Law Student Scholarships

Applications for the 2018 Law Student Scholarships are now available! Below is a link to the application.

Scholarship Application attached for immediate distribution to law students having an interest in the study and practice of tax law in Texas.

The Tax Section of the State Bar of Texas annually awards up to three $2,000 scholarships to students demonstrating academic excellence and commitment to the study and practice of tax law. Any student who is enrolled in an ABA accredited law school at the time of the application is submitted and who intends to practice tax law in Texas is eligible to apply. We need you to help us spread the word about the scholarship.

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students with their financial needs, facilitate and encourage students to enter the practice of law in Texas, and become active members of the State Bar Tax Section. Selection criteria of the scholarships include: merit, scholastic performance, financial need, and demonstrated experience and interest in the field of tax law. Consideration is also given to extracurricular activities both inside and outside law school, including but not limited to legal externships or internships with state or federal taxing authorities such as the Internal Revenue Service, Office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, or Texas-based legal aid societies and clinics.

Applications must be received by April 2, 2018. The scholarships will be awarded at the State Bar Annual Meeting in June 2018 in Houston. Winners need not be present to accept the award.

A word version of the scholarship application is attached. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you in advance for your help.
2017 Scholarship Recipients: 
Thomas Bettge 
Pennsylvania State University
Dickinson School of Law
Thomas graduated from Pennsylvania State University in May, 2017 and spent the summer studying for the Texas Bar. After taking the Bar exam in July, he married and moved to Houston, where he joined the KPMG Transfer Pricing Dispute Resolution practice as an associate. 
Oscar Carrillo
Thurgood Marshall
School of Law
Texas Southern University

Oscar also spent the summer of 2017 preparing for the Texas Bar. He is currently living in Gainesville, Florida and completing his LLM in tax at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. He anticipates graduating in May 2018 and will seek a position in International Tax in Texas.
Emily Fawcett
The University of Texas
Law School

Emily is currently a 3L at the University of Texas Law School. She is an Associate Editor for the Texas Law Review and is enrolled in several tax classes. Over the summer she worked at Vinson & Elkins Dallas in both the tax and corporate groups.
Mary Sommers
Southern Methodist University
Dedman School of Law

Over the summer of 2017, Mary clerked in the Dallas office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Currently, she is an Articles Editor for the SMU Law Review and a Corporate Counsel Extern at Le Duff America. Upon graduation, Mary will return to the tax group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges.
2016 Law Student Scholarship Recipients 
  • Jessica Kirk, SMU Dedman School of Law (Dallas)
  • Sharmeen Ladhani, Vanderbilt Law School (Nashville)
  •  Yang “Allyson” Li, The University of Houston Law Center (Houston)
  • Julio Mendoza-Quiroz, Texas Tech University School of Law (Lubbock)
2015 Law Student Scholarship Recipients
  • Samantha Coleman, St. Mary’s University School of Law (San Antonio)
  • Ryan Phelps, University of Texas School of Law (Austin)
  • Neil Clausen, University of Virginia School of Law (Charlottesville, VA)
  • Kelsey Taylor, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (Dallas)
2014 Law Student Scholarship Recipients 
The Tax Section first awarded Law Student Scholarships in 2014. Recipients that year were:
  • Steve Cannon, Texas Tech University School of Law (Lubbock)
  • Thor Fielland, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Megan James, Texas Tech University School of Law (Lubbock)

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