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 achievement in a number of areas. Please pay particular attention to the criteria/description stated in each scholarships on this application. Deadline for 2019: TBA
The 2019 Dean’s Awards Ceremony is scheduled to be 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. Some suggestions are www.fastweb.com, www.aie.org 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:
- Soros Justice Fellowships $$ varies - Provides funds for outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. Deadline: October 22, 2018.
Law Center Scholarships
Outside Scholarships (JD & LLM) - All scholarship criteria and selection determinations are set by each individual donor (not the Law Center).
- Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) Diversity Scholarship 3 awards of $5K, $3K & $1500 - TYLA will consider the applicant’s resume, response to the essay questions, letter(s) of
recommendation, demonstrated commitment to diversity, academic performance, and financial need. Deadline: October 19, 2018.
- Stevens & McMillan Scholarship $1500 - Essay topic: Choose any law or connected group of laws regarding at least on for the following topics: Wrongful termination; Harassment; Discrimination; Retaliation; Leave of absence violations. Deadline: November 15, 2018.
- Bright Leader of the Future Scholarship $500 - Select 1 essay topic: 1) How do you feel about the USA's so called war on drugs and if you were in a position to make any changes to USA drug laws what would they be and why? 2) How do you feel about the USA prison system, is it effective or ineffective? If you believe it is ineffective then explain how you would reform the system to make it better. If you believe it is effective then explain why you believe it is so. Deadline: November 30, 2018.
- Mark T. Banner Scholarship $10,000 - Awarded based on the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, and especially those from diverse backgrounds. Deadline: December 7, 2018.
- The Reeves Law Group Scholarship $3000 - Essay that demonstrates a genuine desire and goal of using the legal system to fix problems or improve conditions in our society. Deadline: December 15, 2018.
- Law School Scholarship for Veterans $1500 - Essay topic: 1) How did your experience in the military inspire you in your education and career aspirations? OR, 2) How did your military experience prepare you for law school and a career practicing law? Deadline: December 15, 2018.
- Car Seat Safety Scholarship $3500 - Essay topics: 1) What is an innovative tool parents today need (ie car seat stroller, travel car seat, carrier) that they may not have needed in the past? 2) Should Uber drivers be required to have a car seat if they transport children, or should it be up to the parents? 3) What special equipment do parents need for children who have special needs – and what can we do to make their lives easier?
Deadline: December 28, 2018.
- Proud Texan Scholarship $2500 - Create a short (30–120 second) video and essay, telling us 1) What motivates you to continue your education? 2) Who helped you along the way? 3) What do you plan to do to better the state of Texas? Deadline: December 30, 2018.
- DDR Lawyers Legal Scholarship $1500 - Submit an essay on what you hope to achieve in your legal career if awarded this scholarship. Deadline: December 31, 2018.
- Artificial Intelligence and Technology Scholarship $5000 - Topic: What you believe is the most interesting and/or useful role AI will play in our digital future. Describe some of the human element that will be involved in this AI technology. Deadline: December 31, 2018.
- Christensen Law Firm Scholarship $2000 - Essay topic: What is today’s biggest threat to our right to a civil jury trial? Deadline: January 31, 2019.
Writing Competitions-All award criteria and selection determinations are set by each individual donor (not the Law Center).
- IEL Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition $2500 Topic: Related to energy development. Deadline: December 2018.
- American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers $1500 - $5000 - Topic: Written contributions to the field of U.S. consumer financial services law in the following categories:
(b) publishable articles, book chapters, or substantial book reviews by a professional in the field;
(c) publishable student case notes, articles, or comments. Deadline: December 1, 2018.
- Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition $2000 - Topic: Innovative legal issues likely to grow out of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and related technologies. Deadline: December 18, 2018.
- American Indian Law Review Writing Competition $1000 - Topic: Any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples. Deadline: January 31, 2019.
- Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition $1500 - Topic: American regulatory or administrative law, broadly construed. Deadline: February 3, 2019.
- Constance Baker Motley Writing Competition $3000 - Topic: A progressive view on a broad array of constitutional law topics. Deadline: February 10, 2019.
- ELI CONSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW WRITING COMPETITION $2000 - Topic: Developments or trends in U.S. environmental law with a significant constitutional, “federalism,” or other cross-cutting component. Deadline: April 8, 2019.
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