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:



Law Center Scholarships

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

  • Spouses of Houston Barristers $ varies - Applicant must be an ethnic minority and will be registered as a second or third year law student at one of Houston's 3 law schools. Deadline: July 13, 2018.
  • Cogburn Law Scholarship $5000 - Essay topic: Should Uber and Lyft drivers be subject to the same special insurance and liability rules that taxicabs operate under? Deadline: July 15, 2018.
  • Bey & Associates Scholarship $1000 - 1L students. Essay Topic: If you could make a single change that would help our nation’s homeless population find permanent homes, what would it be and why? Deadline: July 15, 2018.
  • Excellence in the Face of Adversity Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must be able to demonstrate a commitment to helping people who are facing adversity and be able to explain how their education goals will help them to be able to do this in the future in an essay. Deadline: July 15, 2018.
  • SeniorAdvice Caregiver Scholarship $2000 - Applicant must have acted as a caregiver to an adult relative in any capacity. Deadline: July 15, 2018.
  • Overdose Attorney Scholarship $1000 - Will you help those that lost someone due to an opioid overdose? Write a brief essay as to why you deserve this award. Deadline: July 15, 2018.
  • Assisting the Next Generation of Trademark Attorneys $2500 - Awarded to a current 1L or rising 2L or 3L student with the most compelling story of why they are interested in becoming a trademark attorney. Deadline: July 31, 2018.
  • Frankowski Annual Academic Scholarship $2500 - Awarded based on outstanding academic achievement while promoting justice and serving the needs of those who have been disadvantaged or injured. Deadline: July 31, 2018.
  • Ryan Law Group Scholarship $1000 - Essay theme: ‘Future Advocates of Justice’. How the writer plans to help those who cannot find justice on their own. Deadline: July 31, 2018.
  • Next Generation of Trademark Attorneys Scholarship $2500 - Essay topic: Your story of why you are interested in becoming a trademark attorney. Deadline:July 31, 2018.
  • Asian Heritage Law School Scholarship $1000 - Describe how your background and experiences in the Asian American community influenced your choice to go to law school and how you plan to use your degree to help give back to the community. Deadline: August 1, 2018.
  • Paul Schiffer Law Scholarship $500 - Must write an essay on any area of criminal law and be an entering 1L for fall 2018. Deadline: August 1, 2018.
  • Sutliff & Stout Law School Scholarship $2000 - Essay Topic: Why do you want to study law? Deadline: August 1, 2018.
  • National Tax Law Scholarship $500 - Awarded to a 2L or 3L U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in tax law. Deadline: August 6, 2018.
  • National Business Law Scholarship $500 - Awarded to a 2L or 3L U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in business law. Deadline: August 6, 2018.
  • Padua Latino Justice Scholarship $2500 - Essay topic: What is a current legal issue and a potential solution you believe is important to achieving greater justice or equality in the United States? We are particularly encouraging applications from undocumented immigrants, DACA recipients and DREAMers, and students with pending immigrant or nonimmigrant visa applications. Deadline: August 15,2018.
  • Law Office of Yuriy Moshes Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: Relating to recent workplace sexual harassment scandals reported in the media including Harvey Weinstein and the #metoo movement. Deadline: August 31, 2018.
  • Benson & Bingham Annual Scholarship $2000 - Essay topics: 1) Premises Security or 2) Consumer Product Safety. Deadline: August 31, 2018.
  • Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program $10K - Eligibility: incoming 1L; full time; have an interest in corporate law; have an interest in diversity and inclusion; under grad gpa of 3.2 or higher. Deadline: August 31, 2018.
  • Ambrosio E. Rodriguez Scholarship $3500 - Essay on any topic. Deadline: September 1, 2018.
  • Weiss & Paarz Annual National Law Scholarship $1000 - Applicant must show: 1) Financial need; 2) Exceptional work ethic; 3) Strength in the face of adversity; 4) Outstanding academic achievement; 5) Commitment to the local community and charitable giving; 6) Ability to lead others; 7) Overall moral character. Deadline: September 3, 2018.
  • Stevens & McMillan Scholarship $1500 - Essay topic: Choose any law or connected group of laws regarding at least on for the following topics: Wrongful termination; Harassment; Discrimination; Retaliation; Leave of absence violations. Deadline: November 15, 2018.
  • Bright Leader of the Future Scholarship $500 - Select 1 essay topic: 1) How do you feel about the USA's so called war on drugs and if you were in a position to make any changes to USA drug laws what would they be and why? 2) How do you feel about the USA prison system, is it effective or ineffective? If you believe it is ineffective then explain how you would reform the system to make it better. If you believe it is effective then explain why you believe it is so. Deadline: November 30, 2018.
  • The Reeves Law Group Scholarship $3000 - Essay that demonstrates a genuine desire and goal of using the legal system to fix problems or improve conditions in our society. Deadline: December 15, 2018.
  • Law School Scholarship for Veterans $1500 - Essay topic: 1) How did your experience in the military inspire you in your education and career aspirations?  OR, 2) How did your military experience prepare you for law school and a career practicing law? Deadline: December 15, 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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






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