Financial Aid

While Lincoln is a fraction of the cost of most law schools in the Bay Area, we understand you may still need a little extra help to pay for your education here.  We also know that loans can be confusing, and choosing the right payment option for your personal circumstances isn’t easy.  However, a professional degree will change your life in ways you cannot imagine.  So why not let us help you figure out how to get started?  Your questions are welcome here.  Just email [email protected].

Sources of Financial Aid

Lincoln Law School of San Jose strives to make tuition affordable for people who want to learn the law because it’s their passion, not just so they can make it their profession.  As a result, the cost of a Lincoln JD degree is about 1/3 what you would pay at other schools.  Student loans and payment plans make it possible for almost anyone to obtain the many advantages a legal education can provide. 


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

Apprenticeships & Internships

At Lincoln, we are committed to you receiving at least 15 units of practical training during your time at Lincoln. That means you might work in our Clinic, at an internship of your choosing, or in an apprenticeship with one of our local law firm and in-house counsel partners. You’ll be practicing the law while you are learning it.

Flexible Class Schedules

Lincoln was created as a four year part time program with students completing approximately 22 units each year. But we understand that sometimes life can get in the way. So if you need to adjust that schedule for work, or family, or financial reasons, you’ve got up to seven years to complete your JD degree. So it’s ok to take a leave, or slow it down, while you catch up elsewhere.

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

Sallie Mae is California’s version of federal student loans. Like the federal loans, repayment is 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.