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 2018 Dean’s Awards Ceremony is scheduled to be held Tuesday, April 17, 2018.


Outside Scholarship Sources-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, 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:



Law Center Scholarships

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

  • George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law And Public Policy $5000 - Full time applicant with a pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss in the moderately-severe to profound range, who use listening and spoken language as their primary method of communication. Deadline: April 13, 2018.
  • Diversity in Law Scholarship $30K - Applicant must be first-year law student, be a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law, or demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship. Deadline: April 16, 2018.
  • Society of Iranian American Women for Education Scholarship $? - Must be an F-1 visa Iranian student. Deadline: April 16, 2018.
  • Sandor Turanyi Scholarship $? - Must be either a first or second generation Hungarian (with at least one parent or grandparent born in Hungary), or from the Hungarian minority in a neighboring Country (Felvidek, Erdely, Delvidek, etc.) OR an international student from the above mentioned with a non-immigrant visa (temporary). Deadline: April 16, 2018.
  • Mexican American Bar Association Scholarship $? - Applicant must be a full time Hispanic UHLC student. Deadline: April 16, 2018.
  • Taylor & Ring’s Victim Advocate Scholarship $5000 - Essay topic: What the civil justice systems means to you. Must be interested in pursuing the study of law with a specific goal of helping survivors of sexual assault, rape, child abuse, or sexual harassment in the workplace. Deadline: April 25, 2017.
  • The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) $5000 - Awards well-qualified students in financial need who possess the potential to make a significant contribution to the field of international oil and gas negotiations. Deadline: April 27, 2018.
  • Keren Goldenberg Public Defender Intern Scholarship $1000 - Applicant’s commitment to indigent defense work and financial need, but does not exclude achievement standards. Deadline: April 29, 2018.
  • Lemberg Law “Land of Opportunity” Law School Scholarship $1250 - Open to students who are immigrants to the U.S., AND who are U.S. citizens, DACA recipients, or legal permanent residents, submit a essay comparing and contrasting any one aspect of U.S. federal consumer protection law with that in your country of origin. Deadline: April 30, 2108.
  • Christopher Simon Law Scholarship $1000 - Awarded to an incoming student or current student for fall 2018. Essay topic: What dangers your client faces and what the best plan is to protect them based on specific situation listed on their website. Deadline: April 30, 2018.
  • Munley Law Scholarship $5000 - Essay question: What amendment to the Constitution is the most meaningful to you and why? Deadline: April 30, 2018.
  • Hoffoss Devall Problem Solving Scholarship $2000 - Essay or video topic: If you had $1 million, what problem would you try to solve? And how would you do it? Who would you work with? Why would you try to solve that particular problem? Deadline: April 30, 2018.
  • Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris Scholarship $1000 - Topic: Write an argumentation about whether a specific policy (of your choosing) in the personal injury system is unjust and requires reform, or is just and should stay the same. Deadline: May 1, 2018.
  • Maintenance and Cure Scholarship $1000 - Topic: How your life has been impacted by a personal injury for yourself or a family member. Deadline: May 1, 2018.
  • Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas/Women and Minority Scholarship $2500 - Minority women who intends to practice IP law in the State of Texas. Deadline: May 1, 2018.
  • Legal Scholarship Award $1000 - A scholarship for first-year law students who have written an article which has been published. The subject matter does not have to be related to the law; its primary purpose should be to inform readers. Deadline: May 1, 2018.
  • Legal Scholarship $1000 - Submit a sample of their writing which has previously been published in a newspaper, magazine, professional blog or academic publication. It is not necessary that the subject matter be related to the law; its primary purpose should be to inform readers. Open to incoming first year students. Deadline: May 1, 2018.
  • John R. Colvin Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic about technology and its impact on distracted driving. Deadline: May 1, 2018.
  • Earl Warren Scholarship $30K over 3 years - Awarded annually to an incoming 1L or rising 2L law students whose commitment to racial justice reveals outstanding potential for training as civil rights and public interest attorneys. Deadline: May 1, 2018.
