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

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:

 

Fellowships/Internships

Scholarships

  • UH Distinguished Service to Women Award for Students and Staff $1000 - Given in recognition of commitments and contributions in the advancement and support of gender equity, and service to women. Deadline: February 26, 2018.
  • National Italian American Bar Association and Sons of Italy Foundation Scholarship $4000 and up - Applicant must be a U.S. citizens of Italian descent (at least one Italian or Italian-American grandparent). Deadline: February 28, 2018.
  • NW Corporate Law Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: How you would ideally use your law degree if you did not have debt following law school. Deadline: March 1, 2018.
  • Mexican American Bar Association $1500 - Awarded to any student in good standing at each of the Houston law schools. Deadline March 5, 2018.
  • Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation scholarship $? - Hispanic law student Scholarship and bar study grant. Deadline: March 9, 2018.
  • Jim M. Perdue, Sr. Trial Advocacy Award $5000 - Awarded to a UHLC student who demonstrates a commitment to the Law Center’s Advocacy Program and shows a highly developed skill-set in the Art of Advocacy. Apply through Symplicity job # 16695. Deadline: March 9, 2018.
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship $ May cover partial or full tuition costs only - Applicant must demonstrate a commitment to the study of natural resources law. JD Deadline: February 28, 2018. LLM Deadline: March 15, 2018.
  • Andy Thigpen Scholarship  $2,000 - Andrew “Andy” Byron Thigpen (UH Law Class of 1993) was a passionate Advocate as he led the Advocates while at the Law Center. After graduation, he enjoyed a successful career as a trial lawyer.
    To be considered for this scholarship current 2L or 3L students should:

    (1) Be a member of the Advocates;

    (2)  Describe, in a 500 word or less cover letter, what classes and activities you have been involved in during law school to prepare for a career as a trial lawyer, and describe what you have gained from those experiences.
    Students eligible: 2L and 3L students
    To apply: Submit a resume and the cover letter to Symplicity job #16645
    Deadline: March 19, 2018

  • Ann Dinsmore Forman Memorial Association of  Women in Law Scholarship  $500 
    The Ann Dinsmore Forman Memorial Association of  Women in Law $500  award was established to recognize a current law student who has worked to further AWIL's mission. AWIL's mission is to provide female University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) students with encouragement, guidance, and support on their journey through law school.  AWIL strives to provide a forum where law students can become familiar with women's issues in the legal profession and in the larger community. AWIL also provides service opportunities to its members in order to encourage community involvement.

    Candidate must be a current JD student; and must have assisted AWIL in providing encouragement, guidance, and support to female UHLC students during his  or her tenure at UHLC; or candidate must have worked to further women's issues in the legal profession and/or in the community.

    Applicants are required to submit the following:
    (1) A resume
    (2) A cover letter of no more than 500 words explaining why you are the best candidate for the Ann Dinsmore Forman Memorial Association of Women in Law award and how you have furthered AWIL's mission.
    Students eligible: All current law students
    To apply: Submit a resume and the cover letter to Symplicity job #16642
    Deadline: March 19, 2018

  • Bodine "Bo" Schwerin Scholarship (For Law Review Students)   $2,500 - The Bodine "Bo" Schwerin Scholarship was established to honor of the late Bo Schwerin by his wife and her family. The $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a student in good standing at the University of Houston Law Center, who is an active member of the Houston Law Review and demonstrates an interest in the Law Center and a commitment to the community. Preference will be given to a student who has family obligations and/or student clerking upon graduation.
    Applicants are required to submit an application that includes the following:
    (1) The scholarship candidates must be a member in good standing of the Houston Law Review.
    (2) A resume
    (3) Write a cover letter of 500 words or less detailing the candidate’s qualifications for this scholarship.

    Students eligible: Current Houston Law Review students
    To apply: Submit a resume and the cover letter to Symplicity job #16647
    Deadline: March 19, 2018

  • Gulf Coast Power Association Scholarship $5,000 - The Gulf Coast Power Association has established several scholarships to assist deserving students in attaining their educational goals. This $5,000 scholarship will assist a University of Houston Law Center student who is pursuing a law degree. The candidate must:
    (1)   Be a US citizen or a permanent resident
    (2)   Submit a resume
    (3)   Submit an unofficial transcript
    (4)   Prepare a 500 word cover letter describing the area of practice that you are interested in.  

    Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates an interest in pursuing a career in energy law. To apply please

    Students eligible: 2L, 3L and LLM students.
    To apply: S
    ubmit a resume and the statement to Symplicity job # 16643
    Deadline: March 19, 2018

  • GCPA emPowering Women Scholarship $2,500 - The Gulf Coast Power Association has established several scholarships to assist deserving students in attaining their educational goals. This $2,500 scholarship will assist a University of Houston Law Center woman who is pursuing her law degree. The candidate must be a US citizen or a permanent resident. Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates an interest in pursuing a career in energy law. To apply please prepare a resume and a 500 word statement describing the area of practice that you are interested in.

    Students eligible: 2L, 3L and LLM students.
    To apply: Submit a resume and the statement to Symplicity job # 16644
    Deadline: March 19, 2018

  • Ira Shepard Memorial Scholarship $2,000 - The Ira Shepard Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Ira Shepard, a renowned authority in Tax Law and long-time UHLC Professor.  This $2,000 scholarship will assist a UHLC student who intends to pursue a career in taxation.  Candidates must:
    (1)   Submit a resume
    (2)   Submit an unofficial transcript
    (3)   Prepare a 500 word cover letter describing your interest in taxation.

