» 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, study abroad programs or courses taken at another university. All Chapman scholarships combined cannot exceed tuition charges.
  • Tuition Merit-Based scholarships for full-time JD students can be applied to 12-16 units per term (8-11 units per term for part-time JD students) 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.  
  • 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 

Students who did not qualify for an entering merit-based scholarship are eligible to earn a scholarship if they rank in the top 15% of their cohort group at the end of their 1L year.

Cohort groups will be determined by the Fowler School of Law Registrar in accordance with published policies.

Retaining a JD Merit Scholarship

Tuition Merit-Based scholarships awarded upon admission to the JD program can be renewed provided a student maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.900 or better at the end of the first academic year and each subsequent academic year thereafter. Students who become eligible for a Tuition Merit-Based scholarship in an amount larger than their initial award will be given the larger award.  

Part-time students may renew their scholarship for their second, third and fourth years as long as they remain in the part-time program and maintain a GPA of 2.900.  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.

JD Scholarship Retention Statistics

Below is a chart that sets forth the number of entering students who received conditional merit-based scholarships and the number whose scholarships have since been reduced or eliminated. 

Students Matriculating in Fall

# Entering with Conditional  Merit scholarships*

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

2017**

116

NA

2016**

109

50

2015**

106

54

2014**

112

39

*These figures are determined as of October 5.

**2.9 Required cumulative GPA at the end of the first academic year and each subsequent academic year thereafter. 

NA = Data not available at this time.

LL.M. Tuition Scholarships

LL.M. Scholarships are awarded upon admission.  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.