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: February 18, 2019

Criteria & Application - Submit via Symplicity Job #20106

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 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).

  • Kenneth H. Ashworth Fellowship Program $ to be determined - To provide financial assistance to a Texas resident student with financial need, who is enrolled in graduate programs in public affairs, public service or public administration. Deadline to submit application to Dean Tennessee: February 11, 2019.
  • John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship $61,500  - The Fellowship offers a unique educational experience to graduate and professional students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches the students with hosts in the legislative or executive branch of the federal government for a one-year paid fellowship (13 month award term) in the Washington, D.C. area. Deadline: February 22, 2019.

Law Center Scholarships

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

  • 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.
  • Human Rights Essay Award $ - Essay topic: The protection of Migrants under International Human Rights Law. Applicants must have a degree of law and should have an exhibition experience or interest in international human rights law. Deadline: February 1, 2019.
  • Bridging the Dream Scholarship $20,000 - Share with us your unique path to graduate school and the dreams you hope to accomplish with your degree. Creativity counts! Deadline: February 15, 2019.
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation $1000 - $10,500 - Law student who will be enrolled full time and can demonstrate a commitment to the study of natural resources law is eligible to apply. Deadline: February 28, 2019 for JD and March 15, 2019 for LLM.
  • Marvin D. Nathan Fellowship with Anti-Defamation League $5000 - The fellow will participate in both the legal and policy work of the organization, learning how ADL fights anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry, works to build bridges amongst disparate groups and safeguards the rights of all people. Deadline: February 22, 2019 (see job ID # 19965 in the Symplicity job bank).

