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Scholarships for Upper Division Students

California Western is here to help you throughout your law school journey. After completing your first year of law school you are eligible for several scholarships based on  academic performance, service and leadership. 

To recognize continued academic success, California Western awards merit scholarships to students at the top of their class at the end of their first and second years of law school, respectively. For more information on the eligibility requirements, please contact the office of the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs.

  • Range from partial to full-tuition scholarships.
  • Students in the top 40% of the group matriculating into the 2L year will receive scholarship support through either the 2L Academic Merit, Kennedy, or Trustee Scholarship programs. 2L Academic Merit Awards are based upon cumulative 1L GPA.
  • Students in the top 40% of the group matriculating into the 3L year will receive scholarship support through either the 3L Academic Merit (assuming the 3L Academic Merit award criteria outlined below are met), Kennedy, or Trustee Scholarship programs. 3L Academic Merit Awards are based upon the GPA for classes taken during the 2L year only (not based upon cumulative GPA.)   
  • To be eligible for a 3L Academic Merit award, students must 1) complete their 2L year in 3 or fewer trimesters, and 2) during their 2L year take at least four required or California bar-tested courses of 3 or more credits, not including STEPPS.
  • Applications are not required for academic merit scholarships, and it is not necessary to have demonstrated financial need.
  • Academic Merit Awards will be determined no later than 10 days after grade release for the term the student becomes eligible.

The Dean’s Diversity, Service, and Leadership Scholarship recognizes students who engage as leaders and prioritize service to the community, including diverse, underserved, or underrepresented populations. This is a competitive scholarship that requires an application.  There are a number of awards offered to students each  year. 

  • Awards range from partial to full tuition.
  • An application is required.
  • The 2L scholarship is open to all students not currently receiving a full-tuition scholarship after the completion of their first year of study
  • The 3L scholarship is open to all students not currently receiving a full-tuition scholarship after the completion of their second year of study.
  • Applications will be sent out to eligible students by email no later than 10 days after grade release for the term in which the student becomes eligible.

Friends and family established the Walid Taleb Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of alumnus Walid Taleb '87 who lived in the Ivory Coast, West Africa. Incoming and current students from Africa or Lebanon who plan to return there and work with the criminal justice system following graduation are eligible to apply.

  • Award amount each year will be determined by California Western.
  • Financial need is not a factor in the selection criteria.
  • Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office.

This scholarship is offered to a second-year student who has shown a dedication to public service, community, educational achievements, leadership, and a commitment to the legal profession.

This scholarship recognizes a second or third-year law student who has shown community leadership and a commitment to providing services to underrepresented groups.

This scholarship award, in conjunction with the Lawyer’s Club of San Diego, recognizes a second or third-year law student who supports the mission of the Lawyer's Club of San Diego to advance the status of women in law and society. The recipient is also ranked in the top 50% of their law school class.

This scholarship is presented to a second-year student who has demonstrated ethical and/or civic leadership and a commitment to providing services to underrepresented groups in the community. This scholarship is made possible by generous contributions from the attorneys of Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP.

This scholarship is awarded to a graduating student who intends to go into solo practice upon graduation. Preference is given to students who have been inducted into the CWSL Pro Bono or Public Service Honors Society.

This scholarship is awarded to a second-or third-year law student who exemplifies interest and promise in the areas of consumer law, consumer rights, and/or consumer advocacy. 

This award is presented to the graduating student who best exemplifies Mr. Cory’s spirit of pro bono service for the underrepresented in our community.

This scholarship is awarded to a second-year student who exhibits leadership qualities consistent with former founding Dean and President Robert K. Castetter. An example of this is a student who goes the extra mile and makes great contributions to the California Western campus community while exhibiting the same leadership qualities as Dean Castetter.

This award is presented to a graduating student(s) who demonstrates exemplary trial skills as defined by the Moot Court Honors Board faculty advisor.