JD Scholarships

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

Beginning with the class that enters August 2014, TJSL has adopted an exciting new scholarship policy. 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.

 

Merit Scholarship Matrix - Fall 2014
 
   

Full-Time Award Amount

UGPA

 

Part-Time Award Amount

UGPA

LSAT   3.5+ 3.0-3.49 2.5-2.99 2.0-2.49   3.5+ 3.0-3.49 2.5-2.99 2.0-2.49
                     
158+   $44,000 $44,000 $44,000 $30,000   $33,000 $33,000 $33,000 $22,500
                     
153-157   $44,000 $37,500 $30,000 $18,000   $33,000 $28,125 $22,500 $13,500
                     
148-152   $37,500 $30,000 $22,500 $15,000   $28,125 $22,500 $16,875 $11,250
                     
145-147   $15,000 $12,000 $10,500 $7,000   $11,250 $9,000 $7,875 $5,250
                     
140-144   $7,000 $5,000 $3,000 $1,000   $5,250 $3,750 $2,250 $750

 

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.

 

2L Merit Scholarship Amount
Class Rank Full-Time   Part-Time
Top 5% Full Tuition Scholarship   Full Tuition Scholarship
5.01%-10% $35,000   $25,000
10.01%-20% $30,000   $20,000

 

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.

 

Transfer Scholarship Amount
Rank Full-Time   Part-Time
Top 20% $20,000   $15,000

 

To learn more, go to the Transfer Student Merit Scholarship FAQs.

 


 

Conditional Scholarship Retention Data

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.