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:



  • Career Development Grants Application $2K - $12K - Provides assistance to women who, through additional higher education, technical training, or participation in professional development institutes, are making career changes, seeking to advance in current careers, or reentering the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing credentials in nontraditional fields. Deadline: December 15, 2017.
  • Selected Professions Fellowships Program $5K - $18K - Created in 1970 to support women in graduate and professional degree programs in fields where female participation traditionally has been low. Deadline: January 10, 2018.


  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Houston Chapter $4000 - 2L or 3L student enrolled at one of the Houston-area law schools in the Fall 2017 semester; Diverse status as a racial or ethnic minority; academic accomplishment; Financial need; Extra-curricular activities; and Service to the law school. Deadline: November 15, 2017 to SONDRA TENNESSEE, ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS at
  • Tax Executives Institutes Scholarship $3000 - Awarded to a student enrolled in at UHLC who is pursuing a curriculum which emphasizes studies that could lead to a career in taxation. At a minimum, the student must have completed at least 12 semester hours at UH Law Center (J.D. or LL.M.) with a B average or better. Deadline: November 17, 2017.
  • Wallin & Klarich Scholarship $2500 - 1L students interested in becoming a criminal justice attorney; Essay topic must address a) Why do you want to become a criminal justice attorney? b) What challenge(s) have you faced in order to get to where you are today? c) How have these challenges shaped who you are, and how will you apply what you have learned from these challenges toward a career in criminal justice? Deadline: November 30, 2017.
  • Tucker Law Personal Injury and Patent Scholarship $500 - Submit an essay relating to either how a personal injury has inspired them to pursue a career in personal injury law or how a paten has inspired them to pursue a career in patent law.  Deadline: November 30, 2017.
  • Criminal Attorney Scholarship $750 - Essay topic: Why is it important to provide expert legal defense to anyone who is accused of a crime in the United States? Deadline: December 1, 2017.
  • For the People Scholarship $2000 - Applicants have the option of submitting either a video or an essay addressing the following question: What does standing up for the 'little guy' mean to you? How will you stand up for the 'little guy' as an attorney? Deadline: December 1, 2017.
  • Mark T. Banner Scholarship $10,000 - Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law. Commitment, qualities and actions toward ethics, civility and professionalism. Leadership qualities and community involvement. Member of a historically underrepresented group in IP law (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability). The applicant should discuss how diversity has impacted his or her pursuit of a career in IP law and how the applicant has faced and overcome the challenges associated therewith. Diversity is considered, but is one element among several in the award decision. Deadline: December 8, 2017.
  • The Reeves Law Group Scholarship $3000 - The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates a genuine desire and goal of using the legal system to fix problems or improve conditions in our society. Worthy deeds that you have already performed will be considered. Deadline: December 15, 2017.
  • Altman & Altman Law School Scholarship $2000 - Essay topic: Based on your research, do you support the installation of visible speed enforcement cameras? Why or why not? Preference to individuals that are (a) from the Boston metropolitan area, or (b) received an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in the Boston metropolitan area, or (c) are attending a law school in the Boston metropolitan area. Deadline: December 15, 2017.
  • The Brager Tax Law Group Legal Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: Related to tax litigation, or tax controversy. Preference to individuals that are (a) from California, or (b) received an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in California, or (c) are attending a law school in California. Deadline: December 15, 2017.
  • Criminal Defense Student Law School Scholarship $2500 - Essay topic: Focus on the need and affordability of legal services and propose ideas to help meet the demand of these services. Preference to individuals that are (a) from the Boston metropolitan area, or (b) received an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in the Boston metropolitan area, or (c) are attending a law school in the Boston metropolitan area. Deadline: December 15, 2017.
  • Scholarship Essay Contest $2500 - Under Ohio law, monetary awards for pain and suffering are limited, in most cases, to $250,000.00. What is your opinion of this Ohio law? As part of your analysis, you may (but are not required to) consider the following questions: Do you believe the sexual abuse of a child is a “catastrophic injury”? Do you believe $250,000.00 in pain and suffering. Deadline: December 15, 2017.
  • Price, Hargett, Petho & Anderson Scholarship Essay $1000 - Essay Topic: Need and affordability of legal services and propose ideas to help meet the demand of these services. Deadline: December 15, 2017.
  • National Tax Law Scholarship $500 - Awarded to a 2L or 3L U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in tax law. Deadline: December 15, 2017.
  • National Business Law Scholarship $500 - Awarded to a 2L or 3L U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in business law. Deadline: December 15, 2017.
  • Richard J. Banta Law Civil Justice Scholarship $500 - Essay Topic: What can be done to influence society in a way that will ensure that ALL people have access to our civil justice system and the protections that are supposed to be provided to them under the law? What steps have you taken and/or are you planning to take to positively influence society to uphold all people’s rights to the civil justice system? Deadline: December 15, 2017.
  • Tax Law Policy Scholarship $500 - Applicant must demonstrate an interest in tax policy. Deadline: December 31, 2017.
  • Renee Torgenson Memorial Scholarship $1000 - Candidates must demonstrate their passion to use justice to improve their community and help real people.  Ideal candidates must exhibit related values within their research, volunteer work, prior job experience, or extra curricular activities. Deadline: December 31, 2017.
  • Percy Martinez Law Scholarship $5000 - Submit a video (3-4 minutes) or short essay (400-600 words) and answers the following question: What strategies would you use in a case where both the defendant and plaintiff are at fault? How would you win your case? (You can pick to defend either). Deadline: December 31, 2017.
  • Aaron Swartz Progressive Change Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: Related to law and activism. Deadline: January 6, 2018.
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association Scholarship $? - the TABA funds scholarships to assist current and future Aggie law students with law school expenses. Deadline: January 11, 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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