Scholarships for First Year Students - California Western
Scholarships for First Year Students

California Western awards scholarships to admitted students based on a variety of criteria including:

All admitted students are reviewed for scholarship eligibility, and awards range from five percent up to full-tuition.

Scholarship awards are determined by the Admissions Committee at California Western. All institutional financial assistance programs are subject to change. Most of the scholarships do not require an application separate from your admissions application.

Scholarship Listing

Justice Anthony Kennedy Scholarship Program

The most academically outstanding applicants to the law school are invited to become Kennedy Scholars.

California Western Admissions Scholarship

A number are awarded each year to entering students who have achieved outstanding academic merit credentials.

Diversity Scholarship

A number are awarded each year to entering students who are expected to enrich the ethnic diversity of the law school. Diversity includes students of color but also includes applicants identified as non-traditional students, LGBT, students with disabilities, students from lower socio-economic backgrounds as well as other areas of diversity. Awards are determined by the Admissions Committees review of the applicant's personal essay and diversity statement that should address ethnic and cultural background, achievements or financial need.

Robert Grey Scholarship and the Stephen N. Zack Scholarship

A number of scholarships are awarded each year in recognition of both of these men's contributions to the legal profession and commitment to diversity within the profession. Robert Grey was the second African-American to serve as president of the American Bar Association in the organization's nearly 130 year history, serving from 2004-2005. Zack served as the first Latino American President of the American Bar Association from 2010-2011.

Career Transition Scholarship (Application Required)

One scholarship for each entering class is awarded to a student who will be transitioning from another career into law school. The most qualified recipient will have at least 10 years experience in a career or occupation, can demonstrate financial need and is not eligible for other admission scholarships.

Inocente Scholarship (Application Required)

One scholarship is awarded to a high achieving first year student who evidences a commitment to promoting social justice in Latin America. The scholarship also includes an opportunity to work with two of our Institutes (Proyecto ACCESO and the California Innocence Project), that are working together on legal reform in Latin America.

Steven R. Smith Scholarship (Application Required)

Steven R. Smith served as President and Dean of California Western for 16 years. In recognition of his service to the law school and to the legal community, an alumnus and longtime friend of the law school funded a scholarship in his name. One scholarship will be awarded during the fall term. The most qualified applicant will have a demonstrated commitment of service to their local, national, or global community, past indicators of academic achievement, and proven potential for future academic and professional promise.


California Western School of Law salutes our veterans and is pleased to be approved for the training of veterans and eligible persons under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code.

Yellow Ribbon Program

California Western School of Law proudly participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. For more detailed information, please visit Financial Aid.