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University Partnership: University of California Davis School of Law

City Year is proud to partner with University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall), an internationally recognized public law school committed to academic excellence, diversity and inclusion, and career success, to offer a $15,000 annual scholarship.


University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall) is one of the world’s leading law schools, known for its commitment to excellence in legal education, public service, and an inclusive, supportive academic community. Approved by the American Bar Association, it offers a Juris Doctor program of study in a full-time day program. The School of Law ranks 38th in the country overall and ranks #26 in reputation as judged by law school deans and faculty. Our faculty consistently ranks in the top 30 for scholarly impact and presently ranks #23 in the Leiter's Law School Rankings. Our small size ensures students have faculty access, student services support (including an on-site counselor), academic support (which includes a TA in every section of every first year class and extensive bar exam preparation resources), and career services support (five full-time lawyer counselors, including one dedicated to working specifically with students interested in government and public interest sectors). Named for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the school strives to increase access to underrepresented communities and consistently ranks high in national law school rankings for student and faculty diversity, public interest offerings, financial aid generosity, low student indebtedness, and inclusion efforts. King Hall also commits resources to increasing the number of students from underrepresented communities who apply to law school. It operates outreach programming for prelaw students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Now in its 17th year, the King Hall Outreach Program (KHOP) seeks to diversity in the legal education pipeline and it has been recognized by the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California for its efforts. The Law School is also an inaugural signatory to the CA State Bar Community College Pathways to Law School initiative, which strives to increase socioeconomic diversity in the California bar.


Benefits offered by University of California Davis School of Law (King Hall)

Scholarship Amount
$15,000 (approximately 30% annual CA resident tuition) annual scholarship
Number of Scholarships Awarded Annually 1
Application Fee Waiver Yes (there is no fee to apply)
Enrollment Deferral
One year deferral



Eligibility & Additional Info


  • $15,000 Scholarship. The annual scholarship award will be $15,000 (approximately 30% of CA resident tuition), for up to one (1) recipient per year.
  • The scholarship may be renewed in subsequent years provided recipients maintain continuous registration and remain in good academic standing, according to University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall) standards. Recipients must also make satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Law School at

  • Scholarships awarded to City Year AmeriCorps members and alumni for at least one year of service and City Year staff members employed for at least two years.

  • University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall) will allow deferrals up to one year if accepted applicants decide to serve additional time with City Year.

  • Scholarships described above represent the minimum awards; applicants will receive consideration for additional merit-based aid based on the academic strength of the application and for need-based grants if applicants submit the FAFSA by the March 2 priority deadline. Please see for the most current information on applying for need-based grants.

    Eligible Programs:
    Juris Doctor
    Joint Degree Programs
    Certificate Program

To Apply


  • Click here to access University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall) admissions website and apply online.

  • To identify your City Year affiliation:
    • Please check the City Year box on the online application.
    • Please contact the Admissions Office and state that you served with City Year and reference our partnership.
  • To Access the Application Fee Waiver and Apply for the Scholarship:
    • Request City Year service verification: Please email the City Year Alumni & Career Services Department at with "University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall): - City Year verification letter request” in the subject line and include the site where you served and dates of service in the email. This letter will be sent directly to University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall) Admissions Office and added to your applicant file.
    • There is no fee to apply to University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall) and no code required
    • To receive consideration for the City Year scholarship at UC Davis School of Law, King Hall, the Admissions Office must receive your verification letter no later than February 1.

To Contact the Admissions Office

  • Please call 530-752-6477 or email: and indicate your are a City Year AmeriCorps member. 

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. AmeriCorps members, alumni and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines, and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.