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, 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:



      • Sam Williamson Fellowship for the Immigration Clinic - $5,000 Fellowship - Applicants are required to submit an application that includes the following:
        (1) The fellowship candidate must have completed 30 hours prior to the start date of the fellowship.
        (2) Complete a general immigration law survey course before the beginning of the fellowship. ( Classes that will qualify are the following: Immigration Law, Immigration & Business Law, Asylum Law, and Immigration & Family Law.)
        (3) Write a personal statement of 500 words or less detailing the candidate’s interest in the field of immigration law, an expression of dedication and interest in the practice of immigration law, and any past experiences that are relevant to the student’s ability to make a contribution to this field. Information regarding the individual’s background, academic and non-academic qualifications, and commitment to public service should be outlined in this statement.
        (4) Include a resume.
        (5) Submit two letters of recommendation, at least one should be from a UH Law Center faculty member.
        (6) The selected candidate will enroll in the UH Law Center Immigration Clinic during the fall or spring of the Fellowship. The selected candidate will enroll in the UH Law Center Immigration Clinic during the fall or spring of the Fellowship.
        The fellowship selection committee will interview candidates before announcing the recipient. Deadline: March 25, 2015.
  • HNBA/MICROSOFT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW INSTITUTE (IPLI) - This summer, up to 25 Latino law students from law schools across the country will be chosen to participate in an IP immersion program in Washington, DC with all necessary expenses covered. Applicant must be a rising 2L or rising 3L and have already completed 1st year of classes by May 31, 2015. Deadline: March 31. 2015.
  • Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation Law Internship Program - Applicants must have completed first-year law school courses from an accredited law school, including civil procedure, legal research and legal writing courses. Applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum of a 4 week internship. The internships will commence no earlier than May 26, 2015 and must be completed no later than July 2, 2015. Law Interns will receive a stipend of $2,000 for the 4 weeks. Deadline: April 14, 2015.



  • HBA Auxiliary Charitable Fund, INC., Scholarship $5000 - Selection is based on scholastic ability, financial need and community involvement. Awarded to one student from each of the Houston law schools. Deadline: March 25, 2015.
  • James F. Carmody Scholarship $1,000 - Awarded in memory of James F. Carmody. The recipient must have served in the military and be in good academic standing. To be considered applicants should submit a resume and prepare a 500 word essay detailing how the characteristics of a good soldier can transfer to the practice of law. Submit your applications to Jennifer Aaron at or Student Services Suite 30. Deadline: March 25, 2015.

  • Black Law Student Association Alumni Scholarship $1500 - current African-American law student (a minimum of 6 hours required). Deadline: March 27, 2015 by e-mail only to Jennifer Aaron at jaaron@Central.UH.EDU.
  • Gulf Coast Power Association Scholarship $2500 - Awarded to a female UH law student who is a US citizen or a permanent resident. Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates an interest in pursuing a career in energy law. Deadline: March 27, 2015.
  • Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston/Emerging Leader Award $ undetermined - SLAUGH recognizes that positive accomplishments of young LGBT leaders are vital to the success of the LGBT community as a whole. SLAGH is committed to supporting and cultivating emerging legal leaders. All December 2014, May 2015, and Summer 2015 law school graduates from the 3 Houston law schools are eligible to apply.  Deadline: March 31, 2015.
  • Babcock Partners Law Student Scholarship $ undetermined - available for all FT and PT currently enrolled law school students. Deadline: March 31, 2015.
  • Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) Foundation Scholarship $ undetermined - Applicants must be of Iranian heritage and full-time students in the U.S. who are not otherwise receiving full educational funding from another organization. Deadline: March 31, 2015.
  • Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Fund $ varies - The scholarship supports graduates of Berks County, Pennsylvania, high schools who are entering their second year at an accredited law school.  Deadline: April 1, 2015.
  • Amarillo Area Bar Foundation Scholarship $2000 - Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted for admittance and have been born in, raised in, or currently reside in one of the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle (the area covered by the Amarillo Area Bar Association. Deadline: April 1, 2015.
  • Susan J. Ferrell Scholarship Contest $ Full scholarship to The Sovereignty Symposium that will pay tuition, meals and travel to attend the Sovereignty Symposium - Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and contribution to Native American legal issues by an application letter.  Deadline: April 1, 2015.

