Dannnye K. Holley, Dean and Professor of Law

External Scholarships

The Austin Bar Foundation and the LGBTQ+ Law Section of the Austin Bar Association are honored to announce the Foundation’s nineth annual LGBTQ+ Scholarship. The Foundation and Section will award $5,000 scholarships to four current students (including 2024 graduates) enrolled at a Texas law school.

Eligible students must be enrolled at a public or private law school physically located in the State of Texas and have demonstrated some commitment or contribution to the LGBTQ+ community or LGBTQ+ legal issues.  This criterion will be broadly construed to include activities consistent with the Austin Bar’s LGBTQ+ Law Section’s purposes of promoting education on issues relating the LGBTQ+ law, raising the profile and acceptance of LGBTQ+ individuals within the legal community, and promoting LGBTQ+ equality.  The selection committee will also consider each applicant’s academic record and education debt burden/financial need.

Please complete this form and submit it, along with a current copy of your transcript (official or unofficial), resume, a short statement of financial need, and, most importantly, a (1-2 page) statement of commitment or contribution to the LGBTQ+ community or LGBTQ+ legal issues to:

LGBTQ+ Scholarship, Attn: DeLaine Ward, 712 W. 16th Street, Austin, TX 78701 or by email it to delaine@austinbar.org.

The online application can be found at https://forms.gle/rFBtwp4S53fxGW6F8 [ update form ]

Click here for the fillable pdf form

This scholarship is an exciting opportunity for aspiring legal professionals interested in intellectual property law, particularly those with a STEM background. The Patent Training Foundation, in collaboration with the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, is offering a significant scholarship opportunity worth $5000.

This scholarship is designed to support individuals who demonstrate a strong passion for intellectual property law, with a special emphasis on candidates with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). However, we encourage all eligible candidates to apply, regardless of their academic or professional background.

As a current 3L student at Southern University Law Center, I have seen firsthand the importance of fostering a diverse and talented community within the legal profession. This scholarship aims to support promising HBCU Law students, like me, who are committed to pursuing careers in intellectual property law.

The application process for the Patent Training Foundation & Thurgood Marshall Scholarship is now open, and I encourage you to spread the word to any eligible candidates who may benefit from this opportunity. Further details about eligibility criteria and application procedures can be found on our website https://tally.so/r/nrALxo

Requirements for this scholarship:

  • * Current grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • * Demonstrate leadership ability through a variety of measures
  • * U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident with valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-5511

Applicants must submit the following documents for consideration:

1. Resume

2. A copy of the 2024-2025 FAFSA Confirmation form and a copy of your student Account

Requirement Page-Indicating all required documents from your institution’s financial aid department has been submitted.

3. Provide the transcript (official or unofficial) for your most recently completed academic term.

4. Please provide an email for two recommenders to complete a character reference form. They will be required to answer three questions regarding your character reference.

5. Essay: Please answer the following question (Maximum 500 words):

How will an award from Thurgood Marshall College Fund and PTFoundation help make a difference in meeting your goal of engaging in the full-time practice of Intellectual Property law?


2024 AT&T Legal Scholars Program

We are pleased to announce that AT&T’s Legal Department, Lawrence & Bundy LLC, and Kilpatrick are now accepting applications for the 2024 AT&T Legal Scholars program.  As you know, AT&T Legal Scholars is a two-day workshop intended to provide incoming 1Ls from backgrounds which are historically underrepresented in the legal profession with insight into the legal profession and the tools necessary to succeed in law school.  A more detailed overview of the program, which is scheduled to take place virtually July 18 – July 19, 2024, is attached. We greatly appreciate your help in promoting this wonderful opportunity in years past and hope that you will do the same again this year.  To that end, please forward the attached program overview and application to any students who you know that may be interested.  The program is targeted at students entering law school for the first time during the 2024-2025 school year, but we are willing to consider rising undergraduate seniors if space permits.  Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated history of academic success and an active commitment to the furtherance of diversity and inclusion. Interested students should submit a copy of their resume, the completed application, and a personal statement of no more than 500 words to attlegalscholars@ktslaw.com by June 14, 2024.  Applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis until the program is full. 

Thank you for helping our efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Ashley Willis Email: AWillis@ktslaw.com

Download the application and overview of the program below:

2024 ATT Legal Scholars Application - pdf

2024 ATT Legal Scholars Overview - pdf


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


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


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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