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University of Houston Law Center

The J. D. program encompasses 90 semester hours and is divided into full-time and part-time sections. The full-time program starts in August and is a three-year course of study designed for students able to devote virtually all of their time to the study of law. The part-time program begins in August and is a four year evening program for working students. There are no spring admissions.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 775
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 159 - 163
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.23 - 3.7
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 91.98%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 85.88%
In State Tuition $28,130
Out of State Tuition $38,805

Overview

Overview

About University of Houston Law Center

The J. D. program encompasses 90 semester hours and is divided into full-time and part-time sections. The full-time program starts in August and is a three-year course of study designed for students able to devote virtually all of their time to the study of law. The part-time program begins in August and is a four year evening program for working students. There are no spring admissions.

Reviews

As large and lively as the state of Texas, the University of Houston Law Center enrolls fewer than 900 students in its diverse and challenging JD, LLM, and joint-degree pro­grams. Drawing top names from the Houston legal community, professors are “either extremely accomplished attorneys or nationally renowned experts in a particular field of law.” Though they represent the top of their field, “There are no ‘bigger than Texas’ egos with any of the faculty.” In fact, “The entire faculty is very accessible and willing to help students learn in any way they can.” Students agree that their professors are “not only available during office hours, many professors host lunches or parties in their homes to learn more about their students.” In the classroom, the professors are “very much focused on teaching us to think creatively” and throughout the JD program the “Practical aspects of lawyering are stressed.” Things here begin with a bang as “All first-year students are required to take part in a moot court competition, and it’s a great experience for everyone.” In addition, “There are six different law journals in which a student may participate, including the Houston Law Review, which consistently ranks in the top fifty of all Law Reviews in the country.” What’s more, the school operates a number of clinics and research institutes that augment classroom experiences with hands-on experience. “I have spent three semesters working at the Immigration [Clinic] and Civil [Practice] Clinic and will always remember this time as the most exciting and rewarding aspect of my law school experi­ence,” explains one clinic participant. “We are given enormous responsibility for our clients and the experience has given me an invaluable opportunity to learn actual law­yering skills.” Those looking for great value relative to cost in their education will be extremely satis­fied with U of H. Students love that they get a “high-value education for a low cost in a great legal market.” If you can manage a “scholarship” or are “a Texas resident” it only sweetens the proverbial deal. Even so, students admit there are some sacrifices associ­ated with a U of H education, particularly with regard to the school’s facilities which most agree “need improvement.” There are no ivy-lined walls at U of H; instead, think “East German bunker school of architecture.” However, most students take the environs in stride. “Students who enter with high expectations of facilities will be disappointed,” says one student. “But you learn at this school in an environment conducive to learning.” On that note, U of H “fosters a community and not a rivalry among students. Fellow students are always willing to answer a question, share notes, and form study groups.”Outside the classroom, “There are lots of opportunities to work with major law firms and other community organizations during the summer and during the school year,” and the Career Development Office “is particularly helpful for summer job opportuni­ties.” After graduation, Houston is a well-suited environment for future attorneys, boast­ing its reputation as one of the “largest legal markets in the country.” A current student insists, “If you want to succeed, you can, and you can get a great job when you graduate too—with all the top firms in Texas including all the elite New York satellite offices.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 11

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations related to copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and related issues. Includes instruction in patent law, copyright law, trademark law, intellectual property licensing and litigation, and applications such as art and entertainment law, communications law, information technology law, sports law, and chemical and biotech patent law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 10

Description: An advanced, professional study of tax law and taxation procedures in U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions affecting individuals and corporations.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 28

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing the energy industry, environmental protection, natural resources and land use, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 272

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 5

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies and regulations affecting the health care industry, health professions, health services and insurance industries, and patients.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, 4 years; JD/MPH, 4 years; JD/MA History, 4 years; JD/MSW, 4 years; JD/Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, 5-6 years; JD/MD, 6 years;Dual US/Canadian Degree Program, 4 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Labor
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 151
Full-Time Faculty 68
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 5
Part-Time Faculty 78
Faculty Gender 67% Male
32% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 56% Male
44% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 66%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 13%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $28,130 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,600 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $36,730 $28,130

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $38,805 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,600 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $47,405 $38,805

Financial Aid

80% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 15

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $70

Incoming Class

University of Houston Law Center's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 159 - 163
LSAT Part-Time 157 - 162
LSAT Total 159 - 163

University of Houston Law Center's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.23 - 3.71
Part-Time 3.29 - 3.7
Total 3.23 - 3.7

Admission Considerations

Also Considered: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Resume, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Recommendations, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 100%
First Time Pass Rate 92%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 160
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 86%
Average Starting Salary $120,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 62 28%
Firm Sized 11-25 12 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 6 5%
Firm Sized 51-100 5 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 4 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 10 4%
Firm Sized 501+ 32 14%
Business Industry 63 28%
Government 16 7%
Public Interest 4 2%
Federal Clerkship 4 2%
Academia 1 0%
Unknown Employer Type 1 0%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 30 11%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 4 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
MD 0%
DC 1%
TX 96%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Houston Law Center include:

  • John Moores - entrepreneur and philanthropist, and the owner of the San Diego Padres
  • Hon. Michael H. Schneider, Sr. - United States District Court Judge, Eastern District of Texas
  • Hon. Ruby Kless Sondock - First female Texas Supreme Court justice
  • Hon. Gray H. Miller - United States District Court Judge, Southern District of Texas
  • Hon. Vanessa Gilmore - United States District Court Judge, Southern District of Texas

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