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Admitted law students learn of UH Law Center’s ‘diversity of possibilities’

Entering 1L students learn of the wide variety of opportunities the University of Houston Law Center has to offer.

Entering 1L students learn of the wide variety of opportunities the University of Houston Law Center has to offer.

Aug. 1, 2019 - Future University of Houston Law Center students took part in the summer installment of Admitted Students Day in July. Students from across the country had a chance to tour the Law Center and participate in a meet-and-greet reception with current faculty and students.

Dean Leonard M. Baynes led a session entitled “The Power of a UH Legal Education” and highlighted the accomplishments and academic values of the Law Center.

“Our law school offers a diversity of possibilities,” Baynes said. “Not just ethnic diversity, but diversity in the opportunities that will available to you to pursue during your time here.”

Baynes noted that the Law Center is currently ranked No. 1 in Texas for environmental, health, and intellectual property law, 25 percent of Harris County lawyers are Law Center alumni, and on average, the Law Center clinics provide over $3 million annually pro bono.

After introducing students to the various programs the Law Center, Baynes told the story of Justice Ruby Kless Sondock ‘62, the first woman to serve on the Texas Supreme Court.

“Justice Sondock only applied to law school so she could be a better legal secretary because she thought women couldn’t be lawyers,” Baynes said. She graduated top of her class and ultimately made history. That’s the spirit we have here - where anything is possible.”

Baynes concluded his presentation by highlighting recent externships that students have completed across the world and the future of the Law Center including the planned construction of a new building in 2021.

“Our mission is to make sure that students can succeed however they want,” Baynes said.

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