UCLA School of Law has launched a pair of new scholarship programs that will cover the full cost of tuition for several qualified students beginning in the fall of 2017.

Both programs are available for students applying for admission for fall 2017 and will cover tuition costs for the duration of the awardees’ legal education at UCLA.

UCLA Law Distinguished Scholarships will be awarded to students with exceptional academic records who make a binding commitment to attend UCLA Law through an early-decision application process. For students entering UCLA Law in fall 2017, the application deadline is January 1, 2017.

UCLA Law Achievement Fellowships will be presented to high-achieving students who have overcome significant hurdles such as disabilities, economic hardship or educational disadvantages, or who are the first in their families to pursue a graduate or professional degree. The fellowships do not require an advance binding commitment to attend UCLA; the application deadline for is February 1.

“At UCLA Law, we are committed to excellence and access, and we strongly believe those two go together,” said Jennifer Mnookin, dean of the law school. “While our applicant pool is already outstanding, we are hopeful that these programs will attract additional talented students who will participate in our innovative programs, learn from our world-class faculty, contribute to the intellectual life of the school and become leaders in the legal community.”

Both programs are being funded by the school, UCLA and donors. UCLA Law tuition for students from California for 2017–18 will be about $46,000, which does not cover books and supplies. Over the course of a three-year program, the new scholarships will be valued at roughly $140,000.

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“We’re here to educate students who are passionate about becoming great lawyers and leaders,” said Robert Schwartz, the school’s assistant dean for admissions and financial aid. “These full-scholarship programs demonstrate UCLA Law’s commitment to giving qualified students the opportunity of a lifetime.”