Scholarship Requirements and Policies
Congratulations! We look forward to having you begin your career as a lawyer here at Texas Law. A scholarship award signifies your hard work and accomplishments. It is also a reflection of our community of generous alumni and friends who want you to have a great experience in law school. They are investing in you and your success. Please take a moment to read through what is required of all our scholarship recipients.
- “Thank You” Requirements
We place a very high value on gratitude and acknowledgment. Thanking your scholarship donor, their family, or the person whom the scholarship is named for is a very important piece of this gratitude.
- Submit a Thank You Letter
All scholarship recipients must write formal thank you letters for each alum or friend of the Law School associated with their scholarship. All letters will be reviewed by the Alumni Relations and Development office. If recipients do not complete the thank you letter(s) as required by the stated deadline, scholarships will be canceled and funds forfeited for the year. Please review the guidelines for submitting thank you letters, including tips, deadlines, and frequently asked questions. The deadline for submitting your letter(s) for review is listed on this Scholarship Letter Submission Guide (PDF).
- Scholarship Celebration Event
Scholarship recipients are invited and expected to attend a scholarship celebration event (usually a luncheon) with donors. Students, alumni, and friends have found this connection very meaningful. Should the Law School host the event this year, you will receive an email with details.
- Submit a Thank You Letter
- Minimum and Maximum Credits Requirement
Scholarship recipients with 20 or more credit hours must take a minimum load of 10 credit hours per semester; recipients with fewer than 20 credit hours must take a minimum load of 14 credit hours per semester. A student may not take less than a minimum load without special permission from the Dean of Student Affairs and the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. The scholarship will renew provided that the recipient meets minimum performance standards and Satisfactory Academic Progress (as explained in the Law School catalog) and is on track to graduate within three years of their law school start date (or four years in the case of dual degree students).
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Requirement
All scholarship recipients who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before matriculating to Texas Law. Starting October 1 of every year, all scholarship recipients must submit a FAFSA to maintain scholarship eligibility as a continuing law student even if they do not plan on borrowing federal financial aid. International students who are scholarship recipients are exempt from this requirement.
- Professional Standard of Behavior Requirement
All scholarship recipients are expected to maintain a standard of behavior consistent with becoming a member of the legal profession.
- UT-Austin Law School Tuition Requirement
Scholarships only apply to fall or spring semesters where scholarship and grant recipients are paying tuition at the Law School to complete the JD program or an approved dual degree program. For example, students may not retain their scholarship and grants when visiting another law school, completing an ad hoc study abroad program through another law school, or while completing any degree program at another College or School at The University of Texas at Austin that has not an approved dual degree program.
- Scholarship Repayment Policy
A student who withdraws at any time during the semester will be required to repay that semester’s scholarship award. A student who withdraws because of an urgent, substantial, and documented medical or mental health condition or other non-academic exigency may petition to the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid for relief from the repayment requirement.
Acceptance of any Texas Law scholarship indicates that recipients adhere to the requirements and policies above.
If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-232-1130, or stop by the Law School’s Office of Financial Aid, Townes Hall (TNH) 2.122.