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 are invested in your success in the legal profession and at the Law School. Please review what is required and expected of all our scholarship recipients.

  1. “Thank You” Requirements            
    We place a very high value on gratitude and acknowledgment. Sending thanks to your scholarship donor is a very important expression of this gratitude.
    • Submit a Thank You Letter
      All scholarship recipients must write thank you letters for each donor 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) by the deadline, scholarships will be canceled and funds forfeited for the year. Please review the Scholarship Letter Submission Guide, which includes writing tips, deadlines, and frequently asked questions.
    • 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. Information about the event will be emailed in the beginning of the fall semester.
  2. Minimum and Maximum Credits Requirement
    Scholarship recipients with fewer than 20 credit hours must take a minimum course load of 14 credit hours per semester; recipients with 20 or more credit hours must take a minimum course load of 10 credit hours per semester. A student may not take less than a minimum course load without approval from the Dean of Student Affairs and the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.

    The scholarship will renew automatically provided that the recipient meets minimum performance standards and Satisfactory Academic Progress 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).
  3. 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) each year of enrollment. 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. We strongly encourage students to submit their FAFSA by January 15.
  4. 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.
  5. The University of Texas School of Law 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 J.D. 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 is not an approved dual degree program.
  6. 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.

For any questions, contact us at, 512-232-1130, or stop by the Law School’s Office of Financial Aid, Townes Hall (TNH) 2.122.