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. Submission deadline for 2015 TBA.


Outside Scholarship Sources

Applicants are encouraged to search for outside scholarships. Some suggestions are, 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:


  • The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship – Houston Galveston $2500 Stipend - Seeks to develop Leaders in Service who are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of under served communities during their Fellowship year and beyond.  Schweitzer Fellows design and implement their own 200-hour community service projects that address local unmet health needs, while also participating in monthly Fellowship activities focused on leadership development.  We select a diverse group of 12 to 15 students each year from multiple schools and academic disciplines, including medicine, biology, education, engineering, law, nursing, optometry, public health, religion, and social work, among others.

    The Fellowship is open to students enrolled in a graduate-level or professional degree program through April 2016. For more information contact Jennifer Cook, Director, at Applications are due February 1, 2015.



Applications on this site are also available on the scholarship literature rack in the Student Services suite.

  • TYLA Diversity Scholarship $1000 - Open to any student who is able demonstrate a commitment to diversity. Submission deadline is October 10, 2014.
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association (HIPLA) $1500 - Submissions are considered from 2L and 3L JD students, or the equivalent thereof for a part-time student. At the time of application, the student must have completed at least 30 hours of law study, must demonstrated interest in intellectual property law and a degree (undergraduate or graduate) in a scientific or engineering discipline or other technical education that would qualify you to practice before the USPTO in patent cases. Submission deadline is October 21, 2014.
  • Mark T. Banner Scholarship $5000 - The scholarship is part of The Richard Linn American Inn of Court's commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, and especially those from diverse backgrounds. Submission deadline is November 12, 2014.
  • Borowitz and Clark Law School Scholarship $2500 - Awarded to a law student who plans to practice in the fields of bankruptcy or consumer law. Submission deadline is November 15, 2014.
  • Staver Law Group Scholarship Essay Contest $2000 - This scholarship has been established to provide educated-related financial assistance to an individual hurt in an accident or significantly impacted by someone else's accident. Submission deadline is November 15, 2014.
  • Steinger, Iscoe & Greene Law Scholarship for Child Advocates $1000 - Essay topics:
    1. How has being a child advocate inspired you to pursue a career in law?
    2. How has your personal childhood experiences affected your outlook on the legal system?
    3. How did you become a child advocate?
    4. Submission deadline is November 30, 2014.
  • Fisher & Talwar Legal Inspiration Scholarship $1000 - Topic: Who or what is your inspiration for pursuing a career in law. Submission deadline is December 1, 2014.
  • Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers’ Single Mother Scholarship $1000 - An essay on the advantages of going back to school while caring for your children as a mother. Submission deadline is December 5, 2014.
  • Constangy, Brooks & Smith Diversity Scholars Awards $2599 - Awarded to a 2L student. Selection criteria will include academic achievement (minimum GPA of 3.0); commitment to diversity in the community, or in your school or work environment; and personal achievement in overcoming challenges to reach your goals. Submission deadline is December 12, 2014.
  • Bridgat Graduate Scholarship $6500 - Applicants must be a citizen of an Asian country with a 3.0 gpa. Submission deadline is December 31, 2014.
  • Empowering Women In Law Scholarship $2000 - Judged & awarded primarily on academic achievement, school & community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities & financial need. Application deadline is December 31, 2014.
  • Injury Lawyer News – Disability Scholarships $1000 - Applicants for the scholarship will write an essay on the following topics:
    1. What are the greatest challenges you have had to overcome as a result of your disability?
    2. What area of law do you intend to practice and why? Submission deadline is December 31, 2014.
  • Avvo Scholarship Program $10,000 - Students are required to write an essay and complete an anonymous questionnaire. Submission deadline is January 1, 2015.
  • The Texas Energy Innovation Challenge (TEIC) team award $10K - Graduate students from inter-disciplinary academic programs at the major universities in Texas are challenged to bring research and imagination to help solve an existing energy problem for Texans.  The participants in the Challenge will be presenting both a written proposal and oral presentation to an august group of evaluators in May 2015.
  • Tad Nelson law Firm Scholarship $500 - This scholarship is judged primarily on need basis, but does not exclude achievement standards. Submission deadline is May 31, 2015.
  • The d’Oliveira & Associates College Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must be a U.S. citizen. Essay topic: Persuading young people on the dangers of drinking and driving. Submission deadline is July 30, 2015.


Writing Competition

Applications on this site are also available on the literature rack in the Student Services suite.






University of Houston Law Center
Financial Aid & Scholarship Office
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Houston, Texas 77204-6060
(713) 743-2269
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