Dannnye K. Holley, Dean and Professor of Law

External Scholarships

The Real Estate Law Section of the Houston Bar Association (“HBA”) is currently accepting applications for the section’s scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to second or third year law students from each of the three Houston area law schools (University of Houston, South Texas College of Law Houston, and Thurgood Marshall School of Law) with a demonstrated interest in real estate law. The application is attached.

AWARDS GIVEN: A total of $9,000 will be divided evenly between the three Houston area law schools

TO APPLY: (University of Houston, South Texas College of Law Houston, and Thurgood Marshall School of Law). The committee may allocate the $3,000 per school to between 1 and 3 student applicants, for a minimum award of $1,000 and a maximum award of $3,000 per recipient. Any current second or third year law student currently enrolled at a law school listed above who has earned at least 30 credit hours is eligible to apply. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who have a demonstrated interest in real estate law. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, March 29, 2024. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at a future HBA Real Estate Law Section meeting. Applicants must submit the following documents (in pdf format) for consideration via e-mail to Yigal Saghian at hbarealestatescholarships@gmail.com:

  • A completed 2024 Scholarship Application Form;•
  • A current resume;•An unofficial law school transcript; and•A short essay (limited to 350 words) expressing interest in real estate law.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP (713) 374-3645 hbarealestatescholarships@gmail.com

Download the applicarion (pdf)


Ogletree Deakins’ ODBAR (Black Attorney Resource Group) is pleased to announce its second annual scholarship. The David E. Jones Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving law student in good academic standing at an institution with a duly registered
National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) chapter or who has an individual NBLSA membership. The winner of the $10,000 scholarship will also receive an invitation to the ODBAR summer event in Philadelphia on July 13, 2024. Applicants must submit an essay of no more than five pages, double-spaced, on the following topic: Uniform AI?: The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into employment decisions has become increasingly prevalent in today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape. As organizations leverage AI for tasks such as recruitment, performance evaluation, and talent management, a critical question emerges: Should there be universal rules governing the use of AI in employment decisions or should governance be left to the several states?

In 5 pages or less, please write a persuasive essay concerning who is best to govern the use of AI for hiring, disciplining, and firing decisions. Consider factors such as ethical and privacy concerns, efficiency, and principles of federalism in your response.

Applications will be accepted February 7 – March 13, 2024.
Please submit your application to Pearl Brady at pearl.brady@ogletree.com.


The Tyron Garner Memorial ScholarshipThe National LGBTQ+ Bar is proud to introduce the Tyron Garner Memorial Scholarship Fund. This is a restricted fund created by the Black LGBTQ+ Legal Professionals' Caucus (a joint endeavor of the National LGBTQ+ Bar and the National Bar Association). Funds raised by April 1, 2024 will support one or more Black LGBTQ+ law student(s) enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school with a $2,500 one-time scholarship.

The Tyron Garner Memorial Scholarship* honors the legacy of Tyron Garner. Tyron was represented by Lambda Legal in the landmark 2003 U.S. Supreme Court case of Lawrence v. Texas, which effectively struck down the sodomy laws in all 13 states in which they still remained, thereby decriminalizing consensual adult same-sex sexual relationships and abolishing the legal stigma that was used to marginalize LGBTQ+ people in all areas of their lives. While Tyron was not an attorney, the impact of his life and bravery along with the impact of Lambda Legal's groundbreaking case have shaped access to the legal profession for LGBTQ+ people for the last 20 years, and improving all LGBTQ+ people's treatment within our nation's legal systems. The Bar is proud to honor Tyron as we emerge from the 20th anniversary celebration year of the Lawrence case.

The scholarship will be awarded to one or more Black LGBTQ+ law student(s) enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school with a $2,500 one-time scholarship. Winner(s) will be selected by a committee of Caucus member lawyers.

If you know any students who would qualify for this scholarship, please feel free to forward the application link below. For additional questions, please contact Nicole Fox at nicole@lgbtqbar.org


NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! - We are thrilled to announce that the application window for MGC's 2024 Law Student
Diversity Scholarship Program is now open!  The scholarship program will award up to five scholarships, in the amount of $2,500 each, for the 2024-2025 school year. The scholarship is awarded only for one year.

Learn More & Apply Now


We welcome applications from all law students who meet all of the criteria below:

  • Are enrolled full-time in an ABA-accredited law school with an anticipated graduation date of 2025 or 2026 at the time of application.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion within their local and/or global communities.


  • Are Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and/or multi-racial, and/or are LGBTQ, and/or are female (regardless of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation/identity/expression) and/or have a physical or mental disability.

For a list of eligible schools and application process details, please follow the link below.

Past applicants are encouraged to reapply!
Prior scholarship recipients are not eligible. If a student is no longer eligible according to the scholarship criteria, please feel free to pass this information along to others.



MICHAEL WEINER - Scholarship for Labor Studies. The MLB Players Trust is awarding five $10,000 scholarships to graduate and/or law school students dedicated to improving the lives of workers.

