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 Letter and Scholarship Luncheon Requirements
    All scholarship recipients must write formal thank you letters for each alum or friend of the Law School associated with their scholarship. The deadline for submitting your letter(s) for review is October 1. If you are awarded a new scholarship in the spring term, the deadline is May 22. Scholarship recipients who do not submit their thank you letter(s) for review by the respective deadline, could have their scholarships canceled and their funds forfeited for the year. Please review the process for the submission and mailing of thank you letters, including tips and frequently asked questions. Typically, scholarship recipients are asked to attend a scholarship celebration event for donors and recipients hosted by the Law School in the fall semester. Students and our alumni and friends find this event very meaningful. This event will not be held for the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 academic year. 
  • Quantity of Work Requirement
    To retain scholarship(s), a minimum load of 10 semester hours is required of all scholarship recipients with 20 semester hours of credit or more; a minimum load of 14 semester hours is required of all scholarship recipients with fewer than 20 semester hours of credit. 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 his or her 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 are required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which starts every October 1 before matriculating to Texas Law. Scholarship recipients must file a FAFSA starting October 1 for the subsequent summer, fall, and spring semesters to main scholarship eligibility as a continuing law student. Scholarship recipients who do not wish to acquire need-based financial aid from the FAFSA will have the opportunity to decline those offers.
  • 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
    Scholarship funds can only apply to fall or spring semesters where scholarship recipients are paying UT-Austin Law School tuition. For example, students may not retain their scholarship when visiting another law school, completing an ad hoc study abroad program through another law school, or while completing doctoral coursework in another UT-Austin college or school. Any scholarship offered by the law school is limited to Law School tuition and fees or the tuition and fees of one of the nine approved JD/Master’s dual degree options.
  • 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: lawfinaid@law.utexas.edu or 512-232-1130, or stop by the Law School’s Office of Financial Aid, Townes Hall (TNH) 2.122.