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.
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 stated in each scholarships on this application. 2017 Deadline: TBA.
The 2016 Dean’s Awards Ceremony was held Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 5PM.
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:
Tax Executives Institute Scholarship $3000 - Awarded to a UHLC student 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.
Deadline: Please apply through Symplicity posting #13802 by October 26, 2016.
Contangy, Brooks & Smith Diversity Scholarship $5000 - Awarded to a 2L who has a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 at the time of application. Submit the completed application, to include a description of current activities that demonstrate a commitment to diversity in law school or the legal profession and a brief description of how you have overcome obstacles to reach your goals. Deadline: October 31, 2016.
Association of Corporate Counsel Houston Chapter $4000 - Submit your application through Symplicity posting # 13955. Awarded up to twelve scholarships to 2L & 3L students from the three Houston-area law schools that are 1) enrolled in the fall 2016 semester, (2) Academic accomplishment (i.e., official transcript reflecting student's calculated GPA and overall ranking in top third of his or her class); 3) Diverse status as a racial or ethnic minority; 4) Extra-curricular activities (e.g., pro bono); 5) Service to the law school. Deadline: November 1, 2016.
Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies $10,000 - Applicant must have demonstrated interest in, and wish to make a career out of, working in the labor movement and on behalf of workers’ rights. Deadline: November 7, 2016.
Houston Intellectual Property Law Association (HIPLA) $3000 - Applicant must have completed at least 30 hours of course work and demonstrate an interest in intellectual property law (for example, through coursework, prior internships, prior employment, bar activities, student organization activities, publications, or participation in the Giles Rich Moot Court competition). Deadline: November 11, 2016.
“Future Lawyers of America” Scholarship $1000 - Write an essay of 500 - 1000 words describing one personal experience that has inspired you to become a lawyer. Demonstration of community involvement or volunteer experience is a definite plus! Deadline: November 30, 2016.
After Car Accidents Scholarships $1000 - Write an essay on “As a future attorney, what impact would you like to have on our current society?" Deadline: December 1, 2016.
For the People Scholarship $2000 - Answer 3 essay questions: 1) Describe your involvement in the community and how you’ve made a difference. 2) How has this helped shape who you are today? 3) How has this shaped your idea of who you want to be as a lawyer? Deadline: December 1, 2016.
Future Marketing Consultant Scholarship $500 - Essay on how you would use online video marketing to generate new clients for a personal injury law office in Houston, Texas. Deadline: December 2, 2016.
National Tax Law Scholarship $500 -Awarded to a second or third year U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in tax law. Deadline: December 5, 2016.
National Business Law Scholarship $500 - Awarded to a second or third year U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in business law. Deadline: December 5, 2016.
Support Sobriety Scholarship $1000 - Submit a 500-word essay aimed at convincing a friend or loved one to check into a drug or alcohol rehab center. Deadline: December 15, 2016.
Sattiraju Employment Law Scholarship $ 1000 - Special consideration will be given to those who plan on specializing in employment law or who are the immediate relative of a transport/truck driver that has been classified as an independent contractor. Deadline: December 30, 2016.
Criminal Defense Scholarship $1000 - Based on merit and need. Essay topic: “Is a specific aspect of the criminal justice system unjust and require reform?”. Deadline: December 31, 2016.
Court System Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: "Why the legal and judiciary system (including courts, jails, police departments, sheriffs, et al) are important to a well founded and structured society". Deadline: January 31, 2016.
Farar & Lewis Law Firm Scholarship $1000 - Essay on why an education is important. Give examples of how you have persevered through the obstacles in order to get an education. What have you learned from these challenges, and how will that prepare you for the challenges you face as a student in a higher education environment? Show examples, and defend your answer. Deadline: February 5, 2017.
Citywide Law Group $1500 - Essay topics: 1)Why do you want to practice law? 2) What adversity you have had to overcome to obtain your goal of attending law school. 3) How you will use your law degree to help others. Deadline: March 1, 2017.
Court System Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: "Why the legal and judiciary system (including courts, jails, police departments, sheriffs, et al) are important to a well founded and structured society". Deadline: April 30, 2016.
Scholarship for Military Veterans $500 - Essay discussing "How can the government help improve veteran lives when they return from their tour of duty?". Deadline: May 1, 2017.
Center for Alcohol Policy Writing Competition $2500 - Topic: The 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition and put control over alcohol regulation directly in the hands of the states. Though each state’s alcohol control policies are unique, they all include distinct regulations for different types of alcohol. Why are various types of alcohol regulated in different ways? Should they be? Deadline: December 2, 2016.
IEL Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition Topic $2500 - Topic: Relating to energy development. This includes, for example, topics concerning oil and gas law, alternative energy resources, energy regulation, and environmental regulation of the energy industries.
Deadline: December 9, 2016.
Mollie & Paul Hill Student Writing Competition $250 - Topic: Discuss the ways in which the medical and legal professions may work together collaboratively to address the problem of excessive, unnecessary, wasteful, and inefficient provisions of medical services in the U. S. Deadline: January 2, 2017.
Family Law Writing Competition $500 - Topic: Any area of family law, although topics that focus on international or interdisciplinary subjects of family law are especially encouraged. Deadline: February 1, 2017.
Joe Rudd Scholarship & Rock Mountain Mineral Law Foundation $1000 - $9000 range - Full-time student who can demonstrate a commitment to the study of natural resources law is eligible to apply. LLM students and incoming 1Ls who have applied to UH Law Center but have not yet been accepted may also apply. JD Deadline: February 28, 2017. LLM Deadline: March 15, 2017.
Law School Essay $2500 - Topic: Any ethical issue that arises in the context of representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Deadline: March 1, 2017.
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