office and are sent to all law students beginning their second year.

Federal Work Study is a federally funded need-based program. Federal Work Study funds are not available to first-year law students. Due to limited Federal Work Study funds, continuing law students who wish to be considered for Federal Work Study funds must submit a FAFSA application by March 1 and indicate interest in such funds on the FAFSA application. Law students who submit a FAFSA application after this date will not be considered for any Federal Work Study funds. The maximum amount of work study awarded each academic year is $5,000.

Federal Work Study funds can be used in either on-campus employment or off-campus employment. Off-campus employers must be a public agency or private nonprofit agency approved by the university and must have a work study contract with the university. A list of university approved agencies is available through the law school's Office of Financial Aid or the USF Student Employment Office at Lone Mountain campus, room 202.

Law students can also submit a request to have an off-campus public agency or private nonprofit agency approved for the Federal Work Study program if they are not currently on the university approved list. Please contact the law school's financial aid office or the USF Student Employment Office for more information.

The Federal Work Study funds for on-campus and off-campus employment pay 70 percent of the student salary and the employer pays the remaining 30 percent. However, a FWS award represents a student’s gross earnings limit over the course of the award year in an approved FWS position. The first day of the fall or spring academic term is the first day students in an authorized work-study employment position can expect to be paid using Federal Work Study award.

Federal Work Study is available only for the fall and spring semesters.

IMPORTANT: Continuing law students who are offered this aid and do not "accept" this aid by the first day of fall semester classes will have this aid automatically cancelled by the USF Financial Aid Office.

Summer Federal Work Study funding is determined annually by the university in early April prior to the summer session and is not guaranteed. If Summer Federal Work Study funding is available, employment is available only through university approved off-campus agencies and is typically available beginning July 1. Law students should be aware that Federal Work Study funds will not pay for any summer hours worked prior to July 1 even if it is at an approved agency.

Information on Federal Work Study and employment requirements can be found at the USF Student Employment website.

Loan Programs

For most law students, federal government and private educational loans are the bulk of their financial aid.

  • Federal loan programs are available to all citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are in good academic standing. The awards go to the applicants who show the greatest need. Foreign students are not eligible for federal loan programs.

    William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program

    USF makes available federal loans to its law students through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. All first time William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan borrowers at USF must submit a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and complete an online Debt Management Counseling Session. You only need to submit a MPN and complete the Debt Management Counseling Session once during your attendance at the USF School of Law.

    Graduate aid applicants may be eligible to apply for an Unsubsidized direct loan. Terms and conditions include a current interest rate of 5.28% which begins to accrue at time of disbursement. Payments of this loan is deferred while a student is in school enrolled at least half-time. This loan has a repayment grace period of 6 months that begins after a student graduates, leaves school, or drops below half-time enrollment. Payment of interest may be deferred until repayment begins. Unpaid interest will be added to the principle borrowed and increase the amount on which future interest is calculated when repayment begins.

    The annual loan limit for graduate student borrowers for the Unsubsidized William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program is $20,500. The Department of Education charges the borrower a loan origination fee of 1.057% of the principal amount of the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. If you accept the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and you have not previously signed a Direct Loan master promissory note, you will need to complete an online Master Promissory Note (MPN) at the Direct Loans website Federal Student Aid. Your online MPN will be available beginning early June and only if you have accepted the Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan at USF. Note: Master Promissory notes are only valid for up to 10 years since your first Direct Loan. New loan borrowers must also complete an on-line Debt Management Counseling session at Federal Student Aid. You only need to complete these requirements once while in law school.

    Federal Direct Graduate Plus

    Graduate and professional students will also be able to borrow from the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Program. The loan limit for Federal Direct Graduate PLUS is the borrower's cost of education less any other aid the borrower has accepted for the loan period. To be eligible, a student must be enrolled at least half-time, must apply first and receive the Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan by filing a current FAFSA application.

    The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan features a fixed 5.28% interest rate, fixed monthly payments, a variety of payment plans beginning with a standard 10 year repayment, and the ability to consolidate PLUS with other federal student loans. The Department of Education charges the borrower a loan fee of 4.228% of the principal amount of each Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. The loans offered by Federal Direct Graduate PLUS are eligible for an automatic in-school deferment. This allows a borrower who is enrolled at least half-time to postpone payments until after the borrower graduates or drops below half-time status. PLUS Loans disbursed after July 1, 2008, have an automatic deferral of repayment for an additional 6 months after the borrower ceases to be enrolled at least half-time.

