Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
 

Special Scholarships for Entering Students

Southwestern awards a select number of merit scholarships providing up to full tuition to entering J.D. students who have demonstrated exceptional academic promise. Criteria for these scholarships include strong undergraduate grade point average and Law School Admission Test scores, leadership potential and other outstanding personal accomplishments, among other factors. Awards are renewable for students who meet the continuing academic performance requirements. These scholars are invited to special receptions and networking opportunities with alumni of the scholarship program and other prominent members of the bench and bar.

Based upon a review of the information submitted in their admissions application files, all accepted first-year J.D. applicants are considered for Wildman/Schumacher Scholarships. There is no separate application for this scholarship program; however, each admitted applicant who potentially qualifies for a scholarship will be required to participate in an individual interview (on-campus or via telephone) to complete the process (please note that these interviews are initiated by the law school).

As required of all ABA law schools, and to provide transparency regarding our scholarship program, below is an analysis of the past four entering classes and their rates of renewal for their scholarships:


2009-
2010
2010-
2011
2011-
2012
2012-
2013

Awarded

56
92
45
51

Kept

48
84
40
45

Lost

8
8
5
6

Percentage Kept

85.70%
91.30%
88.90%
88.24%

Percentage Lost

14.30%
8.70%
11.10%
11.76%


Wildman/Schumacher Scholarships - Eligibility Rules

  • 2014-2015 (PDF)
  • 2013-2014 (PDF)

The Wildman/Schumacher Scholarship Program was established in 1983 in memory of Paul W. Wildman who served Southwestern for 28 years as a student, faculty member, dean and president, and Southwestern’s founder, John J. Schumacher, who championed legal education opportunities for students from a wide range of backgrounds and actively encouraged the enrollment of women and minority students long before other institutions did so.



Book Scholarships are also awarded to entering students based on LSAT score, undergraduate grades, letters of recommendation and other factors the scholarship committee may wish to consider. Once scholarship awards have been determined, the Financial Aid Office will ensure that the student receives the necessary authorization for the bookstore and monitors continued eligibility. Students or applicants that have any questions regarding renewing the scholarship should contact the Assistant Dean for Financial Aid. Please note that recipients do not need to request that the Financial Aid Office renew the scholarship; it will be done automatically as long as eligibility is maintained.

Book Scholarship - Eligibility Rules

  • 2014-2015 (PDF)

Additional information regarding these scholarships funds may be obtained from the Admissions Office.