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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 in no event will the total scholarship awards from all Whittier Law School sources exceed the total tuition for the year.

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 my.whittier.edu 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.

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.

General Need Based Scholarship Application

Alumni Association Scholarship

The Alumni Association awards a partial scholarship to students based on academic achievement, service to the school, and financial need. Available March 1st, 2017

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The Albert and May Lee Alumni Scholarship – Currently Inactive

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

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AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund’s 2017 Mike Edison Scholarship

Website

May 1, 2017

Abels & Annes Law Firm Essay Scholarship

Website

December 15, 2017

Abels & Annes Law Firm Video Scholarship Contest

Website

August 15, 2017

Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Scholarship

Website

July 31, 2017

Absolute Reviews Scholarship Program

Website

September 30, 2017

ACC So-Cal Diversity Scholarship for Bar Prep Course

Website

March 7, 2017

Adam Greenman Scholarship for Future Lawyers

Website

June 1, 2017

2017 Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships

Website

April 3,2017

After Car Accidents-Personal Injury Law Scholarship

Website

July 15, 2017

AICPA John L. Carey Scholarship

Website

April 1, 2017

AIPLEF Jan Jancin Competition

Must be nominated by the /Daen of the law school

May 27, 2017

Ambassadors for Justice Scholarship

Website

December 15, 2016

American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship

Website

March 2, 2017

American Indian Graduate Center 

Website

June 1, 2017

American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

Website

July 1, 2017

Animal Legal Defense Fund Advancement of Animal Law Scholarship

Website

April 3, 2017

Appelman Law Firm Criminal Defense Law Scholarship

Website

May 1, 2017

Armenian Bar Association 

Website

May 1, 2016

Armenian General Benevolent Union 

Website

April 30, 2017

Association of American Indian Affairs Scholarship

Website

March 1, 2017

Auto Accident Law Firm Survivor Scholarship 

Website

August 1, 2017

Banner and Witcoff

Website

September 12, 2016 & January 6, 2017

Barbri/ABA Scholarship

Website

April 15, 2017

Benson & Bingham Scholarship

Website

August 31, 2017

Law Offices of Alex Berman, PC

Website

June 1, 2017

Be Skin Host’s Leaders

Website

April 10-Nov. 25, 2017

Best Way to Learn German Online – Annual language Awareness Scholarship Program

Website

May 1, 2017

Bey & Associates, LLC

Website

August 1, 2017

Birthlaw.com Waechter Medical-Legal Scholarship

Website

January – September, 2017

Black Woman Lawyers Foundation 

Website

April 15, 2016

Blinkbest Internet Marketing Scholarship

Website

August 15, 2017

Bobogado Public Defender Scholarship

Website

January 15, 2017

Boling Rice LLC Scholarship

Website

August 31, 2017

Bond and Botes Financial Hardship Scholarships 2016

Website

July 1, 2017

Boonswang Law Firm

Website

July 31, 2017

