Law Student Center


The Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA) and Houston Bar Association (HBA) are excited to launch a Matching Program that aims support 2020 Houston law school graduates’ employment and career stability following the outbreak of COVID-19 and provide meaningful opportunities for young lawyers to apply their skills.

The Matching Program will connect recent Houston law graduates seeking either paid or unpaid employment with practitioners who can provide them with supervised practice opportunities in accordance with guidance from the Supreme Court of Texas. Join the matching program by October 30, 2020 to be paired. Click here for the program FAQ.

To show your interest in placement through the Matching Program, please complete the form found here. Direct questions to Jane Ehinmoro and Brooksie Boutet at and bboutet@shipleysnell.comClick here for a flyer with program details.

Participants in the Matching Program must be 2020 Houston law school graduates who have not taken the bar exam due to COVID-19 or are awaiting their scores. Participants must be HYLA members, and should consider joining the HBA. To join HYLA, visit To join the HBA for free, visit and select the law student membership option.


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Students attending 2018 orientation at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law enjoy a presentation by HBA Board Member Benny Agosto.




Welcome to the HBA Law Student Center! This page is a guide for students at Houston’s three law schools on getting involved with the HBA. It includes information on continuing education programs open to law students, scholarships available through HBA sections, volunteer opportunities, career development opportunities and helpful links to additional resources. Involvement with your local bar association is a foundation for building a successful career after law school. And as professionals, many HBA members enjoy networking with law students to keep up-to-date on legal education and the talent pool coming out of local law schools.

Supreme Court of Texas Emergency Order on Bar Exams, released July 3

The HBA does not have a formal law student section, and you do not have to pay dues to the HBA to take advantage of the opportunities described on this page. If you have ideas or information for the HBA Law Student Center, email Tara Shockley.

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HBA Benefits for Law Students

Free HBA Membership for 3Ls, LL.M.s, and Newly Licensed Attorneys

Are you in your third year of law school? Are you an LL.M. candidate? Are you a Newly Licensed Attorney? Join the HBA today!

The Houston Bar Association offers 3L students, LL.M. candidates and newly licensed attorneys free HBA Membership and one free HBA Section membership during the bar year.

To join using our online membership application, click here to begin enrollment.


The Houston Lawyer Magazine – Available for Students

Law students are welcome to stop by the HBA office, located at 1111 Bagby, FLB 200, Houston, Texas 77002, anytime from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, and pick up a copy of the latest issue of The Houston Lawyer, the HBA’s bi-monthly substantive legal publication.


Law Student Scholarships Available Through the HBA

Find out which HBA sections offer scholarships and how to apply for them. Also, find out how to apply for the Houston Bar Association Auxiliary Scholarships. Click here for the list of sections. For more information, contact the HBA office at (713) 759-1133.

The Real Estate Law Section is currently accepting scholarship applications! Scholarships are awarded to second- and third-year law students from each of the three Houston-area law schools (UHLC, STCL Houston, TMSL) with a demonstrated interest in real estate law. Click here to download the application.

Awards given: Total of $3,000 in scholarship funds awarded to each Houston Law School (South Texas College of Law Houston, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, University of Houston Law Center). Amount awarded per student will be based on number of recipients selected. Minimum award of $1,000 per recipient.
Eligibility: 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.
Criteria: Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who have a demonstrated interest in real estate law.
Application deadline: Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, February 26, 2021.
Recognition: Scholarship recipients will be recognized at a future HBA Real Estate Law Section lunch meeting.
Instructions: Applicants must submit the following documents (in pdf format) for consideration via e-mail to Susan George at

  • A completed 2021 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.


