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.
Scholarship Retention Rates
The table above represents merit scholarships for incoming 1Ls. During the 2012- 2013 academic year, 61.8% of all students received either a merit-based scholarship or a need-based grant.
Beginning in the 2014- 2015 academic year, merit scholarships will no longer be conditional. All merit scholarships will be renewed as long as the student is in good standing and continuously enrolled in a full-course load. Students who entered law school prior to the 2014- 2015 academic year and who are still enrolled in the JD program will have their merit scholarships renewed for 2014- 2015, including those who had previously lost the scholarship.
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. Submission deadline for 2015 TBA.
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:
Applications on this site are also available on the scholarship literature
rack in the Student Services suite.
- Spouses of Houston Barristers up to $10,000- To provide financial assistance to 2L & 3L 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. Submission deadline is July 11, 2014.
- Console & Hollawell Legal Leaders Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must be full time, a US citizen, must demonstrate admission and plans to enroll, or proof of current enrollment in an accredited institution of higher education. Submission deadline is July 15, 2014.
- Future Leaders Scholarship $2000 - Awarded to students who are working towards a Juris Doctorate Degree and who have an interest in personal injury law. Submission deadline is July 15, 2014.
- Clark Law Office Scholarship $1000 - Awarded to an incoming law student who is currently attending a US accredited university and is a US citizen. Submission deadline is July 15, 2014.
- Vision Zero Auto Accident Prevention Scholarship $1000 - Awarded to an incoming or current 1L or 2L US citizen with an undergraduate cumulative gpa of 3.0. Submission deadline is July 31, 2014.
- Domestic Violence Law Firm Scholarship $1000 - Submit a one page typed essay on how domestic violence affected you. Submission deadline is July 31, 2014.
- Auto Accident Law Firm Survivor Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must have sustained injuries from a car or truck accident or been affected by someone else’s accident. Submission deadline is July 31, 2014.
- Birth Injury Scholarship $1000 - Submit a one to three page essay about how living with a birth injury, or knowing someone with a birth injury has changed your life. Submission deadline is August 10, 2014.
- Law Student Scholarship $3000 - Awarded to a law student at a Texas Law School who has financial need. Submission deadline is August 31, 2014.
- Ashley Rose Honorary Diabetes Law Student Scholarship $1000 - Submit a personal essay on type 1 diabetes. Submission deadline is September 30, 2014.
- Single Parent Scholarship $1000 - Submit a personal essay on being a single parent and how it affected your education. Submission deadline is September 30, 2014.
- Law Scholarship for Veterans $1000 - Must be either active military or retired from military service (any branch). Submission deadline is September 30, 2014.
- Visionary Scholarship $1000 - Must submit an essay on one of three topics. Submission deadline is September 30, 2014.
- Borowitz and Clark Law School Scholarship $2500 - Awarded to a law student who plans to practice in the fields of bankruptcy or consumer law. Submission deadline is November 15, 2014.
- Fisher & Talwar Legal Inspiration Scholarship $1000 - Topic: Who or what is your inspiration for pursuing a career in law. Submission deadline is December 1, 2014.
Applications on this site are also available on the literature rack in
the Student Services suite.
- Law Student Writing Award on Social Insurance $2500 - Any substantial written work addressing topics relevant to the legal and policy issues creating, modifying, planning, and implementing social insurance programs are eligible for nomination. Paper must be nominated before September 14, 2014.
- Farzad Family Law, APC $3000 - Topic: Should the right to marry for same sex couples become a federal constitutional right by amendment to the United States Constitution or remain a State issue? Submission deadline is December 15, 2014.
University of Houston Law Center
Financial Aid & Scholarship Office
100 Law Center
Houston, Texas 77204-6060
School code 003652