Overview

Applicants
2,596
Acceptance Rate
33%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.61
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
202

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
156 - 161

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
February 15

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$0

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors


Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
85

41.18
Female
15.29
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

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.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
80%
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
94%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
220

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Baker Botts L.L.P. Baker & Hostetler LLP Beck Redden LLP Department of Veterans Affairs Office of General Counsel Foley Gardere Harris County District Attorney's Office Haynes and Boone, LLP Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP Kirkland & Ellis LLP Locke Lord LLP Reed Smith LLP Vinson & Elkins

Prominent Alumni

Star Jones
Lawyer, Journalist, Television Personality

Judge Vanessa Gilmore
United States District Court, Southern District of Texas

Judge Juan F. Vasquez
Senior Judge, United States Tax Court

Judge Jeff Brown
United States District Court, Southern District of Texas

Donna Shafer
Associate Center Director, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1
Application Deadlines
May 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$43,039

% Students Receiving Some Aid
70%

Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$27,816
Out-Of-State Tuition
$43,068
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$11,624
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$11,400
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$2,900
Fees
$5,366

Student Body Profile

Parent Institution Enrollement
42,704

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
18
Average Age at Entry
25

% Out-of-State
10%
% International
3%

Demographics

37.69%
% Under-represented Minorities

83% are full time
17% are part time
47% female
53% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Students say the school is a great place to work on your powers of persuasion as there’s lots of debate on the U of H campus. A student explains, “Because the student body is fairly conservative, but, at the same time, lawyers generally exhibit liberal thinking (at least in the social realm), you get a nice balance of liberal and conservative, often leading to lively debate absent from more liberal institutions.” Even so, don’t expect “any cutthroat type of competitive environment” here since students agree that “even if they have polar opposite views in the classroom, afterwards they hang out.”
On campus, the prevailing atmosphere is “friendly” with “an awesome SBA that is very active in helping make UHLC a better place.” Students tend to form strong friendships in their first-year sections, and when the weekend arrives “Plenty of people…go out on a regular basis.” Night students are generally less involved in the campus community, admitting that there is something of a “social divide between part-time and full-time students”; many complain that events and activities take place during the day (while they are working) and that “most of the social events are geared toward single people or those without children.”
Unfortunately, the campus isn’t much of a social hub because “it is in a part of Houston that nobody really cares to live in, so most people come in for class and then head home.” However, the cosmopolitan city of Houston is a great place to live, offering “a standing symphony, opera, and ballet, NFL, NBA, MLB, and MLS sports teams (and minor league ice hockey) a great zoo and museums, and a multitude of golfing opportunities.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Pilar Mensah
Assistant Dean for Admissions

Address
4604 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-6060

Phone
713-743-2280

Email
lpmensah@central.uh.edu