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Merit Scholarships for Entering J.D. Students

Dean’s Scholarships are offered to highly qualified students in each entering first-year class.  These scholarships vary in number and amount each year, and are renewable under the terms outlined below.  As part of the Dean’s Scholarship program, we also offer at least two Dean’s Teach for America Scholarships. The terms and criteria for the Teach for America scholarships are the same as those for the Dean’s Scholarship program, except that only current or former Teach for America corps members will be considered. Every applicant accepted for admission to the J.D. program is automatically considered for available merit scholarships, and no additional application is required.

Criteria for Entering Student Scholarships:

Every J.D. applicant accepted for admission is automatically considered for available merit scholarships, and no additional application is required. The following factors are considered when awarding merit scholarships:

  • Applicant's academic record, including previous undergraduate and/or graduate institutions and test scores
  • Applicant's letters of recommendation
  • Applicant's demonstrated interest in obtaining an advanced degree as evidenced by the personal statement and other application materials
  • Other relevant qualifications

Merit scholarships awarded to entering full-time J.D. students, including Dean’s Scholarships and Dean’s Teach for America Scholarships, are renewable for all three years of the J.D. program, provided the student maintains continuous full-time enrollment and is in good academic standing. For part-time students, scholarships are for all four years of the J.D. program, provided the student maintains a continuous part-time course load and is in good academic standing.  If the student transfers from the part-time program to the full-time program, the scholarship will expire upon graduation from the JD program or at the conclusion of the fourth year, whichever comes first.

Scholarships are paid in two equal installments each year, one each for the fall and spring semester. No payment is made for summer enrollment.  The scholarship will be applied to the student’s university financial account.

Dean's Award Ceremony

Each year, the UHLC offers several scholarships to currently enrolled students.  During this ceremony, the Law Center recognizes student achievements in a number of areas. Please pay particular attention to the criteria/description stated in each scholarship on this application. Deadline: TBA for spring 2020.

The 2019 Dean’s Awards Ceremony was held Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Outside Scholarship Sources (JD & LLM)-All scholarship criteria and selection determinations are set by each individual donor (not the Law Center).

Applicants are encouraged to search for outside scholarships with individual organizations, sororities or fraternities, social clubs, religious or business organizations, employers of a parent, spouse or friend, foundations, town or city clubs, community organizations and civic groups such as the American Legion, YMCA, 4H Club, Elks, Kiwanis, Jaycees or girl & boy scouts. Any organization connected with your field of interest. Other options:


Fellowships/Internships - All scholarship criteria and selection determinations are set by each individual donor (not the Law Center).

Law Center Scholarships

Outside Scholarships (JD & LLM) - All scholarship criteria and selection determinations are set by each individual donor (not the Law Center).

