Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Dean Hugh Evander Willis Housing Scholarship

The Dean Hugh Evander Willis Housing Scholarship (formerly the Entering Student Housing Scholarship) is available for select incoming students who lease an apartment for one year in Southwestern's on-campus housing complex, The Residences at 7th. Dean Willis was Southwestern's first Dean from 1913-1915.

This scholarship is NOW renewable retroactive to the 2013-14 entering class (please see the criteria below). Recipients must meet all initial criteria for on-campus housing, including completing the application, paying the application fee, posting the security deposit for damage to the apartment, meeting credit criteria for rent not covered by the scholarship (which may be through other financial aid funds), and executing the Housing Contract documents. The scholarship is for designated apartments (please see Housing Office for specifics) at The Residences at 7th only and is not transferable. The scholarship amount is payable in accordance with the Financial Aid Agreement (as defined in and incorporated into the Housing Contract), and is paid directly to the leasing agent by Southwestern. The student is responsible for any remaining balance each month.

The scholarship award terminates with respect to any unpaid amount if the recipient no longer resides at The Residences at 7th, withdraws as a student, takes a leave of absence, breaches the housing contract, becomes academically disqualified or is found to be in violation of the student honor code. The scholarship is not deferrable if the student defers enrollment. The scholarship is not applicable to damages, whether for physical damage or damages for unpaid rent or future rent in the event of breach of the housing contract, early termination payments, late charges, fines or other amounts payable under Housing Contract.

In order for the Scholarship to be renewed at its current level for each subsequent academic year, the recipient must, in addition to meeting the eligibility criteria described above, have earned at least a 3.200 cumulative grade point average. Any student who has does not earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.200, but earns at least a 2.700 cumulative grade point average, will receive a scholarship for $5,000 for the year, half for each semester the student is in attendance. Should a student earn a cumulative grade point average below 2.700, they will have their scholarship rescinded. This grade point average will be calculated at the following times:

  1. For Day, Evening or PLEAS students, the scholarship is renewed at the time the Official cumulative Law School Grade Point Average (LGPA) is calculated by the Registration and Academic Records Office. This occurs after all spring grades have been determined.
  2. For SCALEĀ® students, the scholarship is renewed at the time the Official cumulative LGPA is determined by the Registration and Academic Records Office, generally at the end of the first year of the program.

Renewals are limited to the number of terms normally required to obtain a JD degree in the applicable program in which the student is enrolled.

These rules are subject to interpretation by the Assistant Dean of Financial Aid, subject to appeal to the Senior Associate Dean for Career, Admissions and Financial Aid Services within five days of the Assistant Dean's notification to the student of an interpretation. Southwestern reserves the right to clarify, update or prospectively amend these rules at any time. The Housing Contract and Financial Aid Agreement forms are available through the Housing Office.

NOTICE: INCOME TAXATION OF HOUSING SCHOLARSHIPS. Recipients are advised that housing scholarships constitute taxable income for federal and state income tax purposes. Please consult your tax advisor. Recipients are responsible for payment of any taxes.

About Hugh Evander Willis
Dean of Southwestern (1913-1915)

Dean Hugh Evander Willis earned his  B.A and M.A degrees from Yankton College in South Dakota, and went on to earn his LL.D. and LL.M. degrees from the University of Minnesota Law School. He then joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he served for 11 years, wrote widely on contracts and procedure, including case books. He became the first Dean of Southwestern when the school received its charter in 1913. 

During his tenure as Dean at Southwestern, the School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance was added and enrollment grew extensively, which required Southwestern to move to larger quarters in the nearby Wilcox Building in Downtown Los Angeles. The faculty also expanded as summer courses and special lecturers were added. His term as Dean ended in 1915, and in 1917, he joined the faculty at the University of North Dakota School of Law, where he also served as the school's dean.

Willis taught at the University of Indiana for 22 year and served as acting dean. During that time, he also served as an advisor on the Selective Service Act of 1948, and as a consultant to bar reforms of legal procedure and on standards for admission to practice. He later retired to Ellwood Plantation in Virginia, which had been a major Union headquarters during the Civil War Battle of the Wilderness. The home remained in the Willis family until 1977 when the National Park Service purchased the house and grounds, making it part of the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Military Park.

Following his death, the trustees of Indiana University issued a resolution in his memory recognizing his 22 years on the faculty, high academic standards, and legal scholarship as evidenced through his many publications. The Lilly Library Manuscript Collections at Indiana University maintains Willis Manuscripts 1942-1945, which consists of letters and documents on Willis dealing with his plan for achieving lasting peace through a federation of the world and with his proposals for a United Nations constitution. Dean Willis authored over 70 books and articles on law in his lifetime, including the most famous: Willis on Contracts (1909), Willis on Damages (1910), Farmer's Manual of Law (1911) and Cases on Bailments (1923).