Scholarship Programs

The Law School awards numerous tuition remission scholarships annually to first-year and continuing students. These scholarships are based on both academic merit and financial need. Please note that scholarship funds are limited.

Admissions Merit Scholarship

Whittier Law School awards admissions scholarships based on merit. More than 50% of first-year students receive a scholarship. All applicants are given consideration for these scholarships. Awards are based primarily on academic performance at the undergraduate level and the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score. In addition, consideration will be given to those with extracurricular activities consistent with Whittier Law School’s mission. All first-year scholarship funds are applied to the fall and spring academic terms only.

Dean’s Merit Scholarship

Whittier Law School has a policy of rewarding continuing students who perform at an extraordinary level after their first year of legal study. Thus, the Deans’ Merit scholarship will automatically be awarded after spring grades are finalized and class rankings have been established. The Deans’ Merit scholarship will be awarded as follows:

  • Those students ranked in the top 5% of their class will receive a full tuition scholarship for the next academic year.
  • Those students ranked in the top 10% percentile of their class will receive a three-quarter tuition scholarship for the next academic year.
  • Those students ranked in the top 15% percentile of their class will receive a one-half tuition scholarship for the next academic year.
  • Those students ranked in the top 20% percentile of their class will receive a one-quarter tuition scholarship for the next academic year.

For purposes of class rankings, full-time students are ranked together with all other students who share the same anticipated graduation date. First-year part-time students are ranked alone at the end of the first year. Thereafter, their class rank is determined based upon the class that shares their date of graduation. Students may check their class ranking information online via their account.

If a student receiving a Dean’s Merit Scholarship adjusts the number of his/her units for the current academic year, the Financial Aid Office must be notified so that the award can be adjusted accordingly. Failure to communicate any schedule changes with the Financial Aid Office may result in a loss of funding due to erroneous overpayment.

1L Achievement Externship Program (AEP)

Five students are selected to receive a scholarship for academic credit (4 units) to pay for a their summer externship units after their first year of law school. In order to qualify, students must be a 1L in the top 30% of their class, must agree to follow the law school’s externship guidelines, and must agree to remain a student at Whittier for the remainder of their law school education.

Read more information about the AEP program here

General Need Based Scholarship

A number of scholarships are awarded annually by the Law School to upper-division students based on financial need. To qualify for need-based scholarships, students must (1) file the FAFSA by the deadline set by the Financial Aid Office and (2) submit the Law School’s General Scholarship Application by the deadline set by the Office of the Dean of Student Services. Applications will be made available at the Financial Aid Office. Award amounts, deadlines, and conditions of scholarships are subject to change, but academic performance at the Law School, service to the school, and financial need will all be taken into account.

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

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.

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school. Although each recipient will need to re-apply for the scholarship in his or her second and third year, the expectation is that the scholarship will be renewed each year if satisfactory performance in law school has been achieved, the student is otherwise eligible, and funding is available.

In addition to whether the applicant is a member of a racial and/or ethnic minority that has been underrepresented in the legal profession, the applicant’s financial need; personal, family and educational background; personal statement; and participation in community service activities will be considered in selecting the recipients of the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarships.

Deadline to apply is March 3, 2014 and all applications must be scanned and emailed (faxed or mailed applications will not be accepted).

Alumni Association Scholarship

2014-2015 Alumni Association Scholarship Application available beginning June 1, 2014.

The Alumni Association awards a partial scholarship to students based on academic achievement, service to the school, and financial need.

The Albert and May Lee Alumni Scholarship – For Summer Abroad Program Only

The Albert and May Lee Alumni Scholarship will be used to assist Whittier Law School students who attend the Law School’s Summer Abroad programs. The anticipated amount to be awarded to each chosen recipient is approximately $500. Only Whittier Law School students who have completed at least 2 semesters and are in good academic standing at the time of application are eligible to apply.

Jeanne S. Berger Scholarship Fund

Established by Judge Jeanne S. Berger, ’68, an alumna of Whittier Law School, to assist a limited number of female upper-division students with minor children, the scholarship is based on scholastic achievement and financial need.

Beverly Rubens Gordon Scholarship

Established by friends of former Professor Beverly Rubens Gordon, this scholarship is awarded to one or two part-time, upper-division students based on financial need and academic performance.