  • DDR Lawyers Legal Scholarship $1500 - Essay topic: What you hope to achieve in your legal career if awarded this scholarship. Deadline: January 31, 2020.
  • DC Law Scholarship $2000 - Essay topic: How could we improve our rules of procedure and/or rules of evidence to provide for a more fair and just civil jury trial? You can respond in the context of the Federal Rules, or any state that you prefer. Deadline: January 31, 2020.
  • Morgan Law Group Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: Describe the area of law you intend to pursue. Deadline: January 31, 2020.
  • The Advocates Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: What are some of the daily problems bicyclists face on the roads? How aware are we of bicyclists and the laws associated with them? How can you contribute to improving awareness and road safety for bicyclists? Deadline: January 31, 2020.
  • Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez, and Leonard (DSFL) Scholarship $1000 - Awarded to an Immigrant or first-generation Hispanic student who is currently enrolled as an undergraduate on a per-law track or law student at an accredited university. submit a 2-minute video answering the following question: What are the greatest barriers in our legal system to justice for all? How can you work to change this? Deadline: January 31, 2020.
  • Bridging the Dream Scholarship $5000 - Share with us your unique path to graduate school and the dreams you hope to accomplish with your degree. Creativity counts! Deadline: February 14, 2020.
  • Medical Malpractice Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: A) What does the future of medical malpractice law look like in the U.S.? B) Why are you interested in pursuing a career in Medical Malpractice Law? February 15, 2020.
  • Krist Law Firm Scholarship $5000 - Essay Topic: A time when you faced a significant ethical dilemma. What was the situation and what did you do? Deadline: March 31, 2020.
    KNR’s Stop Distracted Driving Scholarship $5000 - Applicants will be required to develop a plan that will persuade young adults to avoid distracted driving. Deadline: March 31, 2020.
  • Aviation Law Section of the State Bar of Texas Scholarship $1000 - Submit a brief of 500 words or less covering an aviation case opinion that was decided in 2019 or 2020. Deadline: April 1, 2020.
  • Houston Bar Association Auxiliary Charitable Fund $5000 - The selection is based on scholastic achievement, need, and community involvement. It is open to any 2Lwho is a Texas resident. There will a winner at each of the 3 law schools in Houston. Deadline: April 1, 2020.
  • Howard Fox Memorial Scholarship $3000 - Must be a graduate of a Berks County, Pennsylvania, high school and who will be entering an accredited law school to pursue a law degree, or who are already attending an accredited law school to pursue a law degree, and who demonstrate financial need. Deadline: April 1, 2020.
  • Infographic Scholarship $ 1500- Using data from government, private agencies or non-profits, create an info-graphic that tells your story. Choose a topic of your choice related to 'Injuries in America: Examine a dangerous aspect of life and how things have improved since a law change or regulation'. Deadline: May 1, 2020.
  • Plaxen and Adler Scholarship $2500 -  Applicant must show to be an outstanding and promising scholar, have an interest in civil trial advocacy and possess a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Deadline: June 1, 2020
  • Civil Justice Scholarship Award $2500 - Topic: The injured plaintiff’s right to be compensated through litigation or mediation. Deadline: June 1, 2020.
  • Law Student Diversity Scholarship  $2500 - Topic: Describe your efforts to encourage greater racial or ethnic diversity within the student body of your school. Deadline: June 1, 2020.
  • Harris Lowry Manton LLP Civil Justice Scholarship $5000 - Essay topic: The importance of the right to a trial by jury. Deadline: June 1, 2020.
  • Cunningham & Mears Academic Scholarship $2500 - Essay topic: Why you chose to study Law. Deadline: June 1, 2020.
  • Gainsberg Law Scholarship Award $2500 - Essay topic: "Why you are interested in the law?" Deadline: June 1, 2020.
  • Taylor & Ring’s Annual Victim Advocate Scholarship $5000 - Essay topic: "What the civil justice systems means to you?" Deadline: June 1, 2020.
  • Diversity Scholarship $2000 - Recipient (1L or 2L) is a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. Deadline: June 1, 2020.
  • Harris Lowry Manton LLP Scholarship $ 5000 - Topic: The importance of the right to a trial by jury. Deadline: June 1, 2020.
  • Arash law Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: Describe which field of law you are interested in pursuing and why, plus what you plan to do with your degree. Deadline: June 1, 2020.
  • Scholarship $ 2500 - Essay topic: Any controversial legal topic that has been trending on the news and defend your stance on the matter from a strictly objective legal perspective. Deadline: June 1, 2020.
  • Heart Disease Scholarship $? - You have been diagnosed with heart disease or a congenital heart defect. Essay topic: How has heart disease affected or changed your plans in life? Deadline: June 15, 2020.
  • Law School Scholarship for Veterans $1500 - Topic: 1) How did your experience in the military inspire you in your education and career aspirations?  2) How did your military experience prepare you for law school and a career practicing law? Deadline: June 15, 2020.
  • Impact on the Community Scholarship $1000 - Demonstrate their strong commitment to helping others and be able to describe personal examples. Deadline: June 30, 2020.
  • Curley Law Firm Law School Scholarship $1000 - Essay that answers this prompt: What is business law to you and why is it important in today’s society? Deadline: June 30,2020.
  • Levinson Law Group Law School Scholarship $2000 - Essay topic:  Illustrate how you hope to help victims of personal injury and why you chose this area of law. Deadline August 1, 2020.
  • Sundari Sriskandarajah Memorial Scholarship $500 - Must possess an interest in social justice, as demonstrated by past and present volunteer, professional, and educational experiences. Deadline: September 30,2020.
  • One Lawyer Can Change the World” Scholarship
    2020 Scholarship Awards:
    First Place: $10k  |  Second Place: $5k  |  Eight Runners-up: $1k
    Scholarship Details:
    • Submit a 500-word essay or less by June 1, 2020.
    • The top 10 finalists will be announced on July 3, 2020.
    • The $10,000 scholarship recipient will be announced on July 17, 2020.
    • The award will be paid directly to his or her law school.
    • You must be an incoming 1L student starting in the Fall of 2020 to apply.

Writing Competitions-All award criteria and selection determinations are set by each individual donor (not the Law Center).




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