Scholarships are available each fall semester and will cover a portion of the tuition and fees (excluding the cost of Bar Bri or any other bar review course offered by CNSL). Scholarships are awarded based on scholastic achievement, financial need and/or service to the community. The number of awards varies from year to year, but each year half of the awards will be merit-based and half will be need-based in addition to consideration of merit.
Scholarships are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.
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The mission of the CNSL Legal Opportunity Scholarship is to encourage racial and ethic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to ensure that these students have the opportunity to attend law school.
The following scholarships are awarded at the end of the Spring semester to Cal Northern students and are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, financial need and/or service to Cal Northern and the community.
This scholarship is given each year to the two students in each class who have achieved the highest cumulative grade point average and the second highest cumulative grade point average for that academic year.
The Cal Northern Alumni Association awards a scholarship annually to a graduating student to help defray the cost of a bar review course. The scholarship is based on an essay explaining how the graduate intends to use their law degree to contribute to the Law School and the community at large.
Given to two first, second and third year students in each class. These scholarships were created to provide tuition assistance to Cal Northern students based on financial need. Applicants must be in good standing. Funding is provided directly by the SBA from fund-raisers and dues collected from SBA members.
Each Spring semester the SBA gives a book scholarship to the Cal Northern student with the best attendance record for the preceding academic year.
Most Improved Award
At the end of the Spring semester the SBA awards this scholarship to the one student in each class who shows the most improvement in their semester grade point average from the Fall semester to the Spring semester.
Most Dedicated Award
Established by the Cal Northern Student Bar Association, this award is given by the SBA to the one student in each class whose classmates feel is most dedicated and representative of Cal Northern through school and/or community service.
In recognition of academic achievement, the Witkin Legal Institute and Thomson West present the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence. Each term, certificates are awarded to the highest ranking student in each qualifying course. To qualify, a course must carry academic credit and must have an enrollment of 10 or more students. The award is named for Bernard E. Witkin, California’s preeminent legal scholar.
The CNSL Loan Program offers students the opportunity to defer payment of half of their tuition and fees (excluding the cost of Bar Bri or any other bar review course offered by CNSL) until graduation (or upon withdrawal or disqualification from CNSL).
Interest rates are fixed at six to ten percent APR and zero percent interest is charged while the student is enrolled at least half time. The program is available to qualified students regardless of income. The number of loans approved varies from year to year.
Cal Northern School of Law provided me with a unique and manageable opportunity to earn my law degree while holding down a full time job and raising a family. We’re very fortunate to have this high quality night law school in Northern California.Edward Rizzuto - Class of 2007
The professors are experienced, working legal professionals – all with a passion for the law and teaching. I worked full time and attended classes in the evenings.Margaret Buchan - Class of 2009
Receiving my legal education at Cal Northern School of Law allowed me to obtain a high quality legal education, taught by practicing attorneys, while also having the freedom to work full time.Matthew Watkins - Class of 2003