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

Website

April 1, 2017

California Bar Association 3L Diversity Scholarships

Website

February 14, 2017

CAPED Student Scholarships

Website

August 31, 2016

Law Office of Amy Chapman

Website

August 4, 2017

Chhabra Law Firm Patent Bar Preparation Scholarship

Website

July 28, 2017

Child Car Seat Research Scholarship

Website

December 5, 2017

Clark Law Office Scholarship

Website

July 15, 2017

Clay Burgess Scholarship

Website

August 15, 2016

Clements Law Bi-Annual Scholarship

Website

October 28, 2016

College Ave

Website

August 31, 2017

Console & Hollawell Legal Scholarship 


June 15, 2016

Constangy, Brooks & Smith Diversity Scholars Awards Application

Website

October 31, 2016

Contra Costa County Bar Association Women’s Section Scholarship

Website

September 15, 2017

CrossTrainingHub.com

Website

June 30 & Nov. 30, 2017

Cuban American Bar Association

Website

October 1, 2017

Custody X Change Scholarship

Website

August 31, 2017

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

Website

April 1, 2017

Devon Hoem Security Annual Scholarship

Website

August 15, 2017

Dickson Law Group

Website

May 15, 2017

Dolan Law Firm Justice Empowerment Scholarship

Website

January 20, 2017

d’Oliveira & Associates College Scholarship

Website

July 28, 2017

Dolman Law Group scholarship

Website

September 29, 2017

Donald L. Snow Scholarship

Website

October 14, 2016

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students

Website

September 12, 2016 -January 6, 2017

Dorothy L. Weller P.E.O. Scholarship

Website

February 1, 2017

DRI 2016 Law Student Diversity Scholarship

Website

March 31, 2017

Dwyer Mediation & Law

Website

June 1, 2017

Dwyer Williams Potter Attorneys, LLP Scholarship

Website

July 1, 2017

Earl Warren Legal Training Program/Scholarship

Website

May 1, 2016

Enjuris Scholarship Essay Contest

Website

August 20, 2017

Farar Law Group Legal Scholarship

Website

February 5, 2017

Federal Employees Education Assistance Fund Scholarship

Website

March 27, 2017

FineAwards.com

Website

June 30 & Dec. 31 of each year

Finlandia Foundation Trust

Website

February 1, 2017

Fisher and Talwar Legal Inspiration Scholarship

Website

November 15, 2017

Fitch Law Partners Scholarship

Website

March 1, 2017

Fleming Law Scholarship

Website

July 1, 2017

Fountain Law Firm Scholarship

Website

September 20, 2017

Frank M. & Gertrud Doyle Foundation

Website

December 1, 2016 – March 1, 2017

Frederick L. Sosinsky Annual Scholarship

Website

June 15, 2017

Future Leaders of Law Scholarship

Website

July 30, 2017

Future Leaders Scholarship

Website

July 15, 2016

GardenerCorner $1000 Scholarship

Website

November 30, 2017

Gearupz Scholarship

Website

September 19, 2017

George A. Cavalletto Law Scholarship Fund

Website

October 1, 2016- January 15, 2017

George V. Powell Diversity Scholarship

Website

Sept. 1, 2017

$2,000 Get a Boost Scholarship

Website

April 30, 2017

GoStartABlog

Website

March 1, 2018

H&M Law Firm DUI Lawyers Scholarship

Website

August 15, 2017

Hartman Law Firm

Website

Oct. 15, 2017

Stephen Hasner, Attorney

Website

Oct. 15, 2017

Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County Wallace (Wally) R. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund

