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

Thomas Jefferson offers guaranteed merit scholarships to first time entering students based on the students highest LSAT score and cumulative 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.

*Living stipends are only available for Presidential Award recipients. $1,350 per month credited to student account monthly. Living stipends are applied August 1 – July 31 for students that begin in the fall.

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

Full-Time Students

Beginning with the Fall 2019 semester, full-time students who have completed their 1L year, and who rank in the top 20% of their class, will be considered for a Continuing Merit Scholarship for their 2L and 3L years. This award will be based on ranking of the full-time cohort and is determined by comparing each student’s cumulative GPA in classes graded on the first-year curve with other full-time students who have also completed their first year of law school.  Students are only evaluated for a merit scholarship one time during their JD careers. This scholarship cannot be applied to students who have already begun their 2L and/or 3L years.

For those who qualify, the award in the matrix below will be the scholarship awarded upon continuing studies at TJSL into the 2L year:


 

The award will be renewed for the student’s 3L year provided the student remains eligible to continue enrollment and remains enrolled.

To learn more, go to the 2L Continuing Student Merit Scholarship FAQs.

Part-Time Students

Beginning with the Fall 2019 semester, part-time students will be considered for a Continuing Merit Scholarship at the end of their third semester using either the scholarship matrix or an equivalent method, depending on the number of eligible part-time students. Students are only evaluated for a Continuing Merit Scholarship one time during their JD careers.

If there are twenty or more eligible part-time students (combining day and evening part-time students), the award in the matrix below will be the scholarship awarded upon continuing studies at TJSL into the fourth semester:


 

This matrix-based award will be based on ranking of the park-time cohort and is determined by comparing each student’s cumulative GPA in classes graded on the first-year curve with other part-time students in that cohort. 

If there are fewer than twenty eligible part-time students, scholarship awards will be made consistent with the most recent full-time cohort’s 2L Continuing Student Merit Scholarship awards.  Scholarship awards will be determined by comparing each part-time student’s cumulative GPA in classes graded on the first-year curve to the cumulative GPAs of the most recent full-time 2L Continuing Student Merit Scholarship awards:

  • A part-time student with a GPA that would have ranked that student in the top 5% of the most recent full-time cohort will receive a full tuition scholarship. 
  • A part-time student with a GPA that would have ranked that student in the top 5.01%-10% of the most recent full-time cohort will receive a $25,000 scholarship. 
  • A part-time student with a GPA that would have ranked that student in the top 10.01% - 20% of the most recent full-time cohort will receive a $20,000 scholarship. 

The award will be renewed for a maximum of six part-time semesters provided the student remains eligible to continue enrollment and remains enrolled.

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.


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.