»Scholarship Policies and Conditions for Retention

  • All scholarships are applied to the fall and spring terms only and cannot be applied to summer or interterm courses.  Students who opt into the Fast Track option will have their Tuition Merit Scholarship applied to three Fall, two spring, and two summer terms.
  • All Chapman Merit scholarships and Need-based scholarships combined cannot exceed tuition charges.
  • Tuition Merit scholarships for full time JD can be applied to 12-16 units per term and do not cover over-limit fees.
  • Change of Enrollment - Students may appeal to have their JD scholarship applied to a different program (full time, part time) by making a request to the Fowler School of Law Scholarship Committee.  If granted, the scholarship percentage will be applied to the appropriate tuition charges.
  • Leave of Absence - Students granted a Leave of Absence will not automatically retain their scholarship.  Students may request to have their scholarship placed on hold while on a leave by making a request to the Fowler School of Law Scholarship Committee.  Students on leave for one of the two semesters in an academic year will only be awarded a scholarship for the one semester the student is enrolled.
  • Probation - First year students placed on academic probation at the conclusion of the fall semester will retain their scholarship for the spring term.
  • Dismissal - Students who are academically dismissed will lose their scholarship.  If they appeal the dismissal and are reinstated, their scholarship is not reinstated.  They can appeal to have their JD scholarship reinstated by making a request to the Fowler School of Law Scholarship Committee.
  • Ranking Policy - Ranking of all students occurs once a year at the end of the spring semester.  Ranking is done in accordance with the Fowler School of Law's policies.
  • Certain scholarships are eligible to be retained/renewed for more than one academic year.  Conditions for renewal are detailed below.

+-Earning a JD Merit Scholarship

Full-time students who did not qualify for an entering merit scholarship are eligible to earn a scholarship their second or third years according to the chart below.
 
Part-time students who did not qualify for an entering merit scholarship may be eligible to earn a scholarship for their second, third, or fourth years based upon the the chart below. (“Earned Scholarship” chart.)  Cohort group will be determined by the Fowler School of Law Registrar in accordance with published policies.

The Fowler School of Law Registrar will publish the GPA cut off for the top 5% and top 10% once the full-time rankings are completed in the spring.

Students entering...

Fall 2012 and beyond Earned Scholarship Chart

Published Full-time GPA cut-off Earned Scholarship Percentage
Top 1-5% 100%
Top 6-10% 90%
Top 11-15% 80%

(For scholarship purposes, rankings are rounded up to the next highest whole percent.)

Fall 2009 through Fall 2011  Earned Scholarship Chart

Published Full-time GPA cut-off Earned Scholarship Percentage
Top 1-5% 100%
Top 6-10% 90%
(For scholarship purposes, rankings are rounded up to the next highest whole percent.)

+-Retaining a JD Merit Scholarship

Beginning with students entering in Fall 2013, students awarded a merit scholarship (Tuition Merit or Academic Achievement) upon admission to the JD program may renew their merit scholarship during their second and third years, if a GPA of 3.000 or better (students matriculating Fall 2012 and before) or 2.900 (students matriculating Fall 2013 and beyond) is maintained during their first and second years.  Students who become eligible for a Tuition Merit scholarship in an amount larger than their initial award will be given the larger award.  Part-time students may renew their merit scholarship for their fourth year as long as they remain in the part-time program and 3.000 GPA (students matriculating Fall 2012 and before) or 2.900 (students matriculating Fall 2013 and beyond) requirement is maintained.

Part-time students who move into the full-time program are limited to three years of scholarship eligibility only; no scholarships will be offered for the fourth year of courses.

Full-time students who lose their merit scholarship their second year may be eligible to earn a Tuition Merit scholarship their third year based upon the chart below.  Part-time students who lose their merit scholarship their second or third year may be eligible to earn a Tuition Merit scholarship for subsequent years based upon the chart below.

Students entering...

Fall 2012 and Beyond - Earned Scholarship Chart

Published Full-time GPA cut-off Earned Tuition Merit Scholarship Percentage
Top 1-5% 100%
Top 6-10% 90%
Top 11-15% 80%

(For scholarship purposes, rankings are rounded up to the next highest whole percent.)

Fall 2009 through Fall 2011  Earned Scholarship Chart

Published Full-time GPA cut-off Earned Tuition Merit Scholarship Percentage
Top 1-5% 100%
Top 6-10% 90%

(For scholarship purposes, rankings are rounded up to the next highest whole percent.)

+-JD Scholarship Retention Statistics


Students Matriculating in Fall

# Entering with Conditional  Merit scholarships*

# 1L Whose Conditional Merit Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated

2013***

135

Not Available

2012**

98

51

2011**

107

60

2010**

115

59

*as of the first day of classes for Fall 2010 and Fall 2011.  As of Oct. 5th for Fall 2012 and thereafter.

**3.000 GPA required to renew.

***2.900 GPA required to renew.

+-Chapman Law Assistance/Book Scholarship/Four Pillars Award Retention

Chapman Law Assistance Scholarship (CLAS)

Students awarded a CLAS upon admission to the JD program may renew their CLAS scholarship during their second and third years, if they complete a FAFSA, each year and remain in good academic standing. Part-time students may renew their scholarship for their fourth year as long as they continue to meet renewal requirements. Part-time students who move into the full-time program are limited to three years of scholarship eligibility only; no scholarships will be offered for the fourth year of courses.

Alumni Book scholarship

Awarded for the 1L year only and are not renewable.

Four Pillars Award

Awarded for the 1L year only and are not renewable.

 

+-LL.M. Tuition Scholarships

LL.M. Scholarships are awarded upon admissions.  Students awarded a tuition scholarship upon admission to the LL.M. program may use their tuition scholarship for up to 27 units in the tax LL.M. or 24 units in all other LL.M. programs.  In addition, students must remain in good standing to retain their scholarship.
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