David Holtz Memorial Scholarship

Named in memory of David Holtz, a Beverly Law School faculty member, the scholarship is awarded to an upper-division student based on academic performance with an emphasis on first-year Contracts grades.

Cindy Raisch Memorial Scholarship

The late Ms. Raisch was a former Associate Dean and a former legal writing instructor at Whittier Law School. General criteria for this scholarship are academic performance and financial need.

Eugene S. Mills Scholarship

Named in honor of former Whittier College President Eugene S. Mills, this scholarship is awarded to the editor-in-chief of the Whittier Law Review.

W. Roy Newsom Scholarship

Graduates of Whittier College who will be first-year students at the Law School are eligible for the W. Roy Newsom scholarship. This scholarship award is named in honor of the former Whittier College president. Recipients are rewarded for their undergraduate achievement at Whittier College.

Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Award Competition

Essay contest on administrative law. $5,000 cash prize and publication in The Administrative & Regulatory Law News or The Administrative Law Review (at the discretion of the editors). For more information, visit the Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Award Competition page on the American Bar Association website.

The Public Law Section Student Writing Competition

The Public Law Section is seeking entries for its annual Student Writing Competition. In addition to the $2,000 cash prize, the winning entry will be published in the Public Law Journal. For more information

Foley & Lardner Technology Writing Contest

Technology Law writing competition. First place will receive $5,000, second place $1,000 and third place $500. For more information click here:

Justice Pauline Davis Hanson Scholarship

The Hanson Scholarship is an annual award to be presented to a current female law student for the following academic year in the amount of $2,000. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement, school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, financial need, and ties to Fresno and surrounding area (if any).
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Association Of Environmental Professionals Orange County Chapter 2013 Scholarship Program

Winners will be chosen based on their outstanding contributions to the fields of environmental science, policy, research, design, law, and/or other related disciplines. The application form is available for download in MS Word format at

Console and Hollawell Legal Leaders Scholarship

The Console & Hollawell $1,000 Legal Leaders Scholarship is available to students who are pursuing a career in law. The scholarship is open to college students and law students. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in the following areas: pre-law, paralegal studies, or working towards their juris doctorate in any concentration of the law.

For more information and an application, click here.

Federal Bar Association Inland Empire Chapter Scholarship

Scholarship awarded to one outstanding law student with a connection to the Inland Empire. The award will be in the amount of $1,000. The deadline to submit an application is January 6, 2014. For an application, please visit the Office of Financial Aid.

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Donald L. Snow Scholarship

Presented by Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association through the continuing endowment made possible by a generous bequest from LGLA member Donald Snow, LGLA awards scholarships to locally enrolled law students who (1) demonstrate financial need and (2) either are LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transsexual) or have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the promotion of the civil rights of LGBT persons. Applicants must be enrolled and in good academic standing at a law school located in Los Angeles County or Orange County at the time of the award. Please note the February 16, 2014 deadline and submit the document electronically to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The awards will be presented at LGLA’s annual dinner, being held Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship

Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. is pleased to offer the Donald w. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s continuing commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds.

The Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship is open to all students currently enrolled in an American Bar Association accredited law school and pursuing a career in intellectual property law. The applicant must be a member of a historically under represented group (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability) and must have exemplary writing and oral communication skills.

Applications for the 2013 Scholarship are now available for download.

Crosner Legal Scholarship

Student must be a U.S. citizen
Have a 3.0 GPA or higher
Must be currently enrolled in the university

We are very enthused to announce the Crosner Legal Scholarship. This scholarship is to be awarded to a young and brilliant student for the 2014-2015 academic year and consists of a $1,000, payable through the law school for the student’s behalf. The personal injury lawyers of Crosner Legal are committed to finding students who are passionate about their education. We believe that in order to become a great student, individuals should not be concerned about their financial situation. We want to do our part to alleviate some of these concerns.

Crosner Legal is passionate about providing justice and maximum compensation to personal injury victims. We are looking for students who are as passionate.

To apply for the Crosner Legal Scholarship, submit an essay to us no less than 500 words about the importance of education in America starting December 2013. To submit your essay, go to and click on the “Scholarship” tab in the right hand corner. The deadline will be June 1st, 2014. The winner of the award will be notified July 2014 for the start of the 2014 fall semester.

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

The Law School Diversity Scholarship is $2,000.00 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited law school, who is either a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. The second annual award will be awarded in 2014. All information can be found by visiting the Buckfire & Buckfire website.