  • Diversity in Law Scholarship $30K - Scholarship is designed to encourage and assist students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse perspectives, as well as students with a proven interest in diversity-related issues, in pursuing the law as a profession.  Deadline: April 1, 2015.
  • Judge A.D. Azios Scholarship $1000 - Awarded to two deserving 1L law students from each of the Houston law schools. Applicants must be a 1L law student and a paid member of the Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA) at UH Law Center. Deadline: April 2, 2015.

  • Judge James DeAnda 2L Scholarship $1500 - Applicant must be a 2L law student and be a paid member of the Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA) at UH Law Center. The Law Center will match the scholarship award. Deadline: April 2, 2015.
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Houston Bar Review Scholarship $3500 - Awarded to two 3L law students at each of the three Houston area law schools. The scholarships are designed to assist economically disadvantaged students in fulfilling their professional aspirations by paying for a portion of the cost associated with a bar review study course. Deadline: April 2, 2015.

  • State Bar of Texas Tax Section Scholarship $2000 - This scholarship is to assist these students with their financial needs, to facilitate and encourage students to enter the practice of tax law in Texas, and to become active members of the State Bar Tax Section.  Deadline: April 3, 2015.
  • University of Houston Foundation Scholarships $ varies - Miscellaneous scholarships for UH colleges. Deadline: April 10, 2015.
  • Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation $ undetermined - Awarded to worthy Hispanic law students. Deadline: April 14, 2015.
  • Franklin Jones, Jr. Memorial Scholarship $7500 - Applicant can be a current law student or prospective law student from the Eastern District of Texas who are enrolled or have been accepted to an ABA accredited law school in the United States and show financial need. Deadline: April 14, 2015.
  • Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA) $ full tuition - Awarded to one law graduate from a non-ED/EEA country to participate in the Master of Laws in International Commercial Arbitration Law Program at Stockholm University. Deadline: April 15, 2015.
  • Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships $2500- $5000 - Applicants should be committed to the advancement of animal law through active involvement with their SALDF chapter while in law school and anticipated participation in the field after graduation. Deadline: April 17, 2015.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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

  • Glantz Endowment Fund $500 - Awarded for the best paper on Civil Liberties. If you wrote a paper on one of these topics, and you received an A or an A- or you wrote paper for Law Review or a journal, please send an electronic copy of the paper to Jennifer Aaron at by March 25th.  Indicate which competition the paper is being submitted. Only one submission per student. The award will be announced at the Dean’s Awards Ceremony in April. Deadline: March 25, 2015.
  • Phyllis Randolph Frye Writing   Competition Award $500 - For the best paper in topics relating to an area of law (I.e. family, employment, criminal) dealing with sexual identity, with preference given to transgender issues. If you wrote a paper on one of these topics, and you received an A or an A- or you wrote paper for Law Review or a journal, please send an electronic copy of the paper to Jennifer Aaron at by March 25th.  Indicate which competition the paper is being submitted. Only one submission per student. The award will be announced at the Dean’s Awards Ceremony in April. Deadline: March 25, 2015.
  • Yale Rosenberg Memorial Award $1000 - Best student paper in Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Federal Jurisdiction, Habeas, or Jewish Law. If you wrote a paper on one of these topics, and you received an A or an A- or you wrote paper for Law Review or a journal, please send an electronic copy of the paper to Jennifer Aaron at by March 25th.  Indicate which competition the paper is being submitted. Only one submission per student. The award will be announced at the Dean’s Awards Ceremony in April. Deadline: March 25, 2015.
  • John Ventura Scholar $1000 - To honor the memory of John Ventura, the founding Director of the Texas Consumer Complaint Center. Awarded to one law student that has a commitment to the area of consumer law. You must have taken or intend on taking Consumer Dispute Resolutions. Please indicate which consumer law courses you have taken, including clinics and seminars. Submit a resume and a very brief statement explaining your commitment to consumer advocacy and any other information you believe is relevant. Send your electronic application to Robert Johnson at rbjohns3@Central.UH.EDU. Deadline: March 25, 2015.

  • Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition $2000 - Topic: Developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or “federalism” component. Deadline: April 6, 2015.
  • The Dish "Best In Class" eDiscovery Legal Research & Writing Competition $3500 - Topic: Address a difficult topic of competing interests between counsel's cooperation during the discovery phase in civil litigation and the disclosure of privileged information. Deadline: April 13, 2015.
  • Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition $750 - Topic: Any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples. Deadline: April 15, 2015.

  • Howard Schwab Memorial Essay-ABA Section of Family Law $1500 - Topic: Any aspect of family law. Deadline: April 17, 2015.
  • Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition $2500 - Topic: Any issue within the ge4neral 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.






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