A limited number of awards of full and partial tuition and fees are made annually to entering first-year students. The Financial Aid Committee endeavors to use the available funds to attract students who will enhance the School of Law with their academic achievement and potential (relying primarily on undergraduate grade point averages and LSAT scores) and life experiences. Unless otherwise specified in the award letter, these grants are renewed for subsequent years provided the student remains in good standing.
Mrs. Ann Knight Bower has established the James Elliott Bower Memorial Scholarship Fund. Selection of James Elliott Bower Memorial Scholars shall be made on the basis of academic proficiency, extracurricular achievement and financial need.
The Charles and Peggy Galvin Endowment Fund provides support for one full-tuition scholarship. The Charles and Peggy Galvin scholar must rank in the top one-third of his or her law school class.
The Haynes and Boone Minority Scholarship Program, funded by the law firm of Haynes and Boone, LLP, provides two exceptional minority students an opportunity to work as a summer associate in either the Dallas or Houston office of Haynes and Boone as well as a fixed monthly stipend during their first year to help with school expenses. Applicants must complete a separate scholarship application and be accepted for admission to the School of Law.
The Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Law Fellowship was established by the Dallas Bar Foundation to enable men and women from minority groups to obtain a legal education at the School of Law and subsequently enter the legal profession. The Dallas Bar Foundation funds several full-tuition scholarships annually. The fellowship is awarded initially to entering students for one year and is renewable for the second and third years of study as long as the student remains in good standing. Applicants must complete a separate scholarship application and be accepted for admission to the School of Law by the regular decision deadline.
William L. Hutchison has established the Hutchison Scholarship Program with the following objectives:
To accomplish these objectives, the school shall employ the following criteria in making scholarship awards:
Cary Maguire has established the Cary Maguire Ethics Scholarship for first-year law students who have demonstrated concern and interest in ethical behavior in law. The recipient of the Maguire scholarship must write a paper on a topic related to ethical issues in the legal profession during his or her second year.
The Rupert Radford Estate has established The Rupert and Lillian Radford Scholarship Fund to aid worthy and needy full-time students of the SMU Dedman School of Law.
The family of Robert Hickman Smellage Sr. has established the Robert Hickman Smellage Sr. Memorial Fund for worthy students at SMU Dedman School of Law or for students who have graduated from a law school and who are enrolled in a postgraduate law program or course of study at SMU Dedman School of Law.
This scholarship was established by the Sohmen Foundation and is awarded to up to four graduate students who are from China and who are accepted to the LL.M. Program in International and Comparative Law. The scholarship includes full tuition and a supplemental living stipend. Recipients of this scholarship must have outstanding academic records and demonstrate strong potential for success in the LL.M. program.
This prestigious scholarship is given each year to an outstanding foreign graduate law student who undertakes an intensive course of study in comparative and international law. Candidates for the scholarship must be admitted to the LL.M. in Comparative and International Law program by April 1. The scholarship amount varies from year to year, but is usually around $10,000. The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation established the Storey Scholarship in 1981 in honor of the memory of Dean Storey, dean of the law school from 1947 to 1959.
Hatton W. Sumners Scholarships, which cover the cost of full tuition and fees and books, plus a living stipend, are awarded each year to qualified entering students who are residents of or who attended colleges or universities in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska or Missouri. Applicants must complete a separate scholarship application and be accepted for admission to the School of Law by the regular decision deadline. Scholars are selected by a committee of the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.
James Cleo Thompson Sr. has established the Thompson Scholarship fund for deserving students from the first, second and third year classes.
In addition, the School of Law awards varying amounts of tuition and fee support from the following endowed scholarships that are established through gifts or bequests from graduates and other supporters:
Nelda Sanchez Adamson Endowed Scholarship
Anonymous Law School Endowed Scholarship
Atwell Scholarship Endowment
Baker Botts Law Scholarship
Dennis Barger Memorial Scholarship
The Bennett Scholarship for International Studies
Nancy L. Benoit Memorial Scholarship
James Bozzell Memorial Scholarship Endowment
Eugene and Juanita Brady Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Frank and Debbie Branson Trial Advocacy Scholarship
Dan Burney Scholarship
The Effie and Wofford Cain Joint J.D./M.B.A. Scholarship Fund
Citigroup Foundation Law Scholarship
Tom C. Clark Scholarship
Frances Spears Cloyd Endowed Scholarship Fund
Rosser J. Coke Scholarship
Dallas Lawyers’ Auxiliary Scholarship
J. Carlisle DeHay Jr. Scholarship
Israel Dreeben Scholarship
Easterwood Aerospace Law Scholarship
Joy and Ralph Ellis Scholarship
The Bess and Ted Enloe Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Armine C. Ernst Endowed Scholarship Fund
Feld and Sanger Scholarship
Donald C. Fitch Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Judge Dean Gandy Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Larry D. George Endowed Scholarship Fund
Arthur I. and Jeannette M. Ginsburg Scholarship
Hawkins Golden Law Scholarship
J. Roscoe Golden Scholarship
Hall Family Scholarship
W. R. Harris Sr. Memorial Scholarship
The DeWitt Harry Scholarship Fund
The Linda Wertheimer Hart and Milledge A. Hart III Endowment for the School of Law
James Hartnett Scholarship Endowment Fund
Will T. Henry Endowment
Wilson Herndon Anti-Trust Scholarship
Justice John and Lana Hickman Endowment Fund
The John Howie Family Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Hughes & Luce, LLP Endowment
Ray and Kay Bailey Hutchison Scholarship
The Class of 1986 Teresa Jenkins Carson Memorial Scholarship Endowment
Journal of Air Law and Commerce Fund
The Jones Day Endowed Scholarship Fund
John Leddy and Erin Bain Jones Scholarship
The Beverly and David Leonard Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Locke Liddell & Sapp Endowment Fund
Joseph P. McKnight Memorial Scholarship
E. Eugene Mason Scholarship
Rosemary and Tom B. Medders Jr. Scholarship
Marvin and Mollyann R. Menaker Scholarship
The Britton D. Monts Endowed Scholarship Fund
Annie Morris Law Scholarship
Alfred P. Murrah Memorial Scholarship
The James L. Noel Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Dean Charles Shirley Potts Scholarship Endowment Fund
Maurice E. Purnell Scholarship
Professor Roy R. Ray Scholarship
The Homer B. Reynolds III Endowed Scholarship Fund
W.A. Rhea Scholarship
William J. Rochelle Jr. Scholarship
Martin Samuelsohn Endowed Scholarship
Richard L. Scott Family Scholarship
John T. Sharpe Scholarship
Edward R. and JoAnne M. Smith Scholarship
William Elliot and Mildred Smith Scholarship
The Fred S. Stradley Memorial Scholarship (FFE)
Carl W. Summers Jr. Scholarship
Louis Szep Memorial Scholarship
Lee J. Taylor Scholarship
Thompson & Knight Endowment
The Wayne Vines Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The Vinson & Elkins Endowed Scholarship Fund
Jackson Walker Endowed Scholarship
The Rufus Wallingford Endowed Scholarship
James L. and Catherine Nolan Walsh Endowment
Meade Whitaker Law Scholarship
Robert A. Wooldridge Endowed Scholarship Fund