Website

November 18, 2016

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Website

March 30, 2017

Horwitz, Horwitz, & Associates Law School Scholarship

Website

January 31, 2017

Hunting Mark Scholarship

Website

August 22, 2017

Innovative Finance Scholarship

Website

June 30, 2017

Iranian American Bar Association Scholarship

Website

March 31, 2016

JPGTOPDF College Scholarship

Website

June 30, 2017

Jacoby & Meyers Law Firm

Website

Dec. 31, 2017

Jan Jancin Award- American IP Law Education Foundation

Website

May 27, 2017

Japanese American Bar Scholarship

Website

January 20, 2017

Job Descriptions Hub

Website

August 31, 2017

John Foy & Associates Strong Arm Leukemia Scholarship

Website

Dec. 15, 2017

John Lewis King Memorial Scholarship

See Financial Aid for an application

July 13, 2017

Joseph LoRusso, Attorney

Website

June 15, 2017

Juego Studio’s Student Excellence Scholarship

Website

June 30, 2017

Justice Hollis G. Best Scholarship

Please contact Financial Aid Office for Application 

December 31, 2016

Justice Pauline Hanson Scholarship

Please contact Financial Aid Office for Application 

May 1, 2017

Juvenile Justice Law School Scholarship-Tiftickjian Law Firm

Website

July 31, 2017

Kaire & Heffernan, LLC Community Scholarship

Website

July 17, 2017

Kamehameha Schools Scholarship Program – Merit Based Scholarship 

Website

February 17, 2017

Kenneth P. Carp Scholarship

Website

December 31, 2016

Kern County Bar Association-Arthur E. Wallace Scholarship

Please contact Financial Aid Office for Application 

January 15, 2017

Kinecta Scholarships

Website

March 5, 2017

Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarships

Website

January 16, 2017

Kristina Flores Overcoming All Odds Scholarship

Website

April 1, 2017

LA Tutors 123 Innovation in Education Scholarship

Website

20th of each month; check website

Latina Lawyers Bar Association Scholarship

Website

April 1, 2017

Laubacher & Co. Domestic Violence Law Firm Scholarship

Website

July 31, 2017

Law Office of Joseph J. LoRusso 

Website

June 15, 2017

Law Offices of Matthew J. Quinlan

Website

September 15, 2016; March 15, 2017

Law Offices of Randy Collins

Website

December 10, 2017

Law Offices of Todd Friedman

Website

July 1, 2017

Lawson Law Scholarship

Website

May 31, 2017

Legit Review Machine Scholarship

Website

June 13, 2017

Levin Firm Scholarship

Website

August 15, 2017

Login Tips Scholarship

Website

March 22, 2017

Los Angeles Criminal Lawyer Scholarship

Website

February 20, 2017

Los Angeles DUI Attorney Diabetes Scholarship

Website

June 15, 2017

Luigi Wewege Foundation

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Dec. 1, 2017

Mahany and Ertl Scholarship

Website

December 15, 2016

Maho Prentice Scholarship

Website

June 1, 2017

Malki Museum Scholarship

Website

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Mario G. Olmos Scholarship Fund

