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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.

The scholarship is paid in two installments each year, one each for the fall and spring semesters. Each semester’s payment is contingent on your enrollment in a full course load at the University of Houston Law Center. As a full-time student, the scholarship will expire upon the completion of 90 attempted credits towards your JD, graduation from the JD program, or at the conclusion of the third year, whichever comes first.  The scholarship will be applied to your university financial account directly. For more information regarding merit scholarships, please visit law.uh.edu/financialaid/scholarships.asp.

Dean's Award Ceremony

The Dean’s Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, April 21, 2023 at 3:30PM. During this ceremony, the Law Center will recognize student achievement in several areas. Scholarships are also awarded.

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:

Entering Students Opportunities

New scholarships for entering students will be added when received. 

Loan Repayment for Recently Appointed Peace Officers

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (The CB) announces Sept. 1 for a new loan repayment program benefitting recently appointed peace officers who have student loan debt.

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).

  • San Antonio Bar Foundation has announced that they are now accepting applications in honor of former SABF President Dawn Bruner Finlayson to recognizes talented students who want to be attorneys and legal professionals in San Antonio. Fist-generation college law school student who demonstrated financial need. Three (3) Scholarship awards of $5,000 to law students. The application, with instructions to apply, are here. We encourage you to apply. Deadline: Wednesday, January 31, 2023.
  • Emery Reddy, PLLC is offering its annual scholarship to law school and college undergraduate students. A total of $5,000 will be awarded as follows: • $2,000 – to one selected law school student • $1,000 – to three selected undergraduate (university/college) students
  • The Marshall-Motley Scholars Program is excited that you are considering joining us in the fight for racial justice and equality. Eligibility criteria is to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university no later than September 2024. Admitted to an ABA-accredited law school as a first-year, full-time law student, in a 3-year full time JD Program to begin Fall 2024, US Citizen or a holder of a Permanent Resident green card, pursuing a career in Civil Rights law, and if award, must work in pursuit of racial justice in a southern stat for a period of 8 years immediately following the fellowship portion of the MMSP. MMSP application will open on November 1, 2023. Preview the Application Guide, and stay tuned for more application updates. Still have questions, email MMSP Deadline: Friday, February 2, 2024.
  • State Bar of Texas has scholarship opportunities for third-year law students, graduates with the past 12 months, or those pursuing an LLM, and who are preparing for the 2024 July Texas Bar Exam are eligible for this scholarship. Selection criteria include but are not limited to academic achievement, financial need, involvement in the community/extracurricular activities including student organizations and affinity groups, and leadership experience. To apply email a complete application packet including all required documents as one PDF file to Scholarship Committee, State Bar of Texas Diversity in the Profession. We encourage you to apply. Deadline: No later than 11:59 p.m. CST on February 9, 2024.
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is awarding twelve (12) $4,000 scholarships. These scholarships are open to all qualified students from the three Houston-area law schools which includes University of Houston Law Center, regardless of race, color, sex, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship status, age, genetic information, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or other legally protected status. The scholarships are intended to be, and should be, used by the law student for tuition and other expenses directly related to law school, otherwise the scholarship money will be taxable income to the student. We encourage you to apply. Deadline: February 23, 2024.
  • Major League Baseball Players Association honors Michael Weiner, esteemed former Executive Director, by awarding five (5) $10,000 scholarships to dedicated graduate or law students advancing careers in the workers' rights/labor movement. The application period for the Michael Weiner Scholarship opens January 22nd and concludes March 1st. Click the flyer to apply and for more scholarship information. We encourage you to apply. Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2024.
  • Houston Bar Association Real Estate Law Section is currently accepting applications for the section's scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to second 2L or third year 3L law students from each of the three Houston area law schools (University of Houston, South Texas College of Law Houston, and Thurgood Marshall School of Law) with a demonstrated interest in real estate law. Click here for the application. Deadline: no later than 5: pm on Thursday, March 29, 2024.
  • Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston has scholarship opportunities for third-year law students and recent graduates to apply for the Debra Hunt Emerging Leader Award. Please review application information encourage you to apply. Deadline: no later than 8:00 p.m. on March 31, 2024.
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF) is now accepting 2024 scholarship applications for multiple scholarships available for the 2024-2025 academic year for law student with an interest in energy, mineral, or natural resources law. Last year, EMLF gave away over $30,000 in scholarships! Click here for the application and more information. Scholarship award. Generally, range from $1000 to $5000. Multiple applicants will receive awards. Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2024
  • Emery | Reddy, PLLC is offering its annual scholarships to law school and college undergraduate students. A total of $5,000 will be awarded as follows:
    • $2,000 to one selected law school student
    • $1,000 to three selected undergraduate (university/college) students.

You can find more about our scholarships here.

Emery Reddy, PLLC is an award-winning L&I workers’ compensation and employment law firm serving injured workers in Washington State. Our mission to help and empower workers extends beyond our community and into the next generation.

Writing Competitions

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

  • The American College of Consumer Financial services Lawyers is a nonprofit association of attorneys who have made significant contributions to U.S. consumer financial services law over an extended period of time. ACCFSL is pleased to announce its 2024 annual writing competition to recognize significant written contributions to the field of U.S. consumer financial services law in the listed categories found here. Awards include cash payments of $5000, $3500, and $1500. Entries must have been written or published between November 15, 2022, and November 1, 2023. Deadline: Tuesday, November 1, 2023.
  • The American Constitution Society ALS is not accepting submissions for the Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law. Open to lawyers and law students, this competition celebrates the legacy of the late Judge Cudahy by honoring academic writing focused on American regulatory or administrative law, broadly construed. The author of the winning paper in each category (lawyer or law student) will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and special recognition at the 2024 ACS National competition. Deadline: 11:59 p.m. central on Feb 5, 2024.
  • Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition is being sponsored by the Norte Dame Law School. The best submission on any legal ethics topic will win a $2,500 prize. We encourage you to apply. Deadline: No later than 4:59 p.m. on April 15, 2024.
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2024, $500-$3,000, The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2024 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is an active student at an accredited law school in the United States. Deadline: By midnight (EDT) on June 15, 2024
  • American Indian Law Review national writing competition is now welcoming papers from students at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada. Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples. Three cash prizes will be awarded: $1,500 for first place, $750 for second place, and $400 for third place. Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook copy of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis. The first-place paper will be published in the Review. We encourage you to apply, please review competition rules here.

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