    Approval of a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is based on credit worthiness, and requires a separate promissory note than used for the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, as well as completion of a Graduate PLUS online entrance counseling session. Once approved for a PLUS Loan, new PLUS loan borrowers must complete a separate Master Promissory Note for the PLUS loan and complete an online Debt Management Counseling Session.

    Students should accept this aid online via their myUSF student account no later than July 15 for the upcoming fall and spring semesters. Accepting after this date may cause you to miss the August 1 fall tuition deadline and delay receiving funds for living expenses as well as possible cancelation of your class registration if tuition is not paid in full on August 1 by personal funds and/or anticipated approved financial aid funds.

  • A student with additional or unmet financial need who does not intend to borrow from the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan program may want to consider applying for a private loan. These credit-based loans are funded through private companies and are available to law students who are enrolled on at least a half-time basis. The maximum loan amount cannot exceed the total "cost of education" minus other financial aid offered and accepted. A brief summary on some of the lenders our students have used in the past is provided below, however, we recommend students read their applications in their entirety before choosing/accepting a private loan. Students may select from any private lender and are not limited to the lenders listed below.

    Please note that private loans are not eligible for the any of the federal loan repayment programs nor would they be eligible for USF’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

    When requesting your loan amount, please indicate the amount you need for the entire school year. Your total loan proceeds will be divided into two equal disbursements and will be available to you at the beginning of each semester. If applying only for the fall and spring terms, students should apply for a private loan after June 1 and not earlier. To apply for one of the following loans, contact the lender directly by phone or online. You will usually know if your loan is approved within a few minutes. After completion and approval of a private loan, sign and return the promissory note to the lender. Lenders will then notify the Law School Financial Aid Office of your approved loan and request USF to certify your loan. In order to assure your compliance with tuition deadlines and to have loan funds available to you once school starts in the fall semester, please have your private loan completed with your lender no later than July 15. Applying after this date may cause you to miss the August 1 fall tuition deadline and delay receiving funds for living expenses as well as possible cancelation of your class registration if tuition is not paid in full on August 1 by personal funds and/or anticipated approved financial aid funds.


  • There are several private lenders who offer credit-based Bar Examination loans to help cover living expenses during the bar exam study period immediately after graduation. Depending on the loan program and your total debt, you may apply for up to $15,000. Depending on the lender, graduating law students can apply as early as one year before their graduation date and as late as one year after their graduation date. Once you have been approved for a bar loan and have accepted the loan, USF will be notified electronically of your approved loan. All approved Bar Exam loan applications must be certified by the Law School Financial Aid Administrator before the funds are made available to you. Bar loan funds are mailed directly to the graduating student by the loan vendor. International students may be eligible to apply, depending on the lender. Please contact the private educational loan vendors for applications and for more information, or go to our ELMSelect web page and select Law Student. Or drop by the Law School Financial Aid Office to get the Bar Examination Loan Publication.

    Bar Examination Loans help finance bar exam costs as well as living expenses. Interest and eligibility for these loans vary and are subject to credit approval. In some cases, lenders may require the borrower to have an eligible co-signer.

    In choosing a lender, you should compare interest rates, the benefits offered, repayment options and restrictions. To determine the best deal for you, make certain you understand the terms of each loan product and if they are subject to change. You should also be aware that the application process may impact your credit.

    Federal loans cannot be awarded for bar study because bar study costs are incurred post-enrollment. Private bar examination loans differ from federal loans in several ways:

    • Private loans may not be consolidated with federal loans
    • Private loans are not eligible for federal loan repayment options (such as IBR)
    • Private loans are not eligible for federal loan forgiveness (such as PSLF)
    • Private loan interest rates are generally tied to credit-worthiness
    • Private loans require school certification of enrollment dates
    • These loans are disbursed directly to the borrower (not the school)

    USF does not recommend or promote any of these lenders. The list simply represents lenders who provided the bar examination loan to students attending the University of San Francisco School of Law. It is up to you to decide which lender to use to obtain your bar examination loan. See lender websites for complete, and up-to-date details.

    Private Bar Loan Options*
    BAR LOAN MAXIMUM $16,000 $15,000 $16,000 $15,000
    APPLICATION DEADLINE 6 Months after graduation 12 Months after graduation 6 Months after graduation 6 Months after graduation
    CUMULATIVE DEBT LIMIT** No known debt limit No known debt limit $225,000 No known debt limit
    ORIGINATION FEE No fees No fees No fees No fees

    3.87% -10.87%

    5.49% - 11.99%



    4.44% - 9.52%

    7.39%- 12.94%

    1.96% - 8.96%

    3.49% - 10.49%

    GRACE PERIOD Not Applicable/Deferment available 9 Months 6 Months 6 Months
    REPAYMENT PERIOD Up to 20 years Up to 15 years 5 or 10 years 5, 10, or 15 years

     * This is not an exhaustive list. Additional commercial loan options may be available. Please visit lender websites for the most up-to-date rates and terms.

