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The University of Houston Law Center entering class of 2020 and LL.M. Class of 2021 opened their textbooks for the first time of the Fall 2020 semester in August, beginning classes amid the coronavirus pandemic. Law school courses will
be delivered through either distance education or HyFlex modalities.
HyFlex is a combination of distance and in-person learning. It gives faculty members flexibility to organize lectures through in person and/or a hybrid component of remote delivery.
Law students also have flexibility to attend all their classes all online.
“You are part of ‘one community’ – the UH Law Center community,” said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. “As members
of this community, we respect each other; we look out for each other, and we hold each other accountable. It is quite an unprecedented time to be teaching when our nation faces a raging pandemic, racial and social strife, a major economic downturn, and a difficult and combative presidential election and its likely aftermath.
“In all of this, it is important for us to keep our eyes on our core mission of educating our students, keeping things as normal as possible, and adding our collective expertise and wisdom to the discussion of these very important issues.”
For the third year in a row, full-time students combined for
a 160 median score on the LSAT, the highest since 2013, and an undergraduate GPA of 3.57. The median LSAT score of the part-time class was 159, the highest since 2017.
The first-year entering J.D. class is made up of 52.8 percent women and 47.2 percent men, and 36.1 percent of students come from underrepresented minority backgrounds.
Recent alumni of the University of Houston Law Center learned about successful job search activities and strategies for securing post-graduate positions during the Career Development Office’s presentation, “Recent Grad Training: Job Searching in the Era of COVID-19,” in October held on Zoom.
Among the topics discussed were how to organize a job search, updating application documents from student to
law graduate, tailoring a graduate résumé and cover letter
to become a competitive applicant, applying to job postings, using networking and cold-calling to find a hidden market of employment and following up with contacts and employers to gain a recruiting edge.
Speakers included Assistant Dean for Career Development Tiffany Tucker and Graduate Employment Statistics Consultant Anne Elise Doise. Associate Director for Career Development Chandria Jackson was also in attendance.
Tucker said that despite the unique circumstances for job seekers in the legal market, the good news is that many firms are still hiring. She noted that many employers are hiring on a rolling basis and will begin interviews shortly after receiving applications.
“When applying to posted positions, you want to do this early and often,” Tucker said. “You can’t just look one time and look back another week or two weeks later. If you’re really being aggressive about your search, you should check job postings on a regular basis and apply as soon as you possibly can.”
Tucker said that she receives common feedback from employers about how a tailored cover letter can make the difference between securing a position or not.
“Use the job posting itself to help structure the focus of your cover letter,” Tucker said. “Review the employer’s website and promotional materials to understand its priorities. Create a list of employer needs from the posting and create a road map of your experience that addresses those needs.”
Doise said to keep contacts in mind who may also be able to help young attorneys land a position.
“Your network is the people you have worked for in the past, your professors, the CDO, your friends and anyone and everyone you can reach out to in your job search and tell your story,” Doise said. “The more people who know what you’re looking for and are rooting for you, the more traction you’re going to get.”

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