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

In 2014, 67% of entering students received scholarship funds, totalling $2.7 million dollars given to incoming students. 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

2015-2016 Alumni Association Scholarship due Wednesday April 1, 2015.

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 Scholarship Program Deadline: June 30, 2014

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.

1-800-LAW-FIRM Scholarship

1-800-LAW-FIRM is launching a writing contest on July 1, 2014 challenging law school students to demonstrate with an essay of at least 1,000 words how they would improve the legal system. The grand prize is a $10,000 law school scholarship. Entries will be accepted from Tuesday, July 1, through Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. The minimum GPA to apply is 3.0.

For more information and application, click here:

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The Annual DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC Academic Scholarship

Once a year, the legal team at DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC awards a $1000 scholarship to students pursuing higher education. The scholarship is offered to students in a wide range of fields. Whether you are entering college, graduate school or another academic program, submit your essay to be considered for our annual scholarship.

The deadline for applications is January 1, 2016.

Additional information, essay topic and application instructions available at the DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC website.

Serbian Bar Association of America (SBAA) Scholarship

The SBAA awards scholarships to law students every year at its scholarship gala. All persons of Serbian birth or ancestry and/or their spouses who are enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States are eligible to receive a scholarship from the SBAA. The SBAA typically awards two (2) $2,000 scholarships, two (2) $1,000 scholarships, and one (1) $500 scholarship.

The SBAA is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-16 school year, and the deadline is March 18, 2016. Application instructions are available at the SBAA website.

Heintz & Becker $1000 Scholarship

Heintz & Becker will be awarding a $1,000 general scholarship to any degree-seeking student enrolled in an academic program at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

All applicants must currently hold or anticipate a high school diploma or GED and have a 3.0 or higher GPA. Additional information available at the Heintz & Becker website.

The Morici, Figlioli & Associates Scholarship

Morici, Figlioli & Associates Scholarship is offering a scholarship worth $500. Applicants must submit an essay of between 400 and 600 words, describing what they would like to do to change the world for the better. The due date for this scholarship is June 30, 2016. Additional information at the Morici, Figlioli & Associates website.

Albertson & Davidson, LLP $2,500 College Scholarship

Albertson & Davidson, LLP is offering this scholarship to individuals who are currently attending or planning on attending college or graduate school in the near future. The new deadline for entries is August 24, 2016. Additional information and application information available at the Albertson & Davidson, LLP website.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers’ Single Mothers’ Scholarship

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is committed to helping lift the financial burden of single mothers and each year we award a $1,000 scholarship to a single mother enrolled in a law school program. Applicants are to submit an essay describing the difficulties they have encountered and how they have risen above to achieve academic success. The
scholarship deadline for 2015 is December 5th and winners will be announced no later than January 15, 2016. Additional information and application instructions available at the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers website.

Gagne, Scherer & Associates, LLC $1,200 College Scholarship

The military trial lawyers of Gagne, Scherer & Associates, LLC believe that a quality education is one of the most valuable assets for young students today. For this reason, we are pleased to announce that our firm is offering a $1,200.00 college scholarship to the winner of an essay competition. All students who plan on pursuing a course of study at a college or university for the school year of 2016 are encouraged to apply for this exciting opportunity. Additional information at application instructions at the Gagne, Scherer & Associates, LLC website.

The Zeiger Firm $1,000 Bi-Annual College Scholarship Essay Contest

This scholarship is open to individuals who are currently attending or planning on attending college or graduate school in the near future. The deadline is February 15, 2016. Additional details and application instructions available at the Zeiger Firm website.

Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C. Innovation Scholarship Essay Contest

This contest is open to high school juniors and seniors and students currently enrolled in 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities in the United States, and offers three awards: $2000, $1000 and $500. Deadline and application information at the Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C. website.

Levin Law Firm to Bi-Yearly $1000 Scholarships

The Levin Law Firm is offering a bi-yearly (February & July) $1,000 scholarship to individuals who are currently attending or planning on attending college or graduate school in the near future. In order to apply, applicants must submit a 500+ word essay. Essay topic and other application information is available at the Levin Law Firm website.

The Annual Kenneth P. Carp $1,000 College Scholarship

The Law Offices of Kenneth P. Carp is pleased to offer an existing or incoming college student a $1,000 scholarship to meet their educational costs. The winner of the scholarship will be determined through an essay contest, the details of which are detailed at the firm’s website.

The John Foy & Associates Strong Arm Leukemia Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one college student who has battled leukemia or whose life has been affected by it.

Deadline to apply: December 15, 2015

Additional information and entry instructions here

The Warren E. Burger Prize

The Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that “promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession,” the core mission of the American Inns of Court.