Scholarship rules
Alternative Dispute Resolution $1,000 to one student from each of the three local law schools.  
Appellate Pracitce $500 to one student from each of the three local law schools. Offered in the fall semester. The legal writing professor must submit the top briefs from the legal writing classes. Scholarship will be awarded to the writer of the best brief from each law school, as judged by section members. Alexis Foster (Gray Reed & McGraw) -, 713.986.7000
Construction Law $1,000 to one scholarship applicant from any of the three local law schools. Offered in the Spring semester. Scholarship will be awarded based on student’s interest in construction law, academic merit, and financial need. Tiffany Harrod (Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.) -, 713.222.1470
Corporate Counsel $1,500 to one student from each local law school. Offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. Scholarship will be awarded based on academic merit, financial need, and the successful completion of at least one elective course on a business law topic. Edward Burdzinski (LeClairRyan) -, 713.752.8329
Probate, Trusts & Estate $1000 to one student from each local law school. Offered in the Spring semester. Each school selects a winning student based upon enrollment in classes related to probate, trusts and estate, exemplary success in a related subject area, and plans to work in a related field. Aaron Dobbs (Gray Reed & McGraw) -, 713.986.7238
Real Estate Total of $3,000 in scholarship funds awarded to each Houston Law School. Amount awarded per student will be based on number of recipients selected. Minimum award of $1,000 per recipient. All current 2L and 3L students with an interest in real estate law are invited to apply. Cassandra McGarvey (Sanders McGarvey LLP) -, 713.493.7547
Taxation $500 to one student from each local law school. Offered in the Spring semester. Scholarship will be awarded based upon student’s personal statement of eligibility and demonstration of financial need. Students must be nominated by the tax faculty at his or her school. Aparna Koneru (Ernst and Young) -, 713.750.4980

HBA Work Programs for Law Students

D&I 1L Summer Clerkship Program:
The HBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee sponsors the area’s only summer clerkship program for 1L law students. The positions provide mentoring and real work experiences for students who might not otherwise have the opportunity for a clerkship at a law firm, corporate legal department or legal nonprofit. Participating students also have the opportunity to attend seminars on professional writing, getting the most out of internships, and making the best impression on your employer.

Juvenile Justice Mock Trial Program – An Employment Opportunity:
The HBA hires law students from all three Houston schools to assist with its Juvenile Justice Mock Trial Program, conducted in four sessions in eighth grade classrooms throughout Harris County. Law students work with HBA staff to help students develop a case story, prepare witnesses, write attorney questions, and educate those chosen as court personnel about their roles. Law students work during two five-week classroom units each fall and each spring. At the conclusion of the classroom unit, law students help the eighth graders enact their mock trial in real Harris County courtrooms. For more information, contact HBA Education Director Ashley Steininger.


Equal Justice Works Fellowships
Equal Justice Works Fellowships provide the opportunity for lawyers to positively impact vulnerable communities around the country. Have you ever wondered how to make the job of your dreams a reality? Equal Justice Works provides the blue print for young lawyers to pursue their public interest law career dreams. Each year the Equal Justice Works Fellowship competition selects qualified and passionate lawyers who have developed new and innovative legal projects that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance. Click here for more information and a link to the application. Click here for the website.


HBA Auxiliary Scholarship
The Houston Bar Association Auxiliary awards an annual $5,000.00 scholarship to graduating 2L students.

For more information, contact Phyllis Dent at
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Resources for Newly Licensed Attorneys

Out of law school and entering practice? The resources below will help you as you transition from legal education to legal career.


FREE Online CLE:

The HBA presents free CLE programming for members only. For more information, click here.


Mentor-Mentee Program:

The HBA Mentor Mentee Program, sponsored by the HBA Professionalism Committee, pairs attorneys licensed three years or less with more experienced attorneys who will provide advice on career development.The program is a member benefit and requires HBA membership. Upon becoming licensed as an attorney, the Mentor Mentee program can help with career advice and general professional development. Mentee Application.


Guidelines for Attorneys Juggling Work/Life Balance

The HBA Gender Fairness Committee has developed a list of things to consider when interviewing with law firms or legal departments. Guidelines.


TYLA Presents “Office In a Flash”

A guide provided by TYLA for aspiring solo attorneys who are newly licensed or ready to be their own boss. This site is full of useful information on each aspect to help get your new business started. Click here for Office in a Flash.


After the Bar Exam:

A free resource for persons who have taken the Texas bar exam and are awaiting the results. Visit


Law Practice Management Resources

Click here for helpful resources on managing a law practice.


Texas Legal Answers

Become a volunteer with to help answer Texans’ legal questions online.


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Events/Links for Law Students

Special upcoming events at Houston law schools and helpful links for law students.

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Houston Law Schools

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