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University of Houston

The UH Law Center is distinguished by its outstanding faculty, strong academic programs, affordability, great student and career services, and a supportive and growing legal community. Students will also find something else: a deep commitment to sustain and support an atmosphere which fosters learning.

Our faculty includes nationally recognized experts who help students mesh legal theory with practical applications of the law. From such core areas as family law, criminal law, and business and tax law, our clinical programs lend real-world immediacy to our curriculum. Specialty programs in intellectual property and information law, energy and environmental law, health law, and international law are widely acclaimed for their work in the latest legal and policy developments.

You will find a very supportive educational environment. Despite our emphasis on achievement, the atmosphere at the UH Law Center is more relaxed than rigid, more cooperative than competitive. Our students are motivated to earn their degrees, but they are uniformly unwilling to sacrifice personal friendships in pursuit of academic glory.

Location, location, location. There is a reason why most UH Law Center graduates choose to stay in Houston—it is a highly livable city blessed with a sophisticated bar. Houston is home to global enterprises and revels in its savvy business sense and multiculturalism. Yet it is friendly, affordable, and low-key.

The UH Law Center is committed to diversity and the UH System Board of Regents recognizes and endorses the benefits of diversity in the university setting. While the Admissions Committee has always considered the totality of each individual applicant’s background and strengths, beginning in 2004-2005 application process, we will consider the following factors: cultural history, ethnic origin, race, hardships overcome, service to others, extra curricular activities, grades, test scores and work experience. This list is not exhaustive.

A Law Center—Not Just a Law School. To us, a law “center” means not only innovative teaching and research but also active engagement in the community.
Our faculty includes nationally recognized experts who will teach you both the legal theory and the practical aspects of applying the law to help your own clients as well as the ability to help society at large. We have outstanding teachers and scholars in traditional areas, ranging from family law to corporate practice and tax. Our specialty programs ensure that you will have access to the latest developments in rapidly expanding areas of the law, including Intellectual Property & Information Law, Health Law, and International Law. The UH Law Center’s graduate programs leading to the Masters of Law degree add to the intellectual life of the school; you will have an opportunity to study alongside practicing lawyers drawn from around the world and across the nation.

Our location in Houston is one of the UH Law Center’s greatest advantages. Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city, is young and growing, and it has an entrepreneurial spirit unmatched by nearly any city in the country. Houston will provide you with the best opportunity to develop the skills and the friendships that you will need as you make your mark on the world.

The UHLC is unique in that it houses a financial aid advisor within the Law Center. The advisor services only law students and serves as an extension of the main financial aid department. Law students should correspond with the advisor so that all documents go through the Law Center as opposed to the main financial aid office located in room 26 of the E. Cullen Building. This will assist with a more timely and accurate awarding of financial aid. The main financial aid office will assist you in the absence of the advisor.

The College of Law, the academic branch of the Law Center, is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and the American Association of Law Schools. Two degrees are offered: doctor of jurisprudence (J.D.) and master of laws (LL.M.).

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 May and is a four year evening program for working students. There are no spring admissions.

Entering classes are divided into three full-time day sections of about 90 students and one part-time evening section of about 60-75 students. In the second and subsequent years, classes seldom exceed 90 students, with half of the courses including fewer than 30 students.

The UH Law Center maintains one of the largest course offerings in the country to prepare students for almost any legal discipline. All students must complete a Professional Responsibility course and satisfy a senior research and writing requirement. Selected courses from other UH graduate departments may apply to law degree requirements.

Second- and third-year students can customize their curriculum with a range of recommended and elective courses, seminars, and clinical experiences. UH Law Center students are encouraged to choose electives that provide depth of exposure in fields of special interest and general exposure to numerous areas of law. Counseling on individual degree plans is available from the faculty and the associate dean for student life.

The Graduate Legal Studies Program at the UH Law Center has two distinct sections. Students with their first law degrees from ABA-accredited schools in the United States pursue their LL.M. in one of five areas of concentration. Students who obtained their legal education outside of the United States earn their Master of Laws degrees in the Foreign Scholars LL.M. Program.


ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES LAW. Houston is the energy capital of the world. The development and use of energy and natural resources are affected by numerous environmental laws and policies. The UH Law Center has built an international reputation as a center for research and teaching in energy, natural resources, and environmental law.

HEALTH LAW. Faculty at peer universities have consistently elected the Health Law & Policy Institute at the UH Law Center among the top health law programs in the United States. The Institute governs the LL.M. program in health law and stresses interdisciplinary studies in all areas of health law and policy.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & INFORMATION LAW. The UH Law Center is the first public university in the United States to offer an LL.M. in Intellectual Property & Information Law. The IPIL Institute, which administers the LL.M. program, offers opportunities for students to study, research, and write on a range of topics including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret subjects, and interdisciplinary legal protection for computer hardware and software.

INTERNATIONAL LAW. Masters students in the International Law program may choose to focus on a particular subject area or develop a broad understanding of public and private aspects of international law. The International Law Institute coordinates the LL.M. program in International Law and provides students with an in-depth understanding of international and comparative law and their roles in our domestic legal process.

TAX LAW. The graduate tax program at the UH Law Center provides a valuable opportunity for attorneys to enhance their tax practice skills. Designed for practicing attorneys and recent law graduates, the LL.M. program teaches a thorough understanding of tax policy frameworks, instills the practical business applications of these tax concepts, and enhances each student’s ability to deal with the complexities of the ever-changing federal tax rules.

FOREIGN SCHOLARS LL.M. PROGRAM. Attorneys Holding Law Degrees Earned in other countries are eligible for the Foreign Scholars LL.M. Program at the UH Law Center. From its inception in 1983, the program has granted LL.M. degrees to more than 230 attorneys from 35 countries. The program employs an innovative curriculum that emphasizes practical and comprehensive examinations of comparative law. Students can select from virtually all courses offered at the UH Law Center. Students can pursue a general course of study or focus course selection on a specific interest area.

