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 stated in each of the 16 scholarships on this application. Deadline: February 18, 2015.
The Dean’s Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 beginning at 5:00 p.m. in Krost Auditorium.

 

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:

 

Fellowships/Internships

Scholarships

  • African American Bar Association of Houston $1000 - Awarded to third year law students who are taking the Texas Bar Exam in July 2015. Deadline: April 24, 2015.

  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship range from $1000 - $5000 - Students studying energy, environmental, natural resource, and mineral law at schools holding membership in the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation. Deadline: April 27, 2015.
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness/Law School Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must be a current or incoming law student at an accredited U.S. law school who has been affected by or dealing with issues related to lymphoma or leukemia (either himself/herself or a family member). Deadline: April 30, 2015.
  • The Texas Energy Innovation Challenge (TEIC) team award $10K - Graduate students from inter-disciplinary academic programs at the major universities in Texas are challenged to bring research and imagination to help solve an existing energy problem for Texans.  The participants in the Challenge will be presenting both a written proposal and oral presentation to an august group of evaluators in May 2015.
  • AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund's Mike Eidson Scholarship $5000 - Awarded to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. Deadline: May 1, 2015.

  • Legal Scholarship Offered by Criminal Defense Attorney $1000 - Essay Topic: How do you see social media affecting the practice of law? Deadline: May 1, 2015.
  • Boston Immigration Law Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must be either a U.S. born student whose parents are both from another country, or a foreign-born student who immigrated to the United States. Deadline: May 1, 2015.
  • Richard D. Hailey Scholarship $5000 -

    African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, and Biracial Law Student Members who are entering their first, second, or third year of law school. Winners will be provided travel and accommodations to attend the AAJ Annual Convention in Montreal, Canada. The Richard D. Hailey Scholarships are awarded to the applicants who best meet the criteria listed, but not limited to, below:

