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.
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 will be held Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 5PM.
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:
- AIPN Scholarship $5000 - Potential to make a significant contribution to the field of international oil and gas negotiations, academic ability, leadership and negotiation ability, year in school & financial need. Deadline: April 29, 2016.
- AABA Law Foundation Scholarship $5000 - Essay Topic: Explain how you have demonstrated a commitment to serve the needs of the Asian Pacific American community, how you plan to serve the needs of the Chicago-area Asian Pacific American community in the future. Deadline: May 1, 2016.
- Evans Law Firm Legal Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must be an accepted law student, an incoming 1L, beginning August 2016 and must have written an article which has been published. Deadline: May 1, 2016.
- Mexican American Bar Association Scholarship $2000 - Awarded to a UH Law Center, Hispanic student with a minimum gpa of 2.5. Deadline: May 5, 2016.
- Guajardo & Marks 1st Year Law Student Scholarship $1000 - A completed Scholarship Application Form; Copy of law school acceptance letter; Copy of previously published article or link to its online location. Deadline: June 15, 2016.
- Intellectual Property Law Section State Bar of Texas $5000 - Awarded to a woman and/or minority law student attending a Texas law school who plan to enter the practice of intellectual property law in Texas. Deadline: May 2, 2016.
- Robby Strong Cancer Survivor Scholarship $500 - This scholarship is judged & awarded primarily on merit & need. Deadline: May 31, 2016.
- Buford & Gonzalez Scholarship $2000 - Applicants must be attending college by the Fall 2016 semester. The Scholarship will be judged on merit and need. Academic achievements as well as any leadership experiences will be taken in to account. Deadline: May 31, 2016.
- Peck Law Firm Scholarship $2000 - Essay topic:What effects will the legalization of gay marriage have on religion, culture, and/or family law in America? Deadline: May 31, 2016.
- National Business Law Scholarship $500 - Awarded to a 2L or 3L U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in business law. Deadline: May 31, 2016.
- 407Law.com Scholarship $2000 - scholarship will be judged and awarded primarily on academic achievement and financial need. Although not required, applicants are encouraged submit recommendation letters and resumes. Deadline: May 31, 2016.
- Empowering Women in Law Scholarship $1500 - This scholarship is judged & awarded primarily on academic achievement, school & community activities, and demonstrated leadership abilities. However, financial need will also be given some consideration. Deadline: May 31, 2016.
- 2016 Legal Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: Do you think the criminal justice system adequately deals with America’s War on Drugs? Deadline: June 1, 2016.
- Tyler Flood Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must be a third year UH Law Center student who intends on entering the practice area of Criminal Defense. Deadline: June 1, 2016.
- Adam Greenman Scholarship for Future Lawyers $1000 - Submit a 500-700 word essay describing why you want to go to law school and pursue a career as an attorney. Deadline: June 1, 2016.
- USAttorneys.com National Scholarship Essay Contest $2500 - Essay Topic: Divorce Law, Child Custody or Divorce Mediation. Deadline: June 1, 2016.
- Michigan Workers Comp Law Scholarship $500 - Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school within the United States and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Deadline: June 1, 2016.
- George Roland Memorial Scholarship $2000 - Submit a paper answering "What is the most important change that could be made to reform the criminal justice system?" Deadline: June 1, 2016.
- Evans Law Firm Legal Scholarship $1000 - Awarded to to a first-year law school student, selected on the basis of ability to clearly communicate ideas. The purpose of the scholarship is to reward original thought and encourage the development of skill in conveying information to others. Deadline: June 15, 2016.
- Martin Law Office Scholarship $500 - Essay topic: Describe something you have done in the past year that has made a difference in your community. Deadline: June 30, 2016.
- Dyslexia Scholarship $2000 - Essay topic: What obstacles have you faced with dyslexia? Share your story and how you would benefit from this scholarship. Also include your academic goals including: the college you will be going to/are currently enrolled in as well as the career path you plan to pursue. Deadline: June 30, 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: June 30, 2016.
- Anelli Xavier Criminal Justice Scholarship $1000 - You must be a citizen of the United States; You must demonstrate plans to enroll for admission‚ or have proof of current full-time enrollment at an accredited institution; Your GPA must meet a minimum score of 3.0. Deadline: July 1, 2016.
- The Michael P. Fleming Law Scholarship $1000 - Submit an essay of at least 500 words on an area of personal injury or civil litigation law with an emphasis on why they deserve the award. Deadline: July 1, 2016.
- “Representing Real People” Scholarship $? - Awarded to a law student who is committed to a career representing individuals serving in legal career paths such as elder law, immigration law, disability rights, and more. Deadline: July 1, 2016.
- Rush & Gransee Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: Every year, more and more accidents are occurring because of distracted driving. What can be done to further improve the laws and reduce the number of accidents? Deadline: July 1, 2016.
- General Education Scholarship $500 - Applicant must submit an essay on a specific topic and can be entering their first year of law school. Deadline: July 15, 2016.
- Spouses of Houston Barristers approximately $20K divided between all 3 Houston Law Schools - To provide financial assistance to 2L & 3L ethnic minority law students attending all 3 Houston law schools; South Texas College of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, and The University of Houston Law Center. Deadline: July 15, 2016.
- The Leonard B. Gabbay, P.C. Scholarship $1500 - Essay Topic: Juries, the ultimate engine of social justice or not. Deadline: July 31, 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: July 31, 2016.
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Law School Scholarship $1000 - To provide financial support to a student whose life has been impacted by lymphoma or leukemia and is seeking to continue his or her education through law school. Deadline: July 31, 2016.
- Gerben Law Firm Scholarship $2500 - Applicant who may have a strong interest in becoming a trademark attorney. Deadline: July 31, 2016.
- Military Veteran Law Student Scholarship $500 - Applicant must summarize their military service and the legal field in which they hope to work after law school. Deadline: August 1, 2016.
- Probst Law Office, Inc Scholarship $500 - Applicants must submit a 500+ word essay on a specific topic. Applicants will be judged on the best-reasoned response, not on the position of the applicant. Deadline: August 1, 2016.
- Asian Heritage Law Scholarship $1000 - Submit a short essay describing how your background and experiences in the Asian American community influenced your choice to go to law school and how they plan to use their law degree. Deadline: August 1, 2016.
- Paul Schiffer Law Scholarship $500 - Awarded to an incoming 1L. Submit an essay of at least 500 words on any area of criminal law with an emphasis on why he/she deserves the award. Deadline: August 1, 2016.
- Campbell Law, LLC Scholarship $500 - Essay topic: 1) Provide a well-reasoned argument about whether a specific policy in the criminal justice system (your choice) is unjust and requires reform, or is just and should stay the same, OR, 2) Provide a well-reasoned argument defending or critiquing the criminalization of drug possession in the United States. Deadline: August 1, 2016.
- Chistenesen & Hymas Married Student Law Scholarship $1000 - Must be legally married and submit a 300-700 word essay explaining your life balance including educational, familial, and personal goals. Deadline: August 1, 2016.
- Baumgartner Law Firm Car Accident Scholarship $1000 - Awarded based on need and commitment to helping others. Deadline: August 31, 2016.
- Karman Healthcare Scholarship $500 - the theme is to create a presentation of how disability laws can be improved or changed. The entries can include essays, and poems. Deadline: September 1, 2016.
- Ambrosio E. Rodriguez Scholarship $3500 - Applicant must be full time, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and must have some sort of financial need. Essay required. Deadline: September 1, 2016.
- Shipdig.com Scholarship $1000 - Essay Topic: What is 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. Explain why this article of mail was so fascinating to you and how it has impacted your life. Deadline: September 30, 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.
- Law Office of Randy Collins Scholarship $1000 - Three Part Essay Question of 2000-5000 words. Deadline: December 10, 2016.
- 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.
- Smith-Dohney Legal Ethics Writing Competition $2500 - Topic: Any legal ethics issue. Deadline: April 29, 2016.
- 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, 2016.
- International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas Writing Contest $1000 - Topic: Entries should address any area of international law, including international antitrust, arbitration, business transactions, conflicts of law, criminal law, immigration, intellectual property, litigation, multinational
enterprises, public law and trade law. Deadline: May 31,2016.
- The Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law $2500 - Topic: Dealing with real property, trust and estate law. Deadline: June 30, 2016.
- American Inns of Court Warren E, Burger Prize $5000 - Topic: addresses the issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism. Deadline: July 1, 2016.
- Animal and the Law Student Writing Competition $1000 - Topic: Animal Law. Deadline: July 1, 2016.
- Craig Jordan Writing Competition/The Consumer and Commercial Law Section of the Texas State Bar $4000 -Intended to provide a Texas law students the opportunity to examine and offer perspectives on the multitude of challenges facing consumers and their advocates in an ever-changing marketplace and regulatory and legal environment. Deadline: July 15, 2016.
- The Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing $10,000 - Submit 2 copies of a current legal writing paper along with a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional. Deadline: August 19, 2016.
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