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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 2021: TBA

The 2020 Dean’s Awards Ceremony jas been cancelled due to COVI19..

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:

Entering Students Opportunties

Law Preview Scholarships Sponsored by Thompson & Knight 

Law Preview (the nation's largest law school prep course) has teamed up with Thompson & Knight to provide Law Preview Scholarships to ten (10)  members of our entering class.  Select members of our entering class can attend a law school prep course this summer at no cost. To learn more about this scholarship opportunity and see if you qualify, visit the following URL:  

Law Preview’s “One Lawyer Can Change the World” Scholarship 

Each year, BARBRI Law Preview honors 10 future change agents who are heading to law school. Ten finalists will be rewarded with scholarships to help pay for the first year of law school: First Place ($10k), Second Place ($5k) and Eight Runners-up ($1k). You can review scholarship details here:


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)..

  • National Scholarship for Students with Disabilities $2000 - Essay topic: The Americans with Disability Act was set into law to ensure inclusion of people with disabilities into everyday activities of society, is it working? Deadline: March 31, 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.
  • 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 and must be currently enrolled in or accepted for admittance to a law school. Deadline: April 1, 2020.
  • State Bar of Texas Tax Scholarship for Law Students $2,000 - Must demonstrate academic excellence and commitment to the study and practice of tax law.  Any student who is enrolled in an ABA accredited law school at the time the application is submitted, and who intends to practice tax law in Texas, is eligible to apply. Deadline: April 17, 2020
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) $10,000 per year - Be enrolled as an entering law school (1L) student during the 2020-2021 academic school year and have an interest in Patent Law. Deadline: April 6, 2020.
  • Hispanic Law Student Association of Houston for 1Ls $? Awarded to deserving first-year law student at each of the three Houston area law schools. Deadline: April 15, 2020.
  • James DeAnda Scholarship for 2L's $? - Awarded to deserving 2L law students at one of the three Houston area law schools. The Law Center will match this award. Deadline: April 15, 2020.
  • Hispanic Law Student Association of Houston for 3Ls $? - Awarded to deserving 3L law student at each of the three Houston area law schools. Deadline: April 15, 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.
  • American Association for Justice Mike Eidson Scholarship $5000 - Awarded to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiff lawyer or criminal defense lawyer and a dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. Deadline: May 1, 2020.
  • Rizio Lipinsky Lawyer Scholarship $10,000 - Topic: Why you are pursuing a legal career, why you believe it is important to advocate for others, and how the scholarship will help you to maximize opportunities to develop your skills as a future lawyer. Deadline: May 1, 2020.
  • Charles E. Joseph Employment Law Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: What are the biggest challenges facing workers’ rights in the future? Deadline: May 1, 2020.
  • Ed Edmondson Scholarship $? - Demonstrate an interest in and dedication to Native American law issues. Deadline: May 31, 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.
  • First-Generation College Student Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: What challenges do you anticipate as a first-generation college student in your family, and how do you foresee overcoming those challenges?. Deadline: June 15, 2020.
  • Chapmanalbin Scholarship $1000 - Essay Topic: If you could defend one super villain or prosecute one superhero in a court of law, who would it be?  Deadline: June 15, 2020.
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) & LMJ Scholarship Program $varies - Awarded to full time women and diverse students; an outstanding or promising academic record; an interest in corporate law; demonstrated community service and leadership qualities; a financial need; and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity. Deadline: June 17, 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.
  • Simmons and Fletcher Excellence in Ethics Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: Focus on the importance of providing free legal services to those who cannot afford it, and why this is beneficial to the community at large and to the legal system as a whole. Deadline: July 1, 2020.
  • American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize $5000 - Essay topic: Issues of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence. Deadline: July 1, 2020.
  • Spouses of Houston Barristers $2500 - $10K - To provide financial assistance to 2L & 3L ethnic minority law students attending one of the 3 Houston Law schools. Deadline: July 10, 2020.
  • Sutliff & Stout Law School Scholarship $1500 -Essay topic: Why do you want to study law? Deadline: July 31, 2020.
  • Diversity in Law Scholarship $1500 - Essay Topic: How will your law degree help your community? Deadline: July 31, 2020.
  • Dominguez Firm Legal Scholarship Award $2500 - Essay topic: Why did you chose to attend law school/become an attorney. Deadline: July 31, 2020.
  • Maxim Smith Social Justice Scholarship $500 - Must be interested in pursuing a college degree in social justice, immigration rights, civil rights, anti-harassment, gender, and women’s studies, or other programs that advance justice for all people. Deadline: July 31, 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 First Place: $10k  |  Second Place: $5k  |  Eight Runners-up: $1k - Must be an incoming 1L student starting in the Fall of 2020 to apply. Submit a 500-word essay or less. Deadline: June 1, 2020.
  • National Tax Law Scholarship $500 - Awarded to a 2L or 3L full-time U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in tax lawDeadline: August 10, 2020.
  • National Business Law Scholarship $500 - Awarded to a 2L or 3L full-time U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in business law. Deadline: August 10, 2020.
  • Weiss & Paarz Annual National Law Scholarship $1000 - 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 30, 2020.
  • GAR Disability Advocates Law School Scholarship $2500 - Essay topic: How has someone with a disability affected you? This can be yourself or someone you know. If you are close to anyone who gets disability benefits, how would their life be different without those benefits? Deadline: October 15, 2020.
  • Jeremy Rosenthal College Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: What unique qualities and perspective will you bring to your chosen profession that will cause you to stand out from the crowd? Deadline: November 1, 2020.
  • Community Leadership Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: What are the three most important characteristics of a community leader and how has your life to date shown that you embody these characteristics?. Deadline: December 15, 2020.

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




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