  • National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA) $5000 - Application Form Official Transcripts; Test Scores; Resume; Letters of Recommendation; Essay; Processing Fee ($35). Deadline: February 28, 2019.
  • UH Women and Gender Resource Center $1000 - To recognize student commitment and contribution in the advancement and support of women and gender equity. Deadline: February 28, 2019.
  • Reals Estate Law Section of the HBA $3000 - Awarded to a 2L or 3L law student from each of the three Houston area law schools that show an interest in real estate law. Deadline: February 28, 2019.
  • Hortense Ward Scholarship $2500 - The Houston Heights Woman's Club to sponsor the award to a female law student, preferably a 2L or 3L student, who exemplifies the qualities of public service and commitment to social causes, especially those involving women. Deadline: March 1, 2019.
  • Mexican American Bar Association Scholarship-Houston (MABAH) $1,500 - Why you should represent MABAH? Include why you exemplify the MABAH purpose. Deadline: March 1, 2019.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) Bar Association $ paid registration ($290 value) and a travel stipend (up to $500 for those outside the Washington, DC metropolitan area) to attend 2 day conference - Discuss one of the following topics: (1) a challenge that the field faces or will face going forward, (2) a development in veterans law that interests you, or (3) the personal impact that you see yourself making in the field of veterans law. Deadline: March 1, 2019.
  • Dr. Lee K. Feine Scholarship $1500 - Applicant must maintain permanent residence in the Houston metropolitan area and be preparing for a career in a health profession, education, community or social services, or Jewish Studies. Deadline: March 10, 2019.
  • Zelle Diversity in Law Scholarship $20,000 - Applicant must be a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity.  Deadline: March 15, 2019.
  • Neal Davis Law Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: How has the #MeToo movement changed how schools deal with and talk about sexual assault on campus, and what approach in your view would best balance a victim's right to justice with an accused's right to due process/fairness? Deadline: March 31, 2019.
  • Aviation Section of the State Bar of Texas $1000 - Must have an interest in aviation law. Submit a brief covering an aviation case opinion that was decided in 2018 or 2019. Deadline: April 1, 2019.
  • Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship $3000 - The scholarship supports graduates of Berks County, Pennsylvania, high schools who will be attending an accredited law school to pursue a law degree.  Preference will be given to students entering their second year of law school; however, all applicants meeting the criteria are encouraged to apply. Deadline: April 1, 2019.
  • Houston Bar Association Auxiliary Charitable Fund, Inc $5000 - Available to a 2L who will graduate in fall 2019 or spring 2020. Parameters for selection are academic excellence, financial need, and community involvement. Deadline: Postmarked by April 1, 2019.
  • Gainsberg Law Annual Scholarship $2500 - Essay topic: Why you are interested in the law. Deadline: April 1, 2019.
  • Amarillo Area Bar Foundation Scholarship $2500 - Applicants must have been born in, raised in, or currently reside in one of the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. Deadline: April 1, 2019.
  • Law Student Diversity Scholarship Program $10K - Demonstrated academic excellence, service to the profession, service to the community and service to the cause of diversity. Deadline: April 1, 2019.
  • NW Corporate Law Scholarship $1000 - Be a 2nd or 3rd year law student and have an interest in business law or entrepreneurship. Deadline: April 1, 2019.
  • Franklin Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship $7500 - Commitment to assisting aspiring law students from circumstances of need become lawyers of high ethics, civility, and professionalism. From the Eastern District of Texas. Deadline: April 4, 2019.
  • State Bar of Texas Tax Section Scholarship $2000 - Assists students with their financial needs, facilitate and encourage students to enter the practice of tax law in Texas, and become active members of the State Bar Tax Section. Deadline: April 6, 2019.
  • Taylor & Ring Victim Advocate Scholarship $5000 - Essay topic: What the civil justice systems means to you. Deadline: April 25, 2019.
  • Rizio Liberty Lipinsky Lawyer Scholarship $10K - Essay topic: Why you’re pursuing a legal career, what you are passionate about, and how the scholarship will allow you to perform your best in law school. Deadline: May 1, 2019.
  • Pipeline to Practice Foundation Scholarship $? - The Pipeline to Practice Foundation seeks to support members of groups that are historically underrepresented in the legal profession. If you are an entering 1L student and feel that your participation will diversify the legal profession. Deadline: May 1, 2019.
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship $5000 - Law students must demonstrate an interest in the study of natural resources, energy or mineral law. Deadline: May 1, 2019.
  • Plaxen and Adler Scholarship $2500 - Must demonstrate an interest in civil trial advocacy and a career as a civil trial lawyer. Deadline: May 15, 2019.
  • Legal Scholarship Offered by Criminal Defense Attorneys Moses and Rooth $1000 - Essay Topic: Should people be allowed to warn motorists about DUI checkpoints in America? Deadline: June 1, 2019.
  • Law Student Diversity Scholarship $2000 - Open to incoming students or students in their 1L or 2L year of law school; member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career; U.S. citizen; undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA. Deadline: June 1, 2019.
  • Veterans and Military Family Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must be an active duty service member, a veteran, or a spouse or child of an active duty or retired service member. Deadline: June 15, 2019.
  • Chapmanalbin Scholarship $1000 - Pick a movie or novel where someone has a difficult moral choice to make and tell us whether you agree or disagree with the decision they make and provide a strong argument for your position. Deadline: June 15, 2019.
  • Harris Lowry Manton LLP Civil Justice Scholarship $5000 - Essay topic: No more than 1,000 words about the importance of the right to a trial by jury. Awarded to an incoming or current law student. Deadline: June 30, 2019.
  • The Wagner & Wagner Civil Justice Scholarship $ 2500 - Essay topic: The injured plaintiff’s right to be compensated through litigation or mediation. Deadline: June 30, 2019.
  • Good Lawyers/Good People Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: Describe the value of using the law to improve people’s lives. Deadline: July 1, 2019.
  • Senior Caregiver Scholarship $2000 - Must have been involved in care-giving for a family member or friend. Deadline: July 15, 2019.
  • Diversity Scholarship $2000 - Essay topic: How will your law degree help your community? Deadline: August 1, 2019.
  • National Tax Law Scholarship $500 - Awarded to a 2L or 3L full-time U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in tax law. Deadline: August 5, 2019.
  • National Business Law Scholarship $500 - Awarded to a 2L or 3L year full-time U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in business law. Deadline: August 5, 2019.
  • Beat the Fish Scholarship $1500 - Essay topic: In light of The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act being ruled unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court, is it time for federal lawmakers to revisit the relevance and effectiveness of the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act? Deadline: August 31, 2019.
  • W&P National Law Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must demonstrate all of the following qualities and characteristics: Financial need; Exceptional work ethic; Strength in the face of adversity; Outstanding academic achievement; Commitment to the local community and charitable giving; Ability to lead others; Overall moral character. Deadline: September 9, 2019.
  • Criminal Justice Scholarship – Law Student Video Contest $1500 - Video topic: 1) Educates the audience about DWI laws in Texas. 2) Promotes safer drinking habits by suggesting ways to avoid getting behind the wheel if you have been drinking. Deadline: October 1, 2019.


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







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