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Why the University of Houston Law Center?


We are located in Houston, the most diverse city in the nation and one of the nation’s top legal markets. The city is also home to the world’s largest health care and medical complex and recognized as the energy capital of the world with multiple Fortune 500 companies headquartered here.

Best Value….

Distinguished by its relatively modest tuition, the Law Center has been cited as one of the “best values” in legal education today. 

Highly Ranked…

We are in the Top Tier of the nearly 200 law schools in the United States, and two of our specialty programs consistently rank in the "Top 10" nationally.

Career Services….

UHLC's outstanding Career Development Office offers support in and out of the classroom with its mission to equip students and graduates with the resources and skills to successfully generate and take advantage of professional opportunities.

Exceptional Faculty…

Our outstanding faculty are recognized leaders in their respective fields as well as classroom teachers of the first rank.  Adjunct faculty drawn from the practicing bar augment our curriculum with “real world” perspectives on the law. 

Global Reach…

The Law Center is truly a “global” school with strong connections to the international legal and education communities. The international activities of our faculty include visiting professorships, publications in foreign journals, and participation in international symposia and conferences. Students get to study and learn from students of other countries and participate in international externships and advocacy competitions some all in Spanish or bilingual.

Nationally recognized specialty programs…

The special programs and institutes cited here add depth and dimension to our curriculum, and two of the Law Center’s programs are ranked among the “Top 10” in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

    • Blakely Advocacy Institute
    • Center for Children, Law & Policy
    • Center for Consumer Law
    • Criminal Justice Institute
    • The Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Center
    • Health Law & Policy Institute
    • Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law
    • Texas Innocence Network and Juvenile and Children’s Advocacy Project
    • Tax Law Program

Active Alumni…

The Law Center has nearly 17,000 alumni, who reside all over the world with a substantial percentage living in the greater Houston area.  Regardless of where they make their home, Law Center alumni are recognized as high achievers in the legal profession.

A Leading Library of the Law…

Our O’Quinn Law Library includes more than 570,000 volumes, and meets legal information needs with an extensive collection of electronic and traditional resources.

Dual Degrees…

The Law Center offers seven combined and concurrent degree programs. The programs and their affiliated institutions include:

    • J.D./J.D. International Energy Lawyers Program (The University of Calgary Faculty of Law)
    • J.D./M.D. (Baylor College of Medicine)
    • J.D./M.B.A. (University of Houston)
    • J.D./M.A. in History (University of Houston)
    • J.D./M.S.W. (University of Houston)
    • J.D./M.P.H. (University of Texas School of Public Health)

Practical Training…

Upper-division students can participate in our nationally ranked Clinical Training Program under the supervision of clinical faculty, learning invaluable skills while serving members of the community who require legal assistance. Options include:

    • Appellate Civil Rights Clinic
    • Civil Justice Clinic
    • Criminal Defense Clinic
    • Military Justice Clinic
    • Entertainment Law Clinic
    • Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic
    • Immigration Clinic
    • Mediation Clinic
    • The Texas Innocence Network
    • Juvenile and Children's Advocacy Project

Order of the Coif chapter

Our campus includes a chapter of the prestigious Order of the Coif, an honorary scholastic society that recognizes high achievement in law school.  More than 700 Law Center alumni have been inducted into our chapter.