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February 17, 2017

Mark T. Banner Scholarship

Website

November 23, 2016

Maxflow Crazy Games Scholarship

Website

December 31, 2017

Mazie, Slater, Katz & Freeman Legal Studies Scholarship

Website

June 30, 2017

McCormack & Elrich Employment Law Firm Scholarship

Website

August 31, 2017

McEwen Law Firm – US Drug Lawsuit

Website

November 1, 2017

Meinhart Smith & Manning PLLC Scholarship

Website

August 1, 2016

Meldon Law College Scholarship Essay Contest

Website

January 20, 2018

Men’s Health & Fitness

Website

June 1, 2018

Merry Fountain, Attonry at Law Scholarship

Website

September 20, 2017

Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund 

Website

January 17, 2017

Michael A. Hunter Memorial Scholarship

Website

March 15, 2017

Michigan Injury Lawyers Scholarship

Website

April 20, 2017

Molly Bortman Future Leaders through Education Scholarship

Website

July 1, 2017

Moses and Rooth Legal Scholarship 

Website

June 1, 2018

Nadrich & Cohen, LLP Civil Justice Scholarship

Website

June 1, 2017

National Association of Women Lawyers, Selma Moidel Smith Writing Competition

Website

May 1, 2017

National Business Law Scholarship

Website

August 7, 2017

National Federation of the Blind, 2017 Scholarship

Website

March 31, 2017

National Italian American Foundation

Website

March 1, 2017

Neal Davis Law Scholarship Essay Contest

Website

August 25, 2017

Nurture for Nature Scholarship

Website

June 30, 2017

NYC Criminal Attorneys

Website

February 20, 2017

O’Connor, Runckel & O’Malley Law Scholarship

Website

July 15, 2017

Orange County Women’s Bar Association Diversity Bar Exam Stipend

Website

April 20, 2017 – July Bar

November 30, 2017 – February Bar

Orr Law Firm

Website

August 15, 2017

Page Law’s Scholarship

Website

June 30, 2017

Patrick Malone and Associates “Representing Real People” Scholarship

Website

July 1, 2017

Pauahi Foundation Scholarship

Website

December 16, 2016

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Website

November 1, 2016

Pearce Law Firm Empowering Women in Law Scholarship

Website

May 31, 2017

Peck Law Firm Scholarship

Website

May 31, 2017

Peer Finance 101 Personal Finance Scholarship

Website

August 1, 2017

Pew Law Center Scholarship

Website

December 31, 2017

Pinkham and Associates Law Scholarship

Website

March 15-October 30 2017

Pipeline to Practice Foundaton Scholarship

Website

May 1, 2017

Problems.com Scholarship

Website

Dec. 30, 2017

Productivity Spot Education Scholarship

Website

Otober 31, 2017

Proner & Proner Scholarship Fund

Website

June 30, 2017

QA Symphony

Website

Nov. 1, 2017

Raier & Kenniff Law School Scholarship

Website

January 20, 2017

Raise Me Up Scholarship

Website

August 1, 2017

Reiff and Bily Legal Scholarship

Website

July 1, 2017

Reilly Roofing Scholarship

Website

May 14, 2017

Reiter and Walsh P.C. Annual Birth Injury Scholarship

Website

July 31, 2017

Renegade Works

Website

July 31 (annually)

Renkin & Associates Law Office Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Law School Scholarship

Website

July 31, 2017

Review Experto Scholarship

Website

September 15, 2017

Review.org

Website

Dec. 1, 2017

Robert Helfend Law School Scholarship

Website

July 31, 2017

Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties

Website

April 30, 2017

Robert Reeves Law Group Scholarship

Website

December 5, 2017

Rocco Basile Giving Scholarship

Website

March 1, 2018

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Single Mothers’ Scholarship Program

Website

December 5, 2017

Roy A. Gustafson Scholarship – Ventura County


January 29, 2017

Rybak Firm, PLLC

Website

March 15, 2018

Sally & Fitch LLP Scholarships

Website

March 1, 2017

Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation

Website

January 4, 2017

Sattiraju Law Firm Scholarship

Website

December 30, 2016

Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara

Website

January 31, 2017

SeniorCare.com Scholarship

Website

May 15, 2017

Serbian Bar Association of America

Website

March 12, 2017

Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award

Website

July 15, 2017

Skinner Law Firm

Website

Oct. 15, 2017

Slepkow Slepkow & Associates Scholarship Essay Contest

Website

June 30, 2017

Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association

Website

March 18, 2016

Spodek Law Group Scholarship

Website

August 25, 2017

Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law & Policy Scholarship

Website

February 1, 2017

Steven M. Sweat Annual College Scholarship

Website

December 1, 2016

Stevens & Mc Millian Scholarship

Website

Nov. 15, 2017

Stewart J. Guss College Student Scholarship

Website

March 15, 2018

Stock Market Basics Scholarship

Website

August 1, 2017

Student Loan Hero

Website

August 15, 2017

TELACU Education Foundation – The East Los Angeles Community Union

Website

February 4, 2017

The Peck Law Firm Scholarship

Website

May 31, 2017

Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship – Rhode Island Bar Foundation

Website

March 31, 2017

Thomas L. Dickson Scholarship 

Website

May 15, 2017

Thomas Law Offices Scholarship

Website

August 1, 2017

Timothy Ryan & Associates Law Scholarship

Website

December 30, 2017

Top Products.Com Scholarship

Website

August 1, 2017

John Tumelty, Attorney

Website

April 30, 2017

UpCounsel

Website

Dec. 15, 2017

Urban & Taylor, S.C.

Website

August 1, 2017

Ventura County Community Foundation Scholarship

Website

January 29, 2017

Votacall College Scholarship Essay Contest

Website

Sept. 15, 2017

Welsh & Welsh, PC, LLO

Website

August 1, 2017

Wilshire Law Firm Legal Scholarship

Website

March 31, 2017; September 30, 2017

Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles / Tuition Scholarships

Website

May 31, 2017

Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles/ Fran Kandel Grant

Website

March 10, 2017

Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo County Scholarship

Website

July 1, 2017

WSS Digital Marketing Scholarship Program

Website