    • Exhibit an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy
    • Express a desire to represent victims
    • Demonstrate a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through involvement in an AAJ student chapter and Minority Caucus activities
    • Show a financial need for the scholarship
    - See more at: https://www.justice.org/what-we-do/enhance-practice-law/professional-recognition-awards-scholarship/scholarships/richard-d#sthash.CyI3mHxr.dpuf
  • Accident Survivor Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must either be personally a victim of or has a family member (brother, sister, mother or father) who was the victim of a major accident. Deadline: May 30, 2015.
  • DUI Victim Scholarship $1000 - Awarded to a law student attending (or planning to attend) an accredited law school who either personally was the victim of or has a family member who was the victim of an accident caused by a driver proven to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Deadline: May 30, 2015.
  • Tad Nelson Law Firm Scholarship $500 - This scholarship is judged primarily on need basis, but does not exclude achievement standards. Deadline: May 31, 2015.
  • Diversity Scholarship $2000 - Applicant must be a member of an ethnic, racial or other minority group who demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. Deadline: May 31, 2015.
  • Harris Personal Injury Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must have suffered a serious injury, and are committed to demonstrating a determination to rebuild their lives by attending college. Deadline: May 31, 2015.
  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. $ registration cost - Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and dedication to Native American law issues and the need for a scholarship in a simple letter of application to attend the symposium. Deadline: May 31, 2015. 
  • Cohen, Placitella, Roth Law Firm Scholarship $2500 - This scholarship is judged primarily on need basis, but does not exclude achievement standards. Deadline: May 31, 2015.
  • Suhre & Associates law Firm Scholarship $500 - This scholarship is judged primarily on need basis, but does not exclude achievement standards. Deadline: May 31, 2015.
  • The Plaxen and Adler Scholarship $2500 - Applicant must demonstrate an interest in trial advocacy and a career as a trial lawyer, as well as the concept of a fair Civil Justice system, a just result for the injured, a desire to represent the injured and those whose rights are jeopardized. Deadline: June 1, 2015.
  • Oronoz & Ericsson Law Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must be a Nevada resident. Essay topic: Are texting and cell phone bans effective in reducing the number of distracted driving accidents? Deadline: June 12, 2015.
  • Marine Appreciation – Law School Scholarship $1000 - To provide financial support to a law student whose life has been impacted by a family member serving in the Marine Corps and who is seeking to continue their education through law school.  Deadline: June 30, 2015.
  • Spouses of Houston Barristers $20K - To provide financial assistance to 2nd & 3rd year ethnic minority law students attending South Texas College of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and The University of Houston Law Center. Deadline: July 10, 2015.
  • Davis Levin Livingston Public Interest Scholarship $3000 - Awarded to students intending to pursue public interest law and add to the ranks of motivated young attorneys willing to consider a career as a public interest lawyer. Deadline: July 15, 2015.
  • O'Connor Runckel & O'Mally Legal Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must be a full time, U.S. citizen with a 3.0 or higher gpa. Deadline: July 15, 2015.
  • The Access to Advocacy Award Scholarship $5000 -Applicant must submit an original video 90 to 120 seconds in length on one or more issues or topics relating to the need for the legal profession to adopt modern technologies to increase access to legal services and lower the cost for such services. Deadline: July 15, 2015.
  • Bond & Botes Financial Hardship Scholarship $2000 - Open to any U.S. citizen attending the first year of law school this fall, with an undergraduate cumulative GPA at or above 3.0. Applicants are asked to submit a short essay describing how they have overcome financial difficulties in their lives. Deadline: July 16, 2015.
  • LaMantia Law Firm Single Parent Scholarship $1000 - There’s a rising number of solo parents trying to do it all – raise their kids and keep their household afloat. We want to help. Our scholarship will be available to a single parent pursuing higher education (either a college or law degree). Deadline: July 27, 2015.
  • The d’Oliveira & Associates College Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must be a U.S. citizen. Essay topic: Persuading young people on the dangers of drinking and driving. Deadline: July 30, 2015.
  • The Tix Team 2014 Law Scholarship for Veterans $1000 - Veterans pursuing a Juris Doctor degree. Deadline: July 31, 2015.
  • Law Scholarship $1500 - Essay Topic: Juries, the ultimate engine of social justice or not. Deadline: July 31, 2015
  • Katz & Phillips Single-Parent Scholarship $1000 - awarded to a single parents pursuing a law degree. Deadline: July 31, 2015.
  • Steinger, Iscoe & Greene Latin Heritage Law Student Scholarship $1000 - Awarded to a high-achieving Hispanic student planning to pursue a career in law. Deadline: July 31, 2015.
  • Howell & Christmas, LLC Visionary Scholarship $1000 - Applicants will be judged on the content of their application, the essay they provide and on their academic merits. Deadline: July 31, 2015.
  • Vision Zero Auto Awareness/Law School Scholarship $1000 - Awarded to students willing to focus on the issue of traffic safety. Deadline: July 31, 2015.
  • Juvenile Justice Law School Scholarship $1000 - Nothing matters more in the early life of a youth charged with a crime than lawyers, legal professionals, and judges who are committed to defending the rights of the youth. Deadline: July 31, 2015.
  • Luvera Law Firm Scholarship $2000 - Submit an essay describing your interest in our civil justice system, personal injury law, and how you plan to pursue these interests in your legal career. Deadline: July 31, 2015.
  • Passion for Civil Rights Scholarship $1000 - This scholarship is to help support promising law students who have a passion for civil rights, and a core belief in social justice and equality. Essay topics: 1) How should lawyers use civil law to implement justice and check governmental power? Is it as effective as criminal prosecution? 2) Which civil rights cases should have been nationally recognized, but were not? Why does the media focus only on certain cases, and is this helpful or harmful to government-to-citizen relationships? Deadline: July 31, 2015.
  • Chalik & Chalik Annual Survivors Scholarship $1000 - Submit a short personal essay about how your cancer or significant medical issue influenced your choice to pursue a higher education. Deadline: August 1, 2015.
  • Judge John R. Brown Award $10,000 - This Award is in recognition of Excellence in Legal Writing in American Law Schools. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the U.S. seeking a J.D. or LL.M degree is eligible to apply. There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject. Deadline: August 21, 2015.
  • Baumgartner Law Firm Scholarship $3000 - Awarded to a current or incoming law students based on need and commitment to helping others. Deadline: August 31, 2015.
  • ShipDig.com Scholarship $1000 - Submit a 500-1000 word essay about the most interesting item you have ever received in the mail. This can be a letter or postcard, a package or gift, an advertisement, or any other parcel delivered by mail. Deadline: September 30, 2015.
  • County Office Scholarship $1000 - Submit a 500-1500 word essay for the following: "The most important local county office to me is...". Deadline: September 30, 2015.
  • Customer Engagement-Focused Marketing Scholarship $1000 - Submit a 300-500 word piece of original content, explaining why you would like to enter this field, or the perceived value of customer-focused marketing programs. Deadline: October 1, 2015.
  • Single Parent Scholarship Awards $1000 - One scholarship will be awarded to a single mom and the other will be awarded to a single dad. You must be a single parent helping to raise at least one child. You do not have to have full-time custody but must be involved in raising the child. Deadline: November 15, 2015.
  • Sutliff & Stout Scholarship Contest $1000 - Awarded to the student who makes the funniest fake lawyer commercial. Deadline: November 30, 2015.
  • Farzad Family Law Scholarship $3500 - Submit a 2,500 to 4,500 word essay that presents a challenging four part question:

