Santa Clara University School of Law awards scholarships under several scholarship programs. These merit-based awards are available to those who demonstrate outstanding potential for the study of law.

James A. Emery, S.J. Merit Law Scholarship
Awarded to entering students who have achieved outstanding academic merit credentials.

  • Awards: Vary
  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Not indexed to tuition increases
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other aid
  • No application required as recipients are selected at time of admission

Law Faculty Scholarship
Awarded to entering minority students and students with special needs who are expected to enrich the diversity of the law school.

  • Awards: Vary
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Not indexed to tuition increases
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other aid
  • No application required as recipients are selected at time of admission

Public Interest Scholarship
Awarded to entering students who demonstrated commitment to public interest law and professional promise.

  • Awards: $10,000
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Not indexed to tuition increases
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other aid
  • Separate application is required and selected at time of admission

Dean’s Fellow
Awarded to academically outstanding entering students to the law school.

  • Awards: Varies up to full tuition
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Not indexed to tuition increases
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other aid
  • No application required as recipients are selected at time of admission

NOTE: To be considered for the Dean’s Fellow, entering students must have the Admissions application complete by March 1.


Intellectual Property Fellow
Awarded to entering students who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to intellectual property law, and are eligible to sit for the Patent Bar with the intent to practice as a patent attorney.

  • Awards: Full tuition
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Not indexed to tuition increases
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other aid
  • No application required as recipients are selected at time of admission

LLM International Scholarship
Awarded to entering LLM students who have achieved outstanding academic merit credentials.

  • Awards: Vary
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Coordinated with other aid
  • No application required as recipients are selected at time of admission

Upper-Division Law Student Scholarships

The law school has established several endowed scholarships that are awarded to upper-division students in recognition of their academic excellence, diversity and public service.

B.T. Collins Scholarship
B.T. Collins came to Santa Clara University as a student after losing an arm and leg as U.S. Army captain in the Vietnam War. He went on to serve as the Director of the California Conservation Corp, Director of the California Youth Authority, a California State Assembly member and the Chief of Staff for Governor Jerry Brown.

To commemorate the life of B.T. Collins, friends, classmates and colleagues established a scholarship in his honor which is awarded to upper-division JD students who are dedicated to pursuing public service careers, and demonstrate outstanding leadership potential.

  • Awards: Vary
  • 3L and 4L students in good academic standing
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other aid
  • Separate application is required

More information about the life of B.T. Collins, and the scholarship here. Application deadline: October 10, 2018.


Eleven Easy Pieces Scholarship
Eleven Easy Pieces was the name of the 1970s and 1980s Women’s Law School Flag Football Team. To commemorate the team, former members and coaches established a scholarship awarded on merit, need and contribution to the law school’s spirit and student body.

  • Awards: Vary
  • 2L, 3L, 4L students in good academic standing
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other aid
  • Separate application is required

Eleven Easy Pieces Scholarship application deadline is January 28, 2019.


Law Alumni Association Scholarship
Awarded to upper-division students who demonstrates a commitment to the law school, participates in community activities and are involved in law school activities.

  • Awards: Vary
  • 2L, 3L, 4L students in good academic standing
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other aid
  • Separate application is required

Law Alumni Association Scholarship application deadline is January 28, 2019.


Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Scholarship
Awarded to upper-division students who demonstrates a commitment to equality, inclusion and social justice with the intent to pursue a career that advances equality and social justice.

  • Awards: Vary
  • 2L, 3L, 4L students in good academic standing
  • Have a record of community service with a demonstrated commitment to eliminating racial, gender, sexual orientation, economical and/or other social decimation
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other aid
  • Separated application is required

Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Scholarship application deadline is October 3, 2018.


Women and Law Scholarship

Awarded to promote the efforts and successes of women in the legal field. The Women and Law organization seeks to enhance the law experience by supporting members through networking opportunities, community service projects and meaningful educational enrichment.

  • Award: Vary
  • Women and Law members in good academic standing
  • Demonstrate the ideals of Women and Law Association
  • Coordinated with federal, state and other aid
  • Separate application is required

Women and Law Scholarship application deadline is March 29, 2019.


As you review scholarship and fellows, you may want to learn about costs, how to apply, types of financial aid, repayment, contact information and other terms and conditions related to financial aid.

Contact Us: lawfinancialaid@scu.edu

FAFSA School Code: 001326

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