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Cal Northern School of Law wants our students to succeed! We keep our students informed and educated on our financial information, scholarships and loan programs, and more. Located in Chico, CA, we are proud to offer individuals throughout Northern California the opportunity to achieve their career goals. Contact us today for more information about our scholarship opportunities.
Law School in Chico, CA

Tuition & Fees

Law School in Chico, CA
Tuition – Class of 2026 (per semester unit) $700.00 *

* All of the following fees are non-refundable and are subject to change upon reasonable notice.

Deferred Payment Fee $25.00
Tuition Late Payment Fee $20.00
Late Registration Fee $25.00
Application Fee $55.00
Library Fee/annual $250.00
Bar Bri refundable book fee (4th Year/Spring Semester) $250.00
Transcript Fee $5.00
Rescheduling Examination Fee $75.00
Returned Check Fee $15.00
AdaptiBar online MBE Program (4th Year/Fall Semester) $525.00
Graduation Fee (4th Year/Spring Semester) $100.00
Examsoft Fee/annual $100.00
Materials Fee/annual $45.00**
MLS Administrative Fee (MLS only: 2nd Year/Spring Semester; MLS/JD: 3rd Year/Summer Semester) $300.00

* Tuition includes access to Bar Bri (a California Bar Review provider) materials throughout their education, both online and in hard copy.

** Additional material fees may be charged to cover the cost of large amounts of photocopied material assigned by an instructor to supplement or substitute in whole or in part for assigned books. These fees will vary with the cost of reproduction.

For additional no interest, deferred tuition installment plans,
please contact Marty Gosling at mgosling@calnorthern.edu.

Late Registration

Late registration is not allowed except by special permission. A late registration fee of $25.00 plus $20.00 late payment fee, is assessed by any person who registers after dates set for registration for any Fall, Spring or Summer session.

Delinquent Payments

If a student fails to make payments on time, a late fee of $20.00 will be assessed to the delinquent payment. Students whose accounts are in arrears on November 20th of the Fall Semester, April 20th of the Spring Semester and July 12 of the Summer Session will not be permitted to take examinations. Failure to pay any monies owed the school is sufficient cause to suspend the student and withhold grades, scholastic certificates or degrees.  No exceptions will be permitted without prior approval by the Dean.

Student Loans

Cal Northern School of Law does not participate in TITLE IV funding through the U.S. Department of Education or any other federally-sponsored financial aid program.

Veterans Benefits

The Veterans Affairs (VA) Education Benefits are designed to provide eligible persons with an opportunity for educational and career growth. Cal Northern is committed to the Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members. Internships, independent study and on-line courses are not approvable for the training of veterans. Effective January 1, 2016, only continuing students were eligible for the training of veterans as outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations.

We are currently seeking re-approval to provide educational benefits for our veterans and their dependents. Contact our Registrar at 530-891-6900 for further information.

Scholarship & Loan Programs

I. CNSL Scholarship Program

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.

Scholarship Program Guidelines Scholarship Application

II. CNSL Legal Opportunity Scholarship

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.

LOS Program Guidelines Legal Opportunity Scholarship Application Release Form

III. William Lee Short Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Sponsored by the Oroville Rotary Clubs. Applicants must be entering their 4th year of study at Cal Northern. Priority will be given to an applicant who demonstrates an interest in Criminal Law, has prior community service history and is an Oroville resident.

William Short Scholarship Guidelines William Short Scholarship Application

IV. Butte County Bar Association Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Applicants must have completed the Fall semester of their 1st year of study at Cal Northern. Scholarship applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Commitment to the greater Butte County community
  • Service to the community at large
  • Overcoming setbacks

The committee may also consider financial need as an additional factor, but this scholarship is open to applicants of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Butte County Bar Association Scholarship Guidelines Butte County Bar Association Scholarship Application

V. Additional Scholarships

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.

Dean’s Scholarships

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.

Alumni Association Scholarships

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.

Cal Northern Foundation Scholarships

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 from donations to Cal Northern’s scholarship account.

Student Bar Association Recognition Awards

Attendance Award

Each Spring semester the SBA gives a Student Store merchandise credit 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.

CNSL Award for Academic Excellence (formerly known as Witkin Award for Academic Excellence)

In recognition of academic achievement, each term certificates are awarded to the highest ranking student in each qualifying course. To qualify, the student must be enrolled full time and the course must carry academic credit. 

VI. Loan Program

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.

Loan Program Guidelines Loan Application Loan Application Privacy Policy

State Bar Fees

Registration as a Law Student

A student who plans to practice law in California is required to register with the State Bar of California’s Committee of Bar Examiners within 90 days after having begun the study of law. Registration forms will be available at the Law School shortly after the beginning of the semester, but the ultimate responsibility for registering rests with the student.

Admission to Practice in California

Information may be obtained from the Committee of Bar Examiners, 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, California 94105-1639, (415) 538-2300, https://www.calbar.ca.gov

Fees of the State Bar of California

Registration as a Law Student $119.00
First-Year Law Students’ Examination $624.00
Application for Determination of Moral Character $551.00
Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (National Conference of Bar Examiners) $125.00
California Bar Examination $677.00

*subject to change

Contact us at 530-891-6900 to learn more about our programs!