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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.

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

The Dean’s Awards Ceremony for 2022-2023 will be announced January 2023. During this ceremony, the Law Center will recognize student achievement in a number of areas.

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).

Writing Competitions

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

  • American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers 2023 Writing Competition $1,500 - $5,000, The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is please to announce its 2023 annual writing competition to recognize significant written contributions to the field of U.S. consumer financial services in law. Deadline: December 1, 2022
  • State Bar of Texas Insurance Law Section Law Student Writing Competition $500- $4,000, The Insurance Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, through its governing Council, is requesting submissions for its Fall 2022 Student Writing Competition (the “Competition”) to be coordinated by the Law Student Writing Competition Committee (the “Scholarship Committee”). Please see attached “Call for Submissions”. The Competition is a state-wide competition, open to written submissions of insurance-related articles (the “Submissions”) authored by law students in good standing from any of the ten accredited law schools in Texas. Deadline: December 16, 2022
  • American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition $400 – $1,500 and publication by the American Indian Law Review. The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada. Deadline: by 5:00 p.m. (CST) on February 28, 2023
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2023, $500-$3,000, The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2023 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, 2023

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