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Merit Scholarships for Entering J.D. Students

New UH Foundation Scholarship Process Instructions

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.

The scholarship is paid in two installments each year, one each for the fall and spring semesters. Each semester’s payment is contingent on your enrollment in a full course load at the University of Houston Law Center. As a full-time student, the scholarship will expire upon the completion of 90 attempted credits towards your JD, graduation from the JD program, or at the conclusion of the third year, whichever comes first.  The scholarship will be applied to your university financial account directly. For more information regarding merit scholarships, please visit

Dean's Award Ceremony

The Dean’s Awards Ceremony is held annually during the spring semester. During the ceremony, the Law Center recognizes faculty, staff, and student achievement in several areas. Scholarships are also awarded. Information on how to apply for available scholarships will be provided to students during the fall of each academic year.

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 Opportunities

New scholarships for entering students will be added when received. 

  • Pipeline to Practice Foundation is currently taking applications for entering 1Ls who have need and/or 1st generation entering into professional school. We encourage you to apply. Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

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.


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).

  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF) is now accepting 2024 scholarship applications for multiple scholarships available for the 2024-2025 academic year for law student with an interest in energy, mineral, or natural resources law. Last year, EMLF gave away over $30,000 in scholarships! Click here for the application and more information. Scholarship award. Generally, range from $1000 to $5000. Multiple applicants will receive awards. Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2024
  • Houston Bar Association HBA, Auxiliary Charitable Fund’s is excited to announce they have opened scholarship opportunities to 2L students who will graduate in Fall 2024 or Spring 2025. Please review Scholarship Application Form. Deadline: Monday, April 22, 2024.
  • Emery | Reddy, PLLC is offering its annual scholarships to law school and college undergraduate students. A total of $5,000 will be awarded as follows:
    • $2,000 to one selected law school student
    • $1,000 to three selected undergraduate (university/college) students.

You can find more about our scholarships here.

Emery Reddy, PLLC is an award-winning L&I workers’ compensation and employment law firm serving injured workers in Washington State. Our mission to help and empower workers extends beyond our community and into the next generation.

  • Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (IP Law Section) will award (3) three $5,000 scholarships to eligible law students. Any student enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school in Texas during any part of the application submission period may apply. The deadline for submissions on or before Wednesday, May 1, 2024.
  • American Association for Justice is accepting applications for the 2024 cycle for the Trial Advocacy Law Student Scholarship. Open to students who are entering their second or third year of law school. The award of $3,000 will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates a commitment to AAJ and its mission, a desire to represent victims, interest and skill in trial advocacy, and financial need. Deadline: May 1, 2024
  • Timothy Bowne Fellowship is currently accepting applications for law students who have at least one year of law school; secured an unpaid summer internship with a governmental entity in the greater Houston area in 2024 and summitted a resume to one-page cover letter explaining their interest to working in labor and employment law. Any interested law student should submit a resume and one-page cover letter to We encourage you to apply. Deadline: Friday, May 3, 2024.
  • Andrew Flusche Attorney at Law are excited to announce they are accepting applications to award students with $1000 to put towards their education with “The Andrew Flusche Law School Scholarship Contest.” The deadline for submissions on or before Tuesday, July 30, 2024. The winner will be selected and contacted by the email address provided on August 30, 2024.
  • Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship is awarded annually to a law student who is a resident of Alabama, is attending an accredited law school in the United States and will be a second-year student. The scholarship will cover tuition and books for the second year of law school to a maximum of $5,000. A second-place scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded at the committee's discretion. While academic achievement is the key factor in determining eligibility for the scholarship; consideration will be given to other factors such as conscientiousness, dependability, civic involvement, financial need and dedication to the highest ethical standards. Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will be available from April 25 through June 6, 2024. Do not hesitate to email should you have any questions. We encourage you to apply. Deadline: Thursday, June 6, 2024.


Writing Competitions

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

  • The American College of Consumer Financial services Lawyers is a nonprofit association of attorneys who have made significant contributions to U.S. consumer financial services law over an extended period of time. ACCFSL is pleased to announce its 2024 annual writing competition to recognize significant written contributions to the field of U.S. consumer financial services law in the listed categories found here. Awards include cash payments of $5000, $3500, and $1500. Entries must have been written or published between November 15, 2022, and November 1, 2023. Deadline: Tuesday, November 1, 2023.
  • The American Constitution Society ALS is not accepting submissions for the Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law. Open to lawyers and law students, this competition celebrates the legacy of the late Judge Cudahy by honoring academic writing focused on American regulatory or administrative law, broadly construed. The author of the winning paper in each category (lawyer or law student) will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and special recognition at the 2024 ACS National competition. Deadline: 11:59 p.m. central on Feb 5, 2024.
  • Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition is being sponsored by the Norte Dame Law School. The best submission on any legal ethics topic will win a $2,500 prize. We encourage you to apply. Deadline: No later than 4:59 p.m. on April 15, 2024.
  • The Judge John R. Brown Foundation, 30th Annual Brown Award, Excellence in Legal Writing Award, $2,500 - $15,000 and a $5,000 contribution to the winner's law school's scholarship fund. Submissions must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member or legal professional, paper may be on any legal topic, and it is fine if the paper has been submitted to a law review for publication, so long as the submission is in its form before it was edited by anyone other than the author. Deadline: May 31, 2024
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2024, $500-$3,000, The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2024 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is an active student at an accredited law school in the United States. Deadline: By midnight (EDT) on June 15, 2024
  • American Indian Law Review national writing competition is now welcoming papers from students at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada. Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples. Three cash prizes will be awarded: $1,500 for first place, $750 for second place, and $400 for third place. Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook copy of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis. The first-place paper will be published in the Review. We encourage you to apply, please review competition rules here.

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