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 for 2019: TBA

The 2019 Dean’s Awards Ceremony is scheduled to be held Wednesday, April 17, 2019.


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. 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:



  • Kenneth H. Ashworth Fellowship Program $ to be determined - To provide financial assistance to a Texas resident student with financial need, who is enrolled in graduate programs in public affairs, public service or public administration. Deadline to submit application to Dean Tennessee: February 13, 2019.
  • John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship $61,500  - The Fellowship offers a unique educational experience to graduate and professional students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches the students with hosts in the legislative or executive branch of the federal government for a one-year paid fellowship (13 month award term) in the Washington, D.C. area. Deadline: February 22, 2019.

Law Center Scholarships

Outside Scholarships (JD & LLM) - All scholarship criteria and selection determinations are set by each individual donor (not the Law Center).

  • Car Seat Safety Scholarship $3500 - Essay topics: 1) What is an innovative tool parents today need (ie car seat stroller, travel car seat, carrier) that they may not have needed in the past? 2) Should Uber drivers be required to have a car seat if they transport children, or should it be up to the parents? 3) What special equipment do parents need for children who have special needs – and what can we do to make their lives easier? Deadline: December 28, 2018.
  • Proud Texan Scholarship $2500 - Create a short (30–120 second) video and essay, telling us 1) What motivates you to continue your education? 2) Who helped you along the way? 3) What do you plan to do to better the state of Texas? Deadline: December 30, 2018.
  • DDR Lawyers Legal Scholarship $1500 - Submit an essay on what you hope to achieve in your legal career if awarded this scholarship. Deadline: December 31, 2018.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Technology Scholarship $5000 - Topic: What you believe is the most interesting and/or useful role AI will play in our digital future. Describe some of the human element that will be involved in this AI technology. Deadline: December 31, 2018.
  • Enjuris Scholarship Essay Contest $1000 - Essay topic: "With the rise of driverless car technology, lawmakers will have to tackle certain legal challenges. How do you think liability should be addressed in self-driving car accidents? Who's to blame when a self-driving car causes a crash?" Deadline: January 20, 2019.
  • Christensen Law Firm Scholarship $2000 - Essay topic: What is today’s biggest threat to our right to a civil jury trial? Deadline: January 31, 2019.
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation $1000 - $10,500 - Law student who will be enrolled full time and can demonstrate a commitment to the study of natural resources law is eligible to apply. Deadline: February 28, 2019 for JD and March 15, 2019 for LLM.
  • Aviation Section of the State Bar of Texas $1000 - Must have an interest in aviation law. Submit a brief covering an aviation case opinion that was decided in 2018 or 2019. Deadline: April 1, 2019.
  • Legal Scholarship Offered by Criminal Defense Attorneys Moses and Rooth $1000 - Essay Topic: Should people be allowed to warn motorists about DUI checkpoints in America? Deadline: June 1, 2019.
  • Veterans and Military Family Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must be an active duty service member, a veteran, or a spouse or child of an active duty or retired service member. Deadline: June 15, 2019
  • Harris Lowry Manton LLP Civil Justice Scholarship $5000 - Essay topic: No more than 1,000 words about the importance of the right to a trial by jury. Awarded to an incoming or current law student. Deadline: June 30, 2019.


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







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