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: February 2018 TBA.
The 2017 Dean’s Awards Ceremony was held Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
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:
- Career Development Grants Application $2K - $12K - Provides assistance to women who, through additional higher education, technical training, or participation in professional development institutes, are making career changes, seeking to advance in current careers, or reentering the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing credentials in nontraditional fields. Deadline: December 15, 2017.
- Selected Professions Fellowships Program $5K - $18K - Created in 1970 to support women in graduate and professional degree programs in fields where female participation traditionally has been low. Deadline: January 10, 2018.
- Hartsoe Law Firm Law School Scholarship $500 - Essay topic: The decline of civility in political discourse in the United States and how you think this problem should be corrected. Preference to individuals that (a) have held various jobs to help support themselves through school (b)overcome personal adversity or (c) are concerned about the the rancorous tenor prevalent in American politics. Deadline: November 1, 2017.
- Houston Intellectual Property Law Association (HIPLA) & Nancy Atlas IP Inn of Court Scholarship $3000 - Applicant must be a 2L or 3L student who demonstrates an interest in intellectual property law (for example, through coursework, prior internships, prior employment, bar activities, student organization activities, publications, or participation in the Giles Rich Moot Court competition). Deadline: November 10, 2017.
- International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR) $? -
for the James F. Henry Award will be evaluated for leadership, innovation and sustaining commitment to the field. Deadline: November 11, 2017.
- Association of Corporate Counsel, Houston Chapter $4000 - 2L or 3L student enrolled at one of the Houston-area law schools in the Fall 2017 semester; Diverse status as a racial or ethnic minority; academic accomplishment; Financial need; Extra-curricular activities; and Service to the law school. Deadline: November 15, 2017 to SONDRA TENNESSEE, ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS at email@example.com.
- Wallin & Klarich Scholarship $2500 - 1L students interested in becoming a criminal justice attorney; Essay topic must address a) Why do you want to become a criminal justice attorney? b) What challenge(s) have you faced in order to get to where you are today? c) How have these challenges shaped who you are, and how will you apply what you have learned from these challenges toward a career in criminal justice? Deadline: November 30, 2017.
- Criminal Attorney Scholarship $750 - Essay topic: Why is it important to provide expert legal defense to anyone who is accused of a crime in the United States? Deadline: December 1, 2017.
- For the People Scholarship $2000 - Applicants have the option of submitting either a video or an essay addressing the following question: What does standing up for the 'little guy' mean to you? How will you stand up for the 'little guy' as an attorney? Deadline: December 1, 2017.
- The Reeves Law Group Scholarship $3000 - The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates a genuine desire and goal of using the legal system to fix problems or improve conditions in our society. Worthy deeds that you have already performed will be considered. Deadline: December 15, 2017.
- Altman & Altman Law School Scholarship $2000 - Essay topic: Based on your research, do you support the installation of visible speed enforcement cameras? Why or why not? Preference to individuals that are (a) from the Boston metropolitan area, or (b) received an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in the Boston metropolitan area, or (c) are attending a law school in the Boston metropolitan area. Deadline: December 15, 2017.
- The Brager Tax Law Group Legal Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: Related to tax litigation, or tax controversy. Preference to individuals that are (a) from California, or (b) received an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in California, or (c) are attending a law school in California. Deadline: December 15, 2017.
- Criminal Defense Student Law School Scholarship $2500 - Essay topic: Focus on the need and affordability of legal services and propose ideas to help meet the demand of these services. Preference to individuals that are (a) from the Boston metropolitan area, or (b) received an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in the Boston metropolitan area, or (c) are attending a law school in the Boston metropolitan area. Deadline: December 15, 2017.
- Scholarship Essay Contest $2500 - Under Ohio law, monetary awards for pain and suffering are limited, in most cases, to $250,000.00. What is your opinion of this Ohio law? As part of your analysis, you may (but are not required to) consider the following questions: Do you believe the sexual abuse of a child is a “catastrophic injury”? Do you believe $250,000.00 in pain and suffering. Deadline: December 15, 2017.
- Price, Hargett, Petho & Anderson Scholarship Essay $1000 - Essay Topic: Need and affordability of legal services and propose ideas to help meet the demand of these services. Deadline: December 15, 2017.
- National Tax Law Scholarship $500 - Awarded to a 2L or 3L U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in tax law. Deadline: December 15, 2017.
- National Business Law Scholarship $500 - Awarded to a 2L or 3L U.S. law student with a demonstrated interest in business law. Deadline: December 15, 2017.
