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For assistance, please call the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, located in Suite 246 at 1303 San Jacinto Street, Houston, TX 77002.
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Private Scholarships

State Scholarships

Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation Scholarship

The Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to the advancement of Hispanics in the legal profession. Since its founding in 2006, the Foundation has awarded over $225,000 in scholarships to Hispanic law students and provided numerous grants to Hispanic high school and college students with interest in the law.

Scholarship Guidelines:

The Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation awards scholarships to worthy Hispanic law students. Applications must be submitted by March 4, 2016, and decisions will be announced by April 30, 2016.

Due Date:

March 4,2016

Please see the attached application for more information.

Zelle Announces Diversity in Law Scholarship 2016

Zelle is pleased to announce the firm’s Diversity in Law Scholarship that will be offered again in 2016. The keystone of the firm’s diversity Outreach Plan, the Diversity in Law Scholarship was created for law students who either (1) are a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship.

The scholarship awards the selected recipient a total of $30,000 to be applied towards the selected recipient’s law school tuition, fees and text books, with one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s second year of law school and one half of the scholarship paid for the student’s third year of law school subject to the following: To receive the second installment of the scholarship, the recipient must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) through the student’s second year of law school. Depending upon the firm’s current needs, the Scholarship recipient may be offered, but is under no obligation to accept, a paid summer clerkship at one of the firm’s office for the summer following the student’s first year of law school. The specific location of the potential clerkship will be decided by the firm in consultation with the student and will be based upon both the student’s interest and the firm’s need. Finally, in order to help ensure the recipient’s successful entry in to the legal profession, the firm will assign an attorney to mentor the recipient for the student’s remaining law school career.

Application deadline: April 1, 2016

For complete information about the firm’s Diversity in Law Scholarship, including contact and submission information and to access the formal application, please visit

For questions pertaining to the firm’s Diversity in Law Scholarship, please feel free to contact the Diversity Committee at

Fleming Law Scholarship

Former Elected Harris County Attorney Michael Fleming and his firm have been helping people in the Houston area recover damages from personal injury and other legal matters for over 28 years. He is Board Certified as a specialist in personal injury with the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His firm, Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. is pleased to offer a $1,000 annual scholarship to provide financial assistance to law students preparing to enter law school for the first time.

Applicants will submit an essay of approximately 500 words on an area of personal injury or civil litigation law with an emphasis on why they deserve the award. Longer or shorter submissions are acceptable. Applicants are welcome to submit video essays.

Deadline: July 1, 2016


  • Recipient must be a U.S. citizen
  • Applicant must be entering an American law school for the first time in the fall of 2016
  • Prior award winners are NOT eligible

For more information regarding the scholarship please visit:

1st Annual Criminal Record Policy Essay Competition

The foundation for continuing Justice and the Law Firm of Higbee & Associates are pleased to announce the 1st Annual criminal record Policy Essay Competition and scholarship for law students. This inaugural competition will award seven cash prizes. The completion is intended to expand the awareness of the consequences of criminal records and the laws that govern their retention, dissemination and expungement, as well as to encourage research into the ways to improve related laws.


The essay should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length. The essay must be original content that has not been previously published. Essays must be submitted in compliance with the terms set forth at http://


1st Place: $2,000
2nd Place: $1,000
3rd Place: $300
Honorable Mention (2): $200
Best Policy Recommendation: $250
Best Research: $250

Deadline for Submission: June 30, 2016

Eligibility, Requirements and Details:

• Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and enrolled in a Juris doctor program in the United States during the 2015 or 2016 school year.
• Only one essay submission per law student.
• All entrants will be notified of the results on or before July 31, 2016. Winners will be sent a check via US Mail before August 15, 2016.
• The awarded funds are to be used to pay for law school-related expenses including past law school debts. As a condition of receiving the award, winner agrees to submit a completed W-9. Winner is responsible for all taxes associated with receiving the award.

