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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 will be held on Tuesday, April 20 at 5:00 PM. During this ceremony, the Law Center will recognize student achievement in a number of areas. Scholarships are also awarded.

 

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 Opportunties

Law Preview Scholarships Sponsored by  Thompson & Knight 

Law Preview (the nation's largest law school prep course) has teamed up with Thompson & Knight to provide Law Preview Scholarships to ten (10)  members of our entering class.  Select members of our entering class can attend a law school prep course this summer at no cost. To learn more about this scholarship opportunity and see if you qualify, visit the following URL: bit.ly/UHLC-LP-Scholarships.  

Law Preview’s “One Lawyer Can Change the World” Scholarship 

Each year, BARBRI Law Preview honors 10 future change agents who are heading to law school. Ten finalists will be rewarded with scholarships to help pay for the first year of law school: First Place ($10k), Second Place ($5k) and Eight Runners-up ($1k). You can review scholarship details here: http://bit.ly/10K_Scholarship

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).

  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) 1Ls and 2Ls: MCCA’s corporate and law firm members are looking to invest in young talented diverse law students. Now is your chance to apply to these internships, fellowships and scholarships! Deadline: Varied
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship Programs 2021-2022 - Law students are eligible for scholarships who will be enrolled full time at a Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) Constituent Law Schools (CLS) during the 2021-22 Academic Year, and who demonstrate a commitment to the study of “natural resources law,” which includes for purposes of this application oil and gas law, mining law, energy law, water law, public land law, environmental law, and related areas. Deadline: February 28, 2021 for JD applicants and March 15, 2021 for LLM applicants. Students enrolled in combined JD/Masters programs must observe the JD application deadline.
  • The Wham & Rogers Law School Scholarship $1000 The Wham & Rogers Law School Scholarship is a recurring scholarship designed to help one continuing student with their tuition costs. Deadline: March 1, 2021
  • 2021 Arnold & Porter Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship $10,000 A deep commitment to diversity and inclusion is a core value at Arnold & Porter. As part of our commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, scholarships offered to highly qualified first-year law students. Deadline: March 15, 2021
  • Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association (WADA) $2500 – WADA intends to award at least one scholarship of $2500 to a law student who has shown commitment to helping promote meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the legal profession and by sharing the personal experience of a person with disabilities while pursuing a legal career. Deadline: March 30, 2021
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) First-Generation Law Student Scholarship $5000 AEF is proud to introduce the First-Generation Law Student Scholarship to support law students who are the first in their families to pursue a legal career. Deadline: March 31, 2021, EDT
  • Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest- Deadline: April 9, 2021
  • State Bar of Texas Tax Section - 2021 Law Students Pursuing Tax Law Scholarship Application The Tax Section of the State Bar of Texas annually awards up to three $2,000 scholarships to students demonstrating academic excellence and commitment to the study and practice of tax law. Any student who is enrolled in an ABA accredited law school at the time the application is submitted, and who intends to practice tax law in Texas, is eligible to apply. Deadline: April 16, 2021

UH Alumni Association Scholarships

The University of Houston Alumni Association has opened their 2021 scholarship application. The deadline for application submission is March 27, 2021 at midnight. Please visit https://app.reviewr.com/s1/site//UHHA2021 to create an account, review scholarship details,  and apply for one or more scholarships listed below. Students may contact Miguel Cabrera (mcabrera3@uh.edu) or Joe Rera (jfrera@Central.UH.EDU) with any questions.

ASIAN ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP

The Asian Alumni Association aims to encourage students of Asian origin to pursue studies at the University through this Scholarship Program.  Each scholarship is a one-time award in the amount of $1,000 ($500 each semester) or one $500 award paid in the Fall semester.

Eligibility
Graduate Students:
Applicant must be a full time graduate student of Asian origin in good standing at the University of Houston central campus, must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher over all courses taken at UH, and must have 18 or more semester credit hours remaining in the degree program at the time of the scholarship award. The recipient must enroll in and complete a minimum course load of 9 semester credit hours (full time student) in the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters.

BLACK ALUMNI ASSOCIATION’S “PATHWAY TO EXCELLENCE” SCHOLARSHIP

The Black Alumni Association’s “Pathway to Excellence” scholarships support the academic endeavors of outstanding African-American students who exhibit good academic standing, leadership qualities, financial need and who meet the criteria described below.

Eligibility
• Matriculated undergraduate students enrolled full-time (minimum 15 hours)
• Matriculated graduate students currently enrolled at least part-time (minimum 6 registered hours)
• Must have a cumulative minimum UH GPA of 2.8
• Must be registered as a student at the UH central campus

BLACK LAW STUDENT ASSOCIATION ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP

A scholarship of $1,500 will be given to an applicant who is a current African American law student (a minimum of 6 hours required).
In order to be considered for the scholarship, please complete the following:
1.  The Personal, Academic Profile, and Financial Profile attached.
2.  Authorization to release grades and contact information, attached.
3.  A one-page description of your need for this scholarship and how you will help others with your legal training.
4.   Describe any community activities and/ organizations and the nature of your involvement
5.  Attach your resume.

LGBTQ ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship aims to encourage LGBTQ students to pursue studies at the University through this Scholarship Program.  

Eligibility
Graduate Students: 
Applicant must be a full-time graduate student in good standing at the University of Houston central campus, must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The recipient must enroll in and complete a minimum course load of 9 semester credit hours (full time student) in the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters.

University of Houston Hispanic Alumni Association Scholarship

Our goals are to increase membership and raise funds that will support the UHHAA scholarship program and strengthen UHHAA’s network.  Scholarships are awarded annually, and students are recognized at the annual general membership banquet.

Eligibility
An applicant who will be a first-time student must be accepted for admission to the University of Houston. If currently enrolled, the student must be in good standing and making satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate or graduate degree. The student must maintain a full-time course status (determined by the undergraduate or graduate program) and a 2.5 Grade Point Average or better while attending the University of Houston.

Writing Competitions

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

Aviation Law Section of the State Bar of Texas 2020-2021 $1000 awarded to a student who has interest in aviation law. All Applicants will become members of the Aviation Law Section for one year at no cost of applicant. Deadline: March 1, 2021

Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition Sponsored by the Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA) and the University of Miami School of Law to encourage law students who are interested in careers in customs and international trade law. Winning papers will be considered for publication in the University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review. Deadline: May 28, 2021

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Annual Law Student Writing Competition 2021 $500 - $3000 and author of first place paper will be a guest at the ABA Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference. Deadline: June 15, 2021

2021 James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Competition $500-$1000 This is a writing competition for students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law sponsored by The PIABA Foundation. The PIABA Bar Journal Board-of-Editors will publish the first-place paper. Deadline: September 17, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. EST

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