Sept. 6, 2016 – The University of Houston Law Center welcomed 65 students to the LL.M. Class of '16, including 46 who earned their law degrees in foreign countries.
Foreign students represent 22 different countries and speak 17 languages, including Arabic, Swahili and Korean, in addition to English. The most popular specialty of the program's six areas of concentration among foreign students is "LL.M. in U.S. Law" with 23 enrolled, followed by "Energy, Environment and Natural Resources" with 12. Thirty-three of the foreign trained students expressed an interest in taking the Texas or New York bar exam after earning their degree.
The 19 U.S. trained attorneys earned their J.D.s from 12 different law schools in four states and Puerto Rico. An advanced degree in "Tax Law" attracted the most students, followed by "International Law" and "Intellectual Property."
Sixty percent of the class are women.
"The incoming class of foreign lawyers reflects a slight trend from the specialty programs toward the more general course of study in U.S. law in which a student can focus on courses that meet Texas bar eligibility requirements," said Peggy Fortner, director of the Graduate Legal Studies Office. "We have seen a definite increase in the number of applicants interested in the LL.M. program as a path to the bar exam."