Endowment for Excellence Scholarships

Professor Stanley Johanson with student; Texas Law Chancellors 2014

“For years we attracted the best law students in America by providing a first-tier education without first-tier debt. We’re not stopping now.”
—Dean Ward Farnsworth

Drawing superb students, and training them the Texas Law way, has long made us the foremost supplier of talent to employers for a thousand miles in every direction and an important provider to employers worldwide. We produce graduates who serve their communities at the highest levels.

Carrying out that mission today is far more challenging than it was during most of the law school’s history. For years public support kept our tuition dramatically lower than that of other top-tier law schools. This advantage made us an unbeatable choice for most Texans and for many outstanding students from out of state. Today public funding has been reduced to a small share of our budget. Our tuition is still lower than that of the other leading law schools, and U.S. News and World Report recently said that we continue to provide a better return on investment than any other top law school in the country.

We nevertheless compete fiercely with rival schools for the best students. We can no longer rely on low tuition to win those battles. They must be won with scholarship support for the ablest applicants. To achieve these results, we have set a goal of raising $30 million in new scholarships.

These scholarships will help us win head-to-head battles with our competitors for the most talented applicants, and will ensure that Texas Law remains the provider of our finest lawyers, judges, political leaders and public servants for decades to come. The success of this campaign will help us establish ourselves as the premier public law school in America.

Scholarship Levels

Townes Hall Endowed Scholarships

Each Townes Hall Endowed Scholarship will provide full tuition and additional support. These scholarships will be deployed to bring the most highly credentialed student applicants to The University of Texas School of Law.

Tarlton Endowed Scholarships

The Tarlton Endowed Scholarships will provide substantial tuition reductions for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic aptitude and scholastic excellence.

Endowed Presidential Scholarships / Dean’s Endowed Scholarships

The endowed scholarships at each of these levels will provide permanent tuition assistance to qualifying students in the School of Law.

Dean’s Scholarship Excellence Fund
Alumni and friends of the School of Law can be a part of the Endowment for Excellence campaign by making a gift in any amount. The Dean’s Scholarship Excellence Fund provides immediate scholarship aid for current students. A gift of $25,000 or more will be honored with permanent signage in the Law School similar to endowment gifts.

Any scholarship can be named for the donor and funded by a pledge over a period of years. If you would like to establish a scholarship, please contact alumni@law.utexas.edu or 512-232-1118.