Coastal Law offers a variety of scholarships to assist incoming students with the cost of tuition. Scholarships range from $1,000 to the full cost of tuition. In 2014, over 90% of new students received a scholarship with a total of 4.3 million awarded. Students are only eligible for the Governor’s Merit Award or one of the scholarships below. Students will be awarded the higher of the two scholarships.

Coastal Law Scholarships

First Responders Scholarship, $20,000*

In recognition of the dedication of the men and women who sacrifice their safety on behalf of our communities, Florida Coastal School of Law offers a scholarship opportunity to all emergency responders, including federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel, fire fighters, and paramedics. Any person who is an active or retired first responder (paid or volunteer), his or her spouse/domestic partner, parent (including step-parent), or child (including step-child) is eligible to apply.

Criteria for Scholarship

  • Applicant must be newly admitted to Coastal Law (i.e., not a current student)
  • Applicant must provide a brief “Personal Statement” demonstrating that the applicant:
    •  Possesses “First Responder” status (i.e., that the applicant or the applicant’s spouse/domestic partner, parent (including step-parent), or child (including step-child) is an active or retired first responder (paid or volunteer);
    •  Has demonstrated a strong commitment to community service and the achievement of personal and educational goals; and,
    •  Has achieved prior academic success, as evinced by undergraduate/graduate GPA, academic awards, LSAT scores, or other relevant data
DEADLINES - Spring: February 1, 2017; Summer: May 17, 2017; Fall: August 23, 2017

Florida Coastal Alumni Admissions Referral Scholarship, $2,000. 

The Coastal Alumni Admissions Referral Scholarship is a one-time $2,000 scholarship awarded each semester to incoming full or part-time students who have been recommended by a Coastal Law alumnus. Students should request a recommendation at least two weeks before the deadline to allow the alumni giving you a recommendation enough time to write and submit a recommendation for you.  Click here to apply.

DEADLINES – Spring: February 1, 2017; Summer: May 17, 2017; Fall: August 23, 2017

Faculty Referral Scholarship, $1,000.

The Florida Coastal Faculty Referral Scholarship is a $1,000 recurring scholarship (up to 3 years full-time and 4 years part-time) awarded to incoming students who have been recommended by a Coastal Law faculty member.

DEADLINES – Spring: February 1, 2017; Summer: May 17, 2017; Fall: August 23, 2017

Martha Sonnenschein Memorial Scholarship, $5,000.

This scholarship is an annual $5,000 scholarship ($2,500 per semester). We encourage all eligible students to apply and for faculty and staff to likewise encourage those qualified to apply. To apply for the Martha Sonnenschein Memorial Scholarship or for more information click here.

Please note:
* Scholarships are for tuition only.
* Scholarship criteria will be sent to applicant.
* An email will be sent to all applicants once scholarship decisions have been made.

Private Scholarships

In addition to the scholarships offered by Coastal Law, many private organizations offer scholarships to new and returning law students. We encourage all students to research scholarship options to assist with defraying the cost of their legal education.

The following scholarships below are unaffiliated with Coastal Law. Please contact the scholarship provider for questions and to apply. If any scholarship offer requests that you send money to them, it is not reputable. A variety of private scholarships can be located via the internet. Two trusted scholarship searches are: and

The Reeves Law Group- Offered to future law students in their senior undergrad year, and students currently in law school. The scholarship awards $2,500 to the student that delivers a winning presentation or authors a winning essay in the Reeves Law Group annual scholarship contest. Students must apply by December 15th, 2015.

American Bar Association - The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship grants 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial assistance over the course of their three years in law school.

Federal Circuit Bar Association - The Scholarship Series for students showing a demonstrable interest in one of the many topics that lie within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Florida Chapter Endowed Scholarship Fund, $1,000. Awarded to outstanding students engaged in the study of Family Law, this is a $1,000 annual scholarship.

Dan Bradley Scholarship. Funded by the Florida Lawyers Legal Insurance Corporation, this is a $2,500 annual scholarship awarded on the basis of merit and financial need.

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association - A variety of scholarships to support law students who demonstrate a commitment to serving as leaders in the Asian Pacific American community.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Offers up to three awards of $5,000 each year for law students with hearing loss.

Leonard C. Horn Award for Legal Studies - Available for women who have competed at a national, state, or local Miss America Pageant since 1993, regardless of whether or not a title was won

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students - To support the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds.

We encourage you to contact our office if you have any questions concerning scholarships or financial aid at Florida Coastal School of Law. Appointments are not necessary.

Melissa Mack, Financial Aid Counselor

(904) 256-1235


Florida Coastal School of Law
Office of Financial Aid
8787 Baypine Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32256


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