- Richard J. Banta Law Civil Justice Scholarship $500 - Essay Topic: What can be done to influence society in a way that will ensure that ALL people have access to our civil justice system and the protections that are supposed to be provided to them under the law? What steps have you taken and/or are you planning to take to positively influence society to uphold all people’s rights to the civil justice system? Deadline: December 15, 2017.
- Tax Law Policy Scholarship $500 - Applicant must demonstrate an interest in tax policy. Deadline: December 31, 2017.
- Renee Torgenson Memorial Scholarship $1000 - Candidates must demonstrate their passion to use justice to improve their community and help real people. Ideal candidates must exhibit related values within their research, volunteer work, prior job experience, or extra curricular activities. Deadline: December 31, 2017.
- Percy Martinez Law Scholarship $5000 - Submit a video (3-4 minutes) or short essay (400-600 words) and answers the following question:
What strategies would you use in a case where both the defendant and plaintiff are at fault? How would you win your case? (You can pick to defend either).
Deadline: December 31, 2017.
- Aaron Swartz Progressive Change Scholarship $1000 - Essay topic: Related to law and activism. Deadline: January 6, 2018.
- Association of Women Attorneys (AWA) 2L $2500 & 3L $3500 - Awarded to deserving female students at each of the three Houston area law schools. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, leadership and philanthropic potential, a strong commitment to the profession, and/or the ability to overcome difficult obstacles. Involvement in programs that highlight advancement or support of women in the legal profession and in the community and participation in community outreach programs will also be considered. Financial need will also be considered. Deadline: January 19, 2018.
- The CPW Law Legal Scholarship $3000 - Must demonstrate an interest in a career as a trial lawyer, and a passion for representing injured individuals whose rights have been jeopardized. Deadline: May 31, 2018.
- Harris Lowry Manton LLP Academic Scholarship Award $5K - Submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words about the importance of the right to a trial by jury. Deadline: June 30, 2018.
- The Ultimate Writer Regional Legal Writing Competition $3000 - Topic:
This assignment takes place in the fictitious state of Franklin, in the fictitious Fifteenth Circuit of the United States. Columbia and Olympia are also fictitious states in the Fifteenth Circuit. In Franklin, the trial court of general jurisdiction is the District Court, the intermediate appellate court is the Court of Appeal, and the highest court is the Supreme Court.
You will have two kinds of materials with which to work: a File and a Library. Open to 2L & 3L students. Deadline:October 27, 2017.
- North American Student Hackathon Competition $? - Oil and gas industry challenge. Register to be grouped into interdisciplinary teams. Reading material will be received in advance of the competition on November 4-5, 2017. Registration deadline: October 27, 2017.
- IP Committee Law Student Student Essay Contest $1500 - Open to 3L students. Topic: Current issue of interest with implications for antitrust and intellectual property law. Deadline: November 17, 2017.
- Center for Alcohol Policy Annual National Essay Contest $5K - Topic: The Supreme Court has recognized “temperance” as a permissible goal of state alcohol regulation. Define temperance as it would apply in today’s alcohol marketplace. Is it still relevant today? Should temperance still be recognized as a permissible goal of alcohol regulation? Deadline: December 1, 2017.
- Legal Writing Scholarship $2000 - Topic: Litigation involving expert witnesses. Deadline: December 31, 2017.
- Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition sponsored by the Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation $2000 - Topic: General interest to the Federal Bar Association membership. Deadline: January 8, 2018.
- State Bar of Texas Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Writing Competition $3000 - Topic: Current or general topic dealing with real property, probate, or trust law. Open to any law school student in good standing located in the State of Texas. Deadline: January 11, 2018.
- American Indian Law Review Writing Competition $1000 - Topic: any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples. Deadline: January 31, 2018.
- Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition $1500 - Topic: American regulatory or administrative law, broadly construed. Deadline: February 4, 2018.
- Constance Baker Motley National Writing Competition $3000 - Topic: Promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy. Deadline: February 11, 2018.
- Student Writing Competition $500 - Topic: Discuss an issue within the scope of "Campus Speech, Protest, and Conflict Resolution". Deadline: February 15,2018.
- Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Prize $2000 - Topic: Addressing developments or trends in U.S. environmental law with a significant constitutional, “federalism,” or other cross-cutting component. Deadline: April 9, 2018.
- National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Writing Competition $1000 - Topic: Essay, article, or comment on an issue concerning Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. Deadline: April 30, 2018.
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