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 achievement in a number of areas. Please pay particular attention to the criteria/description stated in each scholarships on this application. Deadline: February 2018 TBA.

The 2018 Dean’s Awards Ceremony is scheduled to be held Tuesday, April 17, 2018.


Outside Scholarship Sources

Applicants are encouraged to search for outside scholarships. Some suggestions are, 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:




  • Association of Women Attorneys (AWA) 2L $2500 & 3L $3500 - Awarded to deserving female students at each of the three Houston area law schools. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, leadership and philanthropic potential, a strong commitment to the profession, and/or the ability to overcome difficult obstacles. Involvement in programs that highlight advancement or support of women in the legal profession and in the community and participation in community outreach programs will also be considered. Financial need will also be considered. Deadline: January 19, 2018.
  • Injury Trial Lawyers, APC Scholarship $1000 - Awarded to a law student or aspiring law student. Requires an essay on any topic. Deadline: February 1, 2018.
  • Law Offices of Jon Friedman Scholarship $500 - Essay topic: Any area of law of interest. Deadline: February 15, 2018.
  • Land Legal Group Scholarship $1000 - Submit a typed essay on the topic of your choice related to the area of law you intend to pursue. Must be a US citizen entering law school fall 2018. Deadline: February 15, 2018.
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship $ May cover partial or full tuition costs only - Applicant must demonstrate a commitment to the study of natural resources law. JD Deadline: February 28, 2018. LLM Deadline: March 15, 2018.
  • HBAA Charitable Fund Scholarship $5000 - Parameters for selection are academic excellence, financial need, and community involvement. Deadline: March 21, 2018.
  • Buckfire Law School Diversity Scholarship $2000 - Applicant must describe how they have utilized their time promoting ethnic diversity within their community and how they will use their law degree to promote ethnic diversity in the future. Deadline: April 1, 2018.
  • Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship $? - Applicant must be a graduate of Berks County, Pennsylvania, high schools. Deadline: April 1, 2018.
  • Taylor & Ring’s Victim Advocate Scholarship $5000 - Essay topic: What the civil justice systems means to you. Must be interested in pursuing the study of law with a specific goal of helping survivors of sexual assault, rape, child abuse, or sexual harassment in the workplace. Deadline: April 25, 2017.
  • Keren Goldenberg Public Defender Intern Scholarship $1000 - Applicant’s commitment to indigent defense work and financial need, but does not exclude achievement standards. Deadline: April 29, 2018.
  • Lemberg Law “Land of Opportunity” Law School Scholarship $1250 - Open to students who are immigrants to the U.S., AND who are U.S. citizens, DACA recipients, or legal permanent residents, submit a essay comparing and contrasting any one aspect of U.S. federal consumer protection law with that in your country of origin. Deadline: April 30, 2108.
  • Christopher Simon Law Scholarship $1000 - Awarded to an incoming student or current student for fall 2018. Essay topic: What dangers your client faces and what the best plan is to protect them based on specific situation listed on their website. Deadline: April 30, 2018.
  • The CPW Law Legal Scholarship $3000 - Must demonstrate an interest in a career as a trial lawyer, and a passion for representing injured individuals whose rights have been jeopardized. Deadline: May 31, 2018.
  • Individual and Community Law Advocate Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must be able to demonstrate a commitment to fighting for the rights of individuals and their communities and to be able to explain how their education goals will help them to be able to do this in the future. Deadline: May 31, 2018.
  • Luckman Law: People's Rights Scholarship $1000 - Essay Topic: What experiences made you passionate about standing up for the rights of others? In what ways are you currently trying to help others by standing up for their rights? How do you see your education goals informing your future work of standing up the the rights of other? Deadline: May 31, 2018.
  • Make a Difference Academic Scholarship $3000 - Essay topic: How YOU plan on making a difference in your community or in any other community. Deadline: June 1, 2018.
  • Beyond Superficial Scholarship $1500 - Environmental issue topic: “Plastic Bags, Paper Bags, and Cloth Bags: The Best and The Worst.” Deadline: June 1, 2018.
  • Harris Lowry Manton LLP Academic Scholarship Award $5K - Submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words about the importance of the right to a trial by jury. Deadline: June 30, 2018.
  • Plattner Verderame, P.C.’s Annual Civil Justice Scholarship $2500 - Applicant must be interested in any aspect of social or civil justice. Deadline: June 2018.
  • Cogburn Law Scholarship $5000 - Essay topic: Should Uber and Lyft drivers be subject to the same special insurance and liability rules that taxicabs operate under? Deadline: July 15, 2018.
  • Assisting the Next Generation of Trademark Attorneys $2500 - Awarded to a current 1L or rising 2L or 3L student with the most compelling story of why they are interested in becoming a trademark attorney. Deadline: July 31, 2018.
  • Frankowski Annual Academic Scholarship $2500 - Awarded based on outstanding academic achievement while promoting justice and serving the needs of those who have been disadvantaged or injured. Deadline: July 31, 2018.
  • Asian Heritage Law School Scholarship $1000 - Describe how your background and experiences in the Asian American community influenced your choice to go to law school and how you plan to use your degree to help give back to the community. Deadline: August 1, 2018.


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