Admission Requirements and Application Procedure

Applicants who received their law degree in the United States must hold a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school.  Applicants must demonstrate their ability to perform satisfactory graduate work as evidenced by high grade-point average or high class rank in law school.  Most U.S. applicants to the University of Houston Law Center have graduated in the upper one-third of their law school classes.

Lawyers educated in other countries must hold a law degree from an accredited university, or be admitted to practice before the highest court in their jurisdiction.  Applicants must demonstrate their ability to perform satisfactory graduate work by presenting evidence of either a high grade-point average or superior class standing at the school where they earned their law degree.  A test of English proficiency is required of all applicants who earned a law degree from a country in which English is not the official language.  The Law Center LL.M. program requires a score of 100 on the IBT-TOEFL or 7.0 on the IELTS.

Application Procedure

All required application documents and materials must be submitted through the Law School Admission Council Credential Assembly Service.  To register for the service, go to www.lsac.org.  

  • Applicants with a law degree from the U.S. (or Puerto Rico) – purchase Document  Assembly Service.
  • Applicants who earned their first law degree outside of the United States – purchase Document Assembly Service and International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service.
  • ALL applicants register for LSAC’s Letter of Recommendation Service.

LSAC will forward information to the University of Houston Law Center as it is submitted by the applicant.  Applications will not be reviewed, however, until a file is complete and includes all of the documents listed below.

U.S.-Educated Attorneys

Application

$70 application fee in addition to LSAC service fees. The application fee is non-refundable and is not credited toward tuition if the applicant receives an offer of admission.

Official law school transcript.  For applicants in their last year of study, the transcript should reflect courses currently in progress.

Statement of Purpose (300 word minimum).   The statement serves as a writing sample and is your opportunity to tell the admissions committee more about yourself.  It is a personal interview on paper.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters.  The most useful letters of recommendation are those from professors, professional colleagues or employers with whom you have had a close working relationship.

Lawyers with Non-U.S. Law Degree

Regardless of current citizenship, immigration or visa status, lawyers who obtained their legal education outside of the United States must submit the following:

Application

$70 application fee in addition to LSAC service fees.  The application fee is non-refundable and is not credited toward tuition if the applicant receives an offer of admission.

Official law school transcript and official certificate or diploma.  The certificate or diploma should include the title of the degree received and the graduation date.  Documents must be sent directly from the applicant’s university to LSAC; photocopies submitted by the applicant will not be accepted.

TOEFL or IELTS report submitted through LSAC.

Statement of Purpose (300 word minimum).  The statement of Purpose serves as a writing sample and is your opportunity to tell the admissions committee more about yourself.  It is a personal interview on paper.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters.  The most useful letters of recommendation are those from professors, professional colleagues or employers with whom you have had a close working relationship.

Letter of Financial Backing and supporting financial documents (if requesting documentation for an F-1 student visa) 

Copy of current visa, passport, or Permanent Resident Card

Application Deadlines

October 1            Spring semester (January)*
March 1                Fall semester (August)

*U.S. educated lawyers, only.  Lawyers who earned a degree outside of the United States begin the program in August.

 

Applications are not reviewed until all required information is received. Failure to provide all required information will delay processing of an application.  Applications received after the stated deadlines cannot be assured review.  Fees are subject to change without notice and, upon admissions, additional information and fees may be required.   

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but not before January 1 for the fall semester (August) or September 1 for January admission.