The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in the competition. Please submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism.

The author of the winning essay will receive $5,000.00 cash.

Additional information and entry instructions here Scholarship

The medical malpractice lawyers of Law Doctors – Barry D. Lang, M.D. & Associates will be awarding a scholarship of $500 to a 2014-2015 high school graduate who plans to further their education with college. The goal of this scholarship is to help one incoming college student with the financial burden that higher education presents. The $500 scholarship amount can help with books, school supplies and other things that will help the scholarship winner start out college a step ahead.

Additional information and application instructions available at the website.

Luvera Law Firm Scholarship

To support the pursuit of justice, equality, and fairness in the legal process, Luvera Law Firm has created the annual Luvera Law Firm Scholarship; it will assist a student who shares these ideals as she or he begins law school. $2,000 will be awarded to a student who shares these ideals. Deadline to apply is the last day of July before each fall semester.

Additional information and application instructions available at the Luvera Law Firm website.

Meinhart Smith & Manning PLLC Scholarship

The $1,000 scholarship will partially defray expenses for a student who has been accepted into an accredited four year university or law school in Kentucky or anywhere in the United States for enrollment in the fall of 2015. Deadline to apply: August 1, 2015. Additional information and application instructions available at the Meinhart Smith & Manning PLLC website.

Appel Law Firm Auto Accident Survivor Scholarship

The deadline for this $1,000.00 annual scholarship is August 1st of each fall semester. Additional information and application at the Appel Law Firm website.

Tad Nelson Law Firm Scholarship

The Tad Nelson Law Firm is offering a $500 scholarship to aspiring lawyers. This scholarship is judged primarily on need basis, but does not exclude achievement standards. The application must be submitted, in full, by May 31, 2015. Applications for scholarship can be submitted by any high school senior or high school graduate from the state of Texas.

Application and additional information here.

Biren|Katzman Law Scholarship

Open to all applicants who can provide proof of current enrollment in or acceptance to an accredited California law school. Essay submissions must be received no later than midnight, Pacific Time, June 1, 2015.

Essay topic and additional information available at Biren|Katzman website.

The Wallin & Klarich Scholarship

This scholarship is available to all college seniors in California who will be attending an accredited California law school in the fall of 2015 and are interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice. To apply for this scholarship, the student must write a single 700-1000 word essay regarding why they want to be a criminal justice attorney, what challenge(s) they have faced in order to get where to where they are today, and how those challenges have shaped who they are, and how they will apply the lessons learned towards a career in criminal justice. The applicant who is selected to receive the scholarship will be announced no later than June 30, 2015, and a $3,000 check will be issued to his or her prospective law school which must be applied toward law school tuition, books and/or other course required materials. The last day to apply for the Wallin & Klarich Scholarship is April 30, 2015.

More information on the Wallin & Klarich Scholarship can be found at

Ladah Law Firm Injury Scholarship

The “Ladah Law Firm Injury Scholarship” is a $2,000 scholarship open to applicants nationwide who are currently attending law school. The deadline is the end of May (05/31/2015), and the application can be found here:

Graduate Programs Foundation Graduate Scholarship

Graduate Programs will award $1,000 scholarships to current graduate students and $1,000 toward student loan payments for recent grads within the last five years. To apply, Rate and Review your graduate school program on our website and enter our quarterly scholarship drawing. Award: $1,000/quarterly

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Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Law School Scholarship Essay Contest

This scholarship is open to all students 18 years of age or older at an American Bar Association approved institution.

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.

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship Application

DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program, open to rising (2015–16) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students. All rising second- and third year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other rising 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. Applications and all other requested materials must be received by March 30, 2015. Scholarship winners will be notified in advance and officially announced at the DRI Diversity for Success Seminar scheduled for June 11–12, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

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National Association of Women Lawyers 2015 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

The National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”) is a national organization devoted to promoting the interests and progress of women lawyers and women’s legal rights. Since 1899, NAWL has served as an educational forum and active voice for the concerns of women lawyers in this country and abroad. Through its programs and networks, NAWL provides the tools for women in the profession to advance, prosper, and enrich the profession.

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The California Bar Foundation’s Diversity in the Public Interest – Bar Exam Scholarship

The California Bar Foundation is pleased to introduce the Diversity in the Public Interest – Bar Exam Scholarship. Given that working in public interest is not as lucrative as the private sector, it can be even more challenging for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue and sustain public interest careers. Through the Diversity in the Public Interest Scholarship, the Foundation awards BarBri Bar exam review courses (valued at more than $4,000) and cash awards to recent and soon-to-be diverse graduates of California law schools.

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