    ** Co-signers with good credit are highly recommended to help you secure a lower interest rate, and overcome the lender’s cumulative debt limit. Many of these lenders offer ‘Co-Signer Release Programs’ after borrowers make a set number of on-time payments.

Aid for Visiting Students

USF Students Who Are Visiting Another Law School

USF law students who plan on visiting for a semester, a full year, or a summer program at another ABA-accredited law school are eligible to receive financial aid through USF as long as the host school agrees to enter into a consortium agreement with the USF School of Law. Financial aid will consist of federal and private loans for the fall and spring semesters. Only private loans and Graduate PLUS loans are available during the summer unless the USF law student is graduating the following fall semester.

USF students awarded any USF scholarship and/or grant are not allowed to use such funds while attending another ABA-accredited law school as a visiting student during the normal academic year or during the summer.

In order to be eligible for financial aid as a visiting student, USF law students are required to complete the following:

  1. Receive permission from the USF School of Law associate dean of academic affairs granting approval to visit another ABA-accredited law school.
  2. Receive official letter of admission as a visiting student at another ABA-accredited law school.
  3. Submit a FAFSA application for the appropriate academic year (for example, students needing financial assistance for the 2018/2019 academic year, including summer 2019 are required to complete the 2018/2019 FAFSA application and should do so as soon as possible).
  4. Inform the USF Law School financial Aid Office of your intention to visit at another ABA-accredited law school via email ( or hard copy letter. Notification must include a copy of the Dean’s permission letter as well as the admission letter from the host school for the visiting term(s). If visiting during the summer, USF students must submit an Intent to Enroll for Summer (ITE) Form 2019 to the law school financial aid office along with the documents noted above. The financial aid office will forward a USF School of Law consortium agreement to the host school's financial aid office requesting enrollment and cost of attendance information. This form must be returned to the USF financial aid administrator in order for USF to process your financial aid. Law students should inform the law school financial aid administrator of their intention to visit at another ABA-accredited law school as soon they are offered admission to the host school.

Once a consortium agreement is received and processed by the law school financial aid administrator, the law student will be notified in writing. Federal and private loan funds are disbursed directly to USF on behalf of the student once each semester for the appropriate visiting term or in two equal installments, once each semester, if visiting for a full year. The earliest scheduled disbursement date is typically the week before the USF School of Law classes begin. The USF Student Accounts Office will issue a tuition payment check to the host school once the loan funds are received by the University. Any excess loan funds are then refunded to the student.  If the host school does not require a direct payment from USF, the entire financial aid disbursement will be refunded to the USF student.

USF law students are responsible for forwarding official enrollment and tuition payment verification to the law school financial aid administrator in order for a check to be issued to the host school and for any excess loan funds to be refunded to the law student. The USF student must have a completed an Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) authorization form on file with the USF Student Accounts Office to receive funds electronically. Otherwise, a paper check refund will be issued to the law student for any excess loan refunds.

Law students visiting at another ABA-accredited law school are responsible for submitting verification of enrollment at the host school to all of their lenders, federal and private. Failure to do so will result in an early repayment schedule of both federal and private loans.

Visiting Students Attending USF

Law students from other ABA-accredited law schools who plan on visiting USF, including the Summer Abroad programs, Intensive Advocacy Program (IAP), and regular summer session may be eligible for financial aid assistance through their home school if their home school enters into a consortium agreement with the USF School of Law.

Visiting law students should contact their home school's financial aid office and request that a consortium agreement be sent to the USF School of Law financial aid administrator. Once the consortium agreement is received, the law school financial aid administrator will certify the amount of funding needed for the designated USF program. It is the visiting student's home school who will determine exactly what type of aid and how much aid will be available to their respective student. If financial aid is available, it is the visiting student's responsibility to insure that their home school submits the appropriate tuition billing payment to the USF Student Accounts Office by the appropriate deadline.

Visiting students are solely responsible for all tuition billing charges. Late charges may be assessed to those visiting students who do not pay their summer tuition bill by the appropriate due date. In order to meet the appropriate tuition deadline, consortium agreements should be sent to the USF School of Law Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible.