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.

Scholarship Retention Rates
Retention Rates

The table above represents merit scholarships for incoming 1Ls.  During the 2012- 2013 academic year, 61.8% of all students received either a merit-based scholarship or a need-based grant.

Beginning in the 2014- 2015 academic year, merit scholarships will no longer be conditional. All merit scholarships will be renewed as long as the student is in good standing and continuously enrolled in a full-course load.  Students who entered law school prior to the 2014- 2015 academic year and who are still enrolled in the JD program will have their merit scholarships renewed for 2014- 2015, including those who had previously lost the scholarship. 


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. Submission deadline for 2015 TBA.


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:




Applications on this site are also available on the scholarship literature rack in the Student Services suite.


Writing Competition

Applications on this site are also available on the literature rack in the Student Services suite.

  • Jan Egerton and Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarship $5000 - Topics: A mesothelioma survivor’s personal story; A history of asbestos use in America; The latest developments in the treatment of mesothelioma. Submission deadline is October 7, 2014.
  • Farzad Family Law, APC $3000 - Topic: Should the right to marry for same sex couples become a federal constitutional right by amendment to the United States Constitution or remain a State issue? Submission deadline is December 15, 2014.
  • The Expert Institute $500 - Topic: Any topic in litigation involving expert witnesses. Submission deadline is December 31, 2014.
  • Mollie and Paul Hill Writing Competition $250 - Topic: Ways in which the medical and legal professions may work together collaboratively to address the problem of excessive, unnecessary, wasteful and inefficient provisions of medical services in the U.S. Submission deadline is January 2, 2015.
  • Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition $1500 - Topic: Relating to disability law, including legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care. Submission deadline is January 15, 2015.
  • Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition $2000 - Topic: Developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or “federalism” component. Submission deadline is April 6, 2015.

University of Houston Law Center
Financial Aid & Scholarship Office
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Houston, Texas 77204-6060
(713) 743-2269
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