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STEINGER, ISCOE & GREENE – LAW SCHOLARSHIP FOR CHILD ADVOCATES

This scholarship is available for law student who is passionate about protecting children’s rights.

  • Deadline: 2015/07/31
  • Awards: $1,000 (one)
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  • Address: http://www.injurylawyers.com/child-advocate-scholarship/
  • Last updated: 2015/06/25
  • Keywords: entering 1l 2l steinger iscoe greene child advocacy

 

 

STEINGER, ISCOE & GREENE – LATIN HERITAGE LAW STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available for a law student of Hispanic descent.

 

 

KATZ & PHILLIPS, PA – BEATING HEART DISEASE SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available for a student who have either personall faced heart disease or have seen loved ones deal with the illness.

 

 

KATZ & PHILLIPS, PA – ASHLEY ROSE HONORARY DIABETES LAW STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

This scholarship is available for law student with type 1 diabetes.

 

 

KATZ & PHILLIPS, PA – SINGLE-PARENT SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available for a single parent law student.

 

 

THE TIX TEAM LAW SCHOLARSHIP FOR VETERANS

This scholarship is available for a law student who is active military or retired from military service.

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New Scholarship Available: Insler & Hermann, LLP – Disabled Law Student Scholarship

INSLER & HERMANN, LLP – DISABLED LAW STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available for a disabled law student.

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New Scholarship Available: Luvera Law Firm Scholarship

LUVERA LAW FIRM – ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available for an entering or continuing law student with a demonstrated interest in the civil justice system and personal injury law.

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New Outside Scholarships Available

LOEWY LAW FIRM – PASSION FOR CIVIL RIGHTS SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available for an entering or continuing law student with a demonstrated interest in civil rights, social justice, and equality.

 

FRESNO COUNTY YOUNG LAWYERS ASSOCIATION – GEORGE HOPPER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available for a second or third year law student.

Successful applicant must demonstrate a connection to the San Joaquin Valley as well as a desire to practice law in Fresno, Madera, Merced, Kings or Tulare counties.

In addition, applicant must be able to attend the annual Fresno County Young Lawyer Hopper Luncheon on September 25, 2015 in Fresno, California.

 

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION – JOHN LEWIS KING MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is awarded to a second or third year law student with a demonstrated connection to San Bernardino County.

 

LAW OFFICES OF KENNETH P. CARP – KENNETH P. CARP COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY CONTEST

This scholarship is available for a entering or continuing college/university student. See website for more details.

  • Deadline: 2015/12/15
  • Awards: $1,000 (one)
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  • Website: http://www.kcarplaw.com/scholarship/
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  • Last updated: 2015/06/04
  • Keywords: entering 1l 2l kenneth carp

 

LAW OFFICE OF JULIE JOHNSON – JULIE JOHNSON LAW SCHOLARSHIP VIDEO ESSAY CONTEST

This scholarship is available for a female law student entering or continuing law school in fall of 2015. See website for more details.

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New Scholarship Available: Latina Lawyers Bar Association Scholarship

LATINA LAWYERS BAR ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is awarded to currently enrolled California law school students or current applicants for the California State Bar with a preference for Latina law students/applicants.

Successful applicants must also demonstrate commitment to community service, the Latina community, potential for success, and financial need.

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Application for Continuing Student Scholarships Is Now Available

The online application for Berkeley Law Scholarships for Continuing Students for the 2015-2016 academic year is now available on our Forms page.  We encourage you to apply for scholarships that match your academic and career interests. This year we are offering over $150,000 in scholarships with individual awards of up to $19,000.  Click here to submit your application.

Eligibility Requirements

You must be a currently enrolled Berkeley Law JD student becoming a 2L or 3L in the 2015-2016 academic year. Transfer applicants for the 2015-2016 academic year are ineligible for consideration.

Please submit only once and be sure to include all required documents.  The deadline to submit your application and supporting documents is May 20, 2015 at 5:00 PM PST.

Good luck!

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New Scholarships Available: Filipino Bar Assoc of Northern CA Foundation Legal Scholarships

FILIPINO BAR ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FOUNDATION LEGAL SCHOLARSHIPS

This scholarship is available for enrolling or enrolled law school students who demonstrate strong academic achievement and interest in serving the Filipino-American community.

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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
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  • Website: http://arnoldporter.webfactional.com/environment/scholarship.html
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  • 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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