Financial Aid

At Lincoln Law, we help you understand your financial options.  While Lincoln is a fraction of the cost of most law schools in the Bay Area, we understand you may need additional help to pay for your education.  We are a non-profit law school, which means that what you pay goes right back into your education.  If at any point you would like to speak to our Director of Student Services and Admissions, Laurie Holm, about financing your legal education, email [email protected].

Sources of Financial Aid

Lincoln Law School has been committed to making legal education more accessible to people for over 100 years. Classes are scheduled during the evening, so you can attend if you’re working full-time or committed otherwise in your life.  We don’t make cost a barrier for your legal education.


Graduate school scholarships are available, sometimes from within the school and always from outside of the organization.  Scholarships are easily found and applied online. See below for outside scholarship opportunities.

Apprenticeships & Internships

One aspect of the community college pathways program is its paid apprenticeship and internship opportunities.  While pursuing your legal education, you have the opportunity to work inside law practices and attorney's offices, getting firsthand experience while you're learning the law yourself.

Part-Time Attendance

Students are not required to attend full-time classes.  Instead, they are only required to finish school within 84 months (7 years) after beginning, allowing some students to attend and pay for classes at close to 50% of the rate.  

Payment Plans

Some students opt for a payment plan secured directly through their school. For the average cost of a private preschool education in the Silicon Valley, a student may attend law school at Lincoln on a traditional payment plan.  


Sallie Mae

California state student loans are referred to as Sallie Mae loans.  Payment is most often deferred until after graduation.  Interest rates are typically competitive with or better than federal student loans. You can also acquire law school specific loans.

Discover Loan

Up to 100% of school-certified college costs are covered. Get a 3.0 GPA or better and get a full 1% cash reward on each new student loan. Learn more about obtaining your loan through Discover here.

Private Loans

Many students obtain all or a portion of their student funding from private bank loans.  Interest rates and repayment terms vary, so seek professional advice before securing private financing.  

Schedule An Appointment With Us

We can help you determine the best financial aid path for you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Financial Aid

Begin your journey to law school before you ever even graduate high school.  Dual enrollment programs allow high school students to obtain both nigh school and college credit for certain classes.  In conjunction with the Community Colleges’ Pathways to Law Program, a student could potentially earn a Juris Doctor (law) degree in less than 6 years after graduating high school.  Law Academies were created in coordination with the California State Bar’s Diversity Committee.  Law Academies offer dual credit high school classes focused on preparing students for careers in the legal field, and combine the classes with opportunities to visit law schools and job-shadow in professional offices.  Law Academies are an ideal entry point into the State Bar’s Pathway to Law Diversity Pipeline.

Our mission is to provide a top-notch education at a rock bottom price.  Our status as a nonprofit helps us to fulfill that mission.  For 100 years, 100% of tuition and donations have been funneled back into the school and its students.  We don’t have shareholders.  This gives us the freedom to focus on making law school accessible to Bay Area residents. 

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS/WASC) is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. Lincoln Law School of San Jose has applied for Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC has reviewed the application and determined that the college is eligible to proceed with an application for accreditation.  Click here to learn more about our accreditation.  

Nope!  There is no undergraduate degree required to obtain a law degree.  State law allows a student to begin legal studies with just 60 transferable undergraduate units.  This makes a law degree a more affordable option for many older students who stepped away from school to start a career, because you don’t have to go back to undergrad before you start your graduate education. 

Now more than ever before, the California state community college system is equipped to help you realize your dream of being a lawyer. They will direct you to specific pre-law classes as you complete your first 60 transferable undergraduate semester units.  Upon completion, your transcript will be marked with the designation “Pathways to Law Scholar.”  Then your advisor will assist you in choosing your next step – whether that be securing an interview at a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree and then apply to law school.  Or transferring directly to a State Bar accredited law school immediately. 

Currently, Lincoln is in the process of obtaining accreditation to accept government funds for students, like the FAFSA.  Please refer to our accreditation page for more information.