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University Bar Study Loan Application Is Now Available

Students graduating in May 2015 may borrow a University Bar Study Loan for the amount of $4,200 from Berkeley Law. These loans are to cover bar exam costs and living expenses while preparing for the examination. The Bar Study Loan is not available to students who are blocked or have a university account that is past due.

The application is available for download from the Financial Aid Forms webpage.

INSTRUCTIONS

Please return all completed documents in person to the Berkeley Law Financial Aid Office at 396 Simon Hall no later than April 3, 2015.  The office hours are Monday—Friday from 9:00 AM—4:00 PM. Applications received by mail will not be processed! Please refer to the application for more instructional details.

LOAN REPAYMENT

Repayment of Bar Study Loan begins January 1, 2016 with the first payment due on February 1, 2016.

Payments are due on the first of each month until the loan is repaid in full. The interest rate is 8 % and the interest will be calculated beginning January 1, 2016. The borrower will have 30 months to repay the loan but there is no penalty for early repayment. Bar Study loans are no longer eligible for repayment assistance through Berkeley Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program and cannot be consolidated into the Federal Direct Loan program. ACS will be the servicer for this loan.

Remember: Each applicant is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of all submitted information.

Good luck on the bar exam!

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New Scholarship Available for 1Ls: Arnold & Porter LLP – Diversity Scholarship

ARNOLD & PORTER LLP – DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available for current 1L students who (a) contribute to the diverse background of the law school student body, (b) demonstrate strong academic achievement, and (c) demonstrate an interest in promoting diversity in the legal profession.

  • Deadline: 2015/03/15
  • Awards: $10,000 (variable)
  • Contact: Emilie Lawson, Professional Development Manager
  • Phone:
  • Email:
  • Website: http://arnoldporter.webfactional.com/environment/scholarship.html
  • Address:
  • Last updated: 2015/02/18
  • Keywords: african asian disabled female hispanic latino jewish lgbt lesbian gay bisexual transgender native 1l arnold & porter diversity

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Applying for Financial Aid and Need-based Grants

The following is a reminder about the application process for financial aid for the 2015-2016 academic year. We are writing to ask that you submit your FAFSA application early during the month of February. Please do not wait until an admission decision is made to submit your FAFSA to Berkeley.

APPLYING FOR ANY FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online with Berkeley Law’s school code 001312. Submit your application by the priority deadline of March 2, 2015 in order to be considered for a need-based grant or scholarships.

Entering First Year Students and Applicants: Students admitted after the priority deadline are encouraged to wait until they have their Student ID Number to submit the Supplemental Application.

Limited resources are available for international students. Click here for more information.

APPLYING FOR NEED-BASED GRANTS

Students applying for need-based grants, in addition to submitting the FAFSA, must also submit the following:

Tips on completing your application process:

  • Submit complete student information with spouse information, if married, and be sure to include accurate and complete financial information on both the FAFSA and Supplemental Application. Some students choose to file their federal and state income tax returns early in order to have their information ready by the March 2 deadline.
  • Submit complete parent information on both the FAFSA and Supplemental Application unless you will turn 30 years old by December 31, 2015or have worked with us to establish independence as an exception. Again, be sure that the financial information you provide is both complete and accurate. Visit our Need-Based Grants page for details.
  • International students applying for need-based grants should complete a FAFSA utilizing the SSN/SIN created by LSAC when asked for a social security number in the online application. This system generated number can be found once logged into LSAC. Although the completed FAFSA will be rejected by the US Department of Education for the purposes of federal student aid, the needed information will load into our financial aid system, completing the FAFSA requirement for need-based grant consideration. The Supplemental Application for Need-Based Grants is also required for consideration.


APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

Entering First Year Students: Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis typically beginning in April. Separate scholarship notifications are sent by the Admissions Office when awards are made. Everyone is considered for general scholarships but information on applying for specific scholarships will be made available upon admission.

Continuing Students: We announce Berkeley Law scholarships for continuing students at least once a year. Check our website and follow our blog for details.


TIMELINE

If all of your required information is received by March 2, we will attempt to have a preliminary financial aid offer available to you by early April. Financial aid offers cannot be made available before April.

Entering First Year Students and Applicants: For students admitted after March 2 or who complete applications after March 2, financial aid offers will be provided weekly after initial awards are sent.


IF YOU MISS THE MARCH 2 DEADLINE

Applications received after the March 2 priority deadline will be considered for gift aid (grants and scholarships) on a first-come first-served basis if funds remain available.


INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS

It is the student’s responsibility to meet all financial aid requirements and deadlines. Incomplete applications may result in processing delays. We encourage you to use the Entering Student Checklist or Continuing Student Checklist to keep track of what you submitted.