The Hortense Ward Appreciation Award

This award is presented annually to a graduating female student, preferably from the Houston Heights area, who exemplifies the qualities of public service and commitment to social causes, especially those involving women. Candidates are asked to provide a brief statement describing their involvement in these initiatives and how they plan to continue this involvement in their legal careers. This award is open to any female student graduating in either December 2015 or May 2016.

Applications are to be returned to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, Suite 246, by 5:00PM on Friday, February 26, 2016, and the selection is made by Associate Dean McGovern, the chair of the Faculty Financial Aid Committee, and representatives from Development and Alumni Relations and Scholarships and Financial Aid.

The $1,000 award will be presented at the Houston Heights Woman’s Club reception on Thursday, March 31, 2016.

Please see attached document for more information.

Scholarship Application Attached for Immediate Distribution to
Law Students Having an Interest in the Study and Practice of Tax Law in Texas

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. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students with their financial needs, facilitate and encourage students to enter the practice of tax law in Texas, and become active members of the State Bar Tax Section. Selection criteria of the scholarships include: merit, scholastic performance, financial need, and demonstrated experience and interest in the field of tax law. Consideration is also given to extracurricular activities both inside and outside law school, including but not limited to legal externships or internships with state or federal taxing authorities such as the Internal Revenue Service, Office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, or Texas-based legal aid societies and clinics.

Applications must be postmarked or received by April 8, 2016. The scholarships will be awarded at the State Bar Annual Meeting in June 2016. Winners need not be present to accept the award.


National Scholarships

Ayo and Iken Family Law Scholarship

The Law Firm of Ayo and Iken is a large Florida law firm that is heavily involved in divorce and custody law. We believe family law affects a large segment of society and that qualified family law attorneys are a highly needed type of practitioner. Our firm has made the decision to encourage law students to enter the field of family law practice.

We are proud to announce our Family Law Scholarship. The scholarship is targeted to all ongoing law students at ABA accredited institutions. We are looking for students that have been involved in family law oriented internships, clerkships, or have shown intent to practice in family law.

Award Amount: $3,000 – paid directly to the student.
Deadline: February 1, 2016.

Full details, requirements and an application is located on

For information please contact: Howard Iken, Esquire, Phone: 813-874-1608

Please see attached document for more information.

Serbian Bar Association of America

This scholarship is all persons of Serbian birth or ancestry and/or their spouses who are enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States are eligible to receive a scholarship from the SBAA. The SBAA typically awards two (2) $2,000 scholarships, two (2) $1,000 scholarships, and one (1) $500 scholarship.

The SBAA is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-16 school year. Application instructions are below.


Please complete the following and submit all application materials to by March 18, 2016:

  • Free membership registration application (available here)
  • Resume
  • Official law school transcript
  • Word or PDF attachment with your answers to both of the below:

(a) Please tell us about your ties to the Serbian-American community, and explain how you will advance the mission of the SBAA as a law student and in your future legal career (500 words or less); (b) Please tell us why you chose to attend law school, and what motivates you to pursue a career in the law (500 words or less).

For more info and applications for this scholarship please visit:

Common Cause Gerrymander Standard Writing Competition Submission Requirements

Common Cause welcomes all papers that create a new definition for partisan gerrymandering and pair that definition with an effective legal theory to challenge unfair redistricting plans in court. Practitioners, scholars, and students from a wide variety of academic disciplines are encouraged to submit papers. The judging committee will include leading academics in the democracy field. Authors of the top three papers will receive a cash prize an offer of publication in a law journal.

Submission Requirements:

  • Deadline: Submissions must be emailed to by Sunday, March 27. Papers sent after this date will not be considered.
  • Eligibility: Any individual may submit a paper. Submissions are not restricted by student status or academic discipline.
  • Content: Papers will be judged on their effective definition and legal analysis of partisan gerrymandering. Please don not put your name or other identifying information anywhere in your paper. List your name, phone number, and address only in the body of your cover email.
  • Award: The author(s) of the top submission will receive $5,000, 2nd place will receive $3,000, and 3rd place will receive $2,000. If more than one author submits a winning paper, prize money will be divided between them. All will be eligible for publication in election law Journal. Common Cause will cover travel expenses for up to tow authors per paper to travel to a national redistricting reform symposium to present their papers.
  • Additional Questions: Check for updates or email with questions.

Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship


  • The scholarship program is open to students currently in their first or second year of law school as well as students entering law school in the fall of 2016.
  • Recipient is a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.
  • Recipient is a U.S. citizen accepted to or currently attending an accredited law school within the United States.
  • Academic achievement as reflected by an undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Requirements – Application Deadline: May 1, 2016

The Michigan Auto Law Scholarship Program is a competitive process. Applicants must submit the following items:

  • A completed application (visit website).
  • A current copy of an academic transcript with your student name and college name.
  • If entering law school in the fall of 2015, an undergrad official transcript and copy of your acceptance letter to law school.
  • A typed essay no more than three pages long describing your efforts to encourage greater racial or ethnic diversity within the student body of your law school and/or undergraduate program.

The winner of the 2016 scholarship will be announced in July of 2016

For more info and application for scholarship, please visit:

2016 Legal Scholarship Offered by Criminal Defense Attorneys Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law

Scholarship Value: $1,000

Essay Topic: Do you think the criminal justice system adequately deals with America’s War on Drugs?

Application Deadline: June 1, 2016

Eligibility Requirements:

Will only be awarded to one incoming 1L or a currently enrolled Law Student Hold a 3.0 or higher overall GPA Must be a legal resident of the U.S.

Applicant Must Provide Following Documentation by Email

Essay Requirements:

INTRODUCTION: 100-200 Words: Tell us who you are, why you are applying for the scholarship, your interests, or anything that makes you special.

SHORT ESSAY: In 300-600 words, write about the following: Do you think the criminal justice system adequately deals with America’s War on Drugs?

Essay must be emailed to

Subject line: “Entry for The Moses and Rooth Legal Scholarship” or submitted through our website. Please include your name and contact information within the email. MUST be a legal US resident.

Unofficial Transcript: Provide an unofficial transcript of your current academic status. If you are an incoming 1L, please provide an unofficial college transcript. During the selection process you may be contacted to verify your academic status with an official transcript. You then must mail an official, unopened transcript to ultimately confirm previously sent academic status. Please do not initially send the official copies.

All application materials must be emailed no later than the deadline date. Materials received later will be rejected, resulting in disqualification.

For more information, please visit

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor
and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2015-2016

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law are pleased to announce their 2015-2016 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States.

Entries should address aspects of pubic or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, as statute or the need for statutory modification or a common law doctrine. Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country.

1st Place: $3,000
2nd Place: $1,000
3rd Place: $500

Deadline: by midnight (EDT) on June 15, 2016

The first place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author will be a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Complete rules are attached and should be read in their entirety. Competition rules can also be found on the College website at

Howard C Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Section of Family Law

Subject Matter of Essays:

The subject may be any aspect of family law. The primary focus of each essay should be an issue of law, although some interdisciplinary material may be useful in addressing a legal issue. Family law includes dissolution of marriage and other intimate relationships, relationships of persons of the same sex, parentage, custody, child support, division of property, alimony (maintenance), attorney's fees, adoption, dependency, termination of parental rights, rights pertaining to procreation, and alternative dispute resolution of Family Law issues. Family Law generally does not include Juvenile Justice, Probate, Labor, Immigration Law, and sociology topics unless those topics are related to more traditional Family Law subjects. Since winning entries may be published in Family Law Quarterly, entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest. Essays on such subjects usually include citations to the law of several jurisdictions. However, if the law in one state reflects a significant development or trend, that too could be an appropriate subject for an entry.

Eligibility of Contestants:

Second or third-year full-time students; Second through fourth-year part-time students; or First-year students enrolled in schools where the subject of family law is part of the first-year curriculum; Citizens or legal permanent residents of the U.S


First Place: $1,500.00
Second Place: $750.00
Third Place: $350.00

Deadline: April 29, 2016

More information, including the downloadable entry form can be found on:

If you have any questions, please contact Samantha Schooley at

The 2016 Tannenwald Writing Competition

Sponsored by the Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel

Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to all full- or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate. Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable at

Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers.