  • State Bar Municipal Judges Section Scholarship $500 - 1L & 2L students. Essay topic: 1) Should municipal courts be allowed to arrest defendants who fail to comply with their judgements. 2) What should municipal courts do to enforce their judgements against those who lack the financial resource to pay their fines, court cost and fees that make up their judgements? Deadline: May 11, 2018.
  • Cancer Survivor College Scholarship $1000 - Awarded to a student who has battled cancer or who has helped support a parent, grandparent or sibling through their cancer experience. Deadline: May 15, 2018.
  • David B. Albo Public Service Scholarship $1000 - Essay:Tell us about a volunteer experience where you worked to make your community a better place. Deadline: May 15, 2015.
  • Plaxen and Adler Scholarship $2500 - Awarded to a law student who has demonstrated an interest in civil trial advocacy and a career as a civil trial lawyer, as well as the concept of a fair Civil Justice system, a just result for the injured, a desire to represent the injured and those whose rights are jeopardized. Deadline: May 15, 2018.
  • Austin Bar Foundation and the Austin LGBT Bar Association $3000 - Applicant must be enrolled at a Texas law school and must demonstrate some commitment or contribution to the LGBT community or LGBT legal issues.  Deadline: May 30, 2018.
  • The CPW Law Legal Scholarship $3000 - Must demonstrate an interest in a career as a trial lawyer, and a passion for representing injured individuals whose rights have been jeopardized. Deadline: May 31, 2018.
  • Individual and Community Law Advocate Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must be able to demonstrate a commitment to fighting for the rights of individuals and their communities and to be able to explain how their education goals will help them to be able to do this in the future. Deadline: May 31, 2018.
  • Luckman Law: People's Rights Scholarship $1000 - Essay Topic: What experiences made you passionate about standing up for the rights of others? In what ways are you currently trying to help others by standing up for their rights? How do you see your education goals informing your future work of standing up the the rights of other? Deadline: May 31, 2018.
  • Eastern District of Texas Bar Association $5000 - Applicant must have been born or resided in the Eastern District area (list of cities attached), show financial need or hardship and academic merit showing a likelihood of law school success. Deadline: May 31, 2018.
  • Dianne Sawaya Denver Safe Driving Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: Explain why you do not support or promote distracted driving (Ex: driving while texting or drinking). Explain how you prevent distracted driving and promote safe driving practices for yourself, friends, or family by providing specific examples. Deadline: May 31, 2018.
  • Make a Difference Academic Scholarship $3000 - Essay topic: How YOU plan on making a difference in your community or in any other community. Deadline: June 1, 2018.
  • Beyond Superficial Scholarship $1500 - Environmental issue topic: “Plastic Bags, Paper Bags, and Cloth Bags: The Best and The Worst.” Deadline: June 1, 2018.
  • Goodwin & Scieszka Innovation Scholarship $1000 - Essay topics: 1) In your opinion, what law is most out of date and should be rectified or repealed? OR...2) What future do you foresee for legal marketing with the inclusion of social media? Deadline: June 1, 2018.
  • The Branch Out Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must demonstrate through a personal statement that they are committed to expanding their education and using their education to improve their communities. Deadline: June 1, 2018.
  • Chapmanalbin Scholarship $1000 -Essay topic: Why you decided to pursue a law profession. What was the specific turning point in your history that led you to make this decision? Deadline: June 15, 2018.
  • Harris Lowry Manton LLP Academic Scholarship Award $5K - Submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words about the importance of the right to a trial by jury. Deadline: June 30, 2018.
  • Leukemia Scholarship $1500 - Applicant must be a survivor of leukemia or has an immediate family member affected by leukemia. Deadline: June 30, 2018.
  • Plattner Verderame, P.C.’s Annual Civil Justice Scholarship $2500 - Applicant must be interested in any aspect of social or civil justice. Deadline: June 30, 2018.
  • Anidjar & Levine Community Service Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: What job skill(s) did you develop through community service that you did not possess prior to volunteering?What did community service teach you about leadership?How has your community service influenced your career goals? Deadline: June 30, 2018.
  • Varghese Summersett Criminal Justice Scholarship $1500 - Submit a video that educates the audience about DWI laws or promotes safe drinking. Deadline: July 1, 2018.
  • Fleming Law Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: Area of personal injury or civil litigation law with an emphasis on why they deserve the award. Deadline: July 1, 2018.
  • Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorneys, PC Scholarship $1000 - Essay: Any topic. Deadline: July 1, 2018.
  • Varghese Summersett Criminal Justice Scholarship – Student Video Contest $1500 - Essay topic: Promotes safer drinking habits by suggesting ways to avoid getting behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. Deadline: July 1, 2018.
  • Maxim Law Social Justice Scholarship $500 - Submit a statement that includes your experience with progressive social justice activities and your long-term goals and concerns, including how your area of study is expected to benefit the movements for social change. Deadline: July 1, 2018,
  • Spouses of Houston Barristers $ varies - Applicant must be an ethnic minority and will be registered as a second or third year law student at one of Houston's 3 law schools. Deadline: July 13, 2018.
  • Cogburn Law Scholarship $5000 - Essay topic: Should Uber and Lyft drivers be subject to the same special insurance and liability rules that taxicabs operate under? Deadline: July 15, 2018.
  • Bey & Associates Scholarship $1000 - 1L students. Essay Topic: If you could make a single change that would help our nation’s homeless population find permanent homes, what would it be and why? Deadline: July 15, 2018.
  • Excellence in the Face of Adversity Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must be able to demonstrate a commitment to helping people who are facing adversity and be able to explain how their education goals will help them to be able to do this in the future in an essay. Deadline: July 15, 2018.
  • SeniorAdvice Caregiver Scholarship $2000 - Applicant must have acted as a caregiver to an adult relative in any capacity. Deadline: July 15, 2018.
  • Overdose Attorney Scholarship $1000 - Will you help those that lost someone due to an opioid overdose? Write a brief essay as to why you deserve this award. Deadline: July 15, 2018.
  • Assisting the Next Generation of Trademark Attorneys $2500 - Awarded to a current 1L or rising 2L or 3L student with the most compelling story of why they are interested in becoming a trademark attorney. Deadline: July 31, 2018.
  • Frankowski Annual Academic Scholarship $2500 - Awarded based on outstanding academic achievement while promoting justice and serving the needs of those who have been disadvantaged or injured. Deadline: July 31, 2018.
  • Ryan Law Group Scholarship $1000 - Essay theme: ‘Future Advocates of Justice’. How the writer plans to help those who cannot find justice on their own. Deadline: July 31, 2018.
  • Next Generation of Trademark Attorneys Scholarship $2500 - Essay topic: Your story of why you are interested in becoming a trademark attorney. Deadline:July 31, 2018.
  • Asian Heritage Law School Scholarship $1000 - Describe how your background and experiences in the Asian American community influenced your choice to go to law school and how you plan to use your degree to help give back to the community. Deadline: August 1, 2018.
  • Paul Schiffer Law Scholarship $500 - Must write an essay on any area of criminal law and be an entering 1L for fall 2018. Deadline: August 1, 2018.
  • Sutliff & Stout Law School Scholarship $2000 - Essay Topic: Why do you want to study law? Deadline: August 1, 2018.
  • National Tax Law Scholarship $500 - Awarded to a 2L or 3L U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in tax law. Deadline: August 6, 2018.
  • National Business Law Scholarship $500 - Awarded to a 2L or 3L U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in business law. Deadline: August 6, 2018.
  • Padua Latino Justice Scholarship $2500 - Essay topic: What is a current legal issue and a potential solution you believe is important to achieving greater justice or equality in the United States? We are particularly encouraging applications from undocumented immigrants, DACA recipients and DREAMers, and students with pending immigrant or nonimmigrant visa applications. Deadline: August 15,2018.
  • Law Office of Yuriy Moshes Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: Relating to recent workplace sexual harassment scandals reported in the media including Harvey Weinstein and the #metoo movement. Deadline: August 31, 2018.
  • Benson & Bingham Annual Scholarship $2000 - Essay topics: 1) Premises Security or 2) Consumer Product Safety. Deadline: August 31, 2018.
  • Ambrosio E. Rodriguez Scholarship $3500 - Essay on any topic. Deadline: September 1, 2018.
  • Weiss & Paarz Annual National Law Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must show: 1) Financial need; 2) Exceptional work ethic; 3) Strength in the face of adversity; 4) Outstanding academic achievement; 5) Commitment to the local community and charitable giving; 6) Ability to lead others; 7) Overall moral character. Deadline: September 3, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).






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