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The Law School offers scholarships* to students in amounts ranging from $2,500 to full tuition and fees with a stipend per academic year. More than 50 percent of the entering class have been awarded scholarships in the last three years.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of scholastic merit and/or financial need. Some awards include a competitive Non-Resident Tuition Exemption (NRTE) that entitles the recipient to pay tuition at Texas resident rates. The majority of students who receive these scholarships are notified in writing within two weeks of receiving their admission offer letter. First-year students are automatically considered for scholarships and a separate application is not required. Scholarship recipients are expected to take a minimum of 14 credit hours per semester.

Scholarships generally fall into the following three categories:

  • Merit-Only Scholarships: Criteria for selection include standardized test scores and cumulative grade point average.
  • Need, Disadvantage, or Adversity Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded using a variety of factors that include financial need, demonstrated commitment to public service, history of overcoming economic or other disadvantage, overcoming disability, service in the armed forces, standardized test scores, and cumulative grade point average.
  • Merit and Need Scholarships: Criteria for these scholarships include both merit and financial need assessment. Additional factors that may be considered include leadership experience, extracurricular activities or community service, and other performance criteria. Students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application for any need-based scholarship consideration.
  • Conditional Scholarships: In accordance with ABA Standard 509(b)(2) disclosure requirements, the Law School does not offer conditional scholarships.

Scholarship Retention

In 2013, 99 percent of our scholarship recipients retained their scholarships. Please note our scholarship retention in recent academic years.

Year # Students Matriculating # Entering with Merit Scholarships # Whose Merit Scholarships Have Been Reduced or Eliminated
2013 319 216 1
2012 308 204 2
2011 370 215 3

* In accordance with Law School policy, students who withdraw from school before the end of the semester are required to repay the total amount of their scholarship.