For more information, including elidgibility criteria,
visit: trust.mlbplayers.com/michael-weiner-scholarship
Deadline to complete application, March 1st, 2024 Questions? Contact us at playerstrust@mlbpa.org
Click on the image to download the full-size flyer.


The ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN ATTORNEYS (“AWA”) is currently seeking qualified applicants for AWA Foundation (“AWAF”) scholarships and fellowships to be awarded to deserving second and third year female-identifying law students in Houston, Texas. The applications are attached. (pdf)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Emailed applications for either or both of the Scholarships and/or the Fellowships must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, February 2, 2024.

RECOGNITION DATE: April 11, 2024 at the annual Premier Women in Law Luncheon. All scholarship and fellowship recipients are expected to attend the luncheon as guests of honor.
To learn more about our organization, please visit: http://www.awahouston.org

Fellowship Description:
In an effort to strengthen the pipeline of minority prosecutors across the nation, the NBPA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, has established a Fellowship Program. The goal of the program is to promote diversity in prosecutors’ offices by building a pipeline of Black law students entering a career in prosecution. The program is targeted towards Black law students, entering their third year of law school, who have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in criminal prosecution.

The Foundation Fellowship Program provides placement and financial assistance in the amount of $5,000 to law students interested in participating in a non-paid internship at a prosecutor’s office. In 2021, the Foundation launched its inaugural class and partnered with local/state prosecuting offices and law schools to recruit and place eligible students in competitive 8 – 10-week summer internship programs across the country.


  • Must be a rising 3L.
  • Must have bar clearance to practice in court under the supervision of a licensed attorney
  • Must have a demonstrated interest in a career in prosecution.

Preferred Course Work

  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Skills based courses such as: trial advocacy, negotiations, interviewing, etc.

Required Documentation

  • Offer letter (if available)
  • Statement of Interest 

Timeline for Application Process*
February 1 Fellowship applications open 
February 29 Deadline to apply
April 1 Fellowship recipients are notified
*These dates are subject to change but the application timeline will generally be consistent with the dates provided above.


STATE BAR OF TEXAS Diversity in the Profession Committee
Bar Exam Prep Scholarship Application 2023-2024
Diversity in the Profession Committee History -The Diversity in the Profession Committee is one of twenty-seven committees of the State Bar of Texas. In 1989, then State Bar President Darrell Jordan of Dallas created the Committee, formerly known as the Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession Committee. Its purpose was to increase diversity in the profession, enhance opportunities for diverse individuals in the profession, and increase involvement by diverse attorneys in the bar. Just one year after its inception, the State Bar institutionalized the Committee as a standing committee, and its members successfully worked with the State Bar Board of Directors to initiate an ethnicity survey of bar membership, create a permanent staff position dedicated exclusively to minority affairs, and approve support for diversity in State Bar grievance committees. The Committee later adopted its current name, the Diversity in the Profession Committee, to reflect the changing demographics of the state of Texas. Not lost, though, was the Committee's continual focus on promoting and pursuing new prospects and opportunities for all diverse attorneys, including women.

Download the application (fillable pdf)

send to: Scholarship Committee, State Bar of Texas Diversity in the Profession

Equal Justice America will award a two-year $130,000 post-graduate Veterans’ Rights Fellowship for Fall 2024. The Fellowship will be open to graduating law students and recent graduates nationwide.  

Graduating law students and recent graduates can apply for the fellowship by working with an established legal aid program to develop a project to protect the rights of our  veterans.  

Our veterans put their lives on the line for us. We need to make sure their needs are met when they return to civilian life.  

Please get the word out to your third-year students and recent graduates about this opportunity. Students can find information on the Fellowship and how to apply at this link.   

The deadline to apply is March 4, 2024. 


  FDCC Foundation "Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship" 2024

The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel is committed to the full participation and inclusion of diverse professionals in our organization and the legal profession as part of our core values of diversity and inclusion. To that end, we seek diverse members, whether persons of color, women, LGBTQ, or persons with physical limitations and whether they represent economic, geographic, social, ethnic, racial or religious diversity. With these core values in mind, we created the FDCC Foundation Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship to honor the spouse of one of our long-time members, Edward J. Currie, Jr., a champion of diversity in the profession.


The FDCC Foundation Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship will be open to application by all diverse law school students and prospective students. The selected recipients will receive a $10,000 academic scholarship to the law school of their choice. The applications will go through a two-step review process. The first, review will be conducted by a subcommittee composed of FDCC members and spouses appointed by the President of the FDCC Foundation. The second and final review process will be composed by five members: the President of the FDCC Foundation, a Member of the Foundation Board, a Member of the Diversity Committee, a Member of the Admissions Committee, and a Member of the Membership Development & Retention Committee.