    1. Should a female victim of rape whose child was conceived through rape have the right to forever terminate the perpetrator’s parental rights in every respect? Assume for this question the perpetrator was criminally convicted of the rape.

    2. Should a condition precedent of such a termination of parental rights be the criminal conviction of the alleged perpetrator for rape?

    3. Should a condition precedent of such a termination of parental rights be that a non-biological parent (male or female) will also adopt the child (resulting in the child having two parents)?

    4. Should the perpetrator of rape still be obligated to pay the victim child support throughout the child’s minority (which you can assume means under the age of 18) even if his parental rights are terminated? Deadline: December 15, 2015.

  • The Reeves Law Group Scholarship $2500 - tell your story in a brief narrative, starting with an introduction about who you are, your interests, and anything else you feel we should know about you. Then in a 750-1000 words essay (or PowerPoint or Prezi presentation), give us your submission on the following topic: “My dream contribution to society as a lawyer”. Deadline: December 15, 2015.
  • Empowering Women in Law $2000 - The scholarship is intended to encourage & support a female student in outstanding achievement & leadership by example from women in the field of law. To be awarded fall 2016. Deadline: December 31, 2015.
  • Wattel & York Scholarship $1000 - Applicants must be single mothers who need financial assistance as they meet the demands imposed by single motherhood and academia. Deadline: December 31, 2015.
  • Annual Disability Scholarship $1000 - Available to students with a medically documented disability, which can be either a physical disability or a learning disability. Applicant must write an essay on the following topics: 1) What are the greatest challenges you have had to overcome as a result of your disability? 2) What area of law do you intend to practice and why? Deadline: December 31, 2015.


 

Writing Competition

  • Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition $2500 - Topic: Any issue within the general category of legal ethics. Deadline: April 24, 2015
  • Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition$500 - Topic: An issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law. Deadline: May 1, 2015.
  • The Sovereignty Symposium XXVIII $1500 - Topic: Any issue concerning Native American lawDeadline: May 1, 2015.
  • ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law $1500- $500- Topic: Any aspect of public or private sector labor and or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Deadline: May 15, 2015.
  • State Bar of Texas Animal Law Section $1500 - Topic: Any topic that is related to Animal Law. Deadline: May 15, 2015.
  • International Association of Defense Counsel - $2000 - Topic: Practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation, such as relevant aspects of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, damages, alternative dispute resolution procedures, and professional ethics. Deadline: May 15, 2015.
  • Tannenwald Writing Competition $1500 - $5000 - Submitted papers must focus primarily upon technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed U.S. federal or state tax or U.S. federal or state taxation system. Deadline: July 1, 2015.
  • Judge John R. Brown Award $10,000 - This Award is in recognition of Excellence in Legal Writing in American Law Schools. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the U.S. seeking a J.D. or LL.M degree is eligible to apply. There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject. Deadline: August 21, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

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