March 26, 2011 – During the year’s first question and answer session for students, faculty, and staff, University of Houston Law Center Dean Raymond T. Nimmer told the lunch hour gathering that despite the economic downturn the Law Center will not increase tuition this year.
Nimmer pointed out that while state funding has significantly decreased, the Law Center has held the line in terms of tuition. “It is better for us as a law school to absorb the brunt of budget cuts than for students to see an increase in bills,” he said.
He also outlined several initiatives on the horizon for the Law Center, including the launch of the International Energy Lawyers Program with The University of Calgary. The program will allow students to earn both Canadian and American law degrees in four years. “Calgary is essentially the energy capital of Canada, and this program is good for those who want to work in the energy industry,” he said.
Nimmer responded to questions about the school’s ranking by noting steady upward progress of specialty programs such as the Health Law & Policy Institute and Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law. However, he cautioned that statistics are “tricky things.”
A portion of the discussion was also spent outlining the school’s hiring priorities. “We would like to hire professors in many areas including criminal law, constitutional law and energy law,” Nimmer said. “We could potentially hire as many as six or seven.”