To apply, please submit the following materials no later than March 15, 2024 to rhillman@paramountlawgroup.com: • Personal statement describing how you will contribute to FDCC's core values of diversity and inclusion, describing your needs and any unique qualifications and providing information on any other matters you believe would assist the Review Committee in evaluating your application (1000-word limit) • Writing sample (7-page limit) • Three references including names and contact information of individuals who can attest to your professional and academic abilities


Applications may be submitted beginning February 1, 2024. All parts of the application must be submitted at the same time to Roger Hillman (rhillman@paramountlawgroup.com). Applications must be received by March 15, 2024. Please address any questions about the Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship program to Roger Hillman (rhillman@paramountlawgroup.com); Imoh Akpan (iakpan@fandpnet.com) or Joanna Blackburn (jblackburn@bgllaspyrhode.com). Download the pdf

For more information, please visit - http://www.thefederation.org

Dallas Foundation
Applications open December 15, 2023

Scholarship & Bar Study Guidelines
The following Hispanic law students are eligible to apply for a scholarship: (i) incoming law students who have applied to begin their first (1L) year of law school in Fall 2024, (ii) current first-year (1L) law students who will begin their second (2L) year of law school in Fall 2024 and (iii) current second-year (2L) students who will begin their third and final (3L) year of law school in Fall 2024.  The following students are eligible to apply for bar study grants: current third-year (3L) law students who will graduate by December 2024 and who plan to take the Texas state bar exam in 2024. Completed applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on Monday, February 5, 2024

Judicial Internship Guidelines
The Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation invites those law students who are in the process of completing their first or second-year classes to apply for the DHLF Judicial Internship Program. Judges from Dallas area civil and criminal courts will be participating. Applicants must have completed first-year law school courses from an accredited law school, including civil procedure, legal research, and legal writing courses. All students in Accredited Law Schools (including the UNT Dallas College of Law) are eligible to apply. The Foundation grants stipends to the students chosen to participate in the program. Completed applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on Monday, February 5, 2024. Applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum of a four-week internship. Interns will receive a stipend of approximately $2,000.00 for the four weeks. 

Please note that there are 2 separate applications for the Scholarship/Bar Study Grant and Judicial Internship Programs.  If you are applying for both, please submit all application materials by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

How to Apply
You can create your online profile and apply by accessing the following website for The Dallas Foundation, an organization that assists the DHLF with its awards programs: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=dallasscholar

You can also find the link at the following website, www.dallasfoundation.org, then click on “What We Do” then “Scholarship Funds” then “Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation Scholarship". 

Important Application Instructions
Please note that in order to apply, you will need to create an account by clicking “Create New Account”, then complete the registration form.  Once you complete and submit all the required information, the system will automatically send you an email confirming your registration.

  • Once logged in, click “APPLY” (at the top of your applicant dashboard). Use the following access codes to access the applications:

    • Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation Internship Application: Access Code: LawIntern

    • Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation Scholarship & Bar Study Grant Application: Access Code: LawScholar

  • Once the application pops up, click the blue “APPLY” button to the right of the description.

  • You should receive a confirmation email as soon as you submit your application.

  • *If you wish to apply to both applications, you may copy your answers from your previously submitted application to save time. Just select the “APPLY” button, and then in the top right corner select “Copy Previous Answers” and your answers will be pulled in on any overlapping questions.

About the We Empower Mentoring Program
The We Empower Mentoring Program is a two-month professional development program for African American women law students. Participants are required to attend an orientation prior to the beginning of the program. The program cycle is from January 2024 to February 2024. A closing program will be held in March/April 2024.

Download the application


EarthRights International is seeking to sponsor the externally-funded fellowship applications of 2-3 rising 3Ls, LLMs, or recent law school graduates for positions starting September 2024.  EarthRights is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment.

Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and/or Justice Catalyst Fellowships: One 3L or recent J.D. graduate will be selected to apply – with EarthRights as a sponsor – for the Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and/or Justice Catalyst Fellowship in order to support EarthRights’ new Climate Justice Project and help develop and implement legal strategies related to climate and environmental justice in the United States. Through this project, EarthRights is working with communities of color impacted by climate change or environmental harms to hold government, companies, and financial institutions accountable.

Law School Postgraduate Fellowships: In addition, EarthRights is seeking to sponsor 1-2 3Ls or LLMs for applications for their respective law schools’ funded postgraduate public interest fellowships. Candidates who have identified such opportunities are invited to submit a short application to EarthRights requesting that the organization serve as a host organization. If selected for such a fellowship, the Fellow will support EarthRights’ transnational human rights and environmental corporate accountability work, investigating the progress of this field and researching and implementing new strategies for accountability. EarthRights is also willing to accommodate project-specific fellowship opportunities where the Fellow is primarily tasked with undertaking a project with a defined scope if the proposed project aligns with EarthRights' goals.
Interested candidates should visit the EarthRights International careers page for more information about these opportunities and instructions to apply. 

EarthRights International is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and actively encourages people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQI people to apply.
For more information on our work at EarthRights International, visit www.earthrights.org.

The Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair is excited to promote Latham & Watkins, LLP's IP Litigation Summer Program, Pathways Program: 1L Diversity Scholarship, and Diversity Leadership Academy. Please share this with all law students that you think may be interested. The information below was prepared by Latham & Watkins:

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