After completing their studies, many of these graduates have returned to their countries of origin to assume leadership positions in commercial enterprise and public service. The 2004 class— representative of prior years—includes students from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, France, Ghana, India, Pakistan, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and Venezuela.

Every state sets its own criteria governing who can sit for a bar examination. The Foreign Scholars LL.M. Program qualifies degree holders to sit for bar examinations in New York, for example, but Texas and other states impose additional requirements. Those intending to remain in the United States after earning their LL.M. degrees should direct questions to the boards of bar examiners in those states where they plan to practice to determine requirements and eligibility.

Dual degree programs are available at the UH Law Center, allowing students to earn two degrees in less time than it would take to complete them sequentially. Students interested in pursuing this option must make separate application to the UH Law Center and to the desired program. Degrees that can be combined with a J.D. include:

Master of Business Administration at UH
* The Law Center and the UH Bauer College of Business offer a dual J.D./M.B.A. program that prepares students for a wide range of careers where law and business overlap. This program holds special appeal for students directed toward investment banking, accounting, international trade, industrial relations, corporate law, the entertainment industry and management consulting.

Master of Arts in History at UH
* Disciplines of history and law are combined in a dual J.D./M.A. program administered through the UH Law Center and the UH Department of History. The curriculum combines legal theory and practical training with graduate work in legal and constitutional history. Students enrolled at the UH Law Center who are successfully pursuing legal studies are eligible to apply for admission to the program during their first or second year in law school.

Master of Social Work at UH
* Students wishing to combine a masters of social work and a law degree can earn a concurrent degree in the J.D/M.S.W. program.

Master of Public Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health
* A concurrent J.D./M.P.H. program is offered in conjunction with the University of Texas School of Public Health. Students can earn a J.D. and a Master of Public Health degree in four years of full time study - one year less than it would take to earn the degrees sequentially.

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
* The Health Law and Policy Institute administers a concurrent J.D./Ph.D. program in conjunction with The Institute for Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Students can receive both a J.D. and a doctorate in medical humanities in five to six years.

Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University
* The UH Law Center and Sam Houston State University administer a concurrent J.D./Ph.D. program in Criminal Justice. Students can receive both their law degree and their doctorate in five to six years.

Medical Doctorate at Baylor College of Medicine
* The UH Law Center, in conjunction with the Baylor College of Medicine, now offers students the opportunity to jointly obtain both a law (J.D.) degree and a medical doctorate (M.D.) degree. A student earns both degrees in six years of full-time study, one year less than it would take to complete the degrees separately. This extraordinary educational program highlights the relationship between law and medicine and provides students an important enrichment in their interdisciplinary studies. Students in this program attend their first, second, and fifth years of study at the Baylor College of Medicine, begin their law school curriculum during their third and fourth years, and complete both degrees in their sixth year.

The University of Houston Law Center extends learning beyond the classroom with a full range of student organizations, extracurricular activities, alumni networking opportunities and interscholastic competitions. Student groups represent special interests and provide important avenues to help law students succeed. Many arrange mentoring programs and match first-year students with second- or third-year students or working professionals. Others coordinate resume-writing workshops, guest speaker forums, preregistration discussions of specific course offerings, or law-related charitable efforts that benefit the community. Student groups recognized by the Law Center include:

The Advocates : The Advocates is a student-run law school organization that is devoted to developing oral advocacy and improving trial and appellate presentation skills through mock trial and moot court competitions. The Advocates provide students with an opportunity to experience litigation and to develop the advocacy tools used by practicing attorneys.

American Civil Liberties Union; UHLC Club : The American Civil Liberties Union; University of Houston Law Center Club works to ensure that students are educated about their rights and that those rights are protected. ACLU: UHLC Club also seeks to educate and inform the Law Center and its surrounding community with respect to outside civil liberties/civil rights issues. ACLU; UHLC Club fulfills its mission through educational events and various campaigns targeting specific issues.

American Constitution Society (ACS) : The American Constitution Society is a national organization of law students, law professors, practicing lawyers, and others. The organization seeks to revitalize and transform the legal debate from the classroom to the courtroom. ACS aims to counter what we see as the dominant vision of American law today, a conservative vision that lacks appropriate regard for the ways in which the law affects people's lives. We seek to restore the fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice to a central place in American law.

Asian Law Students Association (ALSA) : The Asian Law Students Association (ALSA) is an organization of students who share an interest in Asian affairs. The organization shares as a forum for exchanging views concerning the Asian community - both abroad and domestic. Topics of discussion include affirmative action, immigration reform, and available employment opportunities.

The Association of Women in Law (AWIL) : The Association of Women in Law (AWIL) is an organization at the UH Law Center that provides female UHLC students with guidance, support and encouragement during their years in law school. AWIL also gives its members an opportunity to better serve their community and strives to provide a forum for law students to become familiar with women's issues in the legal profession.

Black Law Students Association (BLSA) : The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) is the local chapter of the National Black Law Students Association. BLSA fosters and encourages the success of Black law students in law school and the legal community. Seeking to utilize the talents and resources of its members, BLSA promotes and encourages professional competence, community service and meaningful change in the local community.

Christian Legal Society (CLS) : This a wholly religious student organization organized to promote the concept of the Christian lawyer and help Christian lawyers integrate their faith with their professional lives. The organization provides a forum for the discussion of problems relating to Christianity and the law, and with bar associations and other organizations in asserting and maintaining high standards of legal ethics.

School name:University of HoustonLaw Center
Address:100 Law Center
Zip & city:TX 77204 Texas

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