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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: TBA for spring 2020.

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).

Law Center Scholarships

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

  • 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.
  • Richard D, Hailey Scholarship $5000 - Awarded to a minority law students. Applicant must exhibit an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy; Express a desire to represent those who have been injured by the negligence or misconduct of others; Promote accountability and safety; Demonstrate a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through involvement in an AAJ student chapter and Minority Caucus activities; Show a financial need for the scholarship. Deadline: May 1, 2019.
  • Susan J. Ferrell Scholarship - full scholarship to attend the Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc conference - Applicant must demonstrate an interest in and contribution to Native American legal issues. 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.
  • Judge John R. Brown Scholarship $10,000 - Submit a current legal writing article on any legal subject. Submission must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional other than the author of the paper. Deadline: June 3, 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.
  • Overcoming Adversity Scholarship $1500 - Essay topic: Overcoming some form of adversity in your life such as a medical issue, a car accident or disruptive family circumstances. Essays should also explain how overcoming adversity has impacted your personal growth. 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.
  • Micklin Law Group Scholarship $1000 - Need based scholarship. Deadline: July 1, 2019.
  • Spouses of Houston Barristers (SHB) $? - Purpose is to provide financial assistance to 2L or 3L year ethnic minority law students attending South Texas College of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, and The University of Houston Law Center. Deadline: July 12, 2019.
  • Senior Caregiver Scholarship $2000 - Must have been involved in care-giving for a family member or friend. Deadline: July 15, 2019.
  • Next Generation of Trademark Attorney Scholarship $1500 - Essay topic: Why you are interested in pursuing a career as a trademark attorney. Deadline: July 31, 2019.
  • The Exoneration Education Initiative Scholarship - $2500 - Essay topic: Detail the case of a wrongfully accused individual who was released or is still imprisoned that inspired you to pursue a career in defense law. Outline the case in a detailed way and artfully describe how it led you to choose a career in law. Deadline: July 31, 2019.
  • Diversity Scholarship $2000 - Essay topic: How will your law degree help your community? Deadline: August 1, 2019.
  • Miller Leonard Criminal Justice Reform Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: What is the single most important reform that ought to be made to the United States criminal justice system? Deadline: August 1, 2019.
  • Solano Law Firm Scholarship $1000 - Record a one- to two-minute video explaining obstacles that immigrant communities face or why they want to be a lawyer. 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.
  • Allmand Law Scholarship $1000 - Record a one- to two-minute video explaining how bankruptcy laws help small businesses and promote economic growth. Deadline: August 15, 2019.
  • Alsandor Law Firm Scholarship $1000 - Record a one- to two-minute video explaining why they want to be a lawyer. August 15, 2019.
  • Benson Law Firm Scholarship $1000 - Record a one- to two-minute video explaining how bankruptcy laws help small businesses and promote economic growth. Deadline: August 15, 2015.
  • Mila Boyd Law Office Scholarship $1000 - Record a one- to two-minute video explaining why they want to be a lawyer. Deadline: August 15, 2019.
  • Brylak Law Safety Scholarship $1000 - Record a one- to two-minute video explaining how lawyers make the world a safer place. Deadline: August 15, 2019.
  • Cores & Associates Scholarship Contest $500 - Essay topic: What experiences have influenced your desire to help families who have to deal with family law matters? Deadline: August 15, 2019.
  • Disability Scholarship Contest $1000 - Record a one- to two-minute video explaining how what they have learned from a family member or loved one who has a disability. Deadline: August 15, 2019.
  • Fielding Law Group Scholarship $1000 - Record a one- to two-minute video explaining why they want to be a lawyer. Deadline: August 15, 2019.
  • Herbert Law Office Scholarship Contest $1000 - Record a one- to two-minute video explaining why they want to be a lawyer. Deadline: August 15, 2019.
  • Hermann Law group, PLLC Safety Scholarship $1000 - Record a one- to two-minute video explaining why they want to be a lawyer. Deadline: August 15, 2019.
  • Jack G. Lezman Scholarship $1000 - Record a one- to two-minute video explaining how bankruptcy laws promote entrepreneurship and economic growth. Deadline: August 15, 2019.
  • Mangum & Associates PC Scholarship $1000 - Record a one to two-minute video explaining how lawyers help businesses thrive. Deadline: August 15, 2019.
  • Russell & Lazarus Safety Scholarship $1000 - Record a one- to two-minute video explaining how lawyers make the world a safer place. Deadline: August 15, 2019.
  • Sodowsky Law Firm Scholarship $1000 - Essay/video topic: The importance of consulting a business attorney before starting one’s own business, or how tax attorneys improve modern society. Deadline: August 15, 2019.
  • Evans Warncke Robinson Scholarship $1000 - Record a one- to two-minute video explaining why they want to be a lawyer. Deadline: August 15, 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.
  • Tragos, Sartes & Tragos Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: The Florida Supreme Court recently ruled that red light cameras are legal. Do you think red light cameras improve safety on Florida roads? Why or why not? 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.
  • Pusch & Nguyen Scholarship $1250 - Essay topic: Reasons why people continue to drink and drive, despite the widely used ride-share applications available today. What initiatives could be executed to address those reasons. Deadline: November 1, 2019.
  • Ashoori Law Good Deeds Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: Introduce yourself, explain your act of kindness, the impact it has had, and how it has shaped you. Deadline: December 1, 2019.
  • Keith Williams Law Group Annual Scholarship $1500 - Essay topic: Explain the adversity in your life and difficulty in school that you have overcome and fought through to get where you are today. Deadline: December 1, 2019.
  • Toscano Law Firm Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: Explain a personal hardship or catastrophic event that you have experienced. Did you manage to overcome the obstacle? How did you grow from the experience? Deadline: December 1, 2019.
  • The Reeves Law Group Scholarship $5000 - Awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates a genuine desire and goal of using the legal system to fix problems or improve conditions in our society. Deadline: December 15, 2019.
  • Mesriani Law Group Scholarship $500 - Exceptional leadership skills; Outstanding work ethic; Commitment to serve less fortunate litigants; Unquestionable integrity and moral character; Resilience in the face of adversity. Deadline: December 31, 2019. 
  • DDR Lawyers Legal Scholarship $1500 - Essay topic: What you hope to achieve in your legal career if awarded this scholarship. Deadline: January 31, 2020.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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