J.D. Admissions


Admissions Process Advanced Standing-Transfer and Visiting Applicants

If you have attended another ABA-accredited law school and performed well, you may apply for admission with advanced standing.  Considerations include available space at the UH Law Center, academic records at all previous schools, and compelling circumstances.

The Office of Admissions requires the following from transfer or visiting applicants:

  • To be completed online:
    • completed application form
    • non-refundable application fee of $70 -The $70 application fee has been waived for all 2015 applicants who apply using the online application (links on the right).  You do not need a fee waiver code; your fee will be waived automatically at check out. 
    • personal statement on reasons for transfer or visit
    • resume
  • To be completed and sent via LSAC:
    • official CAS report (previously called the LSDAS report) (including two letters of recommendation)
  • To be sent via mail to the UHLC Office of Admissions:100 Law Center, Houston, TX 77204-6060
    • official law school transcript (reflecting complete first-year grades)
    • letter from your law school attesting to your good standing and class rank
    • (visiting students only) letter from your law school stating that credits earned at the Law Center will be accepted toward degree requirements.

Bacterial Meningitis Verification

Texas law requires all students under the age of 30 provide a certificate signed by a health care provider, or an official immunization record, verifying that the student has been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis or has received a booster during the 5 years prior to registration (SB 1107).  This can be electronically attached to your application or sent to the admissions office at lawadmissions@uh.edu.For additional information, including a list of frequently asked questions, please visit http://www.uh.edu/academics/courses-enrollment/policies/immunization/

Transfer Applicants

Admission as a transfer student is very competitive, and first consideration is given to applicants who have performed extremely well in their law school careers. Transfer applicants must have completed the equivalent of the first year of law school and all or most of the Law Center's first-year required courses (Torts, Property, Contracts, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Legal Research, and Legal Writing.)  Transfer applicants may transfer a maximum of 30 semester hours of credit, with hours rather than grades noted on your final UH Law Center transcript. Transfer credit will not be awarded for any course in which the student has earned lower than a “C.” Transfer applications will not be considered with fewer than 22 graded hours.

Transfer Student Application Deadlines:
Fall semester – Early Decision, July 6
Fall semester – Regular Decision, July 15
Spring semester – Regular Decision, November 15

Early Decision – The early decision deadline for fall transfers is based on the On-Campus Interview schedule as set by the Career Development Office.  Only applicants whose files are complete by the early decision deadline will receive their decision in time to apply for the early round of OCI. 

Regular Decision – All application materials must be submitted by the deadline.  However, the committee will try to accommodate applications whose 1L grades or ranking are available after the deadline.  For Fall 2015, your file must be complete no later than Friday, August 14, 2015.  For Spring 2015, your file must be complete no later than noon on January 9, 2015. Your transcripts must demonstrate completion of at least 22 hours.  In addition, your transcripts must show a grade for every course taken. 

Financial Aid for Transfer Students:

Students that are accepted to transfer to the University of Houston Law Center must file a FAFSA listing the University of Houston’s school code of 003652.  Once accepted the school will download the FAFSA approximately 5-7 business days later.  Once the student’s financial aid file at UH is complete, the student will be awarded and notified by an email award notice.

Any financial aid awarded from the transfer student’s original school must be cancelled and that school must report the cancelation to the DOE before the funds will disburse at UH.  As a transfer student, there could be a minimum of a 4 week delay in the financial aid process, so students should plan accordingly. 

More information on the financial aid process can be viewed at http://www.law.uh.edu/financialaid/.

Please email financial aid advisor Laura Neal at lneal@uh.edu if you have any questions.

Visiting Applicants

Students in good standing at another ABA-accredited law school may apply to visit the UH Law Center and apply any earned credits toward degree requirements at their home school.   Current UH Law Center students have first priority at registration, and visiting students should submit primary and alternate course selections to their home school when seeking approval of potential credits.  Visiting students are not permitted to register for first-year courses, and they must arrange their financial aid through their home school via a consortium agreement arranged through the Office of Admissions. Special provisions may apply to students who attend other Houston-area law schools.

Visiting Student Application Deadlines:

Fall semester - July 15

Spring semester - November 15

Summer sessions - April 15