Deadline for submitting papers: 9:00 p.m. EDT, July 1, 2016.

Mail papers to: Tannenwald Foundation, 700 Sixth Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001-3980, Attn: Sandie Kiedrowski.

Click here for more information and/or contact: Nancy Abramowitz at 202.274.4164 (

Albertson & Davidson, LLP College Scholarship

Scholarship eligibility and application requirements:

The Albertson & Davidson, LLP College Scholarship is open to individuals who are currently attending or are planning on attending an accredited United States college or university during the fall 2016 semester.

This scholarship is only available for students attending domestic US based colleges.

In order to participate in the essay contests, applicants must submit a 500-word essay answering the question posed below as an attachment to In addition, applicants must provide the following information:

  • Their full name, address, and phone number
  • The name of the institution they plan to attend in the fall of 2016
  • Their major or other program of study
  • If the applicant is under 18, contact information for his or her parents or other legal guardian

Upon receipt of their materials, our attorneys will review the submissions and determine a winner based on the quality of the response and the applicant’s demonstrated potential for academic success.

Please submit your essays by 8/24/16 to Winners will be notified by email on or around 9/01/2016.

If you can answer this question in 500 words, you may receive a $2,500 college scholarship! Your Essay Question:

Courts in the United States have little power to change the terms of a valid will, even if some of its terms seem unfair to people who would normally expect to inherit assets. Do you think that it should be legal to disinherit your spouse or children, and should courts be able to change the terms of a will that they decide is unfair? Why or why not?

Houtan Scholarship Fund

Description: The Houtan Scholarship Foundation seeks students from all origins, Iranian and non-Iranian, who have high academic performance and proven interest in promoting Iran's great culture, heritage, language and civilization.
Eligibility: Must have working knowledge of Farsi, interest in Iranian culture/heritage/literature, attending graduate school, academic success/significant improvement in academic success, financial need
Award: $2,500 per semester
Deadline: (Fall) June 1, (Spring) October 1
Contact: The Houtan Scholarship Foundation
300 Central Ave
Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234
(609) 653-9317

Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation

Description: The foundation is able to provide scholarships to Thetas in good standing for undergraduate and graduate education. Please refer to the website for an A to Z listing of scholarships and applications.
Eligibility: Women only, must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen. Scholarships are based on financial need, and be a KAT member in good standing.
Award: Varies by scholarship
Deadline: Varies
Contact: Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation
8740 Founders Road
Indianapolis, IN 46268-1300
(317) 876-1870

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Description: The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family
Eligibility: New American, merit
Award: $20,000 (plus 50% of tuition)
Deadline: Varies

Practicing Law Institute Bar Review Program Tuition Scholarships

Description: PLI awards scholarships covering the full or partial tuition cost for attending its seminars. Law students generally receive full scholarships to most programs, except for a $25 application fee (below). Faculty usually receives 75% scholarships to most programs. Scholarships are also available to legal aid and government attorneys, judges, judicial clerks, and employees of nonprofit organizations.

Eligibility: Attend bar review course
Award: Seminar tuition
Deadline: Varies
Contact: Mark Dighton, Director of Law School Relations
(212) 8245841

The Reeves Law Group Scholarship

This 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.


To be eligible for our scholarship contest, you must be: a legal US resident, and either a current (1) law student at an accredited U.S. law school, or (2) an undergraduate student who has applied or will apply to law school. Students with full academic scholarships are not eligible to enter the contest. Proof of enrollment must be provided. We will accept digital scans of the following as a valid proof of enrollment via email attachment with your application:

• Unofficial transcript (Applicant must submit by mail an un-opened copy of official transcripts if elected as a finalist).
• Letter from Admissions confirming deposit on school letterhead
• Official enrollment verification form
• Acceptance letter on school letterhead

December 15, 2016

For more details and to access application, please visit:



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