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 scholarships on this application. 2017 Deadline: TBA.
The 2016 Dean’s Awards Ceremony was held Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 5PM.


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:





  • Contangy, Brooks & Smith Diversity Scholarship $5000 - Awarded to a 2L who has a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 at the time of application. Submit the completed application, to include a description of current activities that demonstrate a commitment to diversity in law school or the legal profession and a brief description of how you have overcome obstacles to reach your goals. Deadline: October 31, 2016.
  • Association of Corporate Counsel Houston Chapter $4000 - Submit your application through Symplicity posting # 13955. Awarded up to twelve scholarships to 2L & 3L students from the three Houston-area law schools that are 1) enrolled in the fall 2016 semester, (2) Academic accomplishment (i.e., official transcript reflecting student's calculated GPA and overall ranking in top third of his or her class); 3) Diverse status as a racial or ethnic minority; 4) Extra-curricular activities (e.g., pro bono); 5) Service to the law school. Deadline: November 1, 2016.
  • Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies $10,000 - Applicant must have demonstrated interest in, and wish to make a career out of, working in the labor movement and on behalf of workers’ rights. Deadline: November 7, 2016.
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association (HIPLA) $3000 - Applicant must have completed at least 30 hours of course work and demonstrate an interest in intellectual property law (for example, through coursework, prior internships, prior employment, bar activities, student organization activities, publications, or participation in the Giles Rich Moot Court competition). Deadline: November 11, 2016.
  • Chapman LLC Scholarship $1000 - Write an essay explaining Deadline: November 15, 2016.
  • Mark T. Banner Scholarship $5000 - Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law. Deadline: November 23, 2016.
  • “Future Lawyers of America” Scholarship $1000 - Write an essay of 500 - 1000 words describing one personal experience that has inspired you to become a lawyer. Demonstration of community involvement or volunteer experience is a definite plus! Deadline: November 30, 2016.
  • After Car Accidents Scholarships $1000 - Write an essay on “As a future attorney, what impact would you like to have on our current society?" Deadline: December 1, 2016.
  • For the People Scholarship $2000 - Answer 3 essay questions: 1) Describe your involvement in the community and how you’ve made a difference. 2) How has this helped shape who you are today? 3) How has this shaped your idea of who you want to be as a lawyer? Deadline: December 1, 2016.
  • Future Marketing Consultant Scholarship $500 - Essay on how you would use online video marketing to generate new clients for a personal injury law office in Houston, Texas. Deadline: December 2, 2016.
  • National Tax Law Scholarship $500 -Awarded to a second or third year U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in tax law. Deadline: December 5, 2016.
  • National Business Law Scholarship $500 - Awarded to a second or third year U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in business law. Deadline: December 5, 2016.
  • Law Office of Randy Collins Scholarship $1000 - Three Part Essay Question of 2000-5000 words. Deadline: December 10, 2016.
  • Support Sobriety Scholarship $1000 - Submit a 500-word essay aimed at convincing a friend or loved one to check into a drug or alcohol rehab center. Deadline: December 15, 2016.
  • Farzad Family Law Scholarship $1500 - Essay Topic: Answer specific questions as listed on the website on family law. Deadline: December 15, 2016.
  • Law School & PoliScience Scholarship $2000 - Write a 500+ word essay on which having a higher education is important. We’d like to learn more about you as a student, and how you’ve persevered and fought to get the education you want. Tell us about one challenge, and how it has prepared you for the challenges you face as a student. Deadline: December 25, 2017.
  • Sattiraju Employment Law Scholarship $ 1000 - Special consideration will be given to those who plan on specializing in employment law or who are the immediate relative of a transport/truck driver that has been classified as an independent contractor. Deadline: December 30, 2016.
  • Barry Davis Attorney at Law Scholarship $500 - Essay that describes the applicant’s leadership and dedication in giving back to his or her community. Deadline: December 31, 2016.
  • Criminal Defense Scholarship $1000 - Based on merit and need. Essay topic: “Is a specific aspect of the criminal justice system unjust and require reform?”. Deadline: December 31, 2016.
  • Public Defender Scholarship for Law Students $1000 - Any current law student who has completed an internship, externship, or clinic with any public defender’s office (or otherwise represented indigent criminal defendants) in the calendar year prior to submission. Deadline: January 15, 2017.
  • Court System Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: "Why the legal and judiciary system (including courts, jails, police departments, sheriffs, et al) are important to a well founded and structured society". Deadline: January 31, 2016.
  • Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates Law School Scholarship $2000 - An essay about large trucks and eighteen-wheelers who caused injury to another due to the negligence of another. Deadline: January 31, 2017.
  • The Andrew J. Horwitz Scholarship $1500 - An essay answering: "If you had the power to change one law in injury law, what would it be and why?" Deadline: January 31, 2017.
  • Scholarship for Law Students $1000 - Essay topic related to law or your personal passion for law. Deadline: February 1, 2017.
  • Farar & Lewis Law Firm Scholarship $1000 - Essay on why an education is important. Give examples of how you have persevered through the obstacles in order to get an education. What have you learned from these challenges, and how will that prepare you for the challenges you face as a student in a higher education environment? Show examples, and defend your answer. Deadline: February 5, 2017.
  • Citywide Law Group $1500 - Essay topics: 1) Why do you want to practice law? 2) What adversity you have had to overcome to obtain your goal of attending law school. 3) How you will use your law degree to help others. Deadline: March 1, 2017.
  • Court System Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: "Why the legal and judiciary system (including courts, jails, police departments, sheriffs, et al) are important to a well founded and structured society". Deadline: April 30, 2016.
  • Scholarship for Military Veterans $500 - Essay discussing "How can the government help improve veteran lives when they return from their tour of duty?". Deadline: May 1, 2017.
  • Scholarship for Children of Police Officers $2000 - Write an essay detailing how being the son or daughter of a police officer has influenced you as a college-bound student. Deadline: May 1, 2017.
  • Future Legal Leaders Scholarship $2000 - Open to current 1L or incoming 1L beginning Fall 2017. Share how as a lawyer you intend to use your law degree and education in support of your community with a video and written essay. Scroll to the bottom of the link above. Deadline: May 5, 2017.
  • Katzman, Lampert, and McClune Aviation Scholarship $2000 - Write an essay, describing why you want to go to law school and pursue a career in aviation-focused law. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
  • Gerben Law Firm Scholarship $2500 - Awarded to the student with the most compelling story of why they are interested in becoming a trademark attorney. Deadline: July 31, 2017.
  • Jon Friedman Scholarship $500 - Submit an essay of your choice related to an area of law that interest you. Deadline: August 15, 2017.
  • Charles J. Argento and Associates Scholarship $500 - Submit an essay on the subject matter related to the area of law you intend to pursue. Deadline: August 15, 2017.
  • David Kestenbaum Scholarship $500 - Recipient will be entering law school in the fall of 2017 with a focus on criminal defense. Deadline: August 15, 2017.
  • Gurovich, Berk & Associates Scholarship $500 - An essay relating to your chosen area of law. Deadline: August 15, 2017.
  • Baumgartner Law Firm Law Student Scholarship Application $3000 - This scholarship will be awarded based on need and commitment to helping others. Deadline: August 31, 2017.
  • Sigmon Law, PLLC “Truth and Justice” Scholarship $1000 - The scholarship is designed to recognize and financially assist outstanding law students and/or undergraduates interested in pursuing a career as civil trial lawyers–legal professionals committed to using the courtroom to fight for the rights of those who can’t fight for themselves. Must submit a two question essay. Deadline: August 31, 2017.


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