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

  • Academic merit
  • Skill level
  • Diversity
  • Cultural background
  • Life experience

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.

To learn more about our scholarship offerings or to discuss your scholarship offer, please talk with an admissions counselor.

Scholarship Listing

Justice Anthony Kennedy Scholarship Program

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

  • Includes 100% tuition, a bar exam stipend, and clerkship and mentoring opportunities.
  • The scholarship is renewable.
  • No application required

California Western Admissions Scholarship

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

  • Awards range from 5% to 100% of current tuition.
  • No application required

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.

  • Awards range from 5% to 100% of current tuition
  • No application required

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.

  • Award is 50% of current tuition.
  • Application required. Deadlines: April 1 (fall term) and November 15 (spring term).

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.

  • Awards range from 50% to 100% of current tuition.
  • Application required. Deadline: April 1 (fall term) November 1 (spring term).

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.