We understand that paying for school is an important factor in your decision-making process. At Thomas Jefferson School of Law, we are committed to helping students minimize the costs. Our tuition compares favorably to other California law schools, and our downtown location near mass transportation and inexpensive parking makes it possible to keep living expenses reasonable. See below for additional information on scholarships options.
Entering Student Merit Scholarships
Thomas Jefferson offers guaranteed merit scholarships to first time entering students based on the students highest LSAT score and undergraduate grade point average (UGPA). An entering student is guaranteed to retain his or her scholarship as long as he or she remains eligible to continue enrollment and is enrolled at the law school. Full-time students receive scholarships for six semesters. Part-time students receive scholarships for eight semesters. There is no need to submit a separate scholarship application; awards will be based on the highest LSAT and UGPA as reported on the student's LSAC CAS Report. Applicants from undergraduate schools that do not use a traditional 4.0 grading system and applicants who received an undergraduate degree from a foreign school will be awarded a scholarship consistent with the matrix using an individualized assessment of the applicant’s complete file.
*Housing grants are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Housing grants are non-transferable and may only be used towards housing at the Entrada Apartments. Housing grants have no cash value and are applied automatically each month to the student’s account. Housing grants are applied August 1 – July 31 for students who begin in the fall, and January 1 – December 31 for students who begin in the spring. Unused housing grants cannot be added to tuition scholarships to increase the value of the tuition scholarship.
To learn more, go to the Entering Student Merit Scholarships FAQs.
Scholarship funding is limited so we encourage you to apply for admission as early as possible.
2L Continuing Student Merit Scholarship
Beginning with the Fall 2014 semester, students who have completed their 1L year, and who rank in the top 20% of their class, will be considered for a merit scholarship for their 2L and 3L years. This award will be based on class rank and is determined by comparing your cumulative GPA with other students who have also completed their first year of law school.
As a practical matter, full-time students will be evaluated after completing two regular (fall/spring) semesters and part-time students will be evaluated after finishing three regular semesters. Students are only evaluated for a merit scholarship one time during their JD careers. Unfortunately, this scholarship cannot be applied to students who have already begun their 2L and/or 3L years.
For those who qualify, the matrix listed below will be your scholarship upon continuing your studies at TJSL into your 2L year.
To learn more, go to the 2L Continuing Student Merit Scholarship FAQs.
Transfer Student Merit Scholarships
Under its new scholarship program Thomas Jefferson offers guaranteed merit scholarships to transferring students based on the student’s first year law school grade point average. A transferring student is guaranteed to retain his or her scholarship as long as he or she remains eligible to continue enrollment and is enrolled at the law school. There is no need to submit a separate scholarship application.
The matrix listed below will be your scholarship upon transferring to TJSL. This is based on your class rank at end of your first year at the law school from which you are transferring.
To learn more, go to the Transfer Student Merit Scholarship FAQs.
We understand that paying for school is an important factor in your decision-making process. At Thomas Jefferson School of Law, we are committed to helping students minimize the costs, which is why we have adopted our new guaranteed scholarship program. The Law School, of course, expects retention of scholarships to increase dramatically under this new policy.