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.
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:
- 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.
- Law Office of Randy Collins Scholarship $1000 - Three Part Essay Question of 2000-5000 words. Deadline: December 10, 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.
- Farzad Family Law Scholarship $1500 - Essay Topic: Answer specific questions as listed on the website on family law. Deadline: December 15, 2016.
- Law School & PoliScience Scholarship $2000 - Write a 500+ word essay on which having a higher education is important. We’d like to learn more about you as a student, and how you’ve persevered and fought to get the education you want. Tell us about one challenge, and how it has prepared you for the challenges you face as a student. Deadline: December 25, 2017.
- 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.
- Proud Texan Scholarship $2500 - Awarded to a Texas student. Answer the following prompt in a 30-120 second video & essay: What motivates you to continue your education? Who helped you along the way? What do you do or plan to do to better the state of Texas? Deadline: December 30, 2016.
- Barry Davis Attorney at Law Scholarship $500 - Essay that describes the applicant’s leadership and dedication in giving back to his or her community. Deadline: December 31, 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.
- Robert M. Helfend Law School Scholarship $500 - Essay topics: A) Applications of the constitution in modern day courtrooms; B) Equal protection under the law in modern day practice C) State vs Federal Law: Is marijuana illegal?
Deadline: December 31, 2016.
- Frederick J. Brynn Criminal Law Scholarship $500 - Essay topic: Interest in criminal law or the civil justice system in general. Deadline: January 1, 2017.
- Public Defender Scholarship for Law Students $1000 - Any current law student who has completed an internship, externship, or clinic with any public defender’s office (or otherwise represented indigent criminal defendants) in the calendar year prior to submission. Deadline: January 15, 2017.
- Law School Scholarship $4000 - Essay: 1) Why getting a higher education is important to you? 2) What challenges have you faced, when attempting to get this education and how have you handled them? 3) How have you grown as a student, due to this challenge? Deadline: January 20, 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: January 31, 2016.
- Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates Law School Scholarship $2000 - An essay about large trucks and eighteen-wheelers who caused injury to another due to the negligence of another. Deadline: January 31, 2017.
- The Andrew J. Horwitz Scholarship $1500 - An essay answering: "If you had the power to change one law in injury law, what would it be and why?" Deadline: January 31, 2017.
- Scholarship for Law Students $1000 - Essay topic related to law or your personal passion for law. Deadline: February 1, 2017.
- 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.
- Wilshire Law Firm Scholarship $1000 - submit a typed essay describing: a) your professional goals in a legal career, b) how you intend to contribute to the community, and c) why you believe you are deserving of this scholarship. Deadline: March 31, 2017.
- Peck Law Firm Scholarship $2000 - Essay topic: What effects will the election of our new president have on American families? Deadline: March 31, 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.
- Scholarship for Children of Police Officers $2000 - Write an essay detailing how being the son or daughter of a police officer has influenced you as a college-bound student. Deadline: May 1, 2017.
- Weiss & Paarz Annual Law Scholarship $1000 -Submit a personal statement, which includes a description of your career goals and what you plan to use the scholarship funding for. Deadline: May 1, 2017.
- Evans Law Firm Legal Scholarship $1000 - 1) U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the U.S.; 2) Commencing law school (1L) in August 2017; 3) Written an article which has been published (in print or digital media). Deadline: May 1, 2017.
- Future Legal Leaders Scholarship $2000 - Open to current 1L or incoming 1L beginning Fall 2017. Share how as a lawyer you intend to use your law degree and education in support of your community with a video and written essay. Scroll to the bottom of the link above. Deadline: May 5, 2017.
- Katzman, Lampert, and McClune Aviation Scholarship $2000 - Write an essay, describing why you want to go to law school and pursue a career in aviation-focused law. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
- Gerben Law Firm Scholarship $2500 - Awarded to the student with the most compelling story of why they are interested in becoming a trademark attorney. Deadline: July 31, 2017.
- Jon Friedman Scholarship $500 - Submit an essay of your choice related to an area of law that interest you. Deadline: August 15, 2017.
- Charles J. Argento and Associates Scholarship $500 - Submit an essay on the subject matter related to the area of law you intend to pursue. Deadline:
August 15, 2017.
- David Kestenbaum Scholarship $500 - Recipient will be entering law school in the fall of 2017 with a focus on criminal defense. Deadline: August 15, 2017.
- Gurovich, Berk & Associates Scholarship $500 - An essay relating to your chosen area of law. Deadline: August 15, 2017.
- Baumgartner Law Firm Law Student Scholarship Application $3000 - This scholarship will be awarded based on need and commitment to helping others. Deadline: August 31, 2017.
- Sigmon Law, PLLC “Truth and Justice” Scholarship $1000 - The scholarship is designed to recognize and financially assist outstanding law students and/or undergraduates interested in pursuing a career as civil trial lawyers–legal professionals committed to using the courtroom to fight for the rights of those who can’t fight for themselves. Must submit a two question essay. Deadline: August 31, 2017.
- Wilshire Law Firm Scholarship $1000 - submit a typed essay describing: a) your professional goals in a legal career, b) how you intend to contribute to the community, and c) why you believe you are deserving of this scholarship. Deadline: September 30, 2017.
- 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.
- Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition $5000 - Topic: Identify, research, and write an essay with a proposed solution on a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry. Deadline: January 4, 2017 by 10AM.
- State Bar of Texas Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section (REPTL) Student Writing Contest $5000 - Topic: Current or general topic dealing with real property, probate, or trust law. Deadline: January 6, 2017.
- Pacific Legal Foundation Writing Competition $5000 - Topic: Entries must address one of four PLF’s topic questions to be eligible for prizes. Deadline: January 13, 2017.
- James Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition $1500 - Topic: Disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care. Deadline: January 15, 2017.
- American Indian Law Review Writing Competition $1000 - Topic: any issue concerning American Indian law or indigenous peoples. Deadline: January 31, 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.
- Alcohol Addiction Awareness Essay Contest $2000 - Topic: Answer: 1) How alcohol abuse and addiction affects the modern society? 2) What steps can be taken to decrease the impact of alcohol abuse and addictions on people and society? Deadline: February 1, 2017.
- Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition $500 - Topic: Submit a business or securities law article in law review format. Deadline: February 5, 2017.
- Law School Scholarship $4500 - Topic: Answer: 1) Why getting a higher education is important to you? 2) What challenges have you faced, when attempting to get this education & how have you handled them? 3) How have you grown as a student, due to this challenge?
Deadline: February 20, 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.
- Brogdon Champion, LLC 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.
- ABA Affordable Housing & Community Development Law Legal Writing Competition $1000 - Essay Topic: Address any legal issue regarding affordable housing and/or community development law. Deadline: March 3, 2017.
- Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition $2000 - Topic: addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law with a significant constitutional, “federalism,” or other cross-cutting component. Deadline: April 10, 2017.
- The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers &
American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Writing Competition $3000 - Topic: Relevant to labor and employment law practice. Deadline: June 15, 2017.
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