If you have any questions, please contact us at financial-aid@law.berkeley.edu.

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New Scholarship Available: San Mateo County Women Lawyers’ Section Education Foundation Scholarship

SAN MATEO COUNTY WOMEN LAWYERS’ SECTION EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available for all law school students, both male and female.

Applicant must demonstrate financial need, academic excellence, residential or other ties to San Mateo County, and involvement in activities (legal, scholastic, public, private or community).

  • Deadline: 2015/04/01
  • Awards:
  • Contact: Mara Feiger
  • Phone: (650) 679-8484
  • Email: mwfeiger@yahoo.com
  • Website: http://www.smcwlef.org/
  • Address: San Mateo County Women Lawyers’ Section Education Foundation (SMCWLSEF), P) Box 341, San Carlos, CA 94070
  • Last updated: 2015/02/10
  • Keywords: ca california 1l 2l 3l graduate san mateo

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New Fellowship Available: Ms. JD Fellowship

MS. JD FELLOWSHIP

This fellowship is available for 2L students who demonstrate leadership abilities and commitment to promoting women in law. Recipients will receive financial support as well as invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events.

Each recipient is also paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners.

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New Scholarship Available: Michael F. O’Donnell Memorial Scholarship

MICHAEL F. O’DONNELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available to students currently enrolled in law school or pursing a law-related career for fiscal year of 2015 -2016.

Successful applicant must have a permanent address in Sonoma County or have attended a Sonoma County high school.

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New Scholarship Available: APIQWTC Scholarship

ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER QUEER WOMEN AND TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY (APIQWTC) SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available for Asian/Pacific Islander lesbian, bisexual, or queer women or transgender individuals pursuing higher education.

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New Scholarship Available: Farella Braun + Martel LLP Diversity Scholarship

FARELLA BRAUN + MARTEL LLP DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

As part of Farella Braun + Martel LLP’s continued commitment to diversity in the legal profession, the firm has awarded Diversity Scholarships for the past 14 years to support outstanding, diverse Bay Area law students. Applicants must be current first-year, full or part-time (attending first-year classes) law students who are students of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, disabled, or whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of the legal profession.

All completed applications must be received by March 6, 2015. Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 6, 2015 and will receive their scholarship checks shortly thereafter.

Additional information on diversity at Farella Braun + Martel may be found in our Diversity Statement and the 2014 Scholarship Press Release. For more information, please contact Diversity Scholarship Program Coordinator Priscilla Zaccalini at pzaccalini@fbm.com.

  • Deadline: 2015/03/06
  • Awards: $30,000 (three)
  • Contact: Priscilla Zaccalini, Diversity Scholarship Program Coordinator
  • Phone: (415) 954-4400
  • Email: pzaccalini@fbm.com
  • Website: http://www.fbm.com/Diversity_Scholarship_Program/
  • Address: Farella Braun + Martel LLP, Russ Building, 235 Montgomery Street, 18th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104
  • Last updated: 2015/01/27
  • Keywords: african asian disabled hispanic latino jewish lgbt lesbian gay bisexual transgender native 1l farella braun + martel diversity

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New Scholarship Available: La Raza Lawyers Assoc. Central Valley Chapter – Hon. Mario G. Olmos Scholarship

LA RAZA LAWYERS ASSOCIATION CENTRAL VALLEY CHAPTER – HON. MARIO G. OLMOS SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available for current first, second and third year law school students.

Successful applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, leadership ability, involvement in the Latino community, financial need, and ties to California’s Central Valley.

  • Deadline: 2015/02/20
  • Awards: $1,000 to $3,000 (varies)
  • Contact: Juan Ramirez
  • Phone: (559) 679-9507
  • Email: Juan-f-r@comcast.net
  • Website: http://www.larazalaw.com/events/banquet.html
  • Address:
  • Last updated: 2015/01/21
  • Keywords: ca california hispanic latino 1l 2l 3l graduate la raza fresno central valley mario g. olmos

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New Scholarship Available: Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara – George A. Cavalletto Law Scholarship Fund

SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION OF SANTA BARBARA – GEORGE A. CAVALLETTO LAW SCHOLARSHIP FUND

This scholarship is available for law school students who have graduated from a high school in Santa Barbara, California.

  • Deadline: 2015/01/31
  • Awards: $15,000 to $20,000 (ten)
  • Contact:
  • Phone: (805) 687-3620
  • Email: info@sbscholarship.org
  • Website: http://www.sbscholarship.org/
  • Address: Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, PO Box 3620, Santa Barbara, CA 93130
  • Last updated: 2015/01/13
  • Keywords: ca california entering 1l 2l 3l graduate santa barbara cavalletto

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