Oct. 25, 2012 – During the year’s second question and answer session, University of Houston Law Center Dean Raymond T. Nimmer said the Law Center has fared well during the economic downturn. He spoke to students, faculty and staff on Wednesday.
“We are in a city whose legal market place is stronger than almost any other in the country,” Nimmer said. “Major law firms are moving to Houston in part because of the booming oil and gas industry. We are probably situated better than any law school in the country with very few exceptions.”
He also answered questions regarding the school’s plan to hire more professors. “We are targeting to hire six faculty members,” Nimmer said. “We would like to add professors in many areas including criminal law, constitutional law and professional responsibility ethics.”
A portion of the discussion was spent discussing the five Andrews Kurth Energy Law Scholars who will join the Law Center over the next three years. The goal is to increase scholarship and academic interest in energy law and policy by providing a setting in which highly qualified individuals might be encouraged to pursue careers as law professors.
“The scholars will teach one class and devote time to research, writing, and other scholarly pursuits,” Nimmer said. “These people have incredible credentials.”
Nimmer noted that the Law Center elected to move to a smaller 1L class size after making a concerted effort to accept only top quality students. He also outlined several improvements on the horizon for the Law Center, including renovations to both of the main courtyards and the addition of office space in Krost Hall.