    Students eligible: 2L, 3L and LLM students.
    To apply: Submit a resume and the statement to Symplicity job # 16648
    Deadline: March 19, 2018

  • Jackson Lewis Employment Scholarship $2,500 - The Jackson Lewis scholarship ($2,500) recognizes a student who is a member of a group that is underrepresented in the legal profession and who has also demonstrated an interest in the study and practice of labor and employment law. Students in any year may apply.
    Applicants are required to submit an application that includes the following:
    (1) A resume;
    (2) An unofficial transcript;
    (3) A cover letter of 500 words or less detailing the candidate’s interest in the field of labor and employment law, and any past experiences that are relevant to the student’s ability to make a contribution to this field. 

    Students eligible: All current law students
    To apply: Submit a resume and the statement to Symplicity job # 16646
    Deadline: March 19, 2018

  • Sam Williamson Fellowship for the Immigration Clinic $5,000 - This fellowship was created in memory of Sam Williamson, Esq., a tireless advocate on behalf of immigrants for more than 50 years.

    Applicants are required to submit an application that includes the following:
    (1)   The fellowship candidate must have completed 30 hours prior to the start date of the fellowship.
    (2)   Complete a general immigration law survey course before the beginning of the fellowship.
    (3)   Write a cover letter of 500 words or less detailing the candidate’s interest in the field of immigration law, an expression of dedication and interest in the practice of immigration law, and any past experiences that are relevant to the student’s ability to make a contribution to this field. Information regarding the individual’s background, academic and non-academic qualifications, and commitment to public service should be outlined in this statement.
    (4)   Include a resume.
    (5)   Submit two letters of recommendation, at least one should be from a UH Law Center faculty member.
    (6)   The fellowship selection committee will begin reviewing applications shortly after the deadline and will interview candidates before announcing the recipient. One fellowship recipient will be selected to receive a stipend of $5,000 to be applied towards tuition.

    The UHLC Immigration Clinic assists hundreds of low-income persons from the greater Houston community every year. The Clinic currently has three supervising attorneys and approximately 15-25 students per year who work on a variety of pro bono cases. The following are representative of the types of cases handled by the clinic: asylum, family-based adjustment of status, crime victim cases, appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal court cases. Direct any questions about the clinic to Director of the Immigration Clinic and Clinical Associate Professor Geoffrey A. Hoffman.

    Students eligible: Any student who will be enrolled during the 2018-2019 academic year.
    To apply: Submit a resume and the statement to Symplicity job # 16641
    Deadline: March 19, 2018

  • Scott Chase Health Law Scholarship $10,000 - The Scott Chase Health Law Scholarship ($10,000) recognizes a current UHLC student who has demonstrated an interest in the study and practice of health law, through course work, activities and employment. Candidates must:
    (1)   Submit a resume
    (2)   Submit an unofficial transcript
    (3)   Prepare a 500 word cover letter describing your interest in health law.

    Students eligible: 2L, 3L and LLM students.
    To apply: Submit a resume and the statement to Symplicity job # 16649
    Deadline: March 19, 2018

  • 2018 Spring Tax Executives Institute  Scholarship $3,000 - One scholarship in the amount of $3,000 may be awarded by Tax Executives Institute (TEI) to a student enrolled in a University of Houston Law Center degree program who is pursuing a curriculum which emphasizes studies that could lead to a career in taxation. At a minimum, the student must have completed at least 12 semester hours at UH Law Center (J.D. or LL.M.) with a B average or better. 

    Persons ineligible are (1) Tax Executive Institute members and their immediate families and; (2) students whose educational costs are being reimbursed by their employer; (3) students who will be graduating at the end of this current semester. You must be enrolled in classes during the fall semester 2018 to receive the scholarship.
    The cover letter should include (1) a narrative statement explaining your tax background, your interest in the tax area, and your practice career intentions, and (2) a factual statement explaining your financial need. (3)You should also include two letters of recommendations  Only one letter can be from a member of the scholarship committee.  The second letter may be related to academics or general character of the student. (4) Also include a resume.

    Students eligible: 2L, 3L and LLM students.
    To apply: S
    ubmit a resume and the statement to Symplicity job # 16640
    Deadline: March 19, 2018

  • HBAA Charitable Fund Scholarship $5000 - Parameters for selection are academic excellence, financial need, and community involvement. Deadline: March 21, 2018.
  • Cameron County Bar Association Scholarship $2500 - Applicant must be a current resident of Cameron County or have attended a high school in Cameron County for at least 2 academic years. Deadline: March 23, 2018.
  • Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) Foundation Scholarship $? - Awarded to a law student who has demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the Iranian-American community. Deadline: March 31, 2018.
  • Buckfire Law School Diversity Scholarship $2000 - Applicant must describe how they have utilized their time promoting ethnic diversity within their community and how they will use their law degree to promote ethnic diversity in the future. Deadline: April 1, 2018.
  • Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship $? - Applicant must be a graduate of Berks County, Pennsylvania, high schools. Deadline: April 1, 2018.
  • Tax Section State Bar of Texas $2000 - Applicant that demonstrates academic excellence and commitment to the study and practice of tax law. Deadline: April 2, 2018.
  • ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship $5000 - An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years.  Racial and/or ethnic minority that has been underrepresented in the legal profession, the applicant’s financial need; personal, family, and educational background; personal statement; and participation in community service activities will be considered. Deadline: April 6, 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Varghese Summersett Criminal Justice Scholarship $1500 - Submit a video that educates the audience about DWI laws or promotes safe drinking. Deadline: July 1, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

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