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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 next Dean’s Awards Ceremony will be held April 2022. 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 Opportunities

The MCCA LMJ Scholarship Program $10,000 MCCA created the LMJ Scholarship Program to nurture the academic and professional careers of incoming 1L outstanding women and diverse law students. The scholarship program partners with board members, senior leaders and alumni to help show law students that success in the legal profession is possible when we are collaborating, championing and working to rise united. Deadline: June 1, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. (PT)

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:  

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:

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).

  • 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
  • Amarillo Area Bar Foundation Scholarship 2021-2022 $2500 Students attending law school during fall 2021 and spring 2022. Deadline: By 5:00 p.m. on May 14, 2021.
  • The Cobos Law Firm Scholarship $1000 The Cobos Law Firm believes in the power of education as well as the importance of paying it forward and giving back to our community. That is why they offer an annual scholarship to a student with an interest in law enrolled at an accredited university in the United States. Deadline: June 1, 2021
  • Spouses of Houston Barristers 2021-2022 Scholarship 2Ls and 3Ls ethnic minority law students for the fall 2021 semester, and each scholarship awarded will range from $2,500 - $6,000. Deadline: July 9, 2021

Writing Competitions

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

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 Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation for Excellence in Legal Writing $10,000-$1000 Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked no later than May 28, 2021

Notre Dame Law School Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition $2500 Notre Dame Law School sponsors an annual writing competition on the topic of legal ethics. All students with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate. Deadline: Before 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2021 $3000-$500 The first-place wining article may be selected for publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. Deadline: By midnight (EST) on June 15, 2021

Louis-Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law $3000-$1000 The competition is sponsored by Jackson Lewis LLP and is administered by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Institute for Law and the Workplace (ILW).  It recognizes the best legal writing in the field of labor and employment law